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Decoding Village Agendas – August 10, 2015

August 9, 2015

Regular Meeting of the Village Board


 (Open to Public  – Televised)


PRESENTATION/OTHER:  Review of the criteria for a determination of environmental significance for Local Law Introductory No. 8 – 2-15 to amend Chapter 225 Waterfront Revitalization.  The Village has been reviewing its existing Waterfront revitalization Law with a goal of streamlining the process of review.  The amendment to the law, itself, requires environmental review. The board will review the SEQRA criteria under the law and may a determination whether this amendment meets the criteria.




  • To consider Local Law Introductory NO. 10 of 2015 to establish a sidewalk improvement program for the Village and other amendments to section 197 of the Village Code


In order to ensure that sidewalks are properly maintained, this amendment would assist residents where it is determined that an existing Village-owned street tree has caused the damaged sidewalk.  Where this is the case, as determined by the Commissioner of Public Works, the Village will authorize and pay for the tree removal.  The village will pay 50^% of the cost of the removal and replacement of sidewalks for which applications are made from October 1, 2015  to May 31, 2020.


  • To consider Local Law Introductory No. 11 of 2015 to amending Chapter 208 of the Village Code to restrict the planting of street trees in Village rights-of-way located under overhead utility wires.   Keeping trees from growing into utility wires can prevent problems in the future.  The DPW Commissioner  working with the CAC will determine the trp and kinds of trees in Village rights of way.





  • James Staudt, Village Attorney, McCullough, Goodberger & Staudt, LLP; re: Soliciting and Canvassing Laws.  Mr. Staudt is proposing two approaches to  the Village’s Chapter 172 Soliciting and Canvasing Law.  The intent of both is to evaluate the current provisions on non-commercial canvassing and soliciting. One approach would repeal the entire law and the other would amend the section on non-commercial activities.
  • Edmond Gemmola, Architect, Gemmola & Associates; re 379 South Riverside Dr.  Mr. Gemmola, representing the owner/developr of this location, is asking to move ahead.  The Board had previously asked for a Phase 1 Environmental Assessment which has been performed and received.  It calls for a Phase 2 assessment which Mr. Gemmola is moving ahead with and seeking permission to demolish the existing building to further the phase 2 study.  The Board is the Lead Agency on this application since with requires a special permit.


    1. Delroy Taylor, P.E., Associate Engineer, Westchester County Department of Health; re: Notice of Copper Action Level.  Mr. Delroy notes the sample test results from Crooton’s water supply from the period  Jan. 2015 to June 2015 showed the copper level was 1.77 mg/L which exceeds the copper action level of 1.3mg/L.  The Dept. has reviewed and accepted the Village’s proposed Corrosion Control program.  The complete design must be accepted by the State and fully operational within 244 months of approval.


  • Jud Ramaker, Race Direct5or, Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger; re: requesting the Village’s support.  The 35th Run Against Hunger is scheduled for October 18.  Mr. Ramaker is requesting the Village support  for Police and emergency responders for the event as in years past.


  1. Robin Safarowic, Temple Administrator, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester; re: permission to use Senasqua Park.  The Temple is seeking permission to use Senasqua Park onMonday Sept. 14 from 3:00 to 3:30 pm.




  • Board of Trustees approves employment contract between the Village  and the Village Manager and authorizes the Mayor to execute the contract on its behalf.  The Board has selected and appointed Janine King to be the Village Manager. This contract extends for three years with a base salary of $160,000.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Vinco Builders LLC in the amount of $33,740 for the installation of security doors on the first floor hallway of the Municipal Building to provide privacy and security when victims, witnesses or juveniles are being interviewed by the Police Dept.  The Westchester County Family Court has determined that the required privacy and security accommodations for interviewing victims, witnesses and juveniles cannot be met under the current building conditions, the security doors are proposed to enable the conditions to be met when required.  The Family Court has accepted this solution.  Three bids were solicited with only one response.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with Tough Man Enterprises Corporation in the amount of $17,500 to operate the running and biking segments of the Competition on certain Village Streets during the running and biking segments of the competition.  The county has granted a 5 year license for the competition at Croton Point Park for the swimming, running and biking event.  The State has approved the closing of the southbound lanes on route 9 for the same event.  The running and biking segments of the completion occur on some Village streets.  This 2-year contract provides for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Village DPW and Police Dept  that are associated with this event.  The first year is for $17,500 and the second is for $18,000.  The Toughman competition is also responsible for any costs which exceed this contract amount.
  • The Village Board hereby determines that the draft LWRP is a Type 1 action, declares itself to be Lead Agency for SEQRA purposes in connection with the Proposed Action, issues EAF and CAF, refers the draft LWRP to the Village Planning Board for a report back to the Village Board in accordance with Village law, refers the draft LWRP , the EAF and CAF to the Village Waterfront Advisory Committee for a recommendation back to the Village Board in accordance with Village law, refers the draft LWRP , the EAF and CAF to the New York State Department of State for review in accordance with law and directs the Village staff to take any other circulations and notification regarding the Proposed Action as may be required by law.  The Village is in the process of updating its 1992 Local Waterfront Revitalization Law (LWRP).  It has held two input work sessions for public input on existing and proposed conditions.  A draft of the proposed updated LWRP is now ready to undergo the required environmental review.  LWRP’s are approved by the NYS Dept. of State as well as the locality.  The policies of the LWRP must comply with the NYS policies.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to award the contract for EMT services to the Mid Hudson Ambulance District for a period of one (1) year and possible extension for three (3) additional one (1) year terms.  Since 2011, the Village has contracted for the services of an EMT to assist the Croton EMS in providing their emergency response to Croton residents. The contract extends through June 2016 at a rate of $19.05/hour.


    1. Authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Irratech in the amount of $6,470 for the installation of an automatic irrigation system at Black Rock Park  and the amount should be charged to Capital Account H7140-2103-14281.  The Village recently upgraded the parking area and provided new planting and landscaping at the park.  This proposal ensures that  the plantings will be sufficiently watered.
    2. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign Change Order No. 2 from Heitkamp, Inc. in the amount of $100,000 for the replacement of water main valves in various locations throughout the Village.  Many of the village water main valves are old and in need of replacement.  Valves are important in order to shut down certain areas in the event of a break or other emergency.  The Village approved the replacement of old valves in its2015-2016 capital budget.
    3. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign  work Authorization #10 and #11 for additional services to the Farrington Road and Hunter Place Water and Infrastructure Improvement Project and directs Village Treasurer to invoice Con Edison for work authorization #10.Authorization  #10 (11,830) will result in the realignment of sanitary sewer mains, water mains and portions of Con Ed’s existing gas main.  This will be paid for by Con Ed.  Authorization #11 is for $5,080 to John Meyer Consulting related engineering services.


  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign change order #3 from DLG Contracting LLC in the amount of $95,767.50 for curb and pavement improvements on Mt. Green Road.  DLG is the village’s current contracted sidewalk contractor.  Mt. Green Road was determined to need curb replacement and some pavement widening and DLG added this to their work in the Village for this year.
  • Village Board authorizes the funding for the Westchester Municipal Officials Dinner.  The Village is a member of the WMOA along with approximately 40 other municipalities.  WMOA meets monthly at a dinner meeting hosted in rotation by each member. Each municipal member hosts  approximately once every 4 to 5 years.  The attendees benefit from meeting and talking with officials facing similar issues in their communities and hearing from experts in local issues. This September it is the turn of the Village to host the event and $7,000 is being requested. A small portion is reimbursed by the WMOA.  The village pays annual dues of $750 to the organization and does not pay when it attends meetings hosted by other municipalities.
  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2015-2016 General Fund budget to reflect the receipt and subsequent disbursement associated with insurance recoveries for vehicle repair.  This is a housekeeping budget transfer of $5,917.53 for a vehicle repair.
  • To authorize the Village Treasurer to amend the 2014-2015 General fund budget to reflect changes in regard to the Coalition Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse.   The Village administers the grant money for this program.  This reflects receipt and disbursement of funds of $103,644.81 for the program.


  1. The Village Board acknowledges the required Village Justice Court audit was conducted and authorizes the Village Treasurer to forward a copy of the report and opy of resolution to the NYS Office of Court Administration.  This action is required by law to acknowledge the audit being performed.
  2. The Board of Trustees amends the Master Feed Schedule to correct a typographical error in the basic service sewer  fee.  The correct basic fee is $8.00 per cubic foot not $8.14.
One Comment leave one →
  1. Mrs. Bruno permalink
    August 9, 2015 7:50 pm

    Will Toughman reimburse me for lost wages because I can’t get to work because the road is closed?

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