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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

BIRDSALL FAGAN POLICE AND COURT FACILITY

86-88 SPRING STREET

JANUARY 20, 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 Police-Court Facility 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562. The meeting was called to order at 7:37 P.M. by Mayor Perillo. Members of the Board present were Trustee Napolitano, Trustee MacNeill, Trustee Parise and Trustee Hernandez. Others present were Village Manager Lynn McCrum, Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Administrative Intern Christina Papes and Deputy Village Clerk Patricia Fracassi.

II. PUBLIC HEARING - In the Matter of Introductory Local Law

2 of 2004 amending Chapter 244 of the Village Code entitled "Taxicabs"

The Clerk opened the Public Hearing at 7:40 P.M.

Mr. Don Debar, Ferris Place, spoke regarding the Taxi Cab law as presented and how law dovetails with consolidation of companies. He questioned if any of the taxi company owners are related to any Board members, and also questioned the section of the law regarding advertising on the taxicabs.

The Mayor replied that concerns had been brought to his attention by a local taxi cab company. Mayor Perillo disclosed the fact that one of the taxi companies rents space in a building that he owns. He also said the main concern of the Board was the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Trustee Napolitano noted that he doesn’t know any of the taxi owners and that the amendments to the law have been brought to the attention of the taxi owners and drivers.

Trustee MacNeill stated that she is not related to anyone affiliated with the taxicab business in Ossining.

Trustee Hernandez said that he does not know anyone affiliated with the taxi business and he was encouraged that the Board will meet with the owners intermittently. He commented that the Board would review the law every few years.

Trustee Parise also said that he does not know anyone involved in the process and was happy that after the meeting with the taxicab owners and drivers, everyone seemed to leave happy with the changes made to the fee structure. He also thought it a very good idea that meetings would be ongoing during the course of the year.

Mr. Bobby Williams, Spring Street, spoke about several issues regarding the taxi ordinance. Mayor Perillo replied that as long as the company owners comply with the ordinance, they will be allowed to do business in Ossining.

At 8:03 P.M., Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Napolitano that the public hearing be closed.

III. PUBLIC HEARING - Continuation of public hearing in the matter of an Application for a Special Permit for 24 Aqueduct Street

At 8:04 P.M., the public hearing was opened by the Clerk.

Owner wishes to add non-owner occupied apartment of garage. Board members suggested to the applicant, Mr. Castagnino, that it is in the best interest of the applicant to attend a Board Work Session for further discussion of the application.

At 8:11 P.M., Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the public hearing be tabled until February 3, 2004 with the consent of the applicant.

IV. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Mayor announced there had been an Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Star of Bethlehem with Congresswoman Nita Lowy as keynote speaker. He also noted that next month will be Black History Month and invited the NAACP to utilize Village space if needed for a display in honor of the occasion.

Mayor Perillo said that Harbor Square is moving forward. He said the Board did not budge from any agreements of the July 7, 2003 meeting. He said there will be a public session as soon as feasible. The Mayor said the Reservoir Park is moving along nicely. The Parks and Recreation crews are trimming trees, vines and doing general clean-up. Mayor Perillo also said the Snowden Ave. Park is progressing nicely. Dirt is being transferred from the State Street Firehouse site to complete the park area, so that cars will be able to park diagonally at the location.

The Mayor said the plans for the Sign Program will be delivered to the Board next week for their review of the program. The Board has received a proposal from Complus for automated ticket system and has invited LES to submit a competive proposal.

Mayor Perillo spoke about the Renaissance of the downtown area. He said the "Wecandoitwall" property has prospective buyers who are interested in developing the site, for retail, office and residential use. The Village is working on developing an RFP for the site. The Racanelli Building is also moving forward and you can see the progress on the Central Avenue side. The Printex site has been sold and the developer is working on plans for 90 condominiums.

The Board has been approached and is considering development plans for the St. Paul’s Parking Lot and the Farmer’s Market Parking Lot. Plans for a parking structure at the Brandeth Street Lot are moving forward and a RFP is forthcoming.

The Mayor said there will be a review of the cell phone policy for employees. He said there will also be a review of the Village vehicle policy and will prioritize which departments will be allowed to take cars home.

There will be a Getting to Know You Meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2004, with the Environmental, Planning and Zoning Boards. A Tri Community Meeting with neighboring communities is being scheduled. The Mayor said there is now an Evaluation Policy in place for Village employees.

The Mayor advised the public that Board goals and objectives for 2004 were discussed at the work session, January 13, 2004, and Police Department goals and objectives for 2004 were discussed at the work session January 15, 2004.

A Town Hall meeting will be held on February 26, 2004, at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 7:30 P.M. Attendees will be able to address any issues of concern or make suggestions to the Board for consideration.

Mayor Perillo discussed the hiring of a Police Commissioner issue and said there had been meetings with the Board and the Police Chief. There have been 53 issues of interest and concern. There were various work sessions and budget meetings of the Board. The Police Chief and Board members attended these meetings and it was the consensus of the full Board that the position be created at that time. There were no line item vetoes.

V. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

Trustee Napolitano said that he had met with County Legislator Wishnie. He also said that letters will be going out and he will meet with all groups or organizations that he has been designated liaison. He announced that he is the Liaison for the Lion’s Club Student Government Day (no date has been set yet).

Trustee Parise reported on the Arthur J. Jones Memorial Park Fundraiser that had been held at Parise’s Steakhouse on January 18, 2004. He said the silent auction did extremely well and raised $35,000 for the cause.

Trustee Hernandez announced the B.A.R.K. (Books, Animal, Reading, Kids) program which brings therapy dogs to help children learn to read. This program meets at the Library and is lead by Sally Dow and Gina Rosenblum. He also informed the public of the Ossining School Teacher Staff Development Center project sponsoring a "1,000 book project". Trustee Hernandez also announced the First Annual Ossining Photographic Exposition to celebrate Ossining diversity, the exhibit will be held on April 3, 2004 between 1:00 - 4:00 at the Ossining Public Library and is being coordinated by Rita Nickle embracingoss@aol.com. He also announced that there is a Salsa meets Jazz Program at the Ossining High School, Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.

Trustee MacNeill stated that she and the Mayor met with representatives of G.O.T.V. on January 10, 2004 to review a possible site for their studio at the municipal building. She also stated that a ground breaking ceremony for the new State Street Fire Facility was held January 12, 2004 and was well attended. Meetings regarding the Village website have resumed and the project is back on track. Trustee MacNeill advised that she has been approached by the Ossining Hispanic Action Coalition which had been approached by the Day Laborers to host a "Minga", a term used to describe a day in which community members gather to "give back" in some way to their community.

Mayor Perillo said he receives many calls on various issues. He said there had been an internal investigation on alleged misconduct in the one of our departments, however, it was inconclusive and is closed for now. The Mayor announced the Village Board will sponsor a Sexual Harrassment course for the Village employees.

VI. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager Lynn McCrum, discussed the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center improvements. Original bids were rejected and a new bid package will be ready on February 2, 2004.

2. Police Chief Joseph Burton reported there were 2,591 Blotter Entries - Park, Walk and Talks through out the Village 826, Location Checks (Licensed Premise) - 67, Medical Aids - 117, Vehicle & Traffic Summons issued - 357, Parking Summonses - 1,345, Uniform Crime Reports 24, Arrests for December - 86,

Village Ordinances - 10 and Drug arrests - 7.

3. Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, said he is addressing day to day issues concerning litigation issues, responding to FOILS, any number of issues from department managers, working on various Local Laws, responding to residents on issues, meetings on Waterfront Project, "Wecandoit" wall, the Printex site on State Street and the closing on the Bank Building at 200 Main Street which is scheduled for next week.

4. Assistant Village Manager, Linda Abels said she is closing out 2003 personnel records. The Section 8 Audit will begin in February.

She announced there had been a fire in the old bus company building and the Village had received a $297,000 check from the insurance company. Mayor Perillo commended Mrs. Abels in her negotiations in getting the amount to $200,000. The Mayor was able to negotiate another $97,000.

5. Building Inspector, Lou Caraisco said the downtown projects are moving along nicely. We have had approximately 15 court cases in the past month. Fines increased considerably during that period. George Pires will be returning to work next week.

6. Superintendent of Public Works, Rocco Circosta reported snow a major factor in the department at this time. Water Department out almost every night due to frozen meters, pipes, broken lines etc. The DPW just mailed out the newly formatted Recycling Schedule/ DPW Newsletter. The Operation Center is having a power changeover, Con Edison supplying a generator while work is done.

7. Village Engineer, Paul Fraioli reiterated there will be multi-board meeting next week, January 27, 2004. Excavation began on the State Street Fire House property and all paper work is ongoing and being processed. Filter plant ongoing during rehabilitation.

8. Superintendent of Recreation, Henry Atterbury announced that the Jesse Collyer Baseball/Softball registration has started. There will be a Square Dance held at Anne M. Dorner School on January 30, 2004 - 7:00 to 10:00 P.M., sponsored by the Ossining Lions Club and Kid’s Place. Derek Page will be the caller. Mr. Atterbury thanked Carol Frankolini, Ellen Dare and the Lions Club for their efforts. The Village is looking at some possible corporate sponsorship; they might be interested in supplying funding for some programs.

VII. SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Jenna Loeb, an Ossining High School student began playing tennis at the age 4. She is an exceptional student athlete, who has won many titles and also a full scholarship to Wake Forest University.

Jenna has won the New York State Singles Girls Tennis Championship three times 2000, 2001 and 2003; a first in New York State. She is also a four time Section One Champion Girl’s Tennis and the first to earn the The Journal News Athlete of the Season two times and Tennis Player of the Year.

Mayor Perillo congratulated Jenna and proclaimed January 21, 2004 as JENNA LOEB DAY in the Village of Ossining.

VIII. EMPLOYEES OF DISTINCTION

Thomas E. Pasquel’s employment began on January 8, 1994 in the Village of Ossining Water Department and eventually rose through the ranks to the position of Water Maintenance Worker, Grade One.

Superintendent of DPW, Rocco Circosta said that Tom is a well respected, responsible employee whose commitment to the Village is evident through the quality of his work and his willingness to be there when needed or called upon. Tom also serves as a member and Officer in the Ossining Fire Department.

Mayor Perillo congratulated Tom and proclaimed January 23, 2004 as THOMAS E. PASQUEL DAY in the Village of Ossining.

John H. Heitmann’s, employment began on March 12, 2001 in the Village of Ossining Department Public Works when he was hired to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a Laborer.

Mayor Perillo thanked John for all of his work on the Christmas Decorations.

Superintendent of DPW, Rocco Circosta said John has been a welcome addition the the Department of Public Works where he has consistently surpassed expectations.

Mayor Perillo congratulated John and proclaimed January 22, 2004 as JOHN HEITMANN DAY in the Village of Ossining.

IX. VISITOR RECOGNITION - 7 minutes per person (Sign-in sheet

with participation conditions)

Linda Cabral Marrero, Village resident, discussed the possible hiring of a Police Commissioner, the waterfront project, zero tolerance policy and being unfairly accused of mud-slinging. She said the hiring of a Police Commissioner would be a poor business management policy and if there are problems with the Police Chief they should be dealt with privately. Ms. Marrero questioned the legality of hiring a Police Commissioner. It would be a transfer of authority. The Mayor replied that Craig Benson, Special Counsel, informed the Board it does not need a referendum if the Board does not relinquish its authority. It can be done by Local Law. Mrs. Marrero also questioned the Board about filling the Village Manager position. The Board will not relinquish its authority. Trustee MacNeill addressed several issues regarding the zero tolerance policy and read an article about a Pennsylvania based Police Chief who is instituting more aggressive and creative tactics to fight crime in his town. The town has a 52 member force and has a population of approximately 30,000.

Don Debar, Ferris Place, referred to 1995 meeting where Mayor Perillo urged the Board not to hire a Police Captain and add another layer of government. He said the process is wrong and increases burden on people.

Ann Perron, Seneca Road, reminded the Mayor he opposed the Captain position in 1995. She also commented these are personnel issues and should be discussed in private. Mrs. Perron also feels the Mayor should respond "no comment" to personnel issues. She also said by Board members not responding implies they are in agreement. The Mayor replied there are no personal attacks, these are issues discussed openly.

Mr. Bobby Williams, Spring Street, spoke of Martin Luther King Jr. and what he stood for during his lifetime. He also spoke of the effects of drugs in neighborhoods and how it affects blacks and minorities in those areas.

Mr. Steve Kern, Waller Avenue, asked when the public hearings will take place concerning the waterfront project. He said it has already been one year and there was only one presentation in July of 2003, not a hearing of the project. He does not think the Board is addressing the Police Commissioner issue in the right way.

Mr. Nick Caputo, Ferris Place, asked about the status of the water filtration plant especially the water quality. He also asked about the development of the Brandeth Pill Factory building and the new construction at the Armory.

The Mayor replied that the Village has no recent updates on the Brandeth Pill Factory development project. The Armory construction is almost completed and the Village has been working with Con Edison to power the new facility. After inspection of the Indian Brook water filtration plant in November the Board authorized $100,000 of an expected $200,000 to institute repairs to be tentatively completed by summer.

X. VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTIONS - 3 minutes per person (with

participation conditions)

A. Approval of Minutes - January 6, 2004

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

approves the Minutes of the January 6, 2004 Reorganizational Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Approval of Voucher Detail Report

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

approves the Voucher Detail Report dated January 20, 2004 in the amount of $218,880.62 for 2003 and $1,111,823. 60 for the year 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

C. Fire Department - Appointment - Monitor Hose Co. No. 4

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

 

Resolved, that upon the recommendation of the Ossining Fire Chief, Robert

D’Elia, 15 Linden Avenue, Ossining, New York was elected into active membership of Monitor Hose Co. No. 4, for interior and exterior fire fighting, at their monthly meeting held on December 4, 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Fire Department - Appointment - Washington Hook & Ladder

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

Resolved, that upon the recommendation of the Ossining Fire Chief, Jason Guziczek, 223 Spring Street, Ossining, New York, was elected into active membership of Washington Hook & Ladder Company, for interior and exterior fire fighting.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

E. Fire Department - Removals - Washington Hook & Ladder

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

Resolved, that upon the recommendation of the Ossining Fire Chief, the

Board of Trustees hereby removes the names of Robert Sylvester (deceased), Jason Valentin (resigned) and Robert Cummings (resigned) from the Rolls of the Ossining Fire Department.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

F. Fire Department - Removal - Holla Hose Co. No. 5

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

Resolved, that upon the recommendation of the Ossining Fire Chief, the

Board of Trustees hereby removes the name of Keith Koshak (resigned) from the Rolls of the Ossining Fire Department.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Calling for a Public Hearing Regarding Sidewalk and Curb Assessments

for 2003

Trustee Parise 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 the Sidewalk and Curb Assessments - 2003 to take place at the Birdsall Fagan Police & Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street in Ossining at 7:30 p.m. on February 3, 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

H. Resolution Adopting Local Law No. 2 of 2004 - "Taxi Cabs"

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 adopts

Local Law No. 2 of 2004, a Local Law amending Chapter 244 "Taxi Cabs" of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

I. DPW - Authorizing the Village Clerk to Advertise for 2004 Annual Bids

Trustee Parise 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

authorizes the Village Clerk to advertise for bids for the 2004 Yearly Bid Contracts for Materials, Supplies and Services, returnable to the Village Clerk’s Office

J. Resolution Rejecting Bids for Joseph G. Caputo Community Center

Renovation and Outdoor Pool

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

Whereas, the Board of Trustees advertised for bids for construction of an outdoor swimming pool and renovations at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, which said bids were returnable October 17, 2003; and

Whereas, the Board of Trustees has reviewed all bids received and has made a determination that based on the response to the bid request that it would be in the best interest of the Village of Ossining to reject all bids and re-advertise; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees hereby rejects all bids received for the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center Renovation and Outdoor Pool Project, General Construction, Contract No. 03-10; Electrical, Contract No. 03-11; Plumbing and Fire Protection, Contract No. 03-12; and Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning, Contract No. 03-13, in the best interest of the Village of Ossining.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

K. Fee Schedule 2004 - Amendment - Taxi Cabs

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

Resolved, that the 2004 Village of Ossining Fee Schedule is hereby amended

with respect to Taxi Licenses to read as follows:

Village of Ossining Item 2004 Fees

Code Section_____________________________________________

244-15 Taxi Cabs

Taxi Cab Vehicle License 250.00 per year

Taxi Cab Driver’s License 125.00 per year

Motion Carried: Unanimously

XI. OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

Trustee MacNeill requested that the Christmas Decorations be taken down as soon as possible.

XII. NEW BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

There was no new business of the Board.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT

At 12:20 A.M., Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Napolitano that the Regular Meeting be adjourned in memory of Robert Sylvester.

 



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