Meeting:~Monthly VEB meeting held on Wednesday, 8/15/12
Schedule: Convened at 7:30PM, concluded at approximately 9:00PM
Present:~Board members Doug Wehrle (Chair), Tom Smith, Valerie Leis,~Mark Flaherty, Joe Sperber, Trustee Greg Schmidt
Guests:~Domenic Tolli from Signs Inc., Steve Chester (sign maker for Pronto Pizza), and Valerie Horowitz from Children’s Space
1) New sign proposal for Phelps Imaging
2) New sign proposal for Pronto Pizza
3) Sign proposal for Children’s Space
4) New VEB members
5) Upcoming sign proposals (FYI)
*As a reminder/refresher on the report from the April meeting minutes:
*It is a village code that every 2 years the VEB should submit an updated assessment on the visual landscape, along with recommendations on how to improve and protect the landscape (last report was 1985, which the board has reviewed)
*The VEB will begin the process of creating a new Visual Environment Report by identifying key locations with natural/man-made attributes to be protected and/or improved or enhanced.~ The report will be organized along the lines of the Village’s natural and man-made attributes.
*The report will start with an assessment of the visual resources identified in 1981 and 1985.~ A very preliminary list of resources discussed, many of which were noted in the previous reports, include the Hudson River/waterfront, Croton River/Gorge, Bethel Cemetery/historic Bethel Chapel, historic Harmon sales office, The Aqueduct Trail, Quaker Bridge, Croton Point Park, Croton Landing, Senasqua Park, Brinton Brook Sanctuary, The Arboretum, Duck Pond & Park, Municipal Building, Kaplan Pond, Wine Cellars at Croton Point Park, and the trail system overall.
*The report will likely be constructed on a template that allocates a page to each visual resource.~ Advances in technology will incorporate images in each page, allowing the report to be made available electronically on the Village Web site.~
*Doug Wehrle will create a preliminary draft layout and first partial draft~of the new report for discussion
*Mark Flaherty will create a one-sheet template for each notable visual resource that contains pertinent information such as photo, history, significance to the village, etc.
* Valerie Leis will begin photographing resources identified in the previous reports likely to be included in the forthcoming edition, along with other candidates as may become identified.