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Decoding Village Agendas – January 9,2017

January 7, 2017

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)




  1. Discussion of proposed Local Law regarding Fences.  Currently, fences up to six feet in height can be installed anywhere on the lot and fences less than 25% solid (chain link, etc.) have no height restriction other than the maximum height of an accessory building which is 15 feet.  It is proposed to limit the height of fences and walls in the front yard to four feet and limit the height of fences that are less than 25% solid to a maximum of eight feet.  It is also proposed to require that the finished side of the fence face the street or abutting lot, currently this is not addressed in the code.

In reviewing the proposed amendments to the law, the Planning discussed the possibility of requiring one neighbor to notify the other if they planned to erect a fence. Although the Planning Board did not reach agreement on this question, they noted it in their letter to the Board.  As a result, the Village Board will consider this question.


  1. Discussion about proposed local law regarding signage in Village Rights of Way. The Village’s Signage law is proposed to be revised with wording making it unlawful to put up signs in the Village ROW including on poles and trees.


  1. Discussion about the process for cancelling previously authorized bond resolutions.  This pertains only to past resolutions supporting potential bonds that were never issued.  In some cases, projects or purchases were postponed or paid for in another way such as through the General Fund operating budget or through a trust fund. The Manager and Treasurer are recommending this action.  It does not affect any existing bonds.
  2. Discussion about the request by the Water Control Commission to hire a consultant to assist with the review of a Wetlands permit for the Hydrilla treatment in the Croton River.  The Water Control Commission, in conjunction with the Waterfront Advisory Committee, is requesting the Village hire a qualified consultant to help both committees in evaluating the NYSDEC’s proposed treatment for hydrilla in the Croton River.  They point out that they do not have the required expertise to fulfill their responsibilities in this respect.  The Village has a law requiring applicants for permits to pay for expert environmental review when it is determined necessary.  In this case, the applicant is the NYSDEC.  It is not known whether the DEC would consent to this or if the Village might have to take on the expense.


  1. Discussion about the possibility of establishing and email usage policy for elected officials.  There is no backup available for this discussion as it was not proposed by Village Management.  The Village’s Employee Manual currently has a policy regarding employees use of email.  Village Board members in the Village are included in this policy.
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