April 1, 2014

 INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

April 1, 2014

 

Present:  Mayor Christopher Sanders, Deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist, Trustee Lisa DeFeciani, Trustee John Gallucci  Jr.,  Trustee Steven Silverberg, Walter Sevastian, Esq.-Village Attorney, Stephanie Tassello- Clerk- Treasurer

 

Mayor Sanders called the meeting to order, and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Public Comment

 

Matthew Smith, a resident of Piermont representing the Piermont Marsh Conservancy, advised the Board that on Saturday, May 10th, 2014, they will be working with the River Keeper’s “Big Sweep” to do an environmental cleanup in Piermont in conjunction with RCC and local high schools.  They will be meeting in Parking Lot D and will provide bags, gloves, lunch and beverages.   

 

Margaret Grace advised the board that Keep Rockland Beautiful, along with the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance, will also be organizing a clean-up on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 9am to 12pm.  They will also host a Pot Luck Dinner at Christ Church in Sparkill.

 

Bob Samuels questioned the board if the Pier Closure summer schedule to motor vehicles is available.  Mayor Sanders replied the discussion will be put on the next Village Board Agenda

 

Carl Knocklelin advised the Board there is a street light that is not working by the Bunny Trail.

 

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple advised the light is maintained by Orange and Rockland Utilities and he will notify them to repair the light

 

Margaret Grace raised an issue regarding an embankment on Piermont Avenue by Hester Street that is exposed to the River and is increasingly being washed away. She feels the River is getting very close to Piermont Avenue.    She just wanted to bring it to the board’s attention if there is anything that could be done to secure that area.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked the residents who bring awareness to the board and also thanked residents who participate in area cleanups.  He asked Village Attorney Walter Sevastian for direction as to what can be done regarding the issue that Margaret Grace had raised.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented he will follow up with the Building Inspector as to who the owner of the property is and see if there is something in the property maintenance code. 

 

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the minutes from the March 18, 2014 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

POLICE

 

Chief O’Shea submitted a letter commending Officer Holihan for his help to a motorist.

 

DPW

 

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported the repairs to the Community Center are complete. Also, on Tuesday April 8th the DPW will begin their Bulk /Rubbish pickup which runs bi-weekly through October.  Discussion was held regarding the heavy rain this weekend and the drainage problems on Route 9W and the State’s responsibility to maintain the drainage system. Mayor

 

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Sanders reported he had reached out to NYS Assemblywoman Jaffee’s office to begin invoicing for Piermont’s efforts to maintain this drainage system.

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub-absent

Request from Addison Fowler to extend the Board Walk and place a mile marker at the Piermont Train Station for an Eagle Scout Project

Addison Fowler, a Piermont Resident and an Eagle Scout, requested to extend the Board Walk and place a mile marker at the Piermont Train Station.  He will be doing minor excavation and will be placing gravel which will set for the extension of the boardwalk.   Trustee DeFeciani questioned if he has sought approval from the Historical Society and questioned if he is doing the work by himself.

Addison Fowler responded that the Historical Society gave him approval, and Seth Glasser, a local contractor, will be helping him and the materials will be donated from Nyack Lumber.   Trustee Gallucci Jr. commend him for taking on this project

Trustee Silverberg also thanked him

Village attorney Walter Sevastian asked the Fowlers to provide a certificate of insurance listing the Village as additionally insured

Meg Fowler responded Seth Glasser will provide a certificate listing the Village as additional insured

Discussion and Update from the Piermont Historical Society

 

Rich Esnard, a member of the Piermont Historical Society, thanked Addison Fowler for his work.  He provided an overview of the progress of the Piermont Historical Society has made over the past three months which includes the formation of three sub-committees.  The first sub-committee is Fund Raising which includes raising funds for the support of the Train Station. The first fund raising event will be a dinner dance at Cornetta’s Restaurant on May 1st. The second is the Docent sub-committee which will enable the train station to open for tours two/three Sundays per month from April thru September. The third sub-committee is the Program Committee which has a long term goal of creating a Piermont History for local schools.  The students will visit the station as part of the local history studies.  He will continue to provide updates as to their progress to Trustee Silverberg.

 

Mr. Esnard thanked Trustee Blomquist for donating a panoramic photo of Fort Comfort which will be used as part of an exhibition at the Train Station.

 

Lola Esnard presented an invitation to the Board to their 1st annual Dinner Dance on May 1, 2014, which will be held at Cornetta’s.  

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the Historical Society has been working hard and is making progress

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented the Historical Society has been making great progress

 

Trustee Blomquist thanked them for their hard work and the progress they are making

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Trustee Blomquist for his donation and thanked the members of the Historical Society for their dedication.

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Public Hearing (7:45) Amending Chapter 1 of Village Code as it pertains to the fine schedule of conviction for municipal Code violations Local Law #2 of 2014

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian explained this is a simple modification to the local law amending the fine schedule

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to open the public hearing. Trustee Gallucci Jr. Silverberg seconded the motion which was carried with a vote of 5-0.

 

There was no public comment.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he thinks it’s a good idea to amend the fine schedule.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. concurred with Trustee Silverberg

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to close the Public Hearing. Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to adopt Local Law #2 of 2014 Amending Chapter 1 of Village Code as it pertains to the fine schedule of convictions for municipal Code. Trustee Defeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote 5-0.

 

 

         RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF PIERMONT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

STATE OF NEW YORK

COUNTY OF ROCKLAND: VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

——————————————————————–X

In the Matter of the amendment to

Chapter 1 of the Code of the Village

of Piermont as pertains to fines imposed

for municipal Code violations

——————————————————————–X       

WHEREAS,  the Village Board of the Village of Piermont has noticed a Public Hearing with regard to an amendment of the Village Code with respect to the fine schedule applicable to convictions for violations of the Piermont Village Code;

WHEREAS, a Public Hearing on the adoption of these proposed amendments to the Village Code were held on April 1, 2014;

WHEREAS,  at least 10 days prior to the initial Public Hearing notification of same was published in the Rockland County Journal News pursuant to Village Code requirements;

WHEREAS,  the Village Board of Trustees had made and published initial SEQRA review of the proposed Village Code amendments and found as follows:

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1.                  That the proposed Village Code amendment was preliminarily classified as a “Type II” action under SEQRA.

2.         That it was the intention of the Village Board of Trustees to establish itself as the Lead Agency for the purpose of review of the proposed action under the provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Board of Trustees hereby establishes itself as the Lead Agency for the purpose of review of the proposed action under the provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and determines that the action is a Type II action under SEQRA, in that the proposal to amend the fine schedule applicable to convictions for violations of the Code of the Village of Piermont consists of a legislative act to amend an existing regulation, which regulation has no significant  impact (adverse or otherwise) on the environment based on the criteria contained in subdivision NYCRR 617.7(c) ,and is therefore not subject to review under SEQRA .

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Village the Board of Trustees adopts the amendments to Chapter 1 of the Code of the Village of Piermont.

 

This resolution was moved by Trustee Blomquist and seconded by Trustee Defeciani which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Mayor Sanders moved to Item 8 on the agenda

 

Declare DPW 2004 International Garbage Truck Surplus to be Auctioned

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr.  moved to declare the 2004 International Garbage Truck VIN# 1HTWGADT04J084016 as surplus, to be auctioned.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Mayor Sanders moved to Item 10 on the agenda

 

Request from the Historical Society of Rockland to provide a Bus Tour of the Pier on June 21, 2014

 

The Historical Society of Rockland is requesting to have a Bus Tour of the Pier on June 21, 2014.  There will be one bus with 36 passengers and will stop at the end of the Pier for 5 to 10 minutes.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve Historical Society Bus Tour on June 21, 2014.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr. and upon vote the motion carried.

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Mayor Sanders moved to the request from the Clearwater and Schooner Mystic Whaler to dock May 9th thru May 10th, June 2nd thru June 5th, and July 6th thru July 8th 2014

 

The Clearwater and Schooner Mystic Whaler requested permission to dock at the end of the Pier and to hold “Classroom of the Waves” educational program.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the Clearwater and Mystic Whaler boat to dock at the end of the Pier on May 9th thru May 10th, June 2nd thru June 5th, and July 6th thru July 8th, 2014.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Public Hearing (8:00p.m.)-  FYE 2015 Budget

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to open the Public Hearing on the Tentative 2015 Fiscal Budget.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded this motion and the motion was carried with a vote of 5 ayes and 0 nays

 

The Mayor thanked all departments for their time.  He also thanked the Clerk’s office and the Board who worked very closely with all departments.

 

The Board is proposing a budget of $5,306,981 which is a 2.22% increase this year.  The estimated revenue is $853,387an increase of 6.01%.  The proposed Property Tax Liability is $4,428,594 an increase of 0.96%.  Total assessments are $600,085,327 a reduction of 1%.  The tentative tax rate is $6.96/$1000 for Homestead properties and $9.76/$1000 for Non-Homestead properties.  Based on these tentative numbers, there is a proposed increase of 1.84% Homestead and 2.31% Non-Homestead.

 

Piermont resident, Fred Devan suggested the Board to reduce the contingency expenditure line, explaining there is no need for a contingency line because the Village has a healthy fund balance.

 

Mayor Sanders explained that the Board thoroughly reviewed the entire budget and had already made reductions to the contingency line.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented the Board had discussed and reviewed the contingency line.  He also explained the impact set upon the Village from the State 2% Tax Cap, and due to that he is inclined to leave the Contingency line as is.

 

Mayor Sanders commented it forces the board to do long term review of the Villages finances.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the board had thoroughly reviewed the contingency line.

 

Anthony Riso, Piermont resident on Orchard Terrace, expressed concern about the outstanding Ban/Bond Debt, and questioned the Board if anything could be done, and suggested to the Board to review any future bonding.

 

Mayor Sanders replied the board thoroughly reviews the Villages debt and borrows for equipment and capital projects/improvements.  However the Villages debt burden is significantly lower than the allowable constitutional debt limit.


Trustee Blomquist explained the debt payments are made based upon the probable use of life of equipment /project.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked the Board and all the Departments for their time and dedication preparing for the budget.

 

Trustee Silverberg thanked the Board and all Departments for their efforts in preparing for the budgets

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commended all departments they did a tremendous job.

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Trustee DeFeciani commented all departments looked at every item and made significant cuts to the budget.  She also thanked all departments.

 

Trustee Blomquist thanked all departments they did an amazing job, budgets are never easy and this went very smoothly. 

 

Mayor Sanders also thanked Trustee Blomquist for his dedication is assisting with the budget.

Fred Devan commented over the past few years the Board have done a great job; the budgets have been accurate.

 

There were no further public comments

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to close the Public Hearing.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion and upon vote the Public Hearing was closed.

 

Adoption of 2015 Fiscal Budget

Trustee Blomquist moved to adopt the 2015 Fiscal Budget.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Authorize the Mayor to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Safety Program

Chief O’Shea commented the training and safety protocols are already in place this is going to be a great program he already has scheduled dates for the program.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented the Police Department is in compliance with all of the requirements to enter into the agreement.

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to approve the Mayor entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the New York State Department of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Safety Program.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Request from the Rockland Audubon Society to place receptacles to capture fishing line near the end of the Pier

Mayor Sanders questioned DPW Supervisor Tom Temple what the impact would be and what are the benefits to the installation of receptacles on the Pier.

 

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple replied it will be minimal impact, and he does not know how beneficial the receptacles may be because there are already garbage receptacles on the Pier.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the receptacle is small and does not think it will have a major impact

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented that he  does not know how beneficial it will be, but has no objections

 

Trustee Blomquist had no objections

 

Trustee DeFeciani commented she does not have any objections to the Audubon Society if they maintain the receptacles.  She suggested approving the request on a trial limited basis.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the Audubon Society to place a receptacle at the end of the Pier.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which was carried with a vote of 5- 0 .  

 

Request from Tour de Cure (American Diabetes): bicycles to ride through Piermont Saturday May 10, 2014

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the annual Tour de Cure American Diabetes Association on May 10, 2014 between 8am and 4pm.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which was carried with a vote of 5-0.

 

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Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $ 61,748.28 as presented by the Village Clerk.  Trustee Defeciani seconded the motion, which was carried with a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian requested an executive session for pending litigation and personnel matters.  He also reported he received a phone call from a resident wanting to film a documentary during the upcoming DEC public forum, he will follow up.

 

Trustee DeFeciani reported she recently received several complaints regarding permitted hours of recent filming in the Village and asked if there is anything they can do to prevent future complaints.

 

Chief O’Shea responded that he addressed any complaints he had received.  He assured that, going forward, the film crews will abide by allowable filming hours according to Village Code.

 

Trustee DeFeciani also reported she recently had a discussion with Dan Sherman about the Stewart/ Lennon families regarding the proposed lighthouse memorial and that they are moving forward with the project.

 

Ray Lennon provided an update on the progress of his preliminary plans to erect a lighthouse at the end of the Pier.  He has received approval from the Coast Guard and has learned the proposal is outside the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers, and is in the process of contacting McLaren Company- Marine Engineers – to inspect the Pier to make sure it is structurally sound.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked him for the update; this discussion will be placed on Agenda at a future board meeting 

 

Trustee Silverberg reported the next Scenic Task Force meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 10, 2014.

 

Mayor Sanders reported he is continuing communication with Lamont Doherty with regards to the Pier Building.  They are proposing to hold a ”Full-Moon lecture series in June, July, August and September.  Mayor Sanders also reported that he will continue to seek support from Brian Conybear and the Tappan Zee Bridge Builders to help with funding for needed boat equipment for the Piermont River Rescue unit. 

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Pending Litigation and discussion on personnel compensation.  The motion was seconded by DeFeciani and the motion was carried with a vote of 5-0.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to exit Executive Session, which was seconded by Trustee   Silverberg and upon vote the Board adjourned Executive Session.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried with a vote of 5-0.

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                           

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

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