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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

POLICE / COURT FACILITY

86-88 SPRING STREET

OSSINING, NEW YORK 10562

May 6, 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 7:30 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, Deputy Village Manager Linda Abels, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Interim Treasurer Lynn McCrum, Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts, Corporation Counsel Thomas G. Barnes and Administrative Intern Christina Marx.

II. MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Mayor gave thanks to the Parks Department, Henry Atterbury, the DPW, Rocco Circosta and the Police Department for all of their good work especially in the beautification of the Village. The Mayor also thanked the many volunteers who did the planters and the centerpiece around the flagpole at 16 Croton Avenue. On May 17th there will be a belated Arbor Day Ceremony at 11:00 A.M. at Nelson Park. The program is under the direction of Lt. Quartuccio in conjunction with the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. There will be twelve trees planted; one tree for each birth month of those lost in both Persian Gulf Wars. Also, on May 17th there will be a Tag Sale for the SPCA at the corner of Ellis Place and Wolden Road. May 26th will mark the beginning of Senior Week. The schedule is as follows:

May 27th - Regular Meeting of the seniors at the Community Center. The Fifth Graders will be writing letters to the seniors in an "Adopt A Senior" program.

May 28th - Movies at the Multiplex

May 29th - Picnic at Cedar Lane Park with elected officials serving the seniors.

May 30th - Senior Buffet Dinner/dance at the Community Center.

Celebrating Senior Week is a way of saying thank you to the seniors of our community.

The Mayor also thanked those residents who put yellow ribbons up in support of our soldiers. He also said the Harbor Square Project will hold its first public meeting next meeting.

The Village Fair will be held on Saturday June 14, 2003.

There was a fire at 119 Main Street on Saturday, May 3, 2003. On Wednesday May 7, discussion at the work session will be illegal housing, as there were 18 people displaced in that fire.

The day worker's will be relocated to the Community Center as of May 12, 2003. A reminder was also issued to residents about putting their garbage out at the proper time or risk receiving a summons.

A special thank you was given to Corporation Counsel, Thomas Barnes for a job well done.

A request for contributions was made for barrels and hanging baskets for the Beautification Program with the cost being $40.00 each.

III. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON'S

Trustee Napolitano No Report

Trustee Parise No Report

Trustee MacNeill No Report

Trustee Hernandez The Ossining Hispanic Action Coalition has been working with the day laborers' to assure compliance with move to the new location. This group is also planning to participate in the Village Fair and they are also working on a concert in the future. The Chamber of Commerce is making great strides to re-organize.

IV. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Village Manager - Written comments are still being accepted regarding the Public Hearing held April 15, 2003 for the Cable Franchise Agreement. Community Block Grant Day was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Village. A second opportunity to showcase the Village will take place September 18, 2003 when the Village will host the Westchester Municipal Officials monthly meeting. Mr. Shew also thanked the Board for the on going discussions regarding his contract. The CDBG Grant will cover the Street Scape from 13 Croton Avenue to Todd Place.

2. Police Chief - Joseph Burton announced that May 11, 2003 begins Policemen's Memorial Week. A letter of commendation was read by the Chief regarding the safe evacuation of 19 residents from the fire at 119 Main Street. The Chief also presented a painting done by a local resident, Mr. DeCeasaris, a retired TV repairman who took up painting upon his retirement. The painting is a view from Ann Street covering the period of 1937.

3. Corporation Counsel - Thomas Barnes reminded everyone that May 30th is the final date to pay the In Rem due. There are 3 left on the list, but they will be paid. There are 76 delinquent 2002 taxes, which will be filed in White Plains shortly. The foreclosure procedure will begin in 1 year.

Mayor Perillo requested that Mr. Barnes look into a payment plan for the Village as is in place in the Town. He requested that Mr. Barnes come up with a plan and then brief the Board.

V. VILLAGE BOARD'S EMPLOYEES OF DISTINCTION

E. Lawrence Abreau was hired on January 27, 1986 as a Parks Grounds man and has risen to a Park MEO. Larry is a lifelong resident who carries out his duties with a smile. Wednesday, May 7, 2003 has been dedicated as E. Lawrence Abreau Day in the village of Ossining.

Susanne Marino was hired on August 30, 1993 as Director of Section 8. Suzanne was accompanied by her husband and son to accept her award. Suzanne is described as a hard working caring employee. Thursday, May 8, 2003 has been dedicated as Suzanne Marino Day in the Village of Ossining. Suzanne thanked everyone for the recognition. Linda Abels commended her for an excellent job and doing her best to serve the needy.

VI. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Bob’s Army and Navy - The Wolf family was present to receive this award on behalf of Bob's Army and Navy, which was established by Bob Wolf in June 1946 on Spring Street. They have provided a service for 57 years. Anita and Bob were joined in the business by their son Neil in 1972. They have been meeting the clothing needs of the community for nearly 6 decades. Friday, May 9, 2003 has been dedicated as Bob's Army and Navy Day in the Village of Ossining. On behalf of his mother and his wife, Neil thanked the Board for the award as well as the people in the community who have supported them through the years.

VII. VISITOR'S RECOGNITION

Bobby Williams, Spring Street, spoke about Judge West who is retiring as a role model for one youth. He also discussed the fees that the Board is looking to collect; as well as any new IMA with the Town.

Linda Mangano, Ellis Place, was reviewing the Voter Registration List and wondered if the Manager was a registered voter in the Village. She also questioned a boat and RV parked on the Bowman property.

Jamie Black, Quakerbridge Road, thanked the Board for a job well done, the downtown looks great. Also discussed were low water pressure in Crotonville and the neon fencing holding back the hill of the Field Crest Project in the Village.

VIII. RESOLUTIONS

A. Approval of Minutes - April 15, 2003

Trustee Hernandez 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 April 15, 2003 regular meeting as presented.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

B. Approval of Voucher Detail - May 6, 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 Voucher Detail dated May 6, 2003 in the amount of $348,124.54.

C. Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Steamer Company #1

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, William Robison, 46 Calam Ave., Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of Ossining Steamer Company #1 for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting held on April 3, 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Fire Department - Appointment - Holla Hose 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, Brian Wilsea, 31 1/2 Revolutionary Road, Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of Holla Hose Company for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting held on April 7, 2003.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

 

 

 

E. Fire Department - Removal - Monitor Hose Company #4

Trustee Hernandez 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 member Jose Osorto, 17 Edward St., Ossining, New York from the active rolls of the Monitor Hose Company #4.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

F. Call for Public Hearing - Introductory Local Law #2, 2003 Disability Tax Exemption - RPTL 459-c

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 directs the Village Clerk to advertise for a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 7:30 P.M. at the Village of Ossining Police Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562, regarding the adoption of Introductory Local Law #2, 2003, amending Article III of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining, entitled "Property Tax Exemption for Persons with Disabilities," Sections 241-17, "Exempt Persons and Income" Subdivisions (A) and (B), to increase the amount of permissible income of persons to qualify for tax exemptions for persons with disabilities pursuant to Section 459 -c of the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York, to the income limitations set forth in with the following schedule:

Percentage of Valuation

Annual Income Exempt from Taxation

$0 to $21,500.00 50%

$21,500.00 to $22,499.99 45%

$22,500.00 to $23,499.99 40%

$23,500.00 to $24,499.99 35%

$24,500.00 to $25,399.99 30%

$25,400.00 to $26,299.99 25%

$26,300.00 to $27,199.99 20%

$27, 200.00 to $28,099.99 15%

$28,100.00 to $28,999.99 10%

$29,000.00 to $29,899.99 5%

$29,900.00 0%

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Call for Public Hearing - Amendment of Senior Citizen Exemption - RPTL 467

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 directs the Village Clerk to advertise for a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 7:30 P.M. at the Village of Ossining Police Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562, regarding the adoption of a resolution increasing the amount of permissible income of persons over the age of 65 years to qualify for Senior Citizen Tax Exemptions pursuant to Section 467 of the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York, to the income limitations set forth in with the following schedule:

Percentage of Valuation

Annual Income Exempt From Taxation

$0 to $21,500.00 50%

$21,500.01 to $22,499.99 45%

 

$22,500.00 to $23,499.99 40%

$23,500.00 to $24,499.99 35%

$24,500.00 to $25,399.99 30%

$25,400.00 to $26,299.99 25%

$26,300.00 to $27,199.99 20%

$27,200.00 to $28,099.99 15%

$28,100.00 to $28,999.99 10%

$29,000.00 to $29,899.99 5%

$29,900.00 0%

Motion Carried: Unanimously

H. Resolution - DPW - Award of Bid - Survey Work Croton & Central Avenues

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 authorizes the Village Manager to enter into a contract with The Munson Company,

189 Main Street, White Plains, New York 10601 for professional surveying services for the Croton Avenue and Central Avenue sidewalk project in accordance with the Request for Proposal and the requirements of the Westchester County Department of Planning in an amount not to exceed $18,000.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

I. Resolution- Assessments - Sidewalk and Curb - 2002

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

WHEREAS, various owners of real property within the Village of Ossining were issued (10) day notices by the Director of Operations (Director) to install concrete sidewalks and/or driveways abutting their respective properties; and

WHEREAS, the owners of such properties chose not to provide their own contractors for such installation, the Director had no alternative but to order the Village of Ossining Department of Public Works to install said sidewalks and/or driveway abutting these properties; and

WHEREAS, all owners were duly notified of the Public Hearing, held by the Board of Trustees on February 18, 2003 at 7:30, prevailing time to publicly hear any grievances or objections why costs shall not be assessed and made a lien against their respective property as provided under Section 102 and 114 of the Charter of the Village of Ossining; and

WHEREAS, the property owner, Clifford Bonfiglio has consented and agreed to an assessment in the amount of $600.00; and

RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees has determined that said itemized costs are just and shall be assessed against the following property:

Section, Plate, Block and Lot Final Bill

3-22-52-24 $600.00

Clifford Bonfiglio

Motion Carried: Unanimously

J. Resolution - Finance - Budget Transfer

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

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes a transfer of $100,000.00 from the General Fund - Unreserved, Unappropriated Fund Balance to Account Number 001-1440-0531, Contractual Services - Waterfront Revitalization, to cover the costs of Special Legal Services.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

VIII. OLD BUSINESS

Trustee Napolitano agreed with the Mayor about looking into overcrowding in Village housing.

Mayor Perillo requested a progress report from the Village Manager on evaluations. The Manager said they have reviewed three different systems. Mayor Perillo requested a re-evaluation on the timing of the signal lights in the Village.

Trustee MacNeill requested an up-date on the Website.

IX. NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

X. ADJOURNEMENT

At 9:25 P.M. Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the meeting be adjourned.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

_________________________

Mary Ann Roberts

Approved:

 



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