A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY was held on Monday, February 5, 2007 at the Municipal Building, One Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
The following officials were present:
Mayor Schmidt Trustee Brennan
Trustee Kane Trustee Gallelli
Trustee Wiegman Manager Herbek
Attorney Staudt Treasurer Zambrano
1. Call to Order:
Mayor Schmidt called the meeting to order at 8:10 pm. 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.
General Fund 31,751.88
Water Fund 4,249.51
Sewer Fund 188.96
Capital Acct. 13,515.78
Trust & Agency 2,197.30
3. Special Presentation:
Village Manager, Richard Herbek introduced Chuck Herman, an engineer with the New York Power Authority, who gave a presentation regarding the installation of a solar photovoltaic systems in the village to generate electricity for a village building. NYPA has used Petroleum Over-Charge Restitution (POCR) funds to install 24 demonstration photovoltaic systems in municipalities all over New York. The village was selected in December of 2006 to receive a grant subsidized by these funds for the installation a PV system on a village building.
Installation requires a flat roof with 600-800 square feet. An installation contractor will design a system especially for the roof to optimize system potential. After plan approval, NYPA will perform appropriate site testing for hazardous materials, and the contractor will construct and install the system. NYPA prefers flat installation of panels to eliminate risk associated with roof penetration and lift, minimize size and weight challenges and maximize the electrical energy output during the summer months. The PV system includes a documentation station that records performance and is network integrated to enable remote diagnostics in the event of a problem.
The village will need to negotiate an interconnection agreement with the utility company, and will have to provide the contractor with building specs, certificate of insurance and proof of workers compensation insurance; contact the state office of historic preservation for approval; and ensure network connections for the data acquisition system. NYPA owns the system until start-up, at which time the system is ready to operate and will be turned over to the village. The system warranty is 20 years; the inverter and data system, five years, and basic installation malfunctions, one year.
Mayor Schmidt asked if NYPA reviewed possible locations. Mr. Hermann responded that in a preliminary meeting NYPA determined that the Municipal Building roof is not suitable, but that the Harmon Fire House is a good alternative. The contractor will make the final decision. Several factors will be considered including that the base load must consume the total energy output of the system because municipalities can not put electricity back on the grid. Trustee Brennan stated that basically you need a flat roof that can hold the weight. Trustee Gallelli asked how much power the system would supply. Mr. Hermann stated the actual output depends. The grant is for $75,000; seven sites were selected; NYPA wants to finalize all seven contracts and go out to bid for one contractor because it will be most cost-effective; and that it can depend on which contractor wins the bid because each uses different component manufacturers. Probably about a 5 Kilowatt system that will generate about 6 Kilowatt/hours for the year, roughly what a typical household would consume. Mayor Schmidt stated that the fire department would consume the energy for lighting, heating and cooling. Trustee Wiegman asked how the village project came about. Mr. Hermann said that during previous energy conservation projects with the energy services group, Maribel Cruz noted that the village was interested in a solar project.
Bob Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Avenue, asked what back-up features the system provides and would there be maintenance costs for the village? Mr. Hermann responded that the system would be a grid-parallel system, which means if grid goes down the PV system goes down. The PV system is not an emergency energy source. In NYPA's experience, there have been relatively few component failures. There are no moving parts on the system, and the site is selected to minimize wear and tear on panels. Mayor Schmidt stated that it was unlikely that they would lose the entire system and have to replace it. Trustee Kane asked if the panels require cleaning. Mr. Hermann stated that cleaning is not necessary; that there is no significant maintenance; and that the site is selected to minimize potential damage from trees and wind. Snow tends to melt quickly. Trustee Brennan noted that the flat installation eliminates other risks. Trustee Wiegman asked about an energy audit of the particular building. Mr. Hermann stated that it is a relatively new building, but efficiency measures could be explored.
a. A letter dated November 10, 2006 from Anthony Amato, of the US Environmental Protection Agency, informed the Board that the village has been awarded membership in the 2006 Green Power Leadership Club; that the purchasing requirements for Leadership status were increased; and that leadership members will have one year to meet new requirements. Mr. Herbek stated that the village purchases wind power for 25% of its energy consumption. The new requirement of 60% is a noticeable increase, and he recommended that the Board discuss this at budget time. Trustee Wiegman stated that green power costs about 10 cents more per kilowatt/hour.
b. A notice dated January 17, 2007 from Craig Kominski of the NYS Office of Real Property Services informed the Board that the final Revised Residential Assessment Ratio is set at 2.75. Joe Sperber challenged the initial rate, 2.93. Mayor Schmidt thanks Mr. Sperber and his department for pursuing the reduction in the rate.
c. A letter dated January 19, 2007 from James Dennis of the American Red Cross informed the Board that March is National Red Cross Month and asked the village to participate in local events. Mayor Schmidt is in the process of scheduling a meeting with the Westchester Chapter to discuss the village's involvement.
d. A letter dated January 23, 2007 from Don Simons of the Knights of Columbus requested permission to replace a sign at the Village's entrance on Rt. 9A, and place a sign by the welcome sign on Rt. 129. Mayor Schmidt asked that the Board agree to grant permission to replace the sign that used to hang on Rt. 9A but wait to grant permission for the new sign on Rt. 129 until a universal policy for signs at that location can be developed. Trustee Kane agreed. Trustee Wiegman stated that placing signs on Rt. 129 is not the village's standard policy. He agreed that an appropriate policy needs to be developed before permission was granted for that site. Jim Moore, 56 Irving Avenue, stated that the original sign was wood, deteriorated over time, and had in fact fallen down. The Knights of Columbus want to replace it with a more appropriate sign. Trustee Gallelli cautioned that redesigning the village's gateway signs is part of the comprehensive plan. Mayor Schmidt stated that the Knights of Columbus may replace the one sign, but should wait until the Board has a chance to discuss the other location.
e. A letter dated January 23, 2007 from Marc Anderson of High Pointe Consulting, LLC, submitted a proposal for T-Mobile to lease space for a wireless communications site at Municipal Building. T-Mobil is interested in installing telecommunication site in the Municipal Building attic. The lease agreement to rent space and put panels on roof proposed a monthly rental fee of $2000 for five years with 3 percent increases. Mayor Schmidt asked if there was still space. Mr. Herbek stated that there is still space in the attic; and that it was another opportunity for monthly income. He recommended that the Board give the agreement to the attorney for review and work out the terms of the lease. Trustee Brennan stated that this seemed rushed, and that he was concerned about additional waves resulting from more antennas. Mayor Schmidt stated that T-Mobile need the lease agreement before they can start the approval process. Trustee Wiegman asked what other providers are slated for collocation at the train station. Mr. Herbek responded that all the major providers are involved, but that so far only Nextel is in the Municipal Building.
f. An email dated January 28, 2007 from Bill Rooney, 84 Grand Street, regarding 1A Croton Point Avenue, requested that the Board reconsider attempts at negotiations with Regus Industries.
g. A letter dated January 25, 2007 from Linda Puglisi, Town of Cortlandt, inviting the village to join in the construction of a Community/Youth center by the Cortlandt train station that would meet the needs of both the town and village. Mayor Schmidt stated that he and Mr. Herbek plan to meet with the town to learn more about this and will report back to the board.
5. Citizen Participation - Agenda Items:
a. James Moore, 56 Irving Avenue, stated that Regus Industries has a poor reputation in other communities and asked why the Board is dealing with Regus Industries. Mayor Schmidt requested that anyone wishing to comment remember to address the entire Board as politely as possible. Trustee Gallelli stated that the village maintains its litigation stance, but that talking with Regus Industries aids in understanding the other party.
b. Maria Cudequest, 84 Grand Street, stated that the village should not talk to Regus Industries because of the company's environmental record. She stated that negotiations undermine the village's position in court because it gives the STB the impression that the village wants to make a deal. She wants to know what the board knows that they have not disclosed to the public.
c. Antoinette Cosentino, 4 Van Cortlandt Place spoke about the health effects of materials found in C & D debris and diesel soot. She stated that trucks coming through the village pose pollution and safety hazards; that pollution aggravates asthma; and that according to the EPA, C & D material can contain inherent hazardous and toxic materials. She doubts that the village will be able to control the site. Trustee Brennan stated that in 2004 Westchester County was the 6th most diesel-polluted county in the State and that he completely agreed with Ms. Cosentino.
d. Chuck Trendell, 39 Batten Road, questioned the Board about what alternatives they were seeking with Regus Industries. Trustee Gallelli pointed out that all discussions took place in Executive Session, and that the alternatives have not been defined. Trustee Kane stated that it would not be appropriate to discuss the legal case. Mr. Trendell stated that there are only two reasons the Board would bring back the dump. Trustee Wiegman stated that dump is not the right word. Mr. Trendell stated that either the village is going to get money if they bring a dump back or the Board is being bribed. He went on to state that the Board wants to bring in a new dump; that past Boards have advocated development projects promising to increase the village's tax base and reduce taxes; and that allowing Regus Industries to operate will not lower taxes.
e. Richard Pellicci, 65 Radnor Ave, stated that he is not happy that protecting the Village is so costly, but that winning in court is the only alternative. He asked where the village stands in negotiations. Trustee Gallelli stated that the Board is not at liberty to discuss the subject. Mr. Pellicci stated that it is too risky for village officials to be involved, and asked how many executive sessions have taken place. Trustee Brennan stated that the Board had 19 executive sessions since April and discussed the issue at every one; that everyone said the village could not beat Millennium Pipeline, but the village did; and that the village won in court to have Metro Enviro shut down.
f. Jo Ann Minett, 5 Van Cortlandt Place, stated that the proximity of the transfer station to the river concerns her because of its impact on the river and surrounding environment; that Regus Industries has a poor environmental reputation in other communities; that trucks traveling through the village pose a threat to village health and wellness; that a waste transfer station is not environmentally safe for our village; and that the Board should not negotiate with Regus Industries.
g. Susan Konig, 37 Elmore Avenue, stated that she is a candidate for trustee; that she wants to know why the Board chooses to negotiate; and that the Boards consideration of other options indicates a readiness to make a deal. She asked that the Board, as her representative, to decide and vote for what is best for the village.
h. Regina Montana, 5 Ackerman Court, quoted a letter from Robert Brady of Massachusetts, where another waste transfer station run by Regus Industries, Champion City Recovery, is located, that was published in the Gazette; implored the Board to consider the village's environment and safety; and stated that a waste transfer station is not good for the village.
i. Don Daubney, 45 Bungalow Road, stated that the school district is developing a wellness policy for the school district; asked the board to provide a healthy environment for the community in the same way; to fight; and to win for what is best for the community. Mr. Daubney stated that the Board would not negotiate if they really wanted to shut down the operation. Trustee Brennan stated that there is a difference of philosophy on the board; that it has always been his position to shut down the entity; that in his view closing the site is the single biggest issue that faces the village because it will affect property values for years to come; that he votes against the going into executive session, but goes in to listen to what they have to say; that his fellow Board members are not bad people, they just look at the issue differently; and that he is motivated by the safety, health and wellness of the village.
j. Bob Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Avenue, stated that this is not a political issue, but it is a big issue for the whole village. He stated that some people who have opposed the station have done so at risk to their own personal health and property. He asked the board to please stop negotiating, to take a stand, and to forget continued investigation.
k. Phil Tomajko, 1801 Half Moon Bay Drive, stated that the C & D material is by the train station, which more than 2000 commuters use everyday; that commuters will breathe the material; that the material could go on cars and transfer to other places; and that the Board should consider this. Trustee Brennan stated that Trustee Kane works at and Trustee Wiegman commutes from the train station, and he cannot figure it out.
Mayor Schmidt closed citizen participation.
a. 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, the Village's Hazard Mitigation Plan recommends the use of a generator for the DPW building and North Highland Booster Pump Station in the case of emergencies; and
WHEREAS, the Village has received 5 bids for this project; and
WHEREAS, J.T. Oronzio General Contracting had the lowest bid at $251,500; and
WHEREAS, the Village Engineer and LynStaar Engineering recommend awarding the bid to this company,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to award the bid to J.T. Oronzio General Contract for a stand-by generator at the DPW in the amount of $130,000 and for the North Highland Generator in the amount of $121,500,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the cost of the DPW generator will be charged to account #H-1620-05114,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that $12,000 will be transferred from the contingent account to account # H-1620-05114 to cover the cost of the DPW generator,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the cost of the North Highland generator will be charged to account # H-8340.2102.07155.
Discussion: Trustee Kane wanted to know if there would be significant rock excavation and blasting. Village Engineer Dan O'Connor stated some bedrock removal will be required, but it is minimal and small enough to use a jackhammer. Trustee Kane asked about screening and noise. Mr. O'Connor stated that screening would be designed after installation; that there would be a chain link fence for security; that all generators were ordered with residential muffler systems; and that exorcise cycles would be scheduled in the middle of the day to minimize inconvenience to residents. Trustee Wiegman ask Mr. O'Connor to elaborate on why the village is installing the generators. Mr. O'Connor explained that the village pumps feed water to the high part of the village to be stored in tanks. The water is supplied by gravity feed from the two tanks located on Hessian Hills and the golf course to the village. In the event that the village is out of power for more than two days, the generators will enable the pumps to continue to keep the tanks full and the pressure up so that public water service can continue during a power outage. The village chose diesel generators because it has a large diesel tank that could be used as back-up in an extended emergency situation. The generator at DPW is necessary since that will be a critical facility in an emergency situation. Mayor Schmidt clarified that the golf course tank is owned and operated by the village.
b. 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 has leased the Asbury United Methodist Parking Lot area for many years to provide additional off street parking for the Upper Village Area, and
WHEREAS, the last agreement expired on May 31, 2006 and it is the desire of both the Village and the Asbury United Methodist Church to continue this lease arrangement for the use of the parking lot,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the lease agreement with the Asbury United Methodist Church for the use of their parking lot for the period of June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2007.
Discussion: Trustee Gallelli asked if anyone who uses the lot would already have a permit. Mr. Herbek clarified that a new permitting process will be implemented specifically for this lot; that it had not been developed; that the first step will be negotiating the lease agreement and then putting up the correct signs; and that control of the Asbury lot will accommodate people in the neighborhood, the church and people doing business in the village.
c. On motion of TRUSTEE Gallelli, 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, the Village has appointed the firm Arnold & Porter as the Village Council for the ongoing litigation involving 1A Croton Point Avenue; and
WHEREAS, the firm has provided the Village with an updated fee schedule to accurately reflect the current hourly rates for Michael Gerrard and Keri Arnold,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees hereby accepts the current fee schedule as outlined in the January 23, 2007 letter to the Village Manager from Michael B. Gerrard,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to sign the letter agreeing to the current fee schedule.
Discussion: Trustee Wiegman stated that it was a 4.7% increase for Mr. Gerrard and a 7.8% increase for his associate. Trustee Brennan stated that the new hourly rate is $679.50 for Mr. Gerrard and $427.50 for his assistant.
d. 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, in a November 22, 2006 letter to the NYS Dept of Transportation the Village requested that the DOT undertake a study regarding the 45 mph speed limit along Route 9A; and
WHEREAS, David Parker of the NYS DOT has responded to the Village's request and reported his findings in a letter dated January 12, 2007; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Parker met with Police Chief Dennis Coxen to discuss the issue of the 45mph speed limit as well as the 35 mph speed limit between Hudson Street and Old Post Road North; and
WHEREAS, the NYS DOT is willing to reduce the two speeds of 45mph and 35mph to 40 mph and 30 mph respectively; and
WHEREAS, Police Chief Coxen is recommending the two reduced speeds;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees supports the two reductions of the speed limits on Route 9A (1) to reduce the 45 mph speed limit to 40 mph from the north end of the Village boundary to the intersection with Old Post Road North and (2) to reduce the 35 mph speed limit to 30 mph from Old Post Road North to Hudson Street;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Board of Trustees urges the NYS Department of Transportation to enact the above change,
AND BE FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Village Manager is directed to send this resolution to David Parker of the New York State Department of Transportation.
Discussion: Trustee Gallelli thanked the New York State Department of Transportation for their fast and effective response, and Chief Coxen for his hard work to bring these changes about. Trustee Kane reminded that the village's previous requests had been denied. Trustee Gallelli asked that a letter notify the resident that wrote to the Board in the past regarding this issue. Mr. Herbek stated that North Riverside Avenue is the responsibility of the DOT, but that reducing the speed limit to 30 mph on South Riverside Avenue is the village's responsibility.
e. 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:
RESOLVED: that pursuant to Article 15, Section 116 of the Election Law, the following persons are hereby appointed inspectors of election to preside at the Village Election of March 20, 2007:
DEMOCRATIC: Cornelia Cotton
REPUBLICAN: Audrey Gabrielsen
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the compensation for each inspector of election shall be fixed at $200.00 per day, and $225.00 for each chairperson;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that R. Michael Mitchell and Joseph Price are hereby appointed as machine custodians at a compensation of $55.00 per machine to prepare the voting machines.
f. On motion of TRUSTEE Gallelli, 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, Richard Herbek, as Village Manager/Clerk has been the designated Records Management Officer since the inception of the Village's Records Management Program in 1989; and
WHEREAS, it is customary for the Village Clerk to be designated the Records Management Officer; and
WHEREAS, Peggy Keesler has been the Village Clerk since 2004,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that Peggy Keesler, Village Clerk, is designated as the Records Management Officer.
7. Citizen Participation - Non-agenda Items:
a. Kevin Davis, 1500 Half Moon Bay Drive, stated that there was a large showing tonight for an issue that he does not care to be associated with, and that he was there to find out why the Board was split three to two in the decision to create a new recreation supervisor specializing in teen programming. Trustee Brennan stated that at the time, and still today, he did not see it as necessary; he felt there was enough staff to handle the programs. Mr. Davis asked about the position's salary. Mr. Zambrano stated it is $48,000. Trustee Gallelli stated that it was only funded for half of this fiscal year but that of course it would be full year from now on, and that she supported the position because she saw a need for increased programs for teens and young adults. Trustee Wiegman stated that he saw a need for an additional staff member to develop more and sustain existing programming. Trustee Kane stated that the village has more customers to serve. Mr. Davis stated that February is black history month.
Mayor Schmidt closed citizen participation.
8. Approval of Minutes:
Trustee Wiegman made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting held on January 16, 2007 as corrected. Trustee Brennan seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 29, 2007 Executive Session as corrected. Trustee Brennan seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Gallelli made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 16, 2007 Executive Session. Trustee Brennan seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Trustee Brennan made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 30, 2007 Executive Session. Trustee Gallelli seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimous approval.
Village Manager, Richard Herbek informed the Board that the water usage for the month of January was .839 million gallons per day. In the summer, the village can use as much as 1.8 million gallons a day.
Governor Spitzer released his 2007-2008 Executive Budget with a $50 million dollar increase for the AIM Program (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities); in 2006-2007, the village received $46,423.00, and with the proposed 3% increase, the village will receive an additional $1,393.00, for a total of $47,816.00 in 2007-2008. Some representatives are recommending that wealthier municipalities receive no funding from this program. Mr. Herbek stated that the village will probably still receive funding. The governor is also considering Wicks Law reform that will raise the threshold associated with multiple bidding requirements for municipalities outside of New York City from $50,000 to $1 million. Mr. Herbek stated this reform is long overdue; the current limits were set over 20 years ago. Mayor Schmidt stated this could save the Village money.
Mr. Herbek stated that the Recreation Department has a new upcoming High School Program, a trip to a New York Knicks game on Sunday, March 18. Other upcoming events include a defensive driving program on March 28 and April 7, and several camp programs during the school's winter break. For more information call 271-3006.
Mr. Herbek stated that there is funding available for single and multi-family properties for lead based paint removal projects. For more information contact Westchester County.
Village Treasurer, Abe Zambrano reminded residents who use the Train Station parking lot on weekends to pick up the new permits. The village plans to start enforcement in a few weeks. He stated that any water costumers who still need radio transmitters installed should contact the village immediately to schedule an appointment, and thanked those who had already responded to the letters that were mailed out. He reported the legal expenses since January 16 - $7,450 to two entities: $1580 for STB case, $324 for MetroEnviro Court of Appeals, $324 for 1A Croton Point Avenue Site Plan Approval, $625 for Millennium Pipeline, and $519 for general council. The total for the three months that he has been reporting this information is $31,919: $11,449 for the STB case, $9,073 for MetroEnviro Court of Appeals, $324 for 1A Croton Point Avenue Site Plan Approval, $2,065 for Millennium Pipeline, and $8,107 for general council. Mr. Zambrano reported that Moody's assigned an A1 rating to the village's $1.4 million public improvement serial bond, series 2007a. The rating applies to $15.2 million in outstanding general obligation debt. The bonds are secured by the village's unlimited tax pledge and will fund various capital projects including improvements to parks, storm sewers and water supply. The A1 rating reflects the village's well managed financial operations with ample reserves; wealthy, moderate sized economic base marked by recent reductions in taxable value and an affordable debt position.
Trustee Brennan reported that during the joint meeting with the School Board the board discussed the IMA with Westchester County for the village to manage the Croton Point Fields; lights for the school district's tennis courts; use of the school facilities by village programs; sidewalks to the middle school; bicycle safety; the new teen room; solutions for alcohol and drug abuse including a program called the Safe Homes Initiative presented by Kathy Brechner; and vandalism prevention, commending the Police Department on all their work. Trustee Brennan stated he learned that the school board is hesitant to partner with the village to manage the Croton Point Fields; that the Recreation Advisory Committee opposes the fields' agreement; and that the school district does not have a use for lights on the tennis courts. He applauded Kevin Davis for his active participation both with the Village Board and the School Board. Mr. Herbek stated that the meeting would be broadcast on the government access channel in the coming weeks. Trustee Brennan stated that although he opposed the creation of the new Recreation Supervisor position, now that the position exists and someone has been hired, he is eager to see new programs for young people. Trustee Brennan stated that the Community Center Committee met to determine how to read the results; that he needs to discuss with Board how to go forward; and that at least the village will be able to see what people want or do not want in the village. In conclusion, he stated that anyone wishing to contact him call his home, write a letter, or call the village offices, but that email is not the best way to get in touch with him.
Trustee Gallelli stated that former village Historian Billie Dymes, who lived in the village for 77 years, died over the weekend. She had volunteered for the historical society and was involved in many aspects of village life. Her participation in many different areas will be missed. Trustee Gallelli reminded residents that the county shred mobile would be at Croton Point Park the next day; that the seniors are celebrating their 50th anniversary; and that Abe gave totals for litigation expenses for the last three months, but January - December 2006 totaled $376,000, and the fiscal year, for which we are at the seven months mark, total so far is $313,780. $279,000 was budgeted and there are still five months left to go in fiscal year.
Trustee Kane stated that Metro-North will be driving pilings for the next couple weeks between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.
Trustee Wiegman stated that the EPA decision to reject closed cycle cooling systems was overturned by the US Court of Appeals. A closed system means that water must be returned to its original state before it can be discharged by a power company. Trustee Wiegman explained that the discharge of warmer water creates large fish-kills, so permitting closed systems was good news. Trustee Kane stated that in addition to Indian Point, two other power plants significantly impact the Hudson River ecosystem discharging warm water into the Hudson River that had been used for the cooling process; he went on to explain that a closed system requires the construction of costly cooling towers and that the plums of warmer water kill smaller fish.
Mayor Schmidt thanked the School Board for a productive annual meeting, and asked residents to speak up regarding 1A Croton Point Avenue. He stated that he wanted to clarify that the village is in fact in negotiations and that offers have gone back and forth.
Mayor Schmidt entertained a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss tax relief for 14 Bank Street and 1A Croton Point Avenue. Trustee Gallelli made a motion, seconded by Trustee Wiegman and carried by a vote of 4 in favor. Trustee Brennan stated that he was in favor of going into executive session for the issue involving 14 Bank Street, but opposed the second part of the motion involving 1A Croton Point Avenue.