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November 18, 2003

 

Town Board Minutes

 

A Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Cor= tlandt was conducted on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 in the Vincent F. Nyberg Meeting Room of the Cortlandt Town Hall, One Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY (105= 67) with the following elected officials and appointed staff in attendance:

 

   &nbs= p;            &= nbsp;       LINDA D. PUGLISI      &n= bsp;               &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Supervisor

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   JOSEPH D. CERRETO     &nb= sp;          &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   FRANCES X. FARRELL     <= span style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'>        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   ANN LINDAU      &= nbsp;            &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   JOHN E. SLOAN              &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember

 

Also present:= JO-ANN DYCKMAN      =               &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Town Clerk

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   GLENN CESTARO                      &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Comptroller

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   THOMAS WOOD, ESQ.              &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Town Attorney

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   EDWARD VERGANO      =            &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   DOTS/Director

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   KEN HOCH                       &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   DOTS/Asst. Dir.

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   KATHLEEN BURLESON            &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   DES/Director

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   COLLEEN PINCKNEY      = ;          &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   DES/Recreation

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   BECKY BELL      &nb= sp;            &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   DES/Recreation

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   PETER McMILLAN      = ;              &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Purchasing Dir.

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   CLAUDIA VAHEY            &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Human Res. Dir.

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   CATHERINE M. HOFFMAN     &nb= sp;           &= nbsp;   Dep. Town Clerk/Steno.

 

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MEETING CALLED to ORDER

Supervisor Puglisi called the meeting to order at 7:30= p.m.

 

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PLEDGE to the FLAG

Councilmember Cerreto led all in attendance in a Pledg= e to the Flag.

 

 

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SUPERVISOR’S REPORTS on PROJECTS and ISSUES

Two weeks ago was election day and Supervisor Puglisi thanked the community for their support and vote of confidence for re-elect= ing her to the position of Cortlandt’s Town Supervisor, which she said is= an honor and a privilege.

 

She congratulated her colleagues on the Town Board for= their re-election, (Councilmembers Farrell and Cerreto) and, also Town Justice Da= niel McCarthy.

 

One of the many priorities in the community is service= to our youth.  It’s a family oriented Town and many services are provided for our young people.  This evening our Youth Center Dire= ctor, Colleen Pinckney is present, along with her assistant Becky Bell.  They discussed the recently conduc= ted annual Red Ribbon Week and the poster contest held in Town of Cortlandt schools to celebrate a drug free existence.  Winners were prese= nted with prizes.=

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ROLL CALL

On a roll call attendance taken by Town Clerk Dyckman,= all Town Board members indicated their presence.

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Town Board Minutes

 

TOWN BOARD REPORTS

Councilmember Lindau displayed a booklet published by = the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce with our Toll House featured on t= he cover  The Economic Development Committee will be featuring some of our local businesses on the local cablevision station beginning in January, 2004.

 

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Councilmember Farrell thanked the community for re-ele= cting him to his position of Town Councilman.&nb= sp; He’s looking very much forward to the next four years and work= ing hard with his Town Board colleagues on behalf of the residents.

 

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Councilmember Cerreto expressed his thanks to the Vill= age of Croton for their Veteran’s Day ceremony and to Chairman Fremont Reif = for conducting an outstanding event.

 

He also expressed his thanks to Town residents for sho= wing their trust in him through his re-election.

 

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APPROVAL of MINUTES

Councilmembers Sloan and Cerreto moved that the minute= s of the Regular Meeting of October 21, 2003 be approved as submitted by Town Cl= erk Dyckman, AMENDED to include the Special Meeting of October 27, 2003.  All voted AYE.

 

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PUBLIC HEARING

(Full transcripts of all Public Hearings conducted a= t this meeting will be found in the Official Public Hearing Minute Book in the Off= ice of the Town Clerk.)

 

1.&n= bsp;     Pub= lic Hearing to consider the establishment of the Tamarack Sewer District.<= /o:p>

 

Town Clerk Dyckman presented and read the Notice of He= aring as had been published in the official Town of Cortlandt newspaper

 

Supervisor Puglisi called the hearing to order at 7:42= p.m. and asked Mr. Vergano to make a presentation.  She said the Board would most like= ly not vote on this issue tonight, however, the hearing will be closed and residen= ts will be allowed ten more days to make written comments to the Town Board.

 

Ed Vergano said the Tamarack Sewer District encompasses seventy-nine lots.  It involves Tamarack Drive, Nancy Lane, Cypress Lane, Birchwood Lane, Janet Lane, Bittersweet     Lane, Magnolia Lane and Northridge Road.  The work that has been completed to date includes identifying the sc= ope of the district. There have been a number of public informational meetings.  The map, plan and engineer’s report is complete as is the full survey of the district. Estimated costs have been identified.  There has been a public opinion survey earlier this fall.  There were forty-three votes in fa= vor, twenty-seven negative votes and nine property owners did not respond.

 

Improvements largely invol= ve a gravity sewer system.  There w= ill be some pump systems on individual lots on the far east side of the project – (Lots 21, 23, 25, 27.)  There is 9300 linear feet of PVC double iron pipe.  There are some easements that need= to be procured – (Lots 45, 46, 47, 48, 53, 54 and Lot 8 (block 2) on the western end of the district.

 

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Town Board Min= utes

 

RE:  Public Hearing on proposed Tama= rack Sewer District, (cont.)

The project cost for entire construction of improvemen= ts is $2,090,000.  Based on a twenty= year, 4% bond the average cost per year per parcel would be a little over $l900 p= er year – equating to $160.00 per month.  On a thirty year, 5% bond, the ave= rage cost per parcel per year would be $1680 – equating to $140 per month.=

 

Ed Vergano said other costs involve a County Sewer District tax that initially will be $150= to $200 per year per parcel.  The= re will be a Municipal Sewer District maintenance cost of about roughly $50 per year per parcel.  Individual l= ateral hook-ups will likely average between $2000 and $3000 – a one time expense.

 

Advantages of sewer systems versus septic systems are increased market value and  elimination of maintenance and repair costs associated with the sept= ic system.  A homeowner will be a= ble to add bedrooms and use land over septic fields for home expansion.  There are clear environmental benefits.  There is no cost to replace the septic system which can range between $10 and $15 Thousand Dollars.  There is also a poss= ible tax deduction benefit.

 

The next step in this process is establishment of the district by Town Board resolution.  Then there will be development of final design plans.  The County will be petitioned to i= nclude parcels in the County District.  Approval will be obtained from the NY State Comptroller’s office.  Then - installation o= f the sewer system.

 

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Supervisor Pu= glisi said over the summer the Town sent out surveys to residents in this proposed district.  There have been sev= eral informational meetings over the years. Cortlandt had looked forward to a pl= edge from the Westchester County government to assist in offsetting costs of the district, but that never became a reality.=   If residents are interested in the thirty year bond, that obviously would reduce the monthly and annual payments.  There are possible tax benefits depending upon everyone’s individual tax status.  In prior sewer districts in the To= wn, residents retained one private plumber for all the hook-ups which reduced costs.  The district cannot le= gally hook-up from the house to lines in the street.

 

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Roshie Newman= , 22 Tamarack Drive said residents had paid money to the County for many yea= rs for sewers that we do not have.  She said now the County says they have no money to assist even though all the o= ther sewer districts in the Town received County assistance.  Taxes on homes will go up $2,000 f= or the bond on top of regular school and Town taxes.  According to White Plains legislat= ors, County taxes will rise twenty-three percent unless State legislators agree = to a 1% sales tax increase.  She as= ked that assistance be obtained from State, County and Town governments, so that people are not forced out of their homes because of sewer taxes.

 

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Jack Gaffney,= 16 Tamarack Drive had the opposite opinion of R. Newman’s.  He said what’s important for people to look at, in his judgement, is that if there was no charge for this sewer , if it was collectively paid for, there would be no debate.  He said neighbor should not be pit= ted against neighbor on this issue, but it should be decided by the Town for the benefit of the Town.  Sewers a= re essential.  Nobody wants to put out $2,000, bu= t that day and time has passed.  The = Town has been within striking distance of having sewers for the last fifteen or = more years when the Conklin Sewer District was initiated.

 

 

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Town Board minutes

 

RE:  Public Hearing on proposed Tama= rack Sewer District (cont.)

 

J. Gaffney said if it is extended to Tamarack area, it can be extended further out Route 20= 2 to communities that need it equally as much as Tamarack  He said it is not a luxury –= it is an essential item.  While some people say they don’t have the $2000 necessary for installation there= is an equal obligation to the individual  who does not have the $15,000 to rebuild their septic system.  He said residents need the sewers = and he asked the Town Board to understand that and to abide by the democratic proc= ess which is a referendum to be conducted on something that is almost 2 to 1 in that community – with an almost ninety percent response, a significant percentage of potential voters.

 

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Davis Weinber= ger, 3 Birchwood Lane said he’s strongly in favor of this smart move whi= ch is long overdue.  There should= be help from other agencies and entities, but if we wait, he suspects it will = just kill the project.  He said it’s a long term solution which supports the infrastructure and solves future problems.  Waiting will= only increase costs.

 

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Janine Freedm= an, 11 Tamarack Drive said she has a problem with the concept.  There is a problem with the costs = that residents have to take the entire burden upon themselves.

She asked what protection there would be against cost overruns.  There can’t b= e an open ended number on this project.

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi said they were being given the worst case scenario based on earlier experiences.=

 

J. Freedman <= /b>said she doesn’t believe there is a strong majority of Tamarack residents = who are in favor of the project.  = Many people are concerned with costs.  She said 53% of residents had responded favorably and she opined tha= t is not a strong majority of the entire district.  Total tax burdens would be increas= ed by a large number and she wondered if it’s cost worthy.

 

Henry Traulsen, 10 Tamarack Drive:&nbs= p; Everybody says there’s no m= oney for us.  I look over at Yorkto= wn and I see the County legislature wants to make a study for $500,000.  That could go to our sewer distric= t  They’re going to get $500,000 – we’re going to get nothing.&= nbsp; With the money that we paid for the sewer district we shouldn’t have to pay for twenty years.

 

You go after the county.  There’s got to be money ther= e and that would bring the price down.

 

Supervisor Puglisi:  We agree to what you’re saying.  The Coun= ty government has denied this request.  I am only the messenger.

 

H. Traulsen:<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  There we should go afterm them legally.  e have been taking a= beating from the County of Westchester for years with the garbage plant and the who= le nine yards.

 

T. Wood s= aid he believes that the $500,000 is from the diversion fund from the New York City DEP because DEP has a mandate to Yorktown that they have to treat the afflu= ent differently.  The county is the custodian of those funds and those funds have to be utilized to divert the = flow of sewage from the New York City watershed area which this area is not in.<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  So, even though it’s under c= ontrol of the County it’s not technically a County fund.

 

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Public Hearing, (cont.)

Supervisor Puglisi:  For your informa= tion, we have come out against that diversion.

 

William Saler= no, 12 Northridge Road:  In favor= .  It’s for the greater good of= the community and the majority of residents voted for it.  It’s best for environmental effects and it is necessary.  I’m not happy about bearing the cost.  I’ve lived in the neighborho= od for years and paid the sewer tax without having sewers.  We have to move forward.

 

Rich Cohen, 6 Tamarack Drive:  I donR= 17;t think there’s anyone in this room who is not in favor of sewers.  I think the biggest problem is cost.  No one wants to face a thousand dollars a year more.  Each time a fact sheet comes out on this project, there is a large jump in costs.  I disagree that the population on the block is financially able to bear this burden.  There’s a number of unemploy= ed residents; there’s senior residents.  There are on income residents and there are people who are financial= ly burdened already on Tamarack.  Whether this is tax deductible or not, it is still cash out of pocket.  I think the vote shou= ld be redone because there have been five property sales since the survey was tak= en.

 

Ed Vergano:  The reason for the price incre= ase from the first informational meeting is that we had planned on receiving mo= ney from the County and that never happened.&n= bsp; Also, the scope of the district did change.

 

Supervisor Puglisi:  We had a pledge = for that money and then that pledge was taken away.  That was very unfortunate.

 

Chris Martin,= 17 Northridge Road:  As far a= s the vote, it’s always going to be some kind of revolving thing.  You have to have a time line of wh= en you’re going to take the vote.  It would be great if the County and State would help us.  There’s still a 20% margin t= o the pro votes and I don’t understand how you could vote any other way.

 

Marci Warner,= 1 Northridge Road:  It’= ;s an emotional issue.  If they were= given to us I think everyone would take sewers.&= nbsp; But, because the County can not come up with the money to help us in this economical time people do not have money.  These last three years have been horrible, horrible years for people.  People are out of work   There are one family incomes.  If you are going to be in your home for the next 30 years like we ar= e, you are going to have to pay $60,000 out of pocket for sewers.  That’s a lot of money.  You guys are going to have to come= up with money or go back and postpone this until you can help us put those sew= ers in.  As for the vote, nine peo= ple did not vote.  I’d like = to see the list of the 43 people that did.  I’d like to see a new count because I don’t think you ha= ve a two thirds majority.  Those 27 people that said “no” – those are 27 people whose houses you’re putting in financial risk

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi: All we would legally need is a simple majority that means 51%.  We’d like to have more than = that.

 

M. Warner:  The other thing is that when we moved into our house six years ago sewers were never as issue as to whether= or not we were going to buy our house.  We pay over $9,000 now in taxes.&nb= sp; You’re going to ask us to pay more than $11,000 in tax.  That’s a lot of tax.  A new septic system really costs a= bout $8,000.  I had someone come in= and look.  It’s not $10 or $15,000.  You could replace yo= ur septic system many times over the entire field for $60,000 and write it off= .

 

Lot #42, Tama= rack Drive: I’m in favor of the sewer systems.  I think it’s environmentally beneficial and the right thing to do.

 

 

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Public Hea= ring, (cont)

Martin O̵= 7;Boyle, 24 Tamarack Drive: Since you can’t get any money for it, is it possible that if this does go through we could get some money from that particular proposal.  The work= that we’re doing is going to enable them to tack on, so is there any way we could get a grant later?

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi: We wouldn’t give up trying to get money even when if it was established.  For example, the= re was another sewer district not far from this Town Hall that a couple of years i= nto construction we were able to get even a lower interest rate from what’= ;s called the New York State Revolving Fund.&= nbsp; I think that was about $200,000 for the total project that we were a= ble to offset the cost so that those residents had a slight reduction in their costs.  It’s an ongoing process.  If County money free= s up in the future we wouldn’t stop trying to get that money.

 

Councilmember Farrell: If funding became available in the future for another sewer district, could some of that money be applied to this one.

 

M. O’Boyle:  Exactly.  Or even that no other sewer distri= ct be allowed to happen until we got some type of alleviation of the burden.  Could the Town Board vote to make = that a condition.

 

T. Wood, Esq.= : If there is a pipeline put into your district and it’s paid for by your district and we then go and propose the adjacent district be created and you’re going to connect into that line – under the State formul= a a calculation has to be made that that district reimburses your district for a proportionate cost of the pipe.  So if a pipe is now in that carries 1,000 gallons a day and the next district = is going to increase that to 2,000 gallons a day, theoretically that district would have to pay 50% of the cost of that pipe.  So, in that way, the shared facili= ties would be reimbursed to your district.  The new district would then reduce your bonded indebtedness.

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi: What Frank is saying is if a sewer district was proposed in the Croton watershed= area of the Town and we were able to get grant moneys from the Department of Environmental Protection because they have moneys to protect the watershed.  Your area is not i= n the watershed, otherwise we would have gone to the DEP.  If you were to hear in the future = that we’ve got grant moneys from that area of Town, it would not be german= e to your situation.

 

Margaret Gall= agher, 2003 Crompond Road – I was in real estate some time ago and the f= irst question that was asked was “Is there sewer and water.”  A lot of the houses have a very sm= all back yard and the fields and dry wells is costly.  I don’t think there’s = enough room in the back yard to do what they want to do.  Who funded the Lafayette Sewer District?  Who funded the Conk= lin East Sewer District.

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi: The financial situation of the people in the Conklin District met the criteria = to receive the federal HUD Community Development Block Grant.  Your neighborhood does not.  We’ve attempted that

 

Councilmember= Sloan: There is partial funding by HUD.

 

Reuben Urena,= 18 Northridge Road said there are three “no” votes on Northrid= ge Road out of twenty-three houses.  I am in favor of sewers.

 

Eleanor Rose,= 20 Tamarack Drive: I agree that we do need a sewer system.  My question to you to consider is = where do your put the next system.  = There is not a lot of land there.  D= o you put more in the back – move it to the front.  You’re talking about money y= ou have to lay out for the septic – this way it’s spread out.

 

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Public Hearing, (cont.)

E. Rose, (cont.):=   You don’t have to connect un= til you’re ready.  You do ha= ve to pay the tax.  You don’t = have to connect, but when this person buys your home, at least it’s in the area.

 

Kelly Polao, 4 Northridge Road: I am for this sewer district.  I know it will be a burden on some= of us, but I do believe that it is for the better of the community.  I think that all of us that are fo= r the sewers should pull together, go down to Westchester County and tell them wh= at we think and tell them we need their help.=   I think we should move forward, let them start with this district and catch Westchester County and say it’s not fair .  We’ve been paying for a numb= er of years and we deserve something.  But, let’s go forth.

 

Nick Christop= her, 16 Northridge Road, expressed support for Tamarack Sewer District.

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi reiterated that the Public Hearing will be closed and said there would be ten days giv= en for receipt of comments to either her office or the Department of Technical Services.  She said by law the= Town Board can or can not establish sewer districts.  It is just a matter of the costs involved.  At the December 9, = 2003 Town Board meeting there will be a resolution adopted giving the board̵= 7;s decision.

 

The Public Hearing was then closed on motion of Councilmember Cerreto, seconded by Councilmember Lindau.  All voted AYE.

 

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Public Hearing to consider adopting a resolution wi= th respect to the regulation of residential rents within the Town of Cortlandt= .

 

Town Clerk Dy= ckman said the first item of business is to consider adopting a resolution author= izing a Memorandum of Understanding.

 

Supervisor Pu= glisi said that T. Wood, our Town Attorney, has been negotiating on behalf of the Town, with all parties involved in this issue.  The issue came before the Town Boa= rd in May, 2003 when tenants of Amberlands, in particular, were being faced with a very large rent hike.  The Tow= n has been in negotiations with tenants and landlords ever since. 

 

T. Wood, Town Attorney presented and read a statement.  (Statement placed in full context = in official minutes.)

 

Michael Garvin, Building 21, Amberlands – asked whether the increase mentioned of  4½ % was annually.

 

Councilmember= Sloan commented that this is the result of a four or five month negotiation period amongst several landlord groups, tenant groups and the Town.  He feels this is a good compromise – a good settlement given the alleged abuses the Town was told five months ago at the Public Hearing and given the needs of the landlords to ha= ve capital to invest to have capital improvements.  He commended all three parties concerned, saying this is the way the negotiation process is supposed to wo= rk.

 

He said the Town has opted not to adopt the Emergency = Tenant Protection Act through the understanding that the letter in spirit of the m= emo of understanding would be honored and respected.  If that’s not the case, this= board will have no other option than to adopt the ETPA and would do so with no hesitation.

 

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Public Hearing, (cont.)

Councilmember Lindau then moved to adopt the following resolution, seconded by Councilmember Farrell:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 331-03 – RE:  Authorize a Memorandum of Understa= nding with respect to regulating rents at the Amberlands complex.

Discussion:  One o= f the tenants thanked the board for all their work and pointed out that even though the r= ent increases are now lower, it will still be a hardship for a lot of the residents.

There was no additional discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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Public Hea= ring to consider construction of a wireless communication facility by Sprint Spectr= um L.P. at 477 Albany Post Road.

 

Town Clerk Dyckman presented and read the notice of he= aring as had been published in the official Town newspaper.

 

Supervisor Puglisi called the hearing to order at 8:57 p.m.  She said she would take testimony now and the hearing would be adjourned until December 9th.

 

David Snyder,= Esq. appeared on behalf of the applicant, Sprint Spectrum LP. and made a presentation for= a 90 foot monopole which would fill a gap in service and provide reliable wireless communications in the Town.  They are also looking at an alternative site on Scenic Drive.

 

T. Wood s= aid he had met with representatives of Sprint at the site and he said it is the board’s direction that the hearing be adjourned tonight so that some renderings can be submitted to the board prior to the adjourned date of December 9th. 

 

Councilmember= Sloan asked if the same “gap in service” did not exist at the time of the l= ast Sprint application in Croton Park Colony.

 

D. Snyder said the process is, by nature, incremental.

 

Paul Summer, = 24 Watch Hill Road:  Said ninety fe= et equates to nine stories which is very tall and totally out of scale with anything in the neighborhood.  He urged the board to consider the alternate site since there is already a lar= ge structure there.

 

There was no further discussion and the Public Hearing= was adjourned on motion of Councilmembers Farrell and Sloan to December 9, 2003.<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  All voted AYE.

 

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HEARING of CITIZENS, (agenda items only)

None.

 

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BID REPORTS

Councilmember Sloan moved that the following items be received and ordered filed and the resolution indicated be adopted as amend= ed.  Councilmember Cerreto seconded the motion.

 

Receive an= d file bids opened on August 29, 2003 for “Water Meters and Radio Units.R= 21;

 

RESOLUTION= NO. 332–03 – RE:  Award contract for water meters and radio units, as advertised.  AMENDED to read “Award co= ntract subject to certain conditions, etc.

 

Discussion:  Supervisor Puglisi said after a phase of one thousand properties, the project will be re-evaluated.

 

Councilmember Farrell said he had received the text of= the resolution with the addition just a couple of minutes ago and he asked that= the end of the paragraph beginning with “WHEREAS, the Town Board” be amended to read “the Supervisor and the Town Board.”

 

Supervisor Puglisi agreed and all voted AYE to the motion as amended.

 

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Receive and file a report from the Northern Joint Waterworks with respect to the radio meter reading project.

 

There was no additional discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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REPORTS

Councilmember Cerreto moved that the following monthly reports be received and ordered filed seconded by Councilmember Lindau:

 

October, 2003 – Receiver of Taxes, DES/Office = of Aging, Town Justices, Town Clerk.

 

There was no discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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OLD BUSINESS

Correspond= ence:

 

Councilmember Lindau moved that the following document= s be received and ordered filed, as amended, and the resolution adopted, seconde= d by Councilmember Farrell:

 

Letter dated October 15, 2003 from the Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Council with respect to the Compact Plan.

 

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Report from DES regarding pavement conditions on Fl= oral Road, (E. Sandler).

 

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OLD BUSINESS, (cont.)

Report from DES regarding Hood Place/Udell Court paving. 

 

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Report from DES re. speeding on Scenic Drive and Fu= rnace Dock Road.  (R. Milano.)

 

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Report from DES regarding cul de sac on Lent Street= , (W. Gallagher).

 

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Report from DES re. request for “no outlet= 221; sign on Valley View Road, (J. DeVito)

 

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Report from DES re. drainage on Lakeview Avenue Wes= t, (S. Schwadron.)

 

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Report from DES re. speeding on Sunset Road, (M. Marussich)

 

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Report from DES re. various requests affecting Dogw= ood Road.

 

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Report from DES re. drainage issues at Quarry Acres= , (I. Tomlinson.

 

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Report from DES re. various issues on Sprout Brook Road.  (G. Kemp.)

 

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AMENDED to ad= d:  Report from DES regarding traff= ic on Helena Avenue and High Street.

 

RESOLUTION= NO. 333-03 – RE:  Authorize amending the Vehicle and Traffic Law to install a stop sign at the intersec= tion of Helena Avenue and High Street.

 

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Technology report from the Purchasing director and technology support team.

 

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Letters objecting to a request to purchase a portio= n of a right-of-way located in the area of Francis Drive from the following:

 

Donald and Faith Troccoli, 12 East Francis Drive.

Charles and Elaine Paulson, 38 Montrose Point Road.=

Robert and Margaret Millman, 11 East Francis Drive.=

 

(No Town Board action will be taken on this preceding request.)

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OLD BUSINESS, (cont.)   

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Report from the Town Attorney regarding the Old Van Cortlandtville cemetery.  (W. Lancaster.)

 

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Letter dated October 7, 2003 from Metro North railr= oad in response to a Town Board resolution opposing elimination of the 7:39 am tra= in from Cortlandt to Grand Central Station.&n= bsp; Also an e-mail from Stephanie Vaughey with respect to same. (Town Clerk has not been= given a copy of this e-mail.)

 

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Letter from Cortway Apartments Ltd. requesting an exemption from the Town moratorium.  Deny request of same.

 

There was no additional discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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NEW BUSINESS

Correspondence:

 

Councilmember Farrell moved that the following items, = as amended, be received, filed and referred to the appropriate departments;  that the resolutions be adopted.  Councilmember Sloan seconded the m= otion.

 

Letter/petition from residents of Lent Avenue and E= merson Place with respect to repeated problems with disorderly youths.  Refer, also to the State and County Police Departments.

 

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Letter from Theresa Jessup with respect to traffic = safety on Montrose Station Road.  Ref= er, also to DES and the Traffic Safety Committee.

 

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Letter from Genevieve Lutton with respect to truck traffic on Short Hill Road.

 

AMENDED to read&nb= sp; -  RESOLUTION NO. 334-03 – RE:  Amend Vehicle and Traffic Law to prohibit trucks except for local delivery from traveling on = Short Hill Road.

 

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Letter dated October 31, 2003 from Paul and Marie T= axer with respect to speeding on Waterbury Parkway.  Refer, also to the State and County Police.

 

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Copy of a petition to be circulated from residents = of the Town to the New York State Department of Transportation with respect to pedestrian safety along Route 9A in the Springvale area.

 

 

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NEW BUSINESS, (cont.)

RESOLUTION NO. 335-03 – RE:  Support residents’ request f= or increased pedestrian safety along Route 9A.  (State highway.)

 

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2004 Capital Improvement Plan.  (Draft.)

 

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Letters from the Verplanck Residents’ Associa= tion regarding the draft Master Plan and Town park patrols.

 

There was no discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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RESOLUTIONS

(All resolutions adopted at this meeting are to be = found in full context affixed to the end of this document.)

 

Councilmember Sloan moved the following resolutions be adopted, seconded by Councilmember Cerreto:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 336-03 – RE:  Confirm the voluntary transfer of = Jane Fitzgerald from DOTS/Water to the Town Assessor’s Office effective January 1, 2004.

 

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RESOLUTION NO 337-03 – RE:  Authorize the Town Attorney to see= k a court order restraining the City of Peekskill from requiring Town sanitation vehicles from having hauler’s permits.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 338-03 – RE:  Authorize the DOTS to award a requ= est for proposal for engineering services for the proposed Broadway Streetscape project.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 339-03 – RE:  Authorize a Professional Service Agreement to up-date the Town’s tax maps.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 340-03 – RE:  Authorize DOTS to award a request = for proposal for construction of a doorway in a Town Hall corridor.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 341-03 – RE:  Authorize DOTS to award a request = for proposal for preliminary design services for Battery Place Road.

 

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RESOLUTIONS, (cont.) 

RESOLUTION NO. 342-03 – RE:  Authorize a letter to be sent to t= he NYS DOT in support of restricting left turns from Regina Avenue onto Route 6.

 

There was no discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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Councilmembers Cerreto and Lindau moved to adopt the following resolutions:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 343-03 – RE:  Direct DES and the Traffic Safety Committee to evaluate the need for stop signs and speed limit signs in the = area of Hill and Dale/Maple Avenue and Hill and Dale/Dimond Avenue

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 344-03 – RE:  Authorize the settlement of a tax certiorari with respect to Union State Bank.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 345-03 – RE:  Authorize a correction to Resoluti= on No. 254-03 with respect to zoning codes.

 

There was no additional discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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Councilmember Cerreto and Lindau moved for adoption of= the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 346-03 – RE:  Authorize a two year extension to = the collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Cortlandt and AFSCME.

 

Discussion:  Supervisor Puglisi said she is supporting this.  Our employee= s work hard and she thinks it’s a good contract.

 

A polled vote of the board taken by Town Clerk Dyckman was, as follows:

 

   &nbs= p;                &= nbsp;   Councilmember Sloan,        &= nbsp;          &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   No,

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember Cerreto,      = ;         &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Aye,

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember Lindau,      =            &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Aye,

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Supervisor Puglisi,             &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Aye,

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Councilmember Farrell,      = ;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Aye.

 

The motion was declared adopted.

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Councilmembers Cerreto and Lindau moved to adopted the following resolutions, as amended:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 347-03 – RE:  Authorize the Supervisor and the T= own Attorney to continue to coordinate regional opposition to the proposed Millennium Pipeline.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 348-03 – RE:  Authorize a license agreement with respect to a portion of paper road located in Verplanck.

 

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RESOLUTIONS, (cont.)   &nb= sp;

RESOLUTION NO. 349-03 – RE:  Award a request for proposal to Ap= plied GIS, Inc. for GIS consulting services.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 350-03 – RE:  Support purchase of land by the Department of Environmental Protection in the area of Colabaugh Pond Road.<= /p>

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 351-03 – RE:  Authorize an Order and Consent with respect to the dedication of Valley View Road.

 

AMENDED to include the following:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 352-03 – RE:  Authorize the release of subdivisi= on security and accept road maintenance security.

 

There was no discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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Councilmembers Lindau and Farrell moved that the follo= wing resolution be adopted:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 353-03 – RE:  Authorize funding for the DARE program.  Authorize the Comptr= oller to prepare a request for proposal with respect to future DARE services.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 354-03 – RE:  Schedule a Public Hearing for Dece= mber 9, 2003 to consider an Agreement for the Mt. Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire Protec= tion District for 2004.

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RESOLUTION NO. 355-03 – RE:  Schedule a Public Hearing for Dece= mber 9, 2003 to consider and Agreement for the Furnace Woods Fire Protection District for 2004.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 356-03 – RE:  Authorize acceptance of a Letter of Credit in the amount of $5,000  for Annsville Circle Mobile.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 357-03, 358-03, 359-03:  Authorize acceptance of various Le= tters of Credit for Hollowbrook Golf subdivision.

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 360-03 – RE:  Authorize acceptance of a Letter of Credit in the amount of $1,000 for GEIS Toyota.

 

There was no discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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ADDITIONS to the AGENDA

Councilmember Farrell moved to add the following items= to the agenda.  He then moved tha= t the letter be received and ordered filed, the resolutions be adopted and the resolution indicated be removed from the agenda.  Councilmember Sloan seconded the m= otion.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

A letter from David Steinmetz representing Daniel M= uro, 456 Croton Avenue, requesting a License Agreement relating to a stone wall.=

 

RESOLUTION NO. 360a-03 – RE:  Authorize a License Agreement with Daniel Muro.

 

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RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 361-03 – RE:  Authorize the Director of DOTS to enter into a Professional Service Agreement for surveyi= ng services for Shaw Highway and Sunlit Trail.

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RESOLUTION NO. 362-03 – RE:  Authorize appraisal services for property located in Verplanck.

 

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REMOVED FROM AGENDA – Authorize a resolution expressing an intent to consider a Special Permit for Planned Village Development with respect to t= he proposed Jacobs Hill Crossing.

 

There was no discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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BUDGET TRANSFERS

Councilmember Sloan moved that the following resolutio= n be adopted, seconded by Councilmember Cerreto:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 362a-03 – RE:  Authorize budget transfers.

 

Discussion:  Glenn Cestaro, Comptroller explai= ned the transfers, a copy of which is affixed to the original resolution.<= /o:p>

 

There was no additional discussion.  All voted AYE.

 

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ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m. on motion made = by Councilmember Cerreto, seconded by Councilmember Lindau.<= /p>

 

   &nbs= p;                &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Respectfully submitted,

 

 

   &nbs= p;                &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   JO-ANN DYCKMAN,

        &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;           &= nbsp;   Town Clerk

 

 

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