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Board of Trustees Minutes April 3, 2006
The Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Monday, April 3, 2006 prior to the regular Board Meeting.

The following officials were present:
        Mayor Schmidt                   Trustee Wiegman
Village Manager Herbek          Trustee Brennan
        Village Attorney Stecich                Trustee-elect Kane
Treasurer Zambrano              Trustee-elect Gallelli
                                

1.      The meeting was called to order at 8:05 pm; Mayor Schmidt led those present with the Pledge of Allegiance.

2.      Village Clerk, Peggy Keesler, administered the Oath of Office to elected officials, Trustee Charles Kane and Trustee Ann Gallelli.

3.      Trustee Wiegman made a motion to accept the setting of the meeting place, time, dates:  All Regular Board Meetings will be held at 8:00 pm in the Village Municipal Building; most are held the first and third Mondays of the month with the following known exception: Oct 3rd (Tues); Work sessions will begin at 7:30 pm.  Trustee Brennan seconded the motion; approved unanimously.

4.      Trustee Kane made a motion to accept the Designation of Official Newspapers as the Gazette & the Journal News.  Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion; approved unanimously.

5.      Trustee Brennan made a motion to accept the following as Official Depositories upon the recommendation of the Village Treasurer: Bank of New York, Chase Bank, Wachovia, Hudson Valley, CLASS, HUBCO and Commerce.  Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion; approved unanimously.

6.      Trustee Wiegman made a motion to accept the Employee Bond Levels for Treasurer/Court Clerk; Dep. Treasurer/Account Clerks at $500,000.  Trustee Kane seconded the motion; approved unanimously.

7.      Mayor Schmidt named the following Appointments and Liaisons, with the approval of the entire Board:
Deputy Mayor:           Tom Brennan
Deputy Treasurer:               L. Pennington & G.Toone
Registrar of Vital Statistics:  J. Hannigan
Acting Village Justice: Paul Hoffman
Prosecuting Attorney:           Paul Rosen
Historian:                      Joyce Finnerty
Assessor:                       Joe Sperber
Marriage Officer:               John Gochman
Planning Bd. Chairman:  C. Kehoe
Planning Bd.                    V. Andrews (+2 vacancies)
ZBA Chairman:           K. Riedy
Conservation Adv. Council:      G. Kullberg (+1 vacancy)
Water Control Comm:             M. Cain
Visual Environment Bd:  T. Smith, K. McManus, S. Hardy (+1 vacancy)
Rec. Advisory Bd.:              G. Pettit, J. Streany

Liaisons:  (can revise if necessary)
Public Safety:                  Schmidt, Wiegman, Brennan
Recreation Adv.         Gallelli
Conservation:                   Kane
Finance:                        Schmidt, Brennan, Kane, Wiegman, Gallelli
Planning:                       Gallelli
ZBA:                            Brennan
Visual Env:                     Wiegman
Water Control:          Wiegman
Library:                        Gallelli
Cable:                          Kane
CoC/Bus. Dev.           Brennan, Schmidt
Schools:                        Gallelli, Kane
Town:                           Gallelli
County:                 Wiegman
Arboretum:                      Brennan
Parking Lot:                    Kane
Northern Tier:                  Wiegman
VILLAGE BOARD MEETINGS
Regular Meetings start at 8pm.  Work sessions start at 7:30pm

2006-07

Monday, April 10                Budget Public Hearing
Monday, April 17                Regular Meeting
Monday, April 24                Budget Adoption

Monday, May 1           Regular Meeting
Monday, May 8           Work Session
Monday, May 15          Regular Meeting

Monday, June 5          Regular Meeting
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Monday, July 10         Regular Meeting
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Monday, August 7        Work Session
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Monday, December 4      Regular Meeting
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2007

Tuesday, January 2      Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 16     Regular Meeting
Monday, February 5      Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 20    Regular Meeting
Monday, March 5         Regular Meeting
Monday, March 19        Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 20       Election


A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, April 3, 2006 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 following the Organizational Meeting.

The following officials were present:

Mayor Schmidt
Trustee Wiegman
Village Manager Herbek
Trustee Brennan
Village Attorney Stecich
Trustee Kane
Treasurer Zambrano
Trustee Gallelli
                                
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Schmidt called this portion of the meeting to order.

2. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Brennan and approved unanimously.


General Fund
$43,731.85
Water Fund
59.00
Capital Accounts
2,066.36
Trust & Agency
2,937.96
$48,435.17

3a)      A report on the Millennium pipeline was given by Village Manager Herbek: the Village has secured a decisive ruling. Millennium’s appeal was denied and the court ruled in the Village’s favor on every issue; US District Court rejected Millennium’s arguments and accepted the Village’s position that the pipeline does not comply with the requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act.  The US District Court rejected the argument that NY State lacked authority and rejected all other arguments.  Millennium has been working toward constructing a pipeline from the Canadian border to Mt. Vernon, NY.  Village Manager Herbek stated that Croton’s legal costs are over $700,000 and Briarcliff Manor and Cortlandt have also contributed as partners with the Village in the litigation.  Millennium may take another appeal to a higher court and that will have to be dealt with at that time. Village Manager Herbek will issue a press release to the Gazette tomorrow.  Mayor Schmidt added that this is an important decision and gave thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this, especially Fran Allen and the Waterfront Advisory Committee. Fran Allen stated that this is an immense win and every citizen in the Village has supported this one way or another; it is very important and there are many people to be thanked. Trustee Gallelli added that this win was so decisive and the court came down with very tight language.

3b) SCOPING SESSION:
Village Attorney Stecich reported that on Friday, the Village received the appraisal for 1A Croton Ave. which will be shared with the Board in Executive Session after the meeting tonight; she would like to have the appraisal reviewed by a special evaluation counsel before it is released to the public; the Board can decide who the counsel will be at this executive session.  Village Attorney Stecich stated that she read the appraisal over the weekend; it was done by a highly qualified appraiser and it is comfortably under 5 million dollars.  Village Attorney Stecich added that findings were distributed to the board tonight and can be adopted (or not) at the next meeting-these findings are only on one issue- whether this is necessary as a public use for this property and alternative locations.

Village Attorney Stecich added that this scoping session is to identify, under the SEQRA, environmental issues; the scoping will also help to eliminate issues that are on a big outline but not relevant to this site; a draft scope was prepared by Nannette Borne, AKRF, to identify environmental issues that Board wants reviewed during SEQRA; it is not to discuss the valuation of the property.        

Ms. Borne reviewed the reason for the scoping session and the background. Trustee Gallelli asked how written comments will be included in this scope. Ms. Borne replied that the written material should be examined and direct them as to what to incorporate into the document if the Board wants any to be included.  Trustee Brennan asked what steps would be taken if hazardous materials were found. Ms. Borne replied that part of the investigation would be to look at the nature and composition of the hazardous material and identify what has to be done to mitigate that; it is not likely to stop the action, would recommend what needed to be done to make the site suitable.  Trustee Wiegman asked if, under the traffic section, there is a capacity analysis and is the base line the current status of that site today where there is no active transfer station or during a time when an active transfer station was working.  Ms. Borne replied that they have access to traffic data when the transfer station was active and they are studying current traffic.  Trustee Wiegman, referring to the fiscal section, asked if the potential impact also incorporates the cost of implementation of the cost of facility for public use.  Ms. Borne replied that the cost of a DPW facility would be comparable to the current cost; they did not anticipate further analysis.  Trustee Wiegman inquired about the capital cost of implementation of relocation of the DPW.  Ms. Borne answered that this would be a one time capital cost and that information could be provided by the Village Engineer; she will make note to include this.  Trustee Wiegman asked if the cost of land acquisition is included.  Ms. Borne replied that this has not been included; it is up to the Village Attorney as to whether or not this would be an appropriate item.  Trustee Wiegman referred to alternatives considered, is return to a transfer station a safe assumption.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that this is irrelevant because point 2 is reactivation of the project site.  Ms. Borne added that typically they use the site as frozen in current time; she feels comfortable if the DEIS looks at both current status and reactivation.  Trustee Gallelli questioned if only these three alternatives are included or other alternatives also.  Ms. Borne replied that if the Board would like others, that is the Village’s prerogative.  Trustee Gallelli stated that the addition of 150 new parking spots may have a potential impact on traffic flow of the station itself and should be included.  Mayor Schmidt replied that this is already included in item 2.  Trustee Wiegman asked if some storage of fuel would be included also although it is not allowed now.  Ms. Borne replied that yes it is, plus composting, storage of salt and other materials; a new site will also will employ contemporary measures that would be considerably better than current practices.  Trustee Wiegman asked about storm water treatment.  Ms. Borne replied that it would be a significant improvement over existing conditions.  Trustee Gallelli asked, regarding visual impact assessment, should specific residential neighborhoods be culled out for special study.  Ms. Borne replied that they are aware of obvious ones, but can incorporate others as requested.


Public comments:
Note:  Mayor Schmidt stated that they will keep the Public Hearing open for 14 days and accept written comments.

a)      Roger Solymosi, Old Post Rd. North: regarding assessing traffic impact-what is the source of the data; if submitted by MetroEnviro, it should be looked at with skepticism; more scrutiny is necessary of what the real traffic was; reconstruct real traffic from other records; MetroEnviro had reported only the impact on S. Riverside Ave. & Croton Point Ave. and some trucks by-passed that intersection; some other source should be explored.  On alternative uses of property-he suggested that there are other alternatives: 1.- a completely unregulated use of the property as a waste transfer station which the court could decide appropriate without a permit; 2.- the potential exists for a garbage transfer station for municipal solid waste and 3.-compare improvements to the Village that would occur if eminent domain would be approved- such as noise; broaden comparisons based on the fullest information available.

b)      Bob Wintermeir, 43 Radnor Ave.: Page 1, 3rd line down-the document refers to removal and building of a new facility; he thought the village would keep the building that is there.  Page 2-item C1A, existing conditions, the study indicates they are going to study a 2 square mile area which is a big area.  Page 3–underlying bedrock & soil conditions- he is glad they will now look at it as this wasn’t considered with MetroEnviro; there is a birm there and should determine if hazardous material got into the berm.  He suggested calling Maria Cudequest if they are looking for additional documents.  Page 6-potential impacts–why are NYS & Westchester County included in this document.  Page 7-should be taking a look at other uses such as commercial uses; Item #3 -he has not seen any alternate location.

c)      Jody Cross, Zarin & Steinmetz, on behalf of Greentree Realty, stated that this draft scope is premature at this point.  Village Attorney Stecich stated that the Village does not have to do scoping at all; the Board could decide that issues are narrow enough and can focus on those or do a positive declaration; this makes a lot more sense and is entirely legal.  Jody Cross stated that she has submitted written comments to Board members.

Village Manager Herbek offered that he has the copies of the document Ms. Cross referred to; also an email from Mr. Wintermeir, a document from the WAC; comments from Maria Cudequest and all will be provided to Ms. Borne.

Village Attorney Stecich added that the Board should look through the Steinmetz letter and discuss it.  Trustee Gallelli stated that a lot of issues were raised that the Board may want to expand on tonight; she asked for some work session time in the near future to be precise on direction; the scoping session has a great deal of value, especially to the public; it is worth while to take a look at the scoping document on the web site.  Trustee Gallelli suggested that before moving along, pause in the process to get the elements of the scoping down and to get an eminent domain attorney determined and get a chance to meet with him

Trustee Brennan agreed that this scoping session was valuable and it was decided on over a month ago that this should be done.

Dimita Sekares, Cedar Lane, questioned if it is legal to take a property and develop for commercial use.  Village Attorney Stecich replied that the upshot of the hearing is that this property is needed for a DPW facility; developing for commercial use is doable, but would have been much more difficult.

Mayor Schmidt stated that this will be kept open for 14 days; in terms of this process, believes they have been working deliberately on this; it has a huge impact on the Village; should be looked at from two financial standpoints, including the cost of not doing this.

No further comments were offered.

5.      CORRESPONDENCE:
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
a)      A letter from JoAnn Fannon, Chair, Committee for the Community Blood Program stating that the next Community Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, May 7th Croton-Harmon HS; call 271-7645 or 5529 to make an appointment.
b)      A letter from Karen Ford with her concerns about a ball field on Croton Landing; she and many residents want Croton Landing to remain as passive as possible and suggesting a public hearing on this matter.
c)      A letter from Mark E. Mannix, Director, Government & Community Relations, Metro-North Railroad regarding new train schedules that will go into effect April 2, 2006 which will add 104 new trains to the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines. Mayor Schmidt asked Village Manager Herbek to please schedule a meeting with MetroNorth regarding noise abatement and keeping the station a little cleaner
d)      A letter from L. Helle Maide, Director, Major Accounts, Government, NY Power Authority, regarding a significant increase in NY Power Authority electricity costs for 2007 which could be 1/3 more or higher starting January 2007.  Treasurer Zambrano stated that he has taken this increase into account.
e)      A letter from John Boulos, 38 Thompson Ave., indicating he is submitting an application for a steep slopes special hardship permit for his property on Piney Point Ave.  Trustee Wiegman made a motion to refer this to the Planning board; seconded by Trustee Kane.  All in favor.

5.      CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-Agenda Items
Richard Pellicci, 65 Radnor Ave., stated that if the estimate is under 5 million dollars, stay on the course of keeping garbage out of Croton.  He added that Brockton and Avon, Mass. have had a deal with Regis and conditions have been violated; he has provided documents to Board.

6.      RESOLUTIONS:
a) On motion of TRUSTEE Gallelli, seconded by TRUSTEE Wiegman, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:  

WHEREAS, Nextel of New York, Inc. has applied for a special permit to construct a personal wireless services facility at One Van Wyck Street; and

WHEREAS, this matter has been referred to the Planning Board for its recommendation and review; and

WHEREAS, the Village Board of Trustees must consider the environmental impacts in accordance with SEQRA of the installation of the personal wireless services facility at One Van Wyck Street; and

WHEREAS, Part 1 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form has been prepared by the applicant,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees declares its intent to serve as lead agency for the purpose of conducting a coordinated review,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Board authorizes the circulation of the Environmental Assessment Form to all involved and interested agencies.  

Discussion: Village Attorney Stecich stated that the original EAF had a number of changes; she reviewed the revised EAF to make sure all changes were made; do not circulate cover page; part 2 was not included; she thought that the Village should complete that.   Trustee Brennan noted that these two resolutions are just to let the Village Board be lead agency for both.  Trustee Gallelli added that the Planning Board will be submitting the name of a consultant.
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b)      On motion of TRUSTEE Wiegman, seconded by TRUSTEE Gallelli, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:  

WHEREAS, Nextel of New York, Inc. and New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC have applied for a special permit to construct a collocation of personal wireless services facilities at Veterans Plaza; and

WHEREAS, this matter has been referred to the Planning Board for its recommendation and review; and

WHEREAS, the Village Board of Trustees must consider the environmental impacts in accordance with SEQRA of the installation of the personal wireless services facility at Veterans Plaza; and

WHEREAS, Part 1 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form and a Coastal Assessment Form have been prepared by the applicant,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees declares its intent to serve as lead agency for the purpose of conducting a coordinated review,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the Village Board authorizes the circulation of the Environmental Assessment Form and Coastal Assessment Form to all involved and interested agencies.  

Discussion: Village Attorney Stecich stated that all requested changes were made except two; however, Nextel would not be removing any natural material from the site and MetroNorth approval is not required. Village Manager Herbek added that this will be referred to the Waterfront Advisory Council also.  Mr. Herbek stated that this is happening because of a request from the Village government to assist in improving cellular phone coverage for the public as well as the Police Dept., Fire Dept., Public Works Dept. which is extremely important in light of emergency preparations.  Trustee Brennan stated that he will vote yes on these proposals, but he is opposed to the towers as they stand now.

c)      On motion of~TRUSTEE BRENNAN,~seconded by~TRUSTEE WIEGMAN,~the~following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, on or about June 1, 2004, the Village Board of Trustees selected CHN as the preferred developer for the Symphony Knoll project and endorsed CHN’s plan to develop new affordable senior housing on Mt. Airy Road and encouraged CHN to pursue funding from all available sources to support the project; and
WHEREAS, the Croton Housing Network, on behalf of the Village, will be applying for a grant from the Westchester County Housing Implementation Fund; and
WHEREAS, guidelines established by Westchester County for disbursement of Housing Implementation Funds require a public hearing to be held by the municipality applying for the funds,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby call for a Public Hearing at 8pm on April 17, 2006 in the meeting room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider a resolution formally requesting that Westchester County provide $311,635.50 in funds from the Westchester County Housing Implementation Fund to assist and facilitate the development of essential infrastructure in connection with the development of 11or possibly 12 new units of affordable senior housing to be located at 15 Mt. Airy Road.

d)      On motion of TRUSTEE KANE, seconded by TRUSTEE BRENNAN, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:

WHEREAS, the Croton Point Landfill Joint Defense Group, which is comprised of industrial parties who entered a Consent Decree with the New York State Attorney General for the Croton Point Sanitary Landfill, is seeking a payment from Westchester County municipalities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980; and

WHEREAS, representatives from these Westchester County Municipalities have met a number of times to determine if it would be in their best interests to form a Municipal Defense Group and to be provided with a common defense in the Croton Point Action; and

WHEREAS, after meeting with a number of attorneys, the representatives have determined that Periconi, LLC, is the most qualified to defend the group; and

WHEREAS, James Periconi of Periconi, LLC has prepared a Joint Defense Agreement with Counsel for the defense of the Croton Point Action; and

WHEREAS, the Village Attorney and Village Manager have determined that it is in the Village’s best interest to enter into the agreements with Periconi, LLC and the Municipal Defense Group,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  that the Village Manager is authorized to sign the Joint Defense Agreement,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  that the amount of $5,000 as stated in the Joint Defense Agreement be charged to the law account # 1420-1100.

Discussion:  Trustee Brennan asked for a more detailed explanation of this.  Village Manager Herbek replied that when the Croton Point landfill was capped, the cost was around 27 million dollars and came from two pots of money-the State superfund money, 75%, and the Westchester County government, 25%;  NYS has the right to recover funds that went into this capping/closing to try to get its money back; the Attorney General’s office went after the private sector –the private sector paid 9.7 million dollars.  The law now allows for the private sector to go after municipalities to recover part of this cost; it is divided up amongst the municipalities that used the landfill over the years; there are three tier groups – the Village has $85,000 at stake and it is worth the fight; Croton has taken a leadership role to get this group together to form a joint defense group.  Village Attorney Stecich added that they are also going after other private companies that the state did not go after in the first place.  Trustee Kane stated that there are about 40 municipalities named in this group.  Trustee Gallelli asked how the steering committee is selected.  Village Manager Herbek replied that they haven’t completed the process but he has names of volunteers to be on steering committee; they hope to get representation from all 3 tiers.  Trustee Wiegman stated that this document is very helpful and suggested posting something to the web site, especially the last few pages of questions and answers.  Village Attorney Stecich stated that the $5,000 is an initial cost to get started, do investigation and initiate litigation.

7. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION – NON-AGENDA ITEMS:

a)      Roger Solymosy, Old Post Rd. North, congratulated Charles Kane, Ann Gallelli and Judge Watkins on their recent elections.  He is gratified that the constitution of the US was cited in the oath of office.  The day before election day, campaign signs in front of his house were removed by a village employee; when he drove around the Village later that day, plenty of other signs remained on public property for various things including political signs; the Village is engaging in violation of constitutional rights predicated solely on the content of the sign put in front of his house; enforce a sign ban on all signs or allow any signs; he does not believe this sign removal was based on prejudice of one political party over another; someone just picked which signs to remove; enforce the rule or get rid of this rule; he is keeping a picture diary during the year of signs in the Village and if next year signs are removed from in front of his property, he may consider legal action.

b)      Bob Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Ave., stated that winning of the Millennium case was very important and he congratulated the Board and those who worked very hard on this; he did not work on this project., but cited several residents who did contribute; he urged the Board to continue and stay the course on eminent domain; his own estimates were correct; continue the fight.  Mr. Wintermeier added that, regarding the joint defense committee, he hopes someone engages a commercial account who was sued to work with the municipalities in fighting this battle.  He added that there have been problems with signs for some time; he is less concerned about charitable signs, but they should be removed when the event is over; staples on poles are a hazard; regarding signs on public property-it takes a complaint to have them taken down; make sure signs are not on public property.

Roger Solymosy returned and stated that if the policy is to not allow any sign, that’s fine, enforce it uniformly; signs should not be on a curb; he asked that the Village should not pick and chose on the content of a sign or the week a sign is put out.

Fran Allen, stated that the Millennium fight is not over yet, it can be appealed; she gave a history of how the Village got to this point and got this win; however,  Millennium has 60 days to decide whether to appeal or not. Putting the entire Village under the Coastal Zone Management Program in the late 1980s, when no other Village or municipality in our area had that at that time, allowed the Village of have the protection it affords; because Millennium decided to come across Haverstraw Bay and into the Village, they have been prevented from doing this; individuals on the WAC committee took on various aspects of this case and took major roles.

8.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on March 20, 2006 as corrected.  Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion.  The Board voted approval, with Trustee Gallelli abstaining.

Trustee Kane made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on March 21, 2006.  Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion.  The Board voted approval, with Trustee Gallelli abstaining
        
9. REPORTS:
Village Manager Herbek reported that next Monday’s meeting is a Public Hearing on the budget starting at 8 pm; he may have a conference call with Neil Levy at 7:30 pm.  Village Manager Herbek added that tonight’s executive session should include a matter involving acquisition of real property.

Treasurer Zambrano reported that the final assessment role was filed today and is available in the Village’s main office.  

Trustee Wiegman reported that the new Village logo is on the web site.  He stated that regarding new voting machines, he has had experience with optical scanning voting and they are quite reliable; he has documents regarding this and will check with Peggy Keesler for her preference.  Mayor Schmidt added that he has information from Peggy about transferring election process over to the county; she will keep the Board informed.

Trustee Kane stated that he agrees with Trustee Wiegman about the optical scanner.  He has the 2006 tide predictions for the Haverstraw Bay area and asked that it be passed on to Ken Kraft; hopefully this will provide additional insight to the DPW crew.  Trustee Kane thanked residents for the great turnout on Election Day and for returning him to office.

Trustee Gallelli stated that she was very happy to be here and asked Village Manager Herbek to provide an overview of the short term plans for the parking area at a future meeting.  Trustee Gallelli stated that in February, they had an executive session scheduled with the Comprehensive Plan Committee regarding post adoption steps for the Comprehensive Plan and asked that it be rescheduled. Trustee Gallelli added that the Planning Board wrote a memo in January recommending a zoning change regarding twin-dominium controls and she would like to see this moved forward; she has copies of other local laws.

Trustee Brennan reported that the Community Center meeting had several Croton organizations attending-all reported varieties of needs; a common thread was that they all need a place to meet; the committee has gathered information and will get a survey together now that they have had input and focus groups; their next meeting is scheduled for April 25th at 7:30 in the Municipal Bldg.  Trustee Brennan reported also that Saturday, April 7th  there will  be a crane installed by the salt sheds to see what the new cell tower will look like; for or against, please give input.  Trustee Brennan stated that they will be adopting a budget in a few weeks and are working hard, especially trying to keep in mind residents with limited income; this Board will work together to keep the budget as low as it can.

Attorney Stecich reported that the decision came down election day and Judge Nickolai granted the Villages’ temporary restraining order until he decides the next step; this is a good sign, but do not put too much weight on it; NIR and Greentree’s papers are due tomorrow and the Village has a week to respond; everything will be submitted by April 11th; the judge then will make a decision about the injunction until the case is determined.

Mayor Schmidt reported that students left today for France; it is the 25th anniversary of this exchange; they put together a gift packet from the village.  He noted, regarding the bump-out on Hughes street, the CANDO (croton activist neighbors decorating outside) has done their work; they received some help from DPW; it is exciting to see a group like that starting up and appreciates the volunteers.  Mayor Schmidt announced that Lyn Roessler passed away recently, she was on the Chamber of Commerce for many years, created the Half Moon Press, was an historian for Croton; a memorial will be held this Saturday, April 8th at 2 pm at the lodge in Croton Point; the public is invited.

Trustee Wiegman made a motion to adjourn to executive session to discuss matter of  real estate, seconded by Trustee Kane; approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary


Village Clerk