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Decoding Village Agendas – August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

Decoding Village Agendas – August 1,  2016

Regular Meetings of the Village Board


 (Open to Public  – Televised)


PUBLIC HEARING;  Public Hearing 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 sports activities.  The amended Noise  law would remove a previous exception that exempted  sporting events, public or private ,and  Recreation Dept. sponsored or special events from the Noise regulations.  It has been change to exempt the latter but still exempts school organized sporting events on school property.  The change to Chapter 168 requires a permit for the use of broadcast equipment in Village parks and recreation areas.



  1. Tim and Carrina Albright,  Homeowners of 20 Cleveland Drive; re: Request for reimbursement of charges and fees associated with an open violation on their garage due to an open building permit from 1936.  The Village has recently rediscovered old building permits and other related materials from the Engineering Office in the  basement of the Municipal Building.   The owners say that due to the lost documentation on their garage, they have incurred several costs in the process of preparing to sell their house.  This would not have been necessary if the documentation had not been lost.  The total amount incurred by them  for variance, building permits, electrician fees and architect fees are $1,728.87.
  2. Marcus J. Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive; re: Request to adopt the Think Differently initiative, which seeks to welcome residents and neighbors with special needs and develop a greater sense of inclusiveness among residents of all abilities.  This initiative was developed by Dutchess County in 2015.  The City of Troy recently became the first municipality in NYS to adopt it.  Mr. Molinari is seeking adoption by municipalities across the state.
  3. Dan Ahouse, Government Relations, Cablevision; re: elimination of The Blaze service on channel 157 Standard Definition and 828 High Definition effective as of August 31, 2016
  4. Chris Kehoe, Deputy Planning Director, Town of Cortlandt; re: Notification  of public hearing on August 2, 2016 at 7 pm at the Cortlandt Town Hall for site development approval and special permit for a specialty trade contractor for MCAS Roofing and Contracting, Inc. located at 2006 Albany Post Road (Route 9a).   The Village is receiving notice because the property is adjacent to the Village.  It is located across from the intersection of 9A and Baltic Place.



  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the amendment to easement related to a parcel of land that goes between two adjacent lots located at 149 and 151 Grand Street.  The Planning Board has approved the lot line alterations with the condition that the language in paragraph #9 of the Village Trail and Utility Easement is revised as specified in their resolution of approval.  The Croton Housing Network owned a narrow piece of land between these two properties.  They signed it over to be divided between the two properties.  The Village also had a Trail and Utility easement over the same piece of property.  When the Planning Board approved the lot-line adjustment to allocate the subject property between the two properties, they also recommended a change in wording to the existing Village easement.  This resolution was passed at the Work session of July 25 incorporating the word change into the Village’s easement.



  1. Authorizing an amendment to the May 9, 2016 Budget amendment resolution to reflect insurance recoveries for the damaged stone wall column at North Highland Place.  This is to accurately allocate funds between the Contingency Account and Street Maintenance.  A previous budget amendment resolution did not accurately reflect the allocation of money among accounts.  This resolution corrects the previous allocations.
  2. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General Fund Budget in the amount of $14,400 for insurance monies received resulting from the accident that damaged the stone column on North Highland Avenue.  A stone column was damaged by a truck hitting it.  The wall is partly on Village property.  Repairs were made and the insurance money is being disbursed to appropriate account  by this resolution.  The broken stone column was taken down and replaced with a similar one.
  3. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to issue tax refunds to property owners as a result of tax grievances filed and settles in the State Supreme Court. 

The Small Claims Assessment Review  petitions file in State Supreme Court resulted in five properties having their taxes reduced.  This authorizes the payment of the taxes in the total amount of $6,147.26

  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP of New York, New York for Bond Counsel in connection to the issuance of bonds and/or notes for the Village.  The Village has been evaluating Bond Counsel firms in an effort to obtain enhanced services.   When the Village issues bonds, it works through its bond counsel firm which specializes in these transactions.  Several firms were considered by the Treasurer and Manager.
  2. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal by WSG in the total amount of $3,360 to purchase software and migrate Village email from FirstClass to Office 365.  The current email provider for the Village, FirstClass, is no longer sufficient for the needs of the Village staff and residents.   Moving to a different email provider has been considered for some time and was discussed by the Board at its last work session.  The current provider, FirstClass, is unwieldy for its users, and doesn’t work with Outlook among other problems and drawbacks.
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