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Decoding Village Agendas – July 11, 2016

July 9, 2016
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Regular Meetings of the Village Board

8:00

 (Open to Public  – Televised)

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

 

  • Gerald A. Munson, Parade Co-Chairman, Croton Fire Department; re: Request to hold parade in honor of the Croton Fire Department’s 125th anniversary on June 10 2017 at 1:00pm  The Fire department is requesting permission and the help of the Village for their parade next June.  In particular, since it will be a large parade, they would like to use a portion of the parking lot south of the DPW garage for visiting fire apparatus.
  • Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, State of New  York; re: Yje creation  of an informational pamphlet to help acquaint homeowners with the different types of solar contracts and how to evaluate solar companies and their proposals. The pamphlet is intended to help New Yorkers make an informed decision if and when they choose to go solar.  The pamphlet also provides information on steps that have to be taken by a homeowner before solar equipment can be installed.  The Village will have copies of it available.
  • Dan O’Connor, Village engineer; re: Request for Building Permit extension at 107 Olcott Avenue for work to interior staircase and other alterations.  The reason is that the contractor is unavailable to complete the work within the expiration time.  The permit would be extended to December 2016.
  • Rob Luntz, Chairman and Bruce Kauderer, Deputy Chairman, Village Planning Board; re: Response to request by owner to rezone the property at 139 Grand Street from C1 Commercial to Residential.  The property owner discussed her business situation and rezoning request at the Planning Board meeting on June 28, 2016.  The Planning Board expressed concern about having a residential property in the center of what is considered a viable commercial center in the Upper Village, and recommends that the property owner may want to consider applying for a mixed-use Special Permit from the Village Board.   The Village Board had received a request for the above re-zoning as a correspondence item; there was no official application for a re-zoning.  As a courtesy, the board asked both the Planning Board and the Comprehensive Plan/Economic Development Committees to review the proposal to help the owner decide whether to proceed or not. The Planning Board felt retaining the current C1 zoning and possibly getting a mixed use permit would be a better solution.
  • Catherine McGlynn, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; re: Request to waive the fee for the NYSDEC wetlands activity permit application to treat the infestation of the aquatic invasive plant Hydrilla verticillata in the Croton River using the herbicide endothall in the summer of 2016.  As the NYSDEC moves ahead with its plan to treat hydrilla, it requires a permit from the Village’s Water Control Commission.  They are requesting that the fee for the permit be waived.
  • John C. Baride, Croton-on-Hudson Police Department; re: Letter of resignation from the Croton-on-Hudson Police department effective June 7, 2016.
  • James E. Johnson, Westchester Housing Monitor; re: Acknowledgement of progress made by the the Village in providing meaningful opportunities for affordable housing and to advise the Village of the Monitor’s evaluation of its status regarding liability under Berenson standard for exclusionary zoning.   The June 17 letter, followed a meeting with Village officials and the Monitor’s representative in May, 2016, The Monitor states he is “encouraged by the progress the Village has made in reforming its zoning code”.  The letter points to the Village’s liberalized conditions for accessory apartments and expanded opportunities for mixed use development. (The recent Harmon rezoning increased the potential for residential units in commercial zones).   The letter also states that more could be done in providing zoning for more multifamily housing and by including mandates in our code and incentives for affordable housing.   The Monitor indicates he believes it is premature to remove the Village from the list but that he has communicated the “Village’s progress to the Department of Justice, and have recommended that it keep these efforts in mind as it considers its litigation priorities.”

 

PROPOSED RESOLUIONS:

  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to renew the contract with PEC Group of New York, Inc for night security at the Senasqua Boat Basin and Senasqua Park for one year at a cost of $22.45 per hour and $33.68 per hour on holidays.  Seven bids were sent  out and one was received.  The total cost for the season will be $21,383.70.  This is the same price as the 2015 contract for the same services.
  2. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the lease agreement with the Asbury Methodist Church for the use of their parking lot for the period May 31, 2013 to May 31, 2018 at a yearly rental cost to the Village of $4,000 per year.  The Village has leased the Asbury United Methodist Parking lot area for many years to provide additional off street public parking for the Upper Village area.  The Church is responsible  for the repair and maintenance of the structural and sub surface of the parking lot.  The Village will perform ordinary repair and maintenance of the lot including blacktop repairs and striping; as well as snow removal light poles and bulbs and remove rubbish and debris.
  3. Authorizing the Village Manager to enter into agreement with Trilium Invasive Species Managements, Inc. of Esopus, New York to implement an invasive management plan to treat infestation of phragmites and knotweed at Duck Pond, Kaplan’s Pond, Senasqua Park and Croton Landing from 2016 to 2019.  Both phragmites and knotweed have become prevalent in some Village parks and are posing a threat to the natural environment in these areas, which has necessitated the need for invasive species management plan.  Two proposals were received for this work.  The proposals differed both in the length of time 3 years vs. four years) and the methods  of treatment.  The Conservation Advisory Council and the Parks Foreman recommended Trilium, the four-year treatment plan.  The cost of the total treatment plan is $39,150 with $19,700 for the work in 2016.
  4. The Village Board finds that the property located at 19 High Street must be abated to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Village residents and that the total costs of removing the weeds, brush, refuse, rubbish, and other materials, will be added to the Village tax bill. The property is vacant  and Notice of Violation and Order to Remedy had been issued.  The costs of the cleanup will be added to the property owner’s tax bill.
  5. THE Village Board of Trustees hereby calls for a Public Hearing on August 1, 2016  at 8 pm at the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building  to consider Local Law Introductory No. 5 of 2016 amending Chapter 168 Parks and Recreation Areas prohibiting the use of broadcasting equipment in village parks without the prior approval of the Village Manager and amending Chapter 160 Noise eliminating the exception for non-school activities.  These proposed modifications to Chapter 160 Noise and 168 Parks and Recreation areas were discussed by the Board at a June work session.  Together they would eliminate an exemption in the existing Noise law for noise associated with  sporting or special events in Village-owned parks or recreation areas and require permission from the Manager for broadcasting equipment being used in those parks.
  6. Authorizing the appointment of David Wingfield to Police Sargeant to fill the vacant position left open due to the retirement of one of the Department’s employees. Chief Tramaglini has recommended the appointment of Mr. Wingfield to this position. Per the current Croton Police Association agreement, the salary would be $124,269.13 annually.
  7. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign an entry permit which will allow Metro North to access Village property adjacent to Half Moon Bay Drive in order to place six groundwater monitoring wells to test for environmental contamination as required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Monitoring wells have been in place in the HMB area since its approval.  These new wells would apparently replace old wells that have or will be decommissioned
  8. The Village Board of Trustees authorizes amendments to the Master Fee Schedule related to meter testing and requested water shut-offs as recommended by the Village’s Water Foreman.   Proposed fees would be as follows:
  • Shut off and Turn on during working hours will be $0.00
  • Shut off and Turn on during non-working hours but within a 3-hour call out period will be $250.
  • Shut off and Turn on during non-working hours greater than a 3-hour call out will be $500.
  • Meter testing of a 1.5 inch meter will be $500.
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