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VILLAGE OF OSSINING

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEE-REGULAR MEETING

BIRDSALL/FAGAN - POLICE/COURT FACILITY

OSSINING, NEW YORK 10562

JANUARY 6, 2004, 7:30 P.M.

MAYOR

John Perillo

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

                                    Miguel Hernandez                 Marcia MacNeill

                                    Eugene Napolitano                Anthony Parise

REORGANIZATION MEETING

I.          CALL TO ORDER

            The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining was held in the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street in Ossining.  The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mayor John Perillo.  Members of the Board present were:  Eugene Napolitano, Marcia MacNeill, Anthony Parise and Miguel Hernandez.  Also present were:  Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, Village Manager, Lynn McCrum, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Administrative Intern Christina Papes and Mary Ann Roberts, Village Clerk.

II.        MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS

            Mayor Perillo

           

                        State of New York

                        Ossining Board of Education

                        Town of Ossining

                        IMA Committee

                        Police Department

                        Police Community Relations Council

                        Ossining Community Planning Committee

                        Village Engineer Department

            Trustee Eugene Napolitano

                                   

                        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

                        Ossining Ministerial Association

            Trustee Marcia MacNeill

                        Deputy Mayor

                        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

                        Finance Department

            Trustee Parise

                        Greenway Council

                        Ossining Fire Department construction Committee

                        Recreation Advisory Board

                        CAP

                        Landlord Tenant Relations Council

                        Public Works Department

III.       ANNUAL RESOLUTIONS

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

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

            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 2004 at 7:30 P.M. at the Police/Court Facility; and

           

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Work Sessions of the Board of Trustees will be held at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for the year 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

            B.  Official Newspaper - JOURNAL NEWS

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

            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 the Village of Ossining

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

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

           

            The Bank of New York         

            J. P. Morgan Chase

            Wachovia

            Hudson Valley Bank

            MBIA                                    

            Hudson United Bank

            Union State Bank

            AMBACCadre Securities

            Fleet Bank

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

            D.  Historian Appointment - Roberta Arminio

            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 appoints Roberta Arminio Village Historian for the 2004 year.

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

I.          MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

            The Mayor wished everyone a healthy and Happy New Year. The Police rank and file were thanked for their assistance with the zero tolerance policy.

There are a number of upgrades planned for the train station, such as landscaping, new light poles, new lights and re-striping of the lot.  Parking meters will be installed in the Central Business District as well as Croton Avenue. The development of the “Wecandoit” parking lot is moving forward; with a proposal for 8 retail stores and luxury housing. The closing on the Bank with the clock will occur shortly. A fund raiser for the improvements to this facility is in the planning stages.  The Racinelli Building is moving forward.

            Security improvements are underway for the old DPW.  The new DPW facility has a change over of electricity scheduled for Monday, January 12th.  The Harbor Square Project is moving forward and is now in the hands of the attorneys. An Informational Meeting will be scheduled after all is ironed out.

            The Mayor met with the Contract vendee of the Elks’ Club. He said the community will benefit from the plans.

            Mayor Perillo is requesting names for “Reservoir Park”. It will be a 1600 linear foot passive park. The Beautification Program is underway with 4000 spring bulbs having been planted.

            The groundbreaking for the State Street Firehouse will take place on Monday, January 12th.  The Mayor has met with the sign people regarding the Village wide sign program.

            New businesses have come into Ossining’s Main Street, The Tango Café and the Main Street Deli.

            The Mayor requested that the full name of the Police/Court Facility, which is the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility be used. Police Chief Burton gave a brief history of the two officers who the building was named for.

           

II.        PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of an application for a Special Permit for 24 Aqueduct Street.

            The public hearing was opened at 8:10 P.M.

            This is a commercial site with the applicant requesting modification to locate living quarters above the garage. The applicant has requested that the Public Hearing be adjourned for 2 weeks since they are out of town.

            Tom Langston, 33 Terrace Avenue, asked what the Planning Board’s response was to the request. The Mayor advised that the Planning Board did not suggest it be approved.

            At 8:12 P.M., Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the public hearing be adjourned until January 20, 2004.

III.       PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of adoption of Local Law No. 1, 2004, (Introductory Law No. 12 - 2003.)  A Local Law amending Chapter 250 "Vehicles and Traffic" Article III, Section 250-31 entitled " Public Lots" and Section 250-32 entitled " Parking Time in designated Municipal Lots".

            The public hearing was opened at 8:13 P.M.

            Don DeBar, Ferris Place, questioned what the substance of the law was? He was told the law permits only long term tag parking for daytime.

            Tom Langston, Terrace Avenue, questioned why there wasn’t an entrance from Main Street and an exit from Leonard Street. There is not much turn over in the lot.         

            At 8:30 P.M., Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the public hearing be closed.

IV.       VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

            Trustee Hernandez had no report.

            Trustee Parise had no report other than to advise residents that he is now liaison to DPW and if they don’t get a solution to their problem to call him.

            Trustee Napolitano was pleased to report that the State Street Firehouse is moving forward with a ground breaking scheduled for January 12th. He also congratulated Richard Wishnie as vice-chair of the County Board of Legislators.

            Trustee MacNeill also congratulated Richard Wishnie. GOTV will meet this month to discuss business plans and an alternate location. Work on the websi8te will continue this monthly. Village Manager McCrum is revamping the Landlord Tenant Council. Trustee MacNeill also thanked Mayor Perillo and Cecilia Gutierrez for the day laborers Christmas Party. She also thanked R.C. Glass for the glass placed in the day laborers waiting area.  Mayor Perillo announced that the Hawkes Avenue firehouse environmental impact study was due soon.  Trustee Parise and the Mayor met with the Sons of Italy to plan a classic Car Show for later this year.

V.        ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

            1.         Village Manager Lynn McCrum discussed the monthly reports and the cost of snow removal.

2.                  Police Chief Joseph Burton advised that there is an opening on the Civilian Review Board for an alternate position. He listed the criteria for being a member as well as reasons for not being a member.  On December 17th, three of our officers graduated from the Police Academy, James Drohan, Kevin Sylvester and Stephen Meudt.  Stephen Meudt is also the proud father of a 9lb. baby girl. Lt. Craven provided a graph showing the increase in the number of car seats installed 2001 – 23 seats; 2002 – 45 seats and 2003 – 146 seats. The Mayor thanked the Chief for the great Christmas decorations. 

            3.         Corporation Counsel Richard Leins had no official report other than he is being kept busy.

                       

VI.       VISITOR'S RECOGNITION - 7 minutes per person

            Don DeBar, Ferris Place, discussed the waterfront and the property allegedly owned by Mount Pleasant and gave some history. Can the Village request a special home rule law allowing a referendum on the sale of waterfront property?  Mayor Perillo advised that he has discussed a land swap with the Town Supervisor (Engel Park for the old DPW facility). Trustee Hernandez stated that the property in the Town of Mount Pleasant should be tested in a court of law. Trustee Napolitano stated it should be finalized once and for all – maybe by the Department of State.

            Maureen Redmond, Sherwood Avenue, Vice President  of the Chamber of Commerce, advised of the following events; January 12th , Chamber membership meeting at the Big House, January 18th, 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.  a fundraiser at Parise’s for Arthur Jones Memorial Park.

            Bobby Williams, Spring Street, wished everyone a Happy New Year and a thank you for new taxi ordinance.

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

            A.  Approval of Minutes - December 16, 2003 - Regular Meeting

            Trustee Napolitano 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 approves the Minutes of the December 16, 2003 Regular Meeting as presented.

                                                                        Motion Carried:  Unanimously

            B.  Approval of Minutes - December 29, 2003 - Special Meeting

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

            RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Minutes of the December 29, 2003 Special Meeting as presented.

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

            C.  Approval of Voucher Detail - January 6, 2004

 

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

 

            RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Voucher Detail dated January 6, 2004 in the amount of $73,049 for 2003 and $1,01`1.49 for the year 2004.      

                                                                        Motion Carried:  Unanimously

            D.  Fire Department - Appointment - Ossining Hose No. 1

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

            RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, Jared Hadjstylianos, 23 Gordon Avenue, Ossining, New York was elected to active membership of Ossining Hose Company No. 1, for interior and exterior fire fighting at their monthly meeting.

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

            E.  Local Law No. 1 - 2004 - Municipal Parking Lots

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

            RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby adopts Local Law No. 1, 2004 (Introductory Local Law No. 12, 2003), a Local Law amending Chapter 250 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining entitled "Vehicles and Traffic" Article III, Section 250-31 entitled "Public Lots" to add Municipal Lot Sixteen and Section 250-32 entitled "Parking time limits in designated municipal lots" to add parking time limits in Municipal Lot Sixteen.

            Section 1. Chapter 250, Article III, Section 250-31 entitled "Public lots" is hereby amended as follows:

            Section 250-31 Public lots

            Day and night tag and time parking is hereby provided in the following municipal lots:

            Add:

            O. Municipal Lot Sixteen (North side of Main Street), Section 3, Plate 10, Block 23, Lots 31, 32, 33 and 34.

            Section 2. Chapter 250, Article III, Section 250-32 entitled "Parking time limits in designated municipal parking lots" is hereby amended as follows:

            Section 250-32 Parking time limits in designated municipal parking lots.

            Add:

            R.  Municipal Lot sixteen has 44 spaces designated as long-term parking.

            Section 3.  Except as herein modified all other portions of Section 250-31 and Section 250-32 shall remain the same.

            Section 4.  This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon publishing and posting as required by law.

                                                                                    Motion Carried: Unanimously

            F.  Village Clerk - Deputy Village Clerks - Records Management Officer- Records Access Officer

            Trustee Napolitano 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 appoints Mary Ann Roberts he Ossining Village Clerk, Records Management Officer and Records Officer for a term of office effective January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2007.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Constance Alfini and Patricia A. Fracassi are hereby appointed Deputy Village Clerks, effective January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2007.

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

            G.  Finance - Investment Policy

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

            WHEREAS, pursuant to General Municipal law, Section 39, local governments in the State of New York, including villages, are required to adopt a comprehensive written investment policy; and

            WHEREAS, local governments are required to review their investment policies on an annual basis; and

            WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining has reviewed its policy since adoption in February 1, 1994;

            NOW, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby approve and adopt the attached Investment Policy for the Village of Ossining.

                                                                                    Roll Call Vote: 5 - 0 - 0

                                   

                                                                                    Ayes: Trustees Napolitano,

                                                                                    MacNeill, Parise, Hernandez &

                                                                                    Mayor Perillo

                                                                                                                                               

            H. Call for a Public Hearing – Introductory Local Law No. 2, 2004, a Local Law amending Chapter 244 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining entitled “Taxi Cabs”.

            Trustee Napolitano 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 calls for a Public Hearing in the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 2, 2004, a Local Law amending Chapter 244 of the Village Code of the Village of Ossining entitled “Taxi Cabs” to be held January 20, 2004 at 7:30 P.M. in the Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562

                                                                                    Motion Carried: Unanimously

VIII.    OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

            There was no old business of the Board

IX.       NEW BUSINESS OF BOARD

            Mayor Perillo urged everyone to work together and have a banner year in 2004.

X.        ADJOURNMENT

            At 9:40 P.M., Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees be adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel.

                                                                        Motion Carried: Unanimously

_____________________________

Approved:                                                         Mary Ann Roberts, Village Clerk 

 



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