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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

POLICE/COURT FACILITY

86-88 SPRING STREET

OSSINING, NEW YORK

AUGUST 19, 2003

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 7:30 P.M. by Mayor John Perillo. Members of the Board present were Trustees Napolitano, MacNeill, Parise and Hernandez. Others present were Village Manager O. Paul Shew, Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Interim Treasurer Lynn McCrum and Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts. Administrative Intern Christine Marx was not present.

II. MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Harbor Square Project is moving along. The summer concerts will only continue for another 3 weeks. The Nelson Sitting Park is being utilized by many families. The "WeCanDoIt Wall" parking lot is moving along slowly due to the fact that it is being done by volunteers. Again, thank you to all of the Department Heads and rank and file for a job well done. The Mayor again reminded everyone to shop locally when you can. The Mayor applauded the Department Heads for their efforts and professionalism during the recent blackout. Also he extended his thanks to former Mayor John Pasquerella for assisting with the start up of the generators during the blackout. This meeting marked the last meeting for Mr. Shew as Village Manager. He will be going to Rye as City Manager. Mr. Shew has served the Board well. Good Luck. The Basketball Tournament (Unity in the Community) held at Nelson Park on August 12, 2003 was a success. The Mayor was at the event four times during the day and found everything running well. The Mayor thanked Spencer Thomas and Courtney Byfield for running a successful event and is looking forward to next year. The old Bank of New York is moving along well. The rear of the building has been totally gutted and should be completed within the next 14 to 16 months. There will be a restaurant and luxury apartments.

III. SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER - Nita Lowey

Congresswoman Nita Lowey stated that it was an honor and a privilege to represent Ossining again. She had represented us from 1988-1992. It is important to have local partners. We are living in trying times with the loss of life in Baghdad and Jerusalem. Airport security has to be federalized and hopefully the security at Indian Point will be federalized. The blackout affects us all. There were some deli owners who lost $15,000, and are in need of financial assistance.

IV. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

Trustee Parise - There were about 100 to 150 people who attended the concerts. A lot of children and families are using the Nelson Sitting Park. The Basketball Tournament went well.

Trustee Napolitano - Congratulations to Spencer and Courtney for a successful tournament.

Trustee MacNeill - Thank you to the Fire Department for a fabulous parade a few weeks ago. She also expressed her gratitude to the employees and the residents for not panicking and cooperating during the blackout. The tournament was a success.

Trustee Hernandez - Thank you to Courtney Byfield and Spencer Thomas and others that were involved in the Tournament. Trustee Hernandez also stated he received e-mails and telephone calls of congratulations on a successful Tournament. He also attended a one-day seminar on downtown revitalization. Ossining has a good start with the Beautification Program.

V. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager - Mr. Shew reminded everyone that the cable TV Public Hearing is still open to receive written comments. There is an opening on the Zoning Board of Appeals. If you are interested, please send a letter to the Village Managers office. Mr. Shew also thanked the men and women on the Village staff as well as the citizens for pulling together to make Ossining what it is. Ossining is on a steady path and rich in resources with the assistance of many people. Since it was his last meeting he recognized three women who made a difference in his life in Ossining. Catherine Grant, a member of the Spring Street Association, who has a great deal of courage and concern for Ossining. Irene Hutton, an active and caring woman who provided temporary lodging for the Manager in her own home. Roberta Arminio, a treasure trove of historic knowledge. She has a good sense of history and shares it with all. The Manager presented each with a small gift.

2. Police Chief - Joseph Burton pointed out the painting on the north wall which was in the Conference Room but was replaced by another painting overlooking the Hudson River from State Street. Mr. DiCesare donated both of these. The Chief also wished the Village Manager well in his new position and credited him with pushing the Police Department and Post Office forward. Chief Burton thanked Lt. McElroy, Lt. Sullivan, Sgt. Craven and the entire staff for a job well done during the blackout. He also thanked Ray Braxton for providing ice and cool refreshments for the officers on their various posts. In conjunction with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Lt. Sullivan and other officers conducted a drug sweep at 5:30 A.M. Arrests are steadily increasing.

3. Corporation Counsel - Richard Leins stated that he has completed 2 weeks as Corporation Counsel and was getting involved in many issues.

4. Building Inspector - Lou Caraisco reported that Code Enforcement has been stepped up. All of the real estate directory signs are being removed since they have been notified that they are a non-permitted use. There have been 3 stop work orders issued. A part-time code enforcement officer will begin on September 1, 2003. At the moment he is two men short; one out with a job related injury and the other on vacation. The Building Inspector welcomes calls from the public advising of code violations etc.,

5. Superintendent of Recreation - Henry Atterbury was not present as he is on vacation. Mayor Perillo commented that Mr. Atterbury fulfilled his responsibilities in a short period of time.

6. Director of Operations - Rocco Circosta gave his personal thanks to Paul Shew for building a great team. Good Luck in your new position. The Blackout of 2003 was a learning experience. The Filtration Plant is up and running. The Village received a check for $51,499 from the Federal Government for the February 17, 2003 snowstorm. The DPW Project is moving along with paving scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week, weather permitting.

 

7. Village Engineer - Paul Fraioli - commented on the blackout efforts of DPW with the Police and the uninterrupted water service. The Water Street/Rockledge Avenue Project is complete. The paving of Narragansett will be completed late this week weather permitting. He thanked the residents for their patience. A landscaping plan for the DPW site will be presented to the Board shortly. Pleasantville Road/Havell Street Project is working through the kinks. In- house water treatment projects are on going. The State Street Fire Station bid opening is on August 27, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. He thanked Paul for all of his assistance.

8. Personnel - Linda Abels thanked Mr. Shew for giving her the opportunity to grow into the position of Assistant village Manager. She also announced that the Budget Process would begin within the next few weeks.

9. Director of Community Development - Lynn McCrum discussed the waterfront project, the Racinelli Project and monthly reports, noting Mr. Shew prepared the monthly reports from cover to cover.

VI. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

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Sun Valley Nursery

Mr. & Mrs. Vincenzo Bombe owners of the Sun Valley Nursery were present to receive a special presentation from Mayor Perillo. Mr. Bomba, a native of Italy, has been a member of the community for 23 years. Sun Valley Nursery has provided a high quality product to our community. They have provided the barrels, hanging baskets and the flowers for Sassinarro Plaza as part of the Beautification Program. Wednesday, August 20th is Sun Valley Nursery Inc. Day in the Village of Ossining.

VII. SWEARING IN OF POLICE OFFICERS

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Kevin Sylvester was sworn in as a patrolman in the Village of Ossining. Kevin was born and raised in Ossining and just returned from the U.S. Marine Corp.

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James A. Drohan was sworn in as a Patrolman in the Village of Ossining. Jim was also born and raised in Ossining and is a member of the Ossining Fire Department.

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John A. Elliott was sworn in as a Patrolman in the Village of Ossining. John was born in the Bronx and was an officer in the City of New York. His Dad, John Sr., is the Coordinator for 911.

VIII. PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of Introductory Local Law # 5, 2003, amending Chapter 250 of the Village Code entitled "Vehicle and Traffic" by adding a new ARTICLE VII, entitled "Enforcement of Parking Tickets".

At 9:00 P.M. the Board opened the public hearing.

Donald DeBerardinis, 87 Ferris Place, questioned if the change in penalty was for existing tickets. Corporation Counsel stated that it was not a change in penalty but the enforcement of tickets that have been ignored.

Bobby Williams, 168 Spring Street, commented that by putting the boot on, it is like you are the judge. If you boot or impound the vehicle, it will be an additional fee. The person may be innocent but is being treated as guilty.

The Mayor stated that there are monthly reports on outstanding tickets.

Nick Ripostella, Briarcliff Drive South, is in agreement with the collection of money. Parking may be selective with some areas being targeted more than others.

At 9:30, Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the public hearing be closed.

IX. PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of Introductory Local Law # 6, 2003, amending Chapter 270, entitled "Zoning" by amending Section 270-22B, entitled "Conditional Uses Permitted upon approval of the Planning Board in accordance with ARTICLE X.

At 9:35 P.M. the Board opened the public hearing.

Mr. Don Debar, 87 Ferris Place, requested that this public hearing be left open until September. Is there a Board member with a conflict of interest?

Mayor Perillo stated that the Public Hearing would be left open until September.

Nick Ripostella, Briarcliff Drive South, stated he was in support of cleaning up loose ends, however, why was it left with typos for 9 years?

Trustee Napolitano doesn't remember the previous Board ever discussing these typos'. Frederick P. Clarke discussed the correct usage.

John Codman, 37 Ferris Place, asked where would there be additional information to discuss current zoning changes.

At 9:50 P.M., Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez to adjourn the public hearing until September.

X. VISITOR'S RECOGNITION - 7 minutes per person (Sign-in sheet with participation conditions)

Spencer Thomas, 18B Hamilton Avenue, thanked the Board for working with him on the 8th Annual Day of Remembrance. He also questioned when they could sit down and discuss the event and will the Mayor be making a positive statement to the newspaper.

Mayor Perillo stated the event was a success.

Thomas Occhiogrossi, 81 Stone Avenue, thanked the Board for 71/2 months of work. You can notice the improvements. He also thanked the Police for assistance on a Stone Avenue issue. Thank the Board for the ashtray outside of Court. The Stone Avenue Association met with the Senior Managers and discussed several issues including the violations on a particular property, and it seems these violations are not being issued. He also spoke to the Director of Operations about replacing curbs after paving. He is still waiting for curbs to be repaired.

Mayor Perillo will discuss the situation and will be in touch.

Nick Ripostella, Briarcliff Drive South, wished the Manager well on his new position in Rye. There was an article in the North County News regarding the New York State Retirement Fund shortfall in which the Mayor stated there was possibility of a 6 to 7 % tax increase. The Fund Balance should be used to a certain degree. He requested a public meeting to discuss the Cable Franchise Agreement. The corner of North Highland Avenue and Westview Avenue is a dangerous location due to trucks illegally parked at 7-11 or the deli. He also questioned if the Village had an Ethics Law.

Mayor Perillo stated that the possible Pension Fund liability could be $1.2 million.

Bonnie Smith, Spring Street, has difficulty getting in and out of her driveway because of cars parked. She questioned whether she could draw lines to indicate where you can park.

Mayor Perillo advised not to draw lines but to call the Police.

Maureen Redmond, Sherwood Avenue, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce reminded everyone of the Annual Smooze on August 27, 2003 at 5:30 P.M. at the Boat and Canoe Club. A new business, Starbuck's is coming to Ossining in October in Arcadian Shopping Center. They are looking for employees. Congratulations to sun Valley Nursery.

Bobby Williams, 168 Spring Street, received a letter from the Village Manager and thanked him for it.

John Codman, III, 37 Ferris Place, expressed his disappointment in the public not being able to discuss the Cappelli legal issues and also requested that the environmental Impact Study be re-opened. The new plans fall short due to no low income housing in the plan.

Don Debar, 87 Ferris Place, showed a sketch of the original Cappelli Proposal and appreciated being able to speak with Special Counsel.

Prize Funk, 77 State Street, Tournament of Remembrance thanked the Board for working with the group. He also thanked Courtney Byfield. He noted that Spencer Thomas single handedly did the shopping for the event.

XI. VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTIONS - 3 minutes per person (with participation conditions)

A. Approval of Minutes - August 5, 2003

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 hereby approves the Minutes of the August 5, 2003 Regular Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Approval of Minutes - August 15, 2003

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 Minutes of the August 15, 2003 Special Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Approval of Voucher Detail - August 19, 2003

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 August 19, 2003 in the amount of $593,935.19.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

C. Personnel - Interim Manager - Lynn M. McCrum

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby appoints Lynn McCrum as Interim Village Manager effective August 22, 2003 at an annual salary of $100,000.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Personnel - Village Deputy Corporation Counsel - Appointment - Sonia Tanksley-Mitchell

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 appoints Sonia Tanksley-Mitchell as Deputy Corporation Counsel to fill the unexpired term of Richard A. Leins, effective August 20, 2003 at an annual salary of $31,650.00. The term expires December 31, 2003.

 

 

Motion Carried: 3 - 0 - 2

Ayes: Trustees MacNeill,

Napolitano & Mayor Perillo

Abstain: Trustees Hernandez &

Parise

E. Adoption of Local Law # 5, 2003 - Enforcement of Parking Tickets

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby adopts Introductory Local Law No. 5 of 2003, A LOCAL LAW amending chapter 250 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining, entitled, "VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC," by adding a new ARTICLE VII thereof, entitled "ENFORCEMENT OF PARKING TICKETS," to provide a procedure to enforce the answering of parking tickets and the payment of fines for parking violations by immobilizing vehicles that have been issued four or more unanswered parking tickets for which the aggregate permissible fines total $500.00 or more, as Local Law No. 5 of 2003.

Motion Carried: 4 - 1 - 0

Roll Call Vote: Ayes - Trustees

MacNeill, Parise, Hernandez &

Mayor Perillo.

Nay - Trustee Napolitano

F. Contracts - Delta Dental

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

Resolved, that the Village Manager is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with Delta Dental of New York, Inc., 575 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022 for dental insurance, effective August 1, 2003 through July 31, 2004 at a monthly rate level of $40.25 for single coverage and $95.65 for family coverage.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

 

XII. OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

There was no old business of the Board.

XIII. NEW BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

XIV. ADJOURNMENT

At 11:50 P.M., Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that Regular Meeting be adjourned.

 

Approved: _____________________

Mary Ann Roberts

 



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