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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

BIRDSALL FAGAN POLICE/COURT FACILITY

86-88 SPRING STREET

OSSINING, NEW YORK

FEBRUARY 17, 2004 - 7:30 P.M.

MAYOR

John Perillo

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Miguel Hernandez Marcia MacNeill

Eugene Napolitano Anthony Parise

I. CALL TO ORDER

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Birdsall/Fagan Police-Court Facility 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Mayor John Perillo. Members of the Board present were Trustee MacNeill, Trustee Parise and Trustee Hernandez. Others present were Village Manager Lynn McCrum, Village Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Administrative Intern Christine Papes and Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts.

II. PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 3 - 2004,

Amending Chapter 250 - Vehicles and Traffic - Municipal Parking Lots and Railroad Station parking areas.

At 7:32 P.M., the Clerk opened the public hearing.

At 7:35 P.M., Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the public hearing be closed.

III. PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 4 - 2004, Amending Chapter 75 - Animals.

At 7:35 P.M., the Clerk opened the public hearing.

At 7:36 P.M., Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the public hearing be closed.

IV. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Perillo made the following announcements regarding updates on various Village Projects: The renovation at 16 Croton Avenue is underway. The streetscape from St. Paul’s Place, Academy Place up to Broad Avenue is underway. The lighting on the Double Arch is being reviewed. Reservoir Park is being developed with the Parks Department doing clean-up work weather permitting. The Beautification Program has been expanded to include Croton Avenue up to Roosevelt Square. The Wecandoit Parking Lot is being considered for development. The Racannelli Building on Main Street has started construction on the third floor. Mr. Conacchio has begun construction on his second building on Spring Street. The steel is due within 2 weeks. Bright lighting has been installed at the bus shelter on Spring Street. A Parking Meters Meeting was held recently and the possibility of ordering meters in the near future.

The Mayor reminded the Community that snow removal from sidewalks is the responsibility of the homeowner. He also reminded everyone to be mindful of when garbage is to be put out. Summons are being issued for garbage being put out on the wrong day or to early. The Zero Tolerance Program is always in force. The Taxi Ordinance is underway. The Sparta Bridge Project is moving forward. The Bid packets for the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center Renovation and Pool Project are now available. Bids for the Community Center/Gym roof and the Holla Hose roof are also available. The Police Department in concert with the Building Department has been making inspections of local bars and restaurants.

V. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORT

Trustee Parise had no report this meeting.

Trustee Hernandez reported on a variety of upcoming events including the following: On February 18, 2004, the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Spanish Business Owners Special Meeting at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 7:00 P.M. The Program will be Women Business Owners with moderator Jennifer Dunlop leading a discussion on trials, tribulations and assistance available for Women Business Owners. The program is being sponsored by M & M Embroidery. The First Annual Celebrate Ossining: People, Places & Things Photography Exhibition will be held on April 3, 2004. The Exhibition is being sponsored by Embracing Ossining, IFCA, and the Ossining Public Library. For applications, please check the Library as well as the second and third floors of the Municipal Building.

Trustee MacNeill announced that the website interviews were winding down with the interview of the last company the Village is considering for the project. On February 26, 2004 there will be a Village Hall Meeting at 7:30 P.M. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. If you are unable to attend but have comments, please forward to the Village Manager’s office in writing.

VI. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager, Lynn McCrum reported that the pool packets are available. Con Edison has been looking for shorts within the Village. Comments on Sparta Bridge are due on February 26, 2004. There will be a Hudson River Towns Meeting at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on the 26th at 2:00 P.M. The Village Hall Meeting will also be held on February 26, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

2. Police Chief Joseph Burton, reported the Bar Detail has visited 14 bars. There were 2062 blotter entries in January. He also reported on various events that his officers participated in. On February 12, there was a Speed Enforcement detail on Route 9A North. A total of 57 summonses were issued with speeds ranging from 66-78 in a 45 mph zone.

3. Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, had no report for this meeting

4. Assistant Village Manager Linda Abels, stated that the CDBG money for the pool would be extended for one more year. Section 8 will be opening the waiting list on March 1. 2004 at 9:00 A.M. and close it on August 31, 2004 at 4:30 P.M.

5. Village Engineer Paul Fraioli, gave his report as well as Superintendent of Public Works Rocco Circosta’s report. The parking meters should be a resolution on the March 3, 2004 meeting. The Aqueduct and Main Street lighting will start soon weather permitting. The Croton Avenue sidewalks will also start weather permitting. The State Street Fire House is proceeding along with the next meeting on Friday or early next week. Mr. Fraioli announced the Pump Station has been completed. He also said the DPW now has heat. The punch list will be accomplished shortly. The Indian Brook floculators will be installed within 3 to 4 weeks. A meeting with Westchester County Health Engineers is planned to see the specifics of the future Indian Brook work. There was a Westchester County Health Department Meeting with the Building Department, DPW and Town regarding back flow prevention. The filing of the Annual Water Quality Report is due in May. The Federal Vulnerability Plan for water is due June 30, 2004. The updated Emergency Response Plan for the water system is due by the end of the year.

6. Superintendent of Recreation Henry Atterbury, stated that the Summer Day Camp located at Brookside School is being moved to Park School due to work being done at Brookside. On Saturday, February 21, 2004 there will be a South American Folk Dance and 2 new tennis programs (Men and Women’s team). The new parking at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center has the support of the seniors.

7. Treasurer Rose Sickenius stated that 96 percent of the 5500 tax bills have been received. The receipts should be mailed out by the end of week. The W-2’s have been distributed to the employees. There is a review of outstanding debt and the renewal of a ban at Union State Bank at a rate of 1.89%

8. Fire Chief Donald Farrell reported that there have been 80 alarms thus far in 2004. The State Street Firehouse Project is moving along. The Hawks Avenue Firehouse is still in the environmental process.

VII. VISITOR RECOGNITION

Don DeBar, Ferris Place, reminded everyone to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary scheduled for March 2, 2004. He also questioned the height of the proposed condo at 34 State Street. He requested the Mayor give a brief description of how a Temporary Handicap Permit is issued. He also thanked the Board members, the Mayor and Corporation Counsel for their research of the Home Rule Legislation. He also commented is not pleased with the way the Board is handling the waterfront issue.

Mayor Perillo responded that the Printex building is non-religious and on the tax rolls. It is going to be 6 stories, fully taxed and 90 condominiums. The Mayor said in order to apply for a Temporary Handicap Permit which is good for 6 months, contact the parking Violations Bureau with a doctors’ prescription.

Bobby Williams, 168 Spring Street, questioned whether the neighborhood surrounding the proposed 90 condo units have been notified. He complained the plows always put the snow onto the driveways.

Alice Lengers discussed the Photo Exhibit which will be held from April 3, 2004 to April 28, 2004. Entries must be framed and wired for hanging. Three will be two categories, adult and student (18 and under). The jurors are Joyce Dopkeen, Alan Haywood and Ted Spiegel. Copy rite Graphics, Rimor & Sabor, Vinny’s, The Ossining Bakery and Chilmark Wine and Liquor are supplying the catering for the event.

Linda Caruso, discussed affordable housing, various committees, the Police Commissioner’s position, transfer of the Chief’s secretary and the oath of office. The Acting Justice could not possibly keep current with the work load in the courts.

Mary Prenon, Brook Club Drive, gave a GOTV update. GOTV offers meetings and free training on production and filming of events. They recently sent out 700 fundraising letters and have raised $2000 thus far with the Town Supervisor being their last contributor. Ms. Prenon said they would like to relocate downtown and expand their time. The old Police Facility at 16 Croton Avenue is to small for their use. She thanked several newspapers for their support.

 

VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTIONS

A. Approval of Minutes February 3, 2004

Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Minutes of February 3, 2004 Regular Meeting as presented:

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Voucher Detail - February 17, 2004

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Voucher Detail dated February 17, 2004 in the amount of $30,666.85 for the year 2003 and $210,949.16 for the year 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

C. Fire Department - Appointment - Washington Hook & Ladder

Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, David Palka, Sr., 91 Old Albany Post Road, Ossining, New York, was elected to active membership to the Washington Hook & Ladder Company at their monthly meeting held on February 2nd, 2004 and was approved for interior and exterior fire fighting.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Adoption of Local Law No. 3 - 2004 - Amending Chapter 250 - Vehicles and Traffic - Municipal Parking Lots and Railroad Station Parking Areas.

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts Local Law No. 3, 2004, a Local Law amending Chapter 250 - Vehicles and Traffic - Municipal Parking Lots and Railroad Station Parking Areas.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

E. Adoption of Local Law No. 4 - 2004 - Amending Chapter 75 - Animals

Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts Local Law # 4 - 2004, amending Chapter 75 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining entitled, "Animals", to enact a new Article III entitled "Canine Waste".

Motion Carried: Unanimously

F. Finance - GASB 34 - Financial Reporting Requirements

Trustee MacNeill moved and it seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

Whereas, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board has issued Statement Number 34 (GASB 34); and

Whereas, in compliance with GASB 34 and in accordance with General Municipal Law, The accounting for the long-term portion of compensated absences formerly accounted for as a liability will now be accounted for as a reservation of fund balance; and

Whereas, in compliance with GASB 34 the accounting for certain liabilities will now be accounted for as a designation of fund balance; and

Whereas, in compliance with GASB 34 the accounting for long-term tax receivables will now be reclassified from a reserve of fund balance to a designation of fund balance; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the long-term portion of compensated absences will be accounted for in the governmental funds as a reservation of fund balance; and be it further

Resolved, that the Village Treasurer is directed to analyze those accounts that were formerly accounted for as liabilities, and where appropriate reclassify them as a designation or designations of fund balance; and be it further

Resolved, that this resolution shall become effective beginning with the Village’s fiscal year 2003 annual financial statements.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Calling for a Public Hearing on Introductory Local Law No. 5 - 2004 - Amending Chapter 250 - Vehicles and Traffic - Recreation Parking.

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby calls for a public hearing in the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 5, 2004 amending Chapter 250 - Vehicles and Traffic - Recreation Parking, March 3, 2004 at 7:30 P.M. in the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, N.Y.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

H. Recreation - Authorization for the Village Clerk to Advertise for Bids

To Purchase One (1) Ride-On Sweeper

Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby authorizes the Village Clerk to advertise for bids to purchase One (1) Ride-On Sweeper, to be returnable to the office of the Village Clerk.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

I. Fire Department - Surplus Equipment - 1994 Chevrolet Wagon

Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

Whereas, the Village of Ossining is the owner of 1 (one) 1994 Chevy Wagon, Vehicle Identification Number 1G1BL82P9RR186390, which is no longer needed for Village Service; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees hereby declares the above vehicle, to be surplus property of the Village; and it is further

Resolved, that the aforementioned equipment be sold at public auction, as is, to the highest bidder.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

J. DPW - Authorization to allow the Village Clerk to Advertise for Bids to Replace Upper Roof at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center and the Roof at Holla Hose Fire House

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby authorizes the Village Clerk to advertise for bids to replace upper roof at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center and the Roof at Holla Hose Fire House, to be returnable to the office of the Village Clerk.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

K. Village Board Meeting - Change of Date

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Village Board Meeting scheduled for March 2, 2004 will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 78:30 P.M. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, New York.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

IX. OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

There was no old business.

X. NEW BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

There was no new business.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

At 9:32 P.M., Mayor Perillo moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees be adjourned.

 



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