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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

POLICE/COURT FACILITY

OSSINING, NEW YORK

July 15, 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 of the Village of Ossining was held in the Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street in Ossining. The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Mayor John Perillo. Members of the Board present were: Marcia MacNeill, Anthony Parise and Miguel Hernandez. Trustee Eugene Napolitano was absent. Others present were: Police Chief Joseph Burton, Interim Treasurer Lyn McCrum, Corporation Counsel Thomas G. Barnes, Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts, Deputy Corporation Counsel, Richard Leins, and Administrative Intern Christina Marx.

II. MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Perillo welcomed former Mayor Tom Cambariere and Trustee Penny Markowitz-Moses to the meeting.

The Mayor announced the concert series will be Thursdays at the Waterfront Park and on Fridays at Nelson Sitting Park.

The July 3rd Fireworks were a complete success at the Waterfront. Our hats off to the company providing the display as well as the Police Department.

The Route 9 improvements are underway with additional lighting and signage as well as crosswalks. Permanent signs indicating the posted speed as well as the speed you are traveling will also be used.

A critical drainage system problem at 35 Donald Lane has been corrected.

Mr. Trulio’s concerns of sewer smells will be addressed with Mr. Circosta.

The Board has completed its review of the Police Department and are awaiting a letter from the Chief outlining a strategy to correct the Boards concerns.

The Mayor advised the public to pay close attention to the Sanitation schedule.

The Wecandoit Wall has been moved and saved.

Renovations are underway at 2 Church Street with a café’ proposed for the downstairs. The linear park is also being upgraded.

The old County Trust Building is being given a 3-month permit at a time, to do the necessary work. There will be a restaurant on the first floor with luxury housing on the upper floors.

On July 24th at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, there will be an Informational Meeting on the Cappelli Project.

The Board is in receipt of the Parking Structure study and will be reviewing it shortly.

The Italian club, Sons of Italy, will hold a feast on Columbus Day weekend in the Harbor Square area.

There will be improvements in lighting and street scape in front of 86-88 Spring Street from Academy Street to St. Paul’s Place. Thank you to DPW and Recreation for all of their hard work. Just a reminder to try and shop locally.

III. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

Trustee Hernandez said he just returned from Military Leave at Camp Drum. The Ecuadorian Groups are planning events in August, September and/or October. These will be religious folklore festivals.

Trustee MacNeill said the Hawkes Avenue Firehouse is in the hands of the Town and the State Street Firehouse is ready to advertise for bids. She thanked everyone for the concerts at Market Square and encouraged everyone to come to the concerts.

Trustee Parise said the Friday night Irish Concert was wonderful and thanked Recreation for their efforts. Schedules are available at the Community Center. There is also adult swim at the Community Center Pool.

 

IV. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager - O. Paul Shew

Mr. Shew said his primary report is the GEM Car.

2. Police Chief - Joseph Burton

Chief Burton said on July 30th, Jeff Parthemore will be retiring to sunny Florida. The Department sends their best wishes and good luck. The Chief attended the graduation of the Department of Corrections. Freddie Apostolico, Jimmy Drohan and Jennifer Suggs were members of the graduating class.

3. Corporation Counsel - Thomas Barnes

Mr. Barnes said this was his last official meeting as Corporation Counsel.

The Mayor, on behalf of the community, thanked Tom for his dedicated work to the community.

4. Director of Operations - Rocco Circosta

Mr. Circosta gave an update on various projects in his department as follows:

Route 9 signage and lighting; He will be working closely with Richard Leins to tighten up various Village codes; Prospect Avenue small drainage problem is underway; The work on the Operations Center should be completed in 6 weeks; Noel Drive drainage is out to bid and proposals will be received by July 21st; The Armory handicap ramp will be going out to bid on July 18 and proposals received by August 6.

5. Building Inspector - Lou Caraisco

Mr. Caraisco was absent.

 

6. Superintendent of Recreation - Henry Atterbury

Mr. Atterbury said the Summer Concert Series was going well. There is a summer basketball league and day camp enrollment is 450. The bathrooms at Nelson and Snowden Parks have been repaired and painted. The Beautification Program looks good. We also have a Junior Park Ranger.

7. Interim Treasurer - Lyn McCrum

Mr. McCrum said this would be his last report as Interim Treasurer. The Audit Report has been received and will be discussed at a future work session. Copies of the report will be available at the Library, Manager’s Officer and the Clerk’s Office for review. There is $9.4 million in the General Fund balance, $3.9 million in the Water Fund balance and just about $1 million in the Sewer Fund balance.

8. Village Engineer - Paul Fraioli

Mr. Fraioli said there were a number of Capital Projects being worked on such as the Pleasantville Road and Havell Street Pump Station. There is also in-house work being done at the treatment plant. Any plantings done at the DPW Garage will be done only after discussions with the Board and the neighbors. The Culvert replacement at Narragansett, Campwoods and Pine should be completed in late August or early September. The contract for the State Street Firehouse is being finalized. He thanked the Board for all its support.

V. GEM CAR PRESENTATION - NYS POWER AUTHORITY

Manager Shew introduced Chris Copeland, Seth Leitman, Sabota Cruze, Steve Oldhan, Barry Carr and Tom Beolock, who are either part of the New York State Power Authority, Daimler Chrysler or the actual dealer of the vehicles.

Ms. Cruze made a presentation of one of five GEM vehicles given to the Village. A statement from the Governor was also read by the representative of Daimler Chrysler. These are neighborhood vehicles that travel at approximately 25 to 30 miles per hour. They cost 2 cents per mile to operate. Ms. Cruze presented the keys to the Mayor. The Mayor thanked all who participated in this project.

VI. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Thomas G. Barnes, Corporation Counsel, will be retiring on August 1, 2003 after serving in many capacities in Town and Village government including Town Attorney, Village Justice and Counsel. Mr. Barnes was also a teacher and will always be a teacher. He has a wealth of knowledge. Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Texas Law School and followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncle. He is a walking encyclopedia. The week of July 27 through August 2 has been dedicated as the Honorable Thomas George Barnes Week in the Village of Ossining. Comments and congratulations were given by Linda Abels, Christina Marx, Rocco Circosta, Lynn McCrum, Paul Fraioli, Leonie Douglas, Mary Ann Roberts as well as former Mayor Thomas Cambariere and former Trustee Penny Markowitz-Moses.

The Board recessed for a reception at 8:40 p.m. until 9:02 p.m.

VII. VISITOR'S RECOGNITION - 7 minutes per person (sign-in sheet with participation conditions. All speakers must sign-in by 7:45 P.M. to participate.)

Mr. John Trulio, Revolutionary Road, appreciated being here due to the running of a good meeting by the Mayor. He also wished Tom Barnes a happy Retirement.

Ann Negron, Ellis Place, noted the positive changes in the revitalization of downtown. She does have concerns regarding drug dealings; prostitution, violent crimes as well as crime striving outside of the Police Department. She is looking for solutions.

L.A. Mangano, Ossining, is still awaiting a response from the Building Department on what constitutes an attic. She also discussed illegally parked vehicles.

Tom Cambariere, Hudson Point Lane, stated that the Village looks great. He suggested to the Board that they distribute a Cappelli packet and present a full case with public comments.

Maureen Redmond, Sherwood Avenue, gave a public service announcement regarding the various events; going to our local restaurants and the August 27th Annual Smooze at the Boat and Canoe Club with its Annual OOPS Auction. If you have any questions, call the Chamber at 941-0009 or Recreation at 941-3189.

Thomas Occhigrossi, Stone Avenue, wished Tom Barnes the best in his retirement. He thanked Henry Atterbury and his staff for making the Village look wonderful. He also suggested a full-time police commissioner rather than part time ones. The lot across from the Post Office has a number of unregistered vehicles that make it look unsightly.

Tom Langston, Terrace Avenue, President of the Ossining Waterfront Alliance, invited everyone to a meeting on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center where the Mayor will be the Guest Speaker. Mr. Langston also spoke as the Treasurer of the Ossining Community Sailing Club. He also requested that a copy of the Audit Report be placed in the Library.

Marie V. Gagliardi, Stone Avenue, questioned whether the Village of Ossining has commissioned a Master Plan and whether a consultant has been hired. She asked the Mayor if the Village Manger will be replaced or will he be assuming the role? She asked Trustee MacNeill "The Hunter Street area is opposed to the Cappelli Project. How will you deal with it?" She asked Trustee Hernandez "do you think that the prior Board lost the Election because they were arrogant or because they supported the Cappelli Project?

VIII. VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTION'S

A. Approval of Minutes - July 1, 2003 - Regular Meeting

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Minutes of July 1, 2003 Regular Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Approval of Voucher Detail - July 15, 2003

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Voucher Detail dated July 15, 2003 in the amount of $588,834.12.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

C. Fire Department - Appointment - Independent Hose Company No. 6

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, Brian Marts, 97 Narragansett Avenue, Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of Independent Hose Company No. 6 for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting held on June 5, 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Fire Department - Advertise for Bids - State Street Fire Facility

Contracts

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby authorizes the Village Clerk to advertise for bids for:

State Street Fire Facility - General, Construction Contract # 03-05,

State Street Fire Facility - Electrical, Construction Contract # 03-06,

State Street Fire Facility - Plumbing, Construction Contract # 03-07,

State Street Fire Facility - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning,

Construction Contract # 03-08.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

E. Call for a Public Hearing - Introductory Local Law No. 4, 2003

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs the Village Clerk to advertise for a Public Hearing in connection with the adoption of Introductory Local Law No. 4, 2003 a Local Law amending Chapter 8 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining, entitled, "Civilian Review Board," to make various modifications and changes in connection with the administration and functioning of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CPCRRB), to be held on August 5, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at The Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, at which time all interested parties will be heard.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

F. Finance - Appointment of Acting Treasurer - Rose A. Sickenius

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby ratifies the appointment of Rose A. Sickenius as Acting Treasurer of the Village of Ossining.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Village Corporation Counsel - Appointment - Richard A. Leins, Esq.

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby appoints Richard A. Leins as Corporation Counsel to fill the unexpired term of Thomas G. Barnes, effective August 2, 2003 at an annual salary of $85,000 (Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars) including work on tax liens. The term expires December 31, 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

H. 200 Main Street - Calgi Construction

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby authorizes the Village Manager to enter into a contract with Calgi Construction Company, Inc., 221 Union Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801 for a Facility Review / Study, for the building known as the Bank for Savings, located at 200 Main Street, in an amount not to exceed $6,500.00 in accordance with the proposal dated June 19,2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

I. Cancellation of Old Tax Liens

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

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining holds old tax liens on various properties located within the Village which were previously acquired by the Village of Ossining or the Town of Ossining; and

WHEREAS, Village of Ossining desires to cancel certain of these old tax liens inasmuch as the Village has acquired title to said properties, they are no longer enforceable or subject to cancellation by virtue of an Agreement between the Village and Town of Ossining pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 1150; and

WHEREAS, the following properties were acquired by the Town of Ossining pursuant to an In Rem Tax Lien Foreclosure and outstanding Village Tax Liens held by the Village of Ossining are required to be cancelled in accordance with an Agreement between the Village and Town:

1. Property formerly owned by Edwin A Kucharski, 37 Aqueduct Street, Section 3, Plate 9, Block 20, Lot 36;

2. Property formerly owned by Mark R. Capossella at 7 Aqueduct Street, Section 3, Plate 9, Block 20, Lot 23;

3. Property formerly owned by Jerry Smith at Rockledge Avenue, Section 3, Plate 31, Block 77, Lot 15;

4. Property formerly owned by Charlotte Litt at pine Avenue, Section 1, Plate 4B, Block 28, Lot 7;

5. Property formerly owned by Opic Corporation, consisting of underwater lands located off North Water Street, Section 3, Plate 2A, Block 1, Lots 3, 4 and 5; and

WHEREAS, the following properties were purchased by the Village of Ossining:

1. Property formerly owned by Gary Keller at 90 spring Street, Section 3, Plate 13, Block 28, Lot 19;

2. Property formerly owned by Robert Frodsham located at 147 Main Street, Section 3, Plate 10, Block 23, Lot 34;

3. Property formerly owned by Americo and Maria Pinho located as 149-151 Main Street, Section 3, Plate 10, Block 23, Lots 32 and 33; and

4. Property formerly owned by San Realty located at 155 Main Street, Section 3, Plate 10, Block 23, Lot 31; and

WHEREAS, Schedule "A" annexed hereto sets forth after each of the aforesaid properties the year and amount of taxes and penalties to be cancelled, totaling the sum of $138,311.26; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Village of Ossining hereby cancels each of the tax liens and penalties set forth in Schedule "A" annexed hereto and made a part hereof for the reasons set forth above; and it is further

RESOLVED, that the Village Treasurer note in book of Tax Liens that such tax liens were cancelled pursuant to this Resolution.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

J. Call for a Public Hearing - Section 8 Annual Plan 2004

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby calls for a Public Hearing in the matter of the Section 8 Annual Plan for 2004 to take place at the Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York at 7:30 p.m. on September 16, 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

IX. OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD - None

X. NEW BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

The Mayor said the Bank for Savings Building has been donated to the community and is a proposed cultural arts center.

Trustee MacNeill requested that there be a great emphasis put on advertising for the July 24th Informational Meeting for the Cappelli Project. She also requested the Auditor’s Report be posted on the Website.

The Mayor advised that there are 2 full pages in the Pennysaver as well as advertising on GOTV for the July 24th meeting.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

At 10:45 p.m., Mayor Perillo moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the meeting be adjourned in honor of Thomas G. Barnes for his dedicated services to the community.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

___________________________

Mary Ann Roberts, Village Clerk

Approved:

 

 

 



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