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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES-REGULAR MEETING

POLICE/COURT FACILITY

OSSINING, NEW YORK 10562

JANUARY 7, 2003, 8:00 P.M.

MAYOR

John A. Perillo

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Miguel Hernandez Marcia B. MacNeill

Eugene Napolitano Anthony Parise

REORGANIZATION MEETING

I. CALL TO ORDER - PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - ROLL CALL

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 8:03 P.M. by Mayor John Perillo. Members of the Board present were Trustee Napolitano, Trustee MacNeill, Trustee Parise and Trustee Hernandez. Others present were Village Manager O. Paul Shew, Corporation Counsel Thomas G. Barnes, Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts, Administrative Assistant Chrissy Marx and Stenographer Carolyn Di Cuirci.

II. MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS

Mayor John Perillo

State of New York

Ossining Board of Education

Town of Ossining

IMA Committee

Police Department

Police Community Relations Council

Ossining Community Planning Committee

Trustee Eugene Napolitano

Deputy Mayor

Greenway Council

Ossining Fire Department Construction Committee

Ossining Environmental Review Board

O.V.A.C.

County of Westchester

Liaison to Assemblywoman Galef, Senator Oppenheimer & Legislator Richard Wishnie

Trustee Miguel Hernandez

Historic Hudson River Towns & Northern Tier Group

ADO

Chamber of Commerce

Ossining Heritage Area Tourism Committee

Federal Government

Community Planning Sub-Committee

Ossining Safety Net Committee

IFCA

 

 

Trustee Marcia MacNeill

G.O.T.V.

State of New York

IMA Committee

Ossining Fire Department

County of Westchester

Federal Government

Landlord Tenant Relations Council

Ossining Heritage Area Tourism Committee

Trustee Anthony Parise

Greenway Council

Ossining Fire Department Construction Committee

Recreation Advisory Board

CAP

Landlord Tenant Relations Council

Northern Tier Coalition

III. ANNUAL RESOLUTIONS

A. Board of Trustees - Meeting Schedule - Regular & Special Meetings

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 will hold Regular Meetings of the Village Board on the first and third Tuesdays of the month for the year 2003 at 7:30 P.M. at the Police/Court Facility; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Work Sessions of the Board of Trustees will be held at the Community Center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for the year 2003 at 7:00 P.M.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Official Newspaper - JOURNAL NEWS

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 designates the Journal News as the Official Newspaper of the Village of Ossining.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

C. Finance - Depositories of theVillage of Ossining

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby designates the following as Official Depositories of the Village of Ossining.

The Bank of New York Chase Manhattan

Citibank HSBC

MBIA CLASS System First Union

Union State Bank Hudson Valley National Bank

AMBACCADRE Financial Services Hudson United Bank

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Historian Appointment - William Joseph Reynolds

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 appoints William Joseph Reynolds Village Historian for the 2003 year.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

I. MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Perillo announced that there would be some changes in the format of the meeting. Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts would read the resolutions, the names of the Trustees are now listed at the top of the agenda, visitor recognition has been moved to the beginning of the meeting and each resident will be allotted 7 minutes to speak. Residents will be allowed to speak for three minutes on each resolution. Mayor Perillo stated that there are some new items added to the agenda including employees of distinction, and special presentations.

Mayor Perillo stated that Chief Mike Moran was honored on January 8th for his retirement.

II. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

There were no liaison reports.

III. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager - O. Paul Shew

Mr. Shew thanked the residents for their cooperation with snow removal efforts, however he asked that residents do not shovel towards the fire hydrants. The recreation newsletter will be mailed this week. Mr. Shew thanked Henry Atterberry for his efforts. Mr. Shew stated that end of year closeouts would take place in March with the auditors. Mayor Perillo complimented the staff for the completion of the newsletter. Mayor Perillo asked if there is a snow removal assistance program for the elderly. Mr. Shew stated that public employees couldn’t be used; however CAP and Open Door offer their assistance.

2. Police Chief - Joseph Burton

Chief Burton announced that on January 4th, a drug arrest was made on an armed suspect. Mayor Perillo asked about the Crown Victoria police cruisers and whether or not they will need modifications due to the gas tank. Chief Burton stated that the cars met the initial requirements, however the department received authorization to complete the work. Chief Burton pointed out that there could be other items in a trunk that could spark a fire such as flares.

3. Department Heads - (3rd Tuesday of the month)

There were no reports.

4. Corporation Counsel - Thomas G. Barnes

Mr. Barnes stated that the In Rem proceedings for 18 properties would start in two weeks. A list of properties will be announced. Owners of the properties will have 120 days to pay 2 years in arrears of taxes owed on the property starting with the most current year. There are no installment plans available.

IV. VILLAGE BOARD'S EMPLOYEES OF DISTINCTION

The "Employees of Distinction" recognition will be held during the next meeting.

V. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Special presentations will be held during the next meeting.

VI. VISITOR'S RECOGNITION - 7 minutes per person

John Muth, 16 Iroquois Road came before the Board on behalf of the Youth Hockey Organization to give an update. Mr. Muth stated that the team purchased ice time in Elmsford and will practicing their two nights a week. Home games will also be played there. Mr. Muth announced that late registration would take place on January 21st from 6-9 at the community center. An equipment exchange would begin at 5:00 P.M. Mr. Muth added that $11,000 was invested into the rink last year and over $67,000 since 1998. A plaque was presented the PBA in recognition of their sponsorship.

Bobby Williams, 168 Spring Street asked if Mayor Perillo would be making an address concerning the state of the Village. Mr. Williams questioned what IMA’s would be completed in the future. Mr. Williams stated that the lack of parking in the downtown drives business to larger shopping areas. Mayor Perillo stated that the job of the Board is to make the downtown more user friendly. A meeting has been called this month to discuss IMA’s. Mayor Perillo added that there is a list of about 40 items that need to be addressed. Because of this, the Board will be meeting an extra night during the week for the next six months. Trustee Napolitano thanked Mr. Williams for his term as President.

Bob Brombeck, a Peekskill resident stated that he is a former Village employee who was terminated. Mr. Brombeck stated that he has several issues concerning worker’s compensation however he has not received any cooperation from the Village. Mr. Perillo stated that it wouldn’t be proper to discuss his case in public and would therefore contact him after the meeting.

Nick Ripostella, Briarcliff Drive South questioned the Board about the status of the pool project. Mr. Ripostella asked that the Planning Board post its agenda prior to their meetings. Mr. Ripostella stated that the website needs to be updated. Mr. Ripostella questioned the Board on other topics such as if there is a central email address that can be used to contact officials, whether or not Thompson and Bender is employed by the Village and finally the waterfront project and building fees. Mayor Perillo stated that the previous Board's pool project totaled $4,600,000 with $1,700,000 towards grants. The Board now, would like to move the existing pool back to create 39 parking spaces. Mayor Perillo stated that the website and fee schedule are items at their next meeting, the centralized email address is a very good idea, and he believes that Capelli is subject to all building fees.

Marie Gagliardi, 55 Stone Avenue spoke about the LWRP and alternative sites for the pool. Mayor Perillo stated that he met with Sandy Galef and Richard Wishnie concerning the project. Mayor Perillo stated that he would like to set up a community advisory committee to review the project.

Linda Mangano, Brookyln, questioned the Board if the PBA contract was settled. Ms. Mangano stated that she believes employees are abusing Internet service and computer games while at work. Ms. Mangano stated that there is an illegal three-family home on Ellis Place. Ms Mangano questioned the Board as to whether or not the Landlord Tenant Relations Committee has ever met. Ms. Mangano stated that she believes it is illegal to use taxpayers’ dollars to advertise for the Village - in particular creating the Recreation Department newsletter internally. Mayor Perillo stated that code enforcement is a high priority and will be addressed in the coming months. Mayor Perillo stated that the Landlord Tenant Relation Council is designed for six families or more, he added that he would look into lowering this. Mayor Perillo stated that he feels comfortable about the Recreation newsletter being done in-house and that he is not aware of any issue with advertising. The PBA contract will be discussed at the January14th work session, it has not been settled.

Thomas Occhigrossi, 81 Stone Avenue stated that he was very impressed with the snow removal. Mr. Occhigrossi stated that the sidewalk in front of the building next door is covered with ice and snow and is very dangerous. Susan Hampton stated that the construction of the area along with snow is partially blocking the sidewalk. Once the area is completed, sidewalk repairs will begin.

Thomas Langston, 33 Terrace Avenue spoke about the overnight parking law and his experience with a family member getting a ticket. Mayor Perillo stated that the overnight parking law is a concern and a review committee will be set up. Mr. Langston added that he would like to suggest Village offices be open late one night a week.

Nick Caputo, Ferris Place stated that alternate side of the street parking is a good idea.

John Codman, 37 Ferris Place stated that surplus money should be transferred to offset debt or capital projects. Mr. Codman asked why water and sewer rates have gone up if there is a cash surplus. Mr. Codman suggested the use of an outside payroll source and electronic payment services to improve and streamline accounting practices. Mr. Codman suggested having access to all public records on-line and implement a job description review. Mayor Perillo stated that technology can make the community friendlier over time and employee reviews will be implemented. Trustee MacNeill suggested Mr. Codman submit his list of ideas to the Board.

Jaime Black, Quaker Bridge Road, stated that the Village needs a master plan, one that coincides with the Town’s. Ms. Black suggested the use of police officers to direct traffic through the Village during rush hour. Ms. Black also suggested a right turn lane onto Old Albany Post Road. Ms Black questioned the size of the new fire truck. Finally, Ms. Black asked where the In Rem foreclosures are posted and whether or not the properties can be used for affordable housing. Mayor Perillo stated that a master plan is under discussion, he would look into a right turn lane onto Old Albany Post Road and that the fire truck is a done deal and was not purchased as a need for the waterfront project, and finally that the Village has met its obligation of affordable housing.

Bonnie Smith, 237 Spring Street, asked if the Board would consider a pool at the waterfront if the Capelli project does not proceed. Mayor Perillo stated that a pool at the waterfront would be in addition to the pool on Broadway.

VII. VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTIONS - 3 minutes per person

(with participation conditions)

A. Approval of Minutes - December 17, 2002 - Regular Meeting

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 approves the Minutes of the December 17, 2002 Regular Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

 

 

B. Approval of Minutes - December 27, 2002 - Special Meeting

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Minutes of the December 27, 2002 Special Meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

C. Approval of Voucher Detail - January 7, 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 hereby approves the Voucher Detail dated January 7, 2003 in the amount of $134,286.72 for 2002 and $51,215.31 for 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Steamer Company

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, Ryan Connolly, 10 Second Avenue, Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of the Ossining Steamer Company for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting held on December 10, 2002.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

E. Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Steamer Company

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, Joseph Marino, 60 Croton Dam Road, Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of the Ossining Steamer Company for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting held on December 10, 2002.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

F. Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Steamer Company

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, Michael Manicchio, 38 Stone Avenue, Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of the Ossining Steamer Company for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting held December 10, 2002.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Fire Department - Driver - Ossining Hose Company

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby appoints Travis R. Dubray, 10 Brookside Lane, Ossining as a driver for the Ossining Hose Company.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

H. Fire Department - Removal - Ossining Steamer Company

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, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby removes the name of Thomas Rimm from active membership to associate membership effective December 10, 2002.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

I. Fire Department - Removal - Ossining Steamer Company

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby removes the name of William Eisler from active membership to associate membership effective December 10, 2002.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

J. Fire Department - Removal - Monitor Hose Fire Co.

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby removes the names of Michael Anzovino, Daniel Brana and Charles Hankins from active membership effective December 12, 2002.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

K. Fire Department - Removal - Ossining Steamer Company

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

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby removes the name of Clayton White (deceased) with deep regret, from the active membership rolls effective January 5, 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

VIII. OLD BUSINESS OF BOARD

There was no old business.

IX. NEW BUSINESS OF BOARD

Trustee Parise stated that during evening hours on Main Street, parking tickets are not issued. Chief Burton stated that the problem has been taken care of. Trustee Parise added that violators would park regardless since the fine of $10.00 is so small. He suggested that the fine be increased. Chief Burton stated that the Court sets the fees for the tickets. Mayor Perillo suggested that this be addressed at the meeting on January 27th, when the Scoflaw program is being addressed. Trustee Parise added that it come to his attention that one of the Villages offices had not opened on time. He suggested sending a memo to all department offices as a reminder.

Mayor Perillo stated that the meeting with the auditors would be rescheduled. Mayor Perillo thanked the residents for their cooperation with the snow removal. Mayor Perillo additionally thank Mr. Henry Attebury for his help in planning the inauguration ceremony. Mr. Perillo announced that the Board is looking into new representation of Special Council. Submissions should be made to the Board of Trustees. Finally, Mr. Perillo announced that a work session would be help January 9th. Executive Session will begin at 7:00 P.M., with public session to begin at 7:30 P.M. Topics for discussion include: the community center pool project, operations center snow removal, fee schedules, employee evaluations, filming work sessions, and website review.

X. ADJOURNMENT

At 10:55, Mayor Perillo moved and it was seconded by Trustee Napolitano that the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees be adjourned in Memory of Clayton White. Mr. White was a longtime member of the community and fire dispatcher. Trustee Hernandez expressed his personal condolence to Betty White, Clayton’s wife and requested that a letter of condolence be sent the Clayton’s family.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

Mary Ann Roberts

Village Clerk

 

Approved:

 



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