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September 19, 2012
Meeting:~Monthly VEB meeting held on Wednesday, 9/19/12
Schedule: Convened at 7:30PM, concluded at approximately 9:00PM
Present:~Board members Tom Smith, Valerie Leis,~Mark Flaherty, Trustee Greg Schmidt, and Seana O’Callaghan (proposed new VEB member)
Absent: Doug Wehrie (VEB Chair), Joe Sperber
Guests:~Craig Purdy (Umami/Tangine owner), Steve Chester of Signs Ink (sign maker for Podiatrist and Chase), Nick Rudyk of Hudson Signs (sign maker for Monica’s Salon), Tina Triburgo (owner of Ajna Wellness Center)


1) New sign proposal for Tangine Restaurant (Located in village next to Black Cow, across from Croton Deli)

  • Sign design presented by owner Craig Purdy
  • r Frosted glass logo/medallions will be sent to VEB separately as an FYI once design is complete
-The Board:

  • The sign design/colors/placement, etc. all fully approved by the VEB
2) New sign proposal for Chase Bank “Private Client”

  • Sign maker Steve Chester presented design
  • Small/tasteful plaque to be affixed next to front entrance advertising new Chase service (in place of existing plaque)
-The Board:

  • The VEB fully approved the design/color/size and placement
3) Sign proposal for the Dr. Barry Fields Podiatrist office at the Village gateway (next to Veterinarian office/across from Gulf station)

  • Sign maker Steve Chester presented design

-The Board:

  • The board fully approved the sign design
  • The VEB did however propose that the sign be vertical and placed next to the entrance, rather than on the front top façade of the building
  •  FYI At the writing of these minutes the sign has been installed as originally proposed
4) Sign proposal for Monica’s Beauty Salon in village across from Robins Pharmacy
  • Nick Rudyk of Hudson Sign presented the design, which is to be placed exactly where the existing sign is located (recessed into roof line/shingles)
  •  Additional/new window lettering also proposed
-The Board:

  • The board suggests that “Monicas” be the only text on sign, removing the word “Beauty”
  • The board suggests that window text read “Beauty Salon” on both windows, removing the text “Monica’s”
  •  On separate notes from the board, the existing neon “OPEN” sign may be in violation of code (Joe Sperber to investigate)
  •  The board suggests that the existing “RIA money transfer” backlit sign be removed from the window and replaced with a round door sticker
  •  FYI Note that as of the time of these meeting notes, the sign has already been installed as presented
5) Sign proposal for Ajna Wellness Center (next to the Blue Pig in previous State Farm location)

  • Sign design presented by owner Tina Triburgo
-The Board:

  • The board fully approved the design (shape, color, placement, etc.)
  • The board did suggest that the sign be affixed with very strong hardware as several sign in the area have been stolen recently)

As a reminder/refresher/carryover 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.~

The Board:

*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.