A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, July 10, 2006 at the Municipal Building, Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
1. CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Schmidt called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS:
Trustee Brennan made a motion to approve the vouchers as follows, subject to review by the Audit Committee. The motion was seconded by Trustee Wiegman and approved unanimously.
3. PUBLIC HEARING
Mayor Schmidt opened the Public Hearing on a special permit application from Skyview Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for a proposed amended site plan adding 650 square feet of terrace and lower level storage area. Village Manager Herbek reviewed documents received for the Skyview proposal. The Public Hearing has been noticed in the Village’s official newspapers.
Fran Allen, Finney Farm, had comments on two items: 1) what would happen and the evacuation procedures in case of emergency; this is the highest building in the Village; the 1st special permit allowed the building of patios which cut off access by vehicles to the side and rear of the building; she has asked for the Fire Dept. to look at the plans and approve them, but she remains concerned if they have approved them and has no idea if they are or will be in compliance; the Village needs to do due diligence prior to granting the special permit that, in the event of all kinds of emergencies, the residents of that building can be properly evacuated or taken care of expeditiously. Trustee Brennan asked who she feels should take the next step for compliance review if the Fire Dept. has reviewed and approved the plans. Fran Allen suggested the state or get some indication from the regulatory agency who covers these institutions that there is a plan in place. Trustee Wiegman stated that the new plans seem to show a new driveway that goes down the side of the building past the new patios. Fran Allen replied that she is not comfortable that this driveway is wide enough and would like it reviewed by all relevant agencies. Mayor Schmidt added that the Fire Dept. did approve the plan and it was reviewed by the Planning Board; he is not sure if it the Village’s responsibility to check with the state agencies or Sky View’s responsibility. Ms. Allen’s item #2 has to do with the sewer smell; a word of mouth agreement was made in July 2003 that Skyview would put in a grinder for the debris that gets into the wet well; that verbal agreement was not received in writing. Mayor Schmidt replied that the change in the resolution being looked at tonight addresses this issue. Fran Allen suggested adding escalating penalties for not complying by a certain date.
Mary Fagan, Old Post Rd., N., stated that she agrees with Fran Allen; Skyview has not done what they were supposed to and the smell is still alive.
Mike Byrne, representing the Skyview architect, stated that there is no concern about access to the rear of the facility; there was never a chance of anyone driving around that side of the building since there is about a 50 foot drop-off at a considerable angle and no one would take a fire truck down that area. Regarding the odor issue, he stated that the new owners are willing to work with the Village to correct the situation but they want to study the issue first.
Village Manager Herbek stated that he participated in discussions about the odor issue dating back several years; the key administration was told at Skyview several years ago that the grinder had to be installed; they also discussed a management system which has not worked; they are still experiencing problems with bed sheets and linen being introduced into the wet well that should not be there; he believes that the only way to deal with the problem is with the sewer grinder; the resolution tonight requires the installation of the sewer grinder within 180 days of granting of the special permit. Mayor Schmidt added that there have been ongoing charges to the Village to pump out material that does not belong there; this is another important part of why the grinder is needed. Village Manager Herbek added that the Village plans to take firm action when there is a violation of Village code; they realize it will take time to install the grinder; however, during the interim, any future violations will incur violation notices. Engineer O’Connor stated that Skyview granted the Village an easement for installation of the pump station; he believes, if done correctly, the grinder could be installed at the easement; there is enough room between the wet well and the manhole; the Village Attorney can draw up an agreement to make it clear that Skyview is responsible for maintenance.
Trustee Gallelli referred to the Village sewer law under which these materials are prohibited; by installing the grinder will it reduce or prevent future clogging of the system. Dan O’Connor replied that this is correct; he would like to bring the wet well to a state where it would require cleaning about 1 or 2 times a year instead of 4 times a year. Trustee Gallelli asked how the grinder will help the odor problems. O’Connor replied that it is hard to say; he believes it may have a neutral effect on the odor, not much worse or much better; a blower/air system has been installed; they have modified the feed system and installed 3 or 4 odor treatment removal canisters, there occasionally may be some odors, but it should be better with the addition of an chemical injection pump to include the right amount of chemical in the waste water. Trustee Kane added that he is concerned about what is entering into that pit-is it medical waste? Village Engineer O’Connor replied that he will contact the Westchester DEF about this facility to make sure all regulations are met; he did speak to the Fire Dept. and they agree they would not bring a truck down the side but would use hand fire lines. Trustee Kane asked what will be stored in the new storage area. Mike Byrne replied that excess wheel chairs and beds, all hard goods, things that would not be damaged by cold or heat; no chemicals or flammable materials will be stored there.
On motion of TRUSTEE Brennan, 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, Skyview Health Care and Rehabilitation Center is interested in building a 650 square foot outdoor patio with below terrace storage space; and
WHEREAS, according to the Village Code any expansion requires an amended special permit before an amended site plan can be obtained; and
WHEREAS, John Cohen Architect applied for an amended special permit on behalf of Skyview Health Care and Rehabilitation Center; and
WHEREAS, at the May 15, 2006 Regular Village Board Meeting this matter was referred to the Planning Board for comments; and
WHEREAS, in a memo dated June 14, 2006, the Planning Board recommended approving the application for an amended special permit with certain conditions; and
WHEREAS, a Public Hearing was held on July 10, 2006 to consider this matter,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby issues an amended special permit to Skyview Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for an amended special permit with the following conditions:
1. The applicant must come before the Planning Board for an amended site plan.
2. The applicant must install a grinder system at the sewer pump station at Sky View within 180 days of the granting of this permit.
3. Skyview must be in compliance with all NYS Dept of Health, NYS DEC, OSHA, and all other applicable state, county, and local licenses and regulations. Documentation of compliance must be submitted to the Village Engineer.
Board Discussion: Trustee Brennan asked to consider the penalty as suggested by Fran Allen. Trustee Gallelli questioned if the requirement of a fine in this resolution may not be appropriate and should be checked with the Village Attorney. Mayor Schmidt added that the Village is making a very strong statement that this must be done in 180 days, but should keep in mind that in construction, some things happen that construction cannot take place as scheduled. Trustee Kane stated that he is inclined not to vote on this until the grinder is installed. Mayor Schmidt asked Mr. Byrne if there is assurance from Skyview that they will comply with the installation. Trustee Brennan suggested trusting Village Engineer O’Connor’s judgment in this matter; he has the expertise. Trustee Gallelli added that she is inclined to agree with Trustee Kane that this should have been done a long time ago, but if it is not part of a special permit condition, the Village will having nothing in place to require a grinder and fix the problem. Trustee Kane replied that Trustee Gallelli’s comments were a good point and has changed his mind. Trustee Brennan suggested to strike the penalty inference, but keep in the requirement to be in compliance with all applicable sewer licensing and regulations.
Village Manager Herbek read the following correspondence (full text available at the Village Office):
a) A letter of resignation from Paul Rolnick from the ZBA. Mayor Elliott thanked him for his time and effort in serving on the board. Trustee Gallelli added that Mr. Rolnick has served for 9 years and he will be sorely missed.
b) A letter from Village Engineer O’Connor suggesting an alternate site for the Nextel tower just south of the DPW facility. Village Manager Herbek stated that this came about because of need by several Village agencies, the school district as well as residents for better cell service. He added that it is a Board judgment where this should be placed; the new location brings the tower closer to the MetroNorth lights and may be more visually acceptable; however, it will incur the loss of approximately 6 parking spaces; he would like to offer a location to Nextel, either would be fine from a staff point of view. Trustee Wiegman agreed that this recommendation from Dan O’Connor is excellent; the tower will be less visible; the MetroNorth lights are about 100 feet tall; they may want to do a radio telemetry test. Trustee Gallelli added that Nextel felt that either site would not make much difference in signal, but evaluating the site is costly and they would like assurance that the Village is willing to consider this as an alternative site. Trustee Brennan stated that he understands the need of the community; however, the residents he has spoken to have indicated they do not want a cell tower; he asked the public to let the Board know how they feel about the cell tower. Trustee Kane stated that this alternate seems to have less visual impact; he has quite a bit of feedback from residents which was negative for the site, but positive for the need. Trustee Brennan asked for a balloon test or a crane and leave it there for a few days and ask for resident input. Trustee Wiegman stated that he spoke with an engineer who does a lot of site planning for these types of facilities and he stated that the balloon tests need to be calibrated and photographed for accuracy; this particular site is flat and at sea level and anything will stick out. Trustee Gallelli added that there are other impacts that will be studied by the Planning Board including an affect on the bald eagle population and migration of birds, especially for the original site. Trustee Wiegman added that this would also leave the canoe launch unaffected. Mayor Schmidt stated that he hears that it is the consensus of the Board to ask Nextel to consider and evaluate this alternative site.
c) A letter from Gary Shaw representing Croton CIP, 9 Van Cortlandt Place. Mr. Shaw was present and read the request for Independent Safety Assessment of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant for the record; he urged support of the legislation being proposed on a by-partisan basis. Trustee Wiegman moved to adopt the resolution as proposed with some changes or additions; send copies, after adoption, to the Westchester County Board of Legislators, the County Executive as well as the members of government as listed in the letter from Croton CIP. Trustee Brennan added that calculates he has had over 10 years working inside Indian Point; people should have a comfortable atmosphere that an independent auditor has reviewed the facility; it is good for all residents in the area. Mr. Shaw added that an independent assessment can validate all of the claims that have been made.
On motion of TRUSTEE Wiegman, seconded by TRUSTEE Kane, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
SUPPORTING AN INDEPENDENT SAFETY ASSESSMENT
INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
WHEREAS, Entergy is the owner and operator of two nuclear power plants, Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3, located in Buchanan, New York; and
WHEREAS, The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the federal regulatory agency overseeing, regulating and licensing IP2 and IP3; and
WHEREAS, the NRC has the power and authority to mandate an Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) of IP2 and IP3; and
WHEREAS, the NRC, in spite of the problems and safety issues experienced by IP2 and IP3, has refused to mandate an ISA of IP2 and IP3; and
WHEREAS, legislation has been introduced in both Houses of the US Congress, by Senator Hillary Clinton, Representatives Sue Kelly, Nita Lowey, Elliot Engel, Maurice Hinchey and Christopher Shays, that mandates the NRC to conduct a Maine Yankee style ISA on the vital systems of Indian Point and require FEMA to justify, with specificity, its approval of the IP evacuation plan despite the findings of the 2003 Witt Report; and
WHEREAS, the Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut support this legislation as well as the NY Comptroller Alan Hevesi; and
WHEREAS, taking into consideration the historical safety record of Indian Point, the current uncontrolled and uncorrected leaks of radioactive materials as compared to the health and safety of Croton residents,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Croton-on-Hudson Village Board of Trustees supports the legislation currently before Congress that mandates the Independent Safety Assessment of IP2 and IP3 which would:
1) include a "vertical slice" review of all operating systems,
2) include a "horizontal" review of all plant maintenance,
3) be conducted by independent experts,
4) be monitored by local officials, and
5) include a rigorous re-evaluation of the feasibility of the evacuation plan for Indian Point;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the citizens of Croton-on-Hudson, because of their close proximity to Indian Point, deserve to have a clear and accurate assessment of any and all safety problems or issues that are currently known or may be discovered at Indian Point; and that these issues be presented to the public in a timely manner after discovery,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village provide of copy of this resolution to the above-named legislators.
c) A letter from David Steinmetz, Zarin & Steinmetz, Attorneys at Law, regarding the application for re-issuance of the 1998 Special Permit on the 1A Croton Point Ave. property and enclosing a check for the $500 fee for special permit applications. Trustee Wiegman moved to refer this letter and application to the Planning Board; second by Trustee Brennan, approved unanimously.
Mayor Schmidt announced that Nancy Kennedy has offered her time to fill the vacancy on the VEB and appointed her to the VEB.
CITIZEN PARTICIPATION-Agenda Items
a) Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand St., distributed items to the Board members; she referred to a show on Channel 4 tonight about unregulated rail waste facilities; Middletown is facing similar issues; she does not believe a proposed deal is much of a deal at all; she thanked the Board for rejecting their offer. Ms. Cudequest referred to an article in the Journal News this past weekend about Buffalo Southern; she provided the Board with documents of recent lawsuits involving Mr. Gruson; history shows the waste industry goes its own way and she recounted several items and asked the Board to examine these documents. Ms. Cudequest stated that the www.ourlivescount.org web site should be looked at. Ms. Cudequest added that a posting in a local chat room about what was offered by MetroEnviro is inaccurate. Mayor Schmidt stated that the public needs to ask questions and do diligence about information.
b) Richard Pellicci, 65 Radnor Ave., stated that Mr. Steinmetz is back looking for a special permit; he asked the Board to not let this entity back into the Village. Mr. Pellicci implored the Trustees that the local chat room cease producing stupidity that it has been spewing for the past several months; it has no place in the community and people who post on it rarely give their names. Mr. Pellicci reported that the Can-do Crew has completed the planting of the island on Benedict and Cleveland; he thanked several people and the Rec. Dept. for their assistance; he added that the DPW buildings is in sad shape and they could use a new facility. He stated that isn’t it nice when residents get together and produce something visually positive instead of wasting time on nonsense for 8 years.
c) Bob Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Ave., stated that the interaction with Steinmetz is confusing; his letter made no reference to BSOR other than they are leasing the facility from Greentree and/or Regis NIR; he can not find BSOR on the stock market; they claim are a class three common carrier, a short line railroad located in western NY; they operate the line on a lease with Erie County Industrial Development Agency; they have locomotives, but nothing recent nor any freight cars; they deal in the Buffalo area with fertilizers, propane, auto lubricants, fuel additives and cleaning products. Mr. Wintermeir asked someone to find out what they plan to bring in here; they also have permits for hazardous materials; they should not be free from environmental checkpoints; they advertise the Croton facility in their update of May 18th offering common carrier services serving Westchester County and NYC markets; another page describes the facility as a trans-load facility in Croton-on-Hudson; the Village should be fighting this and also find out what they mean by storage at the Croton facility; they have identified their route in the western part of NY as Buffalo to Waterborough; there are a lot of towns and someone should check out whether they are acting as good neighbors in these facilities. He considers BSOR as a major threat to the Village and strongly urge not to negotiate. Mayor Schmidt stated that this is information that will be processed during review and the on-going litigation. Mr. Wintermeir, regarding the proposed cell phone tower at the railroad station, stated that he cannot make a connection on his cell phone under the awning by the railroad station; he is concerned about an emergency need in the Village for cell phone service and suggested to not worry about the esthetics of the tower.
d) Don Daubney, 45 Bungalow Rd., stated that prior applications for cell towers were rejected because residents did not want them; the parking lot area is not a beautiful sight anyway; it is time to provide people of the Village adequate cell phone service; move ahead expeditiously as possible. Mr. Daubney added that there are two constants – David Steinmetz and Greentree; he does not believe Greentree has changed it’s spots; we do not deal successfully with these people; do not grant this permit
a) On motion of TRUSTEE WIEGMAN, 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, at the April 24, 2006 Budget Adoption Meeting, the Village Board adopted a revised master fee schedule with updated fees; and
WHEREAS, the fine for receiving a fire lane violation was raised to $180; and
WHEREAS, the Police Chief has recommended that the fine for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant should also be raised to $180,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Master Fee Schedule dated June 1, 2006 be revised to reflect the revised fine of $180 for parking within 15’ of a fire hydrant.
b) On motion of TRUSTEE BRENNAN, seconded by TRUSTEE KANE, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, Dvirka & Bartilucci has submitted a proposal for engineering design work and related tasks for the proposed stormwater improvements to Batten Road; and
WHEREAS, The Village Board approved the borrowing of $200,000 for the fiscal year 2006-07 in order to begin the improvements to Batten Road,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to accept the proposal from Dvirka & Bartilucci in the amount up to $68,000 for engineering tasks 1 – 5 relating to the proposed improvements to Batten Road.
c) 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, the Village has constructed a new radio tower building for the use of its Police and Fire Departments; and
WHEREAS, the Village would like to allow the Croton Harmon School District to utilize the building using its own equipment; and
WHEREAS, the attached intermunicipal agreement has been drafted and approved by the School District,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the intermunicipal agreement with the School District which outlines the terms for which the School District may make use of the Village’s radio tower.
d) On motion of TRUSTEE KANE, 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, the Village Fire Department provides ambulance service to the Mount Airy Quaker Bridge District on a contract basis each year, and
WHEREAS, the Town has provided the Village with the 2005 Ambulance Agreement between the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the 2005 Ambulance Agreement with the Town of Cortlandt which provides that the Town shall pay the Village the sum of $48,626 for providing ambulance service within the Mount Airy Quaker Bridge Fire District.
e) On motion of TRUSTEE KANE, seconded by TRUSTEE WEIGMAN, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York:
WHEREAS, the Village would like to retain Weiler Mapping to assist the Village in the updating of its GIS data; and
WHEREAS, Weiler Mapping has submitted a proposal with a total cost not to exceed $11,000 for the 2006-07 fiscal year,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to accept the proposal from Weiler Mapping,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that this amount will be charged account # 1440-400.
f) On motion of TRUSTEE WIEGMAN, seconded by TRUSTEE KANE, the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York with the following vote: Trustees Wiegman, Kane and Gallelli “aye”; Trustee Brennan, Mayor Schmidt “nay”.
WHEREAS, Westchester County has renovated the ball fields at Croton Point Park through the use of legacy funds; and
WHEREAS, Westchester County has asked the Village if they would like to manage the fields; and
WHEREAS, the Village held a permit to manage the fields for the 2005 fall season; and
WHEREAS, the Village is now working with the County to complete an intermunicipal agreement in order for the Village to manage the fields on an ongoing basis; and
WHEREAS, the IMA can not be completed until late summer; and
WHEREAS, the County has prepared a temporary permit that would allow the Village to manage and schedule the fields before the IMA is complete,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees authorizes the Village Manager to accept the letter permit allowing the Village to manage the fields for the 2006 fall season which will commence on August 14, 2006 and terminate on November 30, 2006,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that once the intermunicipal agreement is completed the Village will enter into an intermunicipal agreement with the County to manage the fields on a more permanent basis.
Board Discussion: Trustee Brennan stated that he called Sue Menz, Recreation Supervisor, who told him she is against an IMA for these fields; they were under utilized last year; the Village will be responsible for a lot of additional expenses such as additional utility costs, portable bathrooms, insurance, garbage removal, maintenance of the fields, any vandalism; it is a waste of taxpayer money; he would like to take the staff recommendation and he agrees with her. Mayor Schmidt questioned the last ‘resolved’ which states that once the IMA is completed the Village will enter into an intermunicipal agreement with the County to manage the fields on a more permanent basis. Trustee Gallelli replied that she believes that this is there is because they expected the IMA to be available at this time and it is important to get the rights to manage the field early enough to get the groups who are interested in signing up; this is an interim agreement to be followed by the IMA in the near future; she is in support of this; it is an opportunity for the Village to be pro-active in support of many programs. Trustee Kane stated that he had a list of several local and outside groups interested in using the ball fields; this does fill a need. Trustee Gallelli added that everyone will be paying fees and will not be playing there at Village expense. Mayor Schmidt stated that the fees proposed are much reduced from the original fee structure; the reduced fees will not recoup costs; Village residents will be paying probably about 75% of the cost and will be supporting outside groups; a predominant Village group can be subsidized, but he does not feel this fills that criteria. Trustee Brennan replied that all groups mentioned can now go to the County and reserve the field; this would be taking taxpayer money and subsidizing those who do not live in the Village. Trustee Kane stated that last projections show that 75% of the cost will be recovered. Mayor Schmidt replied that we don’t know what the cost is of running this kind of facility. Trustee Gallelli stated that it is important that the fee structure be outlined and sent out to all interested groups. Mayor Schmidt stated that the fee structure has been set in the resolution for the IMA that was approved tonight. Trustee Brennan asked that someone keep a record of costs and income to see how the Village has made out.
g) On motion of TRUSTEE GALLELLI, 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 Village Board of Trustees has completed a search for a new Village Attorney; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees interviewed five firms during this process and has decided to retain McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the retainer agreement with McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP for its services as counsel to the Village of Croton on Hudson.
7. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION – NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on June 19, 2006 as corrected. Trustee Kane seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Brennan made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting held on June 19, 2006 as corrected. Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion. The Board voted as follows: “Aye” – Trustee Brennan, Mayor Schmidt. “Nay” – Trustees Gallelli, Kane and Wiegman.
Village Manager Herbek reported that he would like a very short executive session regarding 1A Croton Point Ave. after this meeting to discuss ongoing litigation. Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the request, seconded by Trustee Kane, approved unanimously.
Treasurer Zambrano reported taxes were due June 30th – collections were good and timely; the water bills are due July 15th; please pay by that date to avoid late penalties. Treasurer Zambrano reported that they have issued a bond to finance last year’s project; the Village has received an A1 rating from Moody’s; the A-1 rating reflects the Village’s well managed financial operations, affluent, moderately sized economic base and affordable debt position.
Trustee Brennan reported that the next meeting for the Community center will be held on August 8th, at 7:30; they are getting close to putting together a thorough survey which should be out in September or October. He congratulated the Village Treasurer and his staff for the great job they do.
Trustee Gallelli reported that Trustee Kane and she went on a cruise up the Croton River to assess the situation they have been hearing about the river; Trustee Kane will add more detail about their findings. Trustee Gallelli stated that a resident who was boating on the river told them he was glad about the new video streaming. Trustee Gallelli reported that she was talking to Sue Menz for an update on camps, etc. and she indicated that everything seems to be going well; Silver Lake had a tree come down and they were without electricity and phone lines; however, the police provided walky-talkies to keep them open for the weekend. Trustee Gallelli stated that since the last meeting, they have put out a lot of information about events that have taken place with the STB; she reviewed a summary of the events by date of occurrence; this is a costly process; the bill from special counsel was $67,000 and the bill for July is expected to be about the same; January thru June the Village has paid $145,000. Mayor Schmidt added that this is a very worthwhile fight; this expenditure of money is the result of mistakes make in issuance of the original permit to MetroEnviro; this fight is to protect this Village; he has pledged to uphold that fight so Croton does not end up with image blight on its territory.
Trustee Kane reported that he has received feedback from residents about the conditions on Croton River; he took a boat trip and documented occurrences on the east side of the river; there is graffiti, people jumping off cliffs, litter, unlicensed fisherman and remnants of fires; he will be attending a meeting with Linda Puglisi, Mayor Schmidt and Village Manager Herbek on Wednesday concerning some of the abuses occurring and looking at steps that should be made to correct the situation.
Trustee Wiegman offered to do an outreach to potential groups when the fields’ fee schedule is set.
Mayor Schmidt reported that on Thursday of this week he will be filming with Ken Kraft, Gary Diggs, and Lt. Russ Harper about hurricane disaster preparedness; what residents should do to prepare for a hurricane; they hope to get it out on the air in a week or so; this information will address any kind of disaster; the staff has been working aggressively on the many stages of preparedness; the first step begins at home; be ready in event of any disaster to meet needs and requirements and especially follow what the officials are saying at that time to protect. Mayor Schmidt commented that the MetroEnviro/1A Croton Pt Ave. situation has been a long, costly fight for the Village; one can go back to the minutes of the meeting where the first permit was approved, it was asked from the podium what would happen if they violated the permit; it was repeated over again, no problem, they violate, we revoke the permit; however, the Village has just spent $750,000 to verify the fact that the Village could uphold their permit; this is not because of actions of this current board, he is determined to move forward on this and fight this; this process has been slowed down and stalled-why do we have to keep doing this; should be united on this front to move forward and fight; there is a lot of movement on the STB to look at these permit applications.
Trustee Brennan made a motion to adjourn to executive session. Trustee Wiegman seconded the motion; approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 p.m.
Phyllis A. Bradbury
Phyllis A. Bradbury, Secretary