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Decoding Village Agendas – June 19, 2017

June 17, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

 (Open to Public  – Televised)




  • Josh Holder, Croton-Harmon student, to present his CHOOSE project about opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of our community.  Josh will present a power point on his Choose project during which he conducted phone outreach to residents, created a video helping to conduct residents through the Energize Croton process, and researched already existing programs offered by local utilizes.  Note: This presentation was rescheduled from the June 5th meeting.





  • The Village Board of Trustees to hold a Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 4 of 2017 that would enable the Village to tow or boot vehicles which are found to have three or more outstanding parking violations.  The proposed law is in response to a finding that a significant number of vehicle owners fail to respond to parking summons issued for parking violations. The proposed law’s statement as to its legislative purpose states that Out of state vehicle registrations, transfer of ownership, re-registration of vehicles, and other circumstances make it possible for violators to evade existing enforcement measures. A list from Sept. 2016, provided with the backup materials, shows that 33 instances of 3 or more outstanding violations.  26 of these were registered outside of Croton, 7 registered in Croton.  19  of the recurring violations were from the train station and 14 from the Village streets or parking lots in the Village.  The total amount outstanding as of the September 2016 date was $19,510.





  • Chris Kehoe, Town of Cortlandt, Clerk to the Planning Board; re: The Town of Cortlandt Planning Board has no objection to the Village acting as Lead Agent with respect to the acquisition of the properties at 435 & 439 Yorktown Road (Route 129) for the future relocation of the Village’s Department of Public Works facility. The Planning Board is anticipating acting as Lead Agent on the eventual application for Site Plan approval for the facility.   The Village had previously notified the Town of their intention to be Lead Agency on the acquisition to which the Town has no objection.
  • Michael F. Lynch, Director, Division for Historic Preservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; re the Underhill-Acker House at 4 Hamilton Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and has been listed on the State Register of Historic Places. If the Keeper of the National Register approves the nomination, the Village will be notified.   The Board had previously discussed and had no objection to the owner’s request for historic designation.  This memo indicates that the State Board has agreed and has placed it on the State’s list of designated structures.  They have also forwarded it to the National Register for consideration.





(Note:  the first three resolutions are in support of the acquisition of the properties at 435 and 439 Yorktown rd. for a future DPW facility.  They deal with the SEQRA requirements and entering into a contract.  The contract includes a 60-day due diligence period to further investigate the properties and its requirements before deciding to close on the properties. The fourth resolution (Resolution d.) is to provide information to the Village that would be  used as part of the Village’s due diligence about the property to be acquired.)


  • The Village Board confirms its determination that the Proposed Action, the decommissioning of the current Department of Public Works Facility to surface parking, complies with the policy standards and conditions set forth in the Village’s LWRP. The current Village Department of Public Works facility is located in a flood plain, is adjacent to the Croton River Estuary, and is housed in a deteriorated and undersized building. The Village Board is considering the purchase of a building and adjoining vacant piece of property which would allow it to upgrade its operations and centralize all public works staff in one location. Relocating to a new facility would allow for a more efficient DPW operation, ensure a longer life for Village vehicles and equipment, and create a safer environment for its workers.
  • The Village Board considers adopting both the Environmental Assessment Form Part 3 and negative declaration in connection to the purchase of a building and adjoining unimproved lot on 435 and 439 Yorktown Road in order to relocate its Department of Works Facility and to decommission the current DPW facility to surface parking. 
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to execute the two contracts to purchase a building at 435 Yorktown Road at a cost of $2,250,000 and an unimproved piece of property at 439 Yorktown Rd at a cost of $460,000 for the Village’s new Department of Public Works facility. The contracts give the Village the right to have a 60 day due diligence period, after which the Village Board must decide whether or not to move forward with the closing of the properties.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Tri-State Engineering in the amount of $5,000 for environment assessment and building inspection services related to the acquisition of 435 and 439 Yorktown Road for the relocation of the Village’s Department of Public Works facility.
  • Village Board of Trustees hereby adopts the 2017-2018 Bond Resolutions for the funding of Village Capital Projects.   These are the specific Bond resolutions for the previously approved bonding. There are six bonding resolutions totaling $1,788,000. Each requires a roll call vote.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the contract for EMT services to the Mid-Hudson Ambulance District for a period of one (1)  year from June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2018This is an annual renewal since 2011.  It provides for EMT services at $21/hour.  It is renewable for three one-year terms.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the amended license agreement with Metro-North to secure an additional 440 square feet of property in order to complete work on the Elliot Way improvement project.   MN is allowing the Village an easement for a small area for the ongoing improvement project.  This is an amendment to a 2009 agreement.
  • The Village Board accepts $2,500 donated by the Croton Little League from the sale of sponsorship banners and authorizes that the funds be used for improvements to the baseball field at Dobbs Park, which will be mutually agreed upon by the Village and Croton Little League.   In April 2017, the Board issued a special permit to Little League to hang banners of supporting businesses for a fee.  The Little League earned $2500 from this and the Village is accepting it for the maintenance of Dobbs baseball field.
  • The Village Board hereby declares the construction and implementation of the Corrosion Control project to be a Type II action which requires no further process under SEQRA review. This formal designation is required by the State of New York for the project to be considered for grant funding.   This project to reduce copper levels was mandated by the Westchester County Dept. of Health.  The building which houses the equipment is less than 4000 square feet and, therefore, does not require SEQRA.
  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer $21,367 from the General Fund DPW Personnel Services Accounts to the Sewer Fund Personnel Services Account to cover the personnel expenses of DPW employees who worked in the Sewer Department during the 2016/17 budget year.  This is a budgetary housekeeping action.  Hours worked by DPW personnel on Sewer-related matters during the past year are being accounted for in the Sewer Fund.



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