A Work Session/Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday August 7, 2006 at 7:30 pm at the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building, 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
The following officials were present:
Village Engineer O’Connor
Special Counsel Gerrard was connected by speaker phone from the Village Manager’s Office.
The Village Manager reviewed with the Board the results of the ranking of 13 issues facing the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. Of the 13 issues the results indicated that the top priority is budgeting and tax related issues including identifying revenue sources that will keep pace with the increasing cost of providing municipal services and keeping property taxes at a reasonable level while maintaining the services and amenities that residents want and expect.
The Village Manager also reviewed ongoing items for possible future work sessions. These are divided into the following subject areas:
DPW/ Engineering Issues
There was some discussion that a restroom facility or portable toilet might be needed at Sunset Park. The Village Manager said that he would review this further with Susan Menz, Superintendent of Recreation, and that he would report back to the Board.
The Village Manager reviewed the revised film permit application and there was a discussion concerning prior notification to neighbors in certain cases. The permit application will be amended to include a box for notification of neighbors which will be required if deemed appropriate by the Village Office.
The Village Manager advised the Board that Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi has requested another meeting with residents who live along the Croton River Gorge to discuss ongoing items of concern and actions taken by both the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Town of Cortlandt. A date for this meeting is being planned for later in the month of August and the Board will be advised when the time and date have been scheduled.
The Board discussed whether to schedule a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Southern Access Road which is between Croton Point Avenue and Half Moon Bay/ Discovery Cove. The IMA will soon be signed in the near future now that the easement for the pathway, easement for the signs, deed and road conveyance have been completed. They are pending final review by the Village Attorney. It was suggested that a ribbon cutting would be scheduled sometime in September or October of 2006.
The Village Manager lastly discussed a recent phone call from Ron Aha wherein he suggested that a fee of $3.00 be charged by the Village for parking for next year’s Clearwater Festival. The Board advised Village Manager Herbek to call Mr. Aha back and let him know that the Village would have to lower the fee charged to all other daily users to $3.00 for that day and they are not inclined to do that. The previous discussion had been to maintain the $5.00 per vehicle fee.
On a motion by Trustee Kane, seconded by Trustee Wiegman, the Board voted to enter into an executive session on a matter of pending litigation involving 1A Croton Point Avenue and also a personnel matter involving the retaining of Stecich, Murphy & Lammers to continue to represent the Village in the various New York State Court lawsuits between Northeast Interchange Railway and Greentree Realy and the Village. The motion was approved unanimously.
In executive session the Board discussed with Special Counsel Michael Gerrard various elements and aspects of a possible counter proposal to Northeast Interchange Railway.
The following resolution was approved at this meeting:
On motion of TRUSTEE Wiegman, seconded by TRUSTEE Brennan, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
WHEREAS, the retainer agreement with Stecich Murphy & Lammers, LLP expired on June 30, 2006; and
WHEREAS, the firm of Stecich Murphy & Lammers is continuing to represent the Village in the various New York State Court lawsuits between Northeast Interchange Railway and Greentree Realty and the Village;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the new retainer agreement with Stecich Murphy & Lammers which will pay Stecich Murphy & Lammers $225 per hour to act as special counsel to the Village.
The Executive Session was adjourned at 10:15 pm.
Richard F. Herbek, Village Manager