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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

POLICE/COURT FACILITY

86-88 SPRING STREET

OSSINING, NEW YORK

SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 - 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 7:35 P.M. by Mayor John Perillo. Members of the Board present were Trustees Napolitano, MacNeill, Parise and Hernandez. Others present were Village Manager Lynn McCrum, Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Administrative Intern Christine Marx and Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts.

II. PUBLIC HEARING - Section 8 - 2004 Annual Plan

The Mayor opened the public hearing at 7:35 P.M.

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

III. PUBLIC HEARING - Introductory Local Law No. 7, 2003, a Local Law amending Chapter 250 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining entitled "

Vehicles and Traffic".

Mayor Perillo opened the public hearing at 7:36 P.M.

At 7:37 P.M., Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the public hearing be closed.

IV. MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be strict enforcement of garbage collection, make sure it is put out on the proper day and time, not on the weekends. Prepare your home for the arrival of hurricane Isabel. The Ossining Matters Road Race that was held on Saturday, September 13th was a great success and brought 300 people to our downtown area. The DOT Meeting called for September 15th to discuss Traffic Calming on Route 9 was cancelled but will be re-scheduled. Drug enforcement is being stepped up in the Village. The Wecandoit Wall parking lot will be open in a couple of weeks. The construction of the second building next door will begin shortly. The first building is fully occupied. Commuter parking spaces will be added. There is a review of the Taxi Ordinance under way by the Police Department. The Village has collected $299,615 from January to September under the Boot and Tow Ordinance. There was an Executive Session held September 11 discussing the LADA for Harbor Square with Special Counsel. The Village of Ossining was one of the first place winners in the Ginsberg Flower Village Contest. It was a successful concert series and a thank you goes out to Recreation, Parks, DPW and the Police Department for a job well done in accomplishing this. The Streetscape Program from St. Paul's to Academy Place is under way.

 

V. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS - NYCOM Awards

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Lou Caraisco

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Frederick Cioffi

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Peter Connolly

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William Costa

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Howard Johnston

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Richard Kamp

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Michael McElroy

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George Pires

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Daniel Sausedo

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David See

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William Sullivan

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Ralph Trapanese

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James Wall

Each one of the individuals was brought up and presented a Plaque for their years of service, which ranged from 25 to 34 years. Rocco Circosta stated that of the individuals honored for service from Public Works, you have a total of 200 years of service. Police Chief Joseph Burton commended those from the police Department for their dedication and hard work. They took a job and made it a career. Detective David See stated he was looking forward to the next 30 years.

VI. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

Trustee Hernandez said that the New York State Guard of which he is a member stated that rising water would be a major problem with Hurricane Isabel.

Trustee MacNeill noted that the State Street Firehouse bids are in and have been reviewed. The bids for the General contractor will be rejected and re-bid. Linda Abels, Rose Sickenius and Trustee MacNeill attended a video-conference with Comptroller Alan Hevesi discussing State Pensions.

Trustee Napolitano reminded everyone that today is the fourth anniversary

of Storm Floyd. He also met recently with Assemblywoman Sandra Galef regarding the DOT's problems with the signs placed on Route 9.

Trustee Parise said the movie and concert series is over. The Village is looking into buying equipment to show our own movies.

VII. AMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager McCrum said the staff has been working diligently in preparation for Hurricane Isabel trying to keep the streams free and make sure everything is secure. Announcements were also made regarding Planning and Zoning Board members: James Bowen has been appointed as Chairman of the Zoning Board and Joseph G. Clarke as Chairman of the Planning Board. Jose Cotto and M. Rosario Promelli-Ambrosi as Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board member respectively.

2. Police Chief Burton said the Officers met to discuss possible problems with Hurricane Isabel and prepared to set up 86-88 Spring Street as a command post. J.D. Apostolico and Lt. Sullivan investigated the rape of a 13 year old as an Internet crime. On September 5, Officer Stymiloski gave out 28 speeding tickets from 4:30 to 8:30 P.M. If you pass a stopped school bus the fine is $285 plus 5 points on your license. The investigation continues in the drug sweep of last month and flyers in English and Spanish are being given out to help stamp out drugs. A Drug Hotline has been set up and the Police are requesting anyone with information to call 941-5702. All information will be kept confidential. David Whitney has been released from Military Duty as of September 30th and will return to duty on October 4, 2003. James Kustanis has been called up for active Military duty as of September 30th for 1 year.

3. Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, said the Village is continuing to address the quality of life issues.

4. Lou Caraisco, Building Inspector, said the Building Department gives their support to the other departments in preparation of the upcoming storm. The two new members of the Building Department are now on their own. Code enforcement has been stepped up. There is also a part-time inspector.

5. Rocco Circosta, Director of Operations also commented that this is the fourth anniversary of Storm Floyd. The DPW is reviewing equipment and manpower for the upcoming storm, as well as watching the hot spots. Mr. Circosta requested that the residents check sump pumps, clean drains and deep a watchful eye.

6. Paul Fraioli, Village Engineer, congratulated the NYCOM recipients and to Joe Clarke as Chairman of the planning Board. The Water Plant and Distribution Plant are making the necessary preparations for the impending hurricane. The DPW Garage should go on line by the end of September or early October. The DPW is reviewing the set of documents for the pool. A Request for Proposal has gone out for review of an engineering type firm to assist the Village.

7. Rose Sickenius, Treasurer, is at a conference.

8. Henry Atterbury, Superintendent of Recreation, stated the concerts and movies were well attended. The summer camp and beautification programs were also a success. There will be volleyball on Friday evenings. The cover of the new recreation brochure is courtesy of Roberta Arminio and is from 1922.

Mayor Perillo interjected that the Sons of Italy will hold an Italian Feast at Harbor Square on October 11 and 12th.

9. Linda Abels, Personnel, advised that she attended a tele-conference which didn't give much good news regarding the State Pension Fund. The contribution will equal 12% of the payroll, which equates to one million dollars.

VIII. VISITOR RECOGNITION

Thomas Occhigrassi, Stone Avenue, came to the Board several months ago regarding two buildings in his neighborhood and questioned what the Building Inspectors' are going to do about the situation. They are violating permits by bringing back equipment. Why aren't summonses being issued and why aren't fire inspections being done at 21, 25 and 31 Campwoods Road. There still has been no call from DPW regarding damaged curbs.

Linda Cabral Marrero, John Street, discussed aspects of the Zoning Boards 5-0 vote regarding 2 Sherman Place. Why was the site allowed to deteriate over the last 30 years?

Tom Langston, Terrace Avenue, questioned why we needed a garage at the Armory that could house 56 trucks. Is there a substantial overrun on this project and if so, why?

Michael Harris, Park Avenue, questioned when there would be a response to a law enforcement plan. The new Building Inspector should be able to review apartments to see if single-family homes have been made into 2 or 3 family residences'. He also commented on the preparation for the pending storm.

Maureen Redmond, Sherwood Avenue, representing the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce thanked everyone for participating in the Annual Smooze Party and the Oops Auction. There will be a Chamber Meeting on Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM at which time there will be a Networking Card Exchange. The North State Road business area will be the topic of conversation. Starbuck's is looking for employees to work at their new location. Call 888-796-5282, Box 37848 for information. Westchester Community College is also looking for employees. Call 923-5320 and ask for Nicole Lawson for further information.

Don DeBar, Ferris Place, discussed 2 Sherman Place and the Waterfront Project. He doesn't feel that the Village is obligated to build condos'.

L. A. Mangano, Village resident, thanked the Building Department for returning calls. She also discussed various topics including garbage, overnight parking, Waterfront Project and the Civilian Complaint form.

Steven Kern, Waller Avenue, questioned the number of children in the proposed project. He is also convinced that the Village is not bound to grant final approval on Harbor Square.

Liz Espinal, Todd Place, a business owner at 13 Broad Avenue, discussed the problems at her location being caused by new individuals who are not residents in Westchester County. She would also like to meet with the Mayor and Chief regarding misconduct of some officers.

Bobby Williams, Spring Street, stated that Broad Avenue between State and Spring Street needs a little pavement. Is the Police Department on board with the appointment of a Police Commissioner, which is not a Civil Service position. There are pros and cons in having a Police Commissioner and a Police Chief.

IX. RESOLUTIONS

A. Approval of Minutes

Trustee Napolitano 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 approves the Minutes of the September 2, 2003 Regular Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Approval of Voucher Detail

Trustee Napolitano 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 approves the Voucher Detail dated September 16, 2003 in the amount of $471,684.98.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

C. Rejection of Bids - State Street Fire Facility General

Construction, Contract No. 03-05

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

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees advertised for bids for general construction of the State Street Fire Facility, Contract No. 03-05, which said bids were returnable August 27, 2003; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees has reviewed the bids 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 to reject all bids and re-advertise for Contract No. 03-05; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby rejects all bids received for the State Street Fire Facility General Construction, Contract No. 03-05 in the best interest of the Village of Ossining; and it is further

RESOLVED, that the Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to re-advertise for bids for the State Street Fire Facility, General Construction, Contract No. 03-05, to be returnable to the Office of the Village Clerk.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Introductory Local Law No. 6, 2003, WD-2 Zoning - Adjourned Hearing

Date & Re-advertise for Hearing

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

WHEREAS, a public hearing was scheduled and held in the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 6, 2003, WD-2 Zoning, on August 5, 2003; and

WHEREAS, said public hearing was kept open and adjourned on such date; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby schedules the continuation of the Public Hearing in the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 6, 2003, WD-2 Zoning for October 7, 2003 at 7:30 p.m., at the Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York, at which time all interested parties will be heard.

Motion Carried: 4 - 0 - 1

Ayes: Trustees Napolitano

MacNeill, Parise and

Mayor Perillo.

Abstain: Trustee Hernandez

E. Adoption of Local Law No. 6, 2003 (Introductory Local Law No. 7, 2003).

Trustee Napolitano 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 Introductory Local Law No. 7, 2003, a Local Law amending Chapter 250 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining entitled "Vehicles and Traffic", to make various modifications and changes to parking and traffic flow on Edward Street and Main Street.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

Roll Call: Ayes - Trustees

Napolitano, MacNeill, Parise,

Hernandez & Mayor Perillo

F. Adoption of Section 8 Annual Plan

Trustee Napolitano 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 the Village of Ossining Section 8 Housing Program Annual Plan for 2004 as presented and on file in the Section 8 Office and the Office of the Village Clerk.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Police Department - Accepting Federal Local Law Enforcement

Block Grant

Trustee Napolitano 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 authorizes the Village Manager to sign a contract accepting a Federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant in the amount of $18,226, the Village’s match for this grant will be $2,025. This grant will be used for the purchase of equipment, training and overtime for the enforcement of street drug activities.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

H. Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Fire Police and Emergency Squad

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

RESOLVED, that upon recommendation of the Fire Chief, Christopher Oliveira, 108 North Highland Ave., Ossining, New York, was elected to active membership to the Ossining Fire Police and Emergency Squad at their monthly meeting held on August 7, 2003 and was approved for interior and exterior fire fighting.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

I. Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Fire Police and Emergency Squad

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, Javier Lugo, 7 First Avenue, Ossining, New York, was elected to active membership to the Ossining Fire Police and Emergency Squad at their monthly meeting held on August 7, 2003 and was approved for interior and exterior fire fighting.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

J. Resolution - Awarding Bid - For (1) Jeep Liberty 4 x 4.

Trustee Napolitano 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 awards the bid for (1) Jeep Liberty 4 x 4 for use by the Recreation Department to Lazar's Auto Sales, Inc., 2293 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York 10507 in the amount of $20,161.00.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

X. OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

There was no old business of the Board.

 

 

 

XI. NEW BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

Trustee Parise stated that the resolution took 14 minutes and Visitor Recognition took 2 hours and 50 minutes. He suggested a change in the format so that resolutions are done first. The Mayor wants to keep the same format.

XII. ADJOURNMENT

At 11:22 P.M., Mayor John Perillo moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the Regular Meeting be adjourned in memory of Joseph Taxiera.

____________________________

Mary Ann Roberts

Village Clerk

Approved:

 

 



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