Meeting Minutes

April 23, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

April 23, 2013

 

 

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-Village Clerk-Treasurer.

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Bob Samuels expressed concern with traffic issues within the Village.  He suggested to the board to consider installing speed bumps on the Pier, reducing the speed limit on 9W, consider 4 -way stop signs, add crosswalks on Main Street, install a traffic light at the corner of Ferdon & Valentine; and would like to make Ferdon Ave one way to include a bike lane.  He referred to the Town of Orangetown and the Village of Nyack that have installed speed bumps. He also would also like the Police Department to issues more speeding tickets.

 

Ivan Szendro thanked the Village of Piermont for their solidarity for the two Hungarian Sister Villages.  The Sister Village Nagygec in Hungary was damaged by a devastating flood 43years ago, and received a donation of $500,000 from EU Cohesion Fund to rebuild it’s bridge.  He would like to donate an emblem sign to be put up by Rockland Road Bridge.

 

He presented to the Mayor and the Board a check in the amount of $300 dollars from Piermont’s Sister (Bridge) Fund, to help create a union that bridge’s can be rebuilt again.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Ivan Szendro for his donation he will take the placement of the sign into consideration as the restoration of Rockland Road Bridge continues.

 

Audie Moran commented that traffic issues have been ongoing and have been discussed at previous board meetings.  There have been suggestions to reduce the speed limit to 10 mph on the pier, but she thinks the best solution would be installing speed bumps.  Recently the Landings HOA installed speed bumps, which has slowed traffic.  She also congratulated the board for the setting up the new Village Website.

 

Eleanor Ritt, residing on Gair Street, also expressed concern with traffic on the pier – the vehicles are a hazard to pedestrians and it is not safe to walk.  She is also reported noise coming from the Pier in the evenings.

 

Anne Putko, residing on Bay Street, expressed an ongoing concern regarding huge recycling trucks which she has raised this issue at several prior board meetings.  She also suggested installing video cameras throughout the Village which would monitor traffic.    She had another concern regarding leaf blowers – they reduce air quality and are very noisy.  She wants to make the board aware the level of noise within the Village is increasing and is almost becoming unbearable to stay outside.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked her for her comment.

 

Tim Reilly moved into the Village of Piermont last September 2012 on Paradise Avenue and also expressed concern with vehicles speeding on Paradise Avenue.

 

Susan Cohen suggested putting the traffic discussion on an Agenda item at a future board meeting.  She thinks people are in hurry and not paying attention to signs.

 

Gabriele Almasi commented she has been a resident of Piermont for 30 years, and traffic has increased in all of Rockland.  She does not see any problem with tourists coming to the Village of Piermont it is a lovely Village that attracts people.

 

Margaret Grace questioned the status of the repair to the fence in the Dog Run.

 

 

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DPW Superintendent Temple reported he had met with FEMA officials, and is awaiting an estimate from a fence company.

 

Bill Herguth commented he has been a resident of Piermont for the past 66 years and lives on Paradise Ave.  Recently he has seen an increase in traffic which is primarily contractors repairing homes and businesses from damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy.  He thinks any restrictions to the traffic flow would hurt the merchants, and would be unfortunate for the Board to make a quick decision that would have a negative impact for many years to come.

 

Maureen Kelly commented she walks the pier 3 to 4 times a week with her son who is in 3rd grade and feels it is dangerous for children to ride their bicycles.

 

Judy Greenblat commented she lives in Blauvelt but frequently walks the Pier which is dangerous to pedestrians.  She also suggested installing speed bumps.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked all residents and non-residents for expressing their concerns.  He commented there is always an increase in traffic beginning in the spring.   The Police Department did an extensive traffic study on the Pier last year and their findings were that the majority of vehicles traveled within the speed limit.

 

Trustee Silverberg understands the concerns of the residents and nonresidents.  He agreed with Mayor Sanders there is always an increase in traffic during the spring.  He also suggested additional Police Enforcement.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. also understands the concerns that have been expressed but does not believe the traffic is unique to Piermont; there has been an increase in traffic everywhere.    The Police can enforce but can’t be everywhere at once.

 

Trustee Blomquist agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr., and also agreed with Bill Herguth there has been an increase in traffic due to construction.

 

Trustee DeFeciani also understands the concerns and addressed to the board maybe there is an inexpensive solution.  She thinks the Police Department is doing a great job and advised residents and nonresidents if you see something say something call the Police Department.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve minutes from the April 2, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0

 

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Temple reported the North shore walkway was recently repaired and is now open.  The repairs for the restoration of Rockland Road Bridge started on April 15th the bridge will remain closed for approximately 6 weeks.   He is waiting for cost estimates from the Village Engineer for Parelli Park.

 

Bill Herguth thanked the Mayor and the DPW department for advising Piermont residents living along the Sparkill Creek to properly dispose debris.

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea reported traffic is increased during the spring/ summer season.  He receives a traffic enforcement grant to enforce speed limits, and other traffic violations.  He advised residents and non residents if they see something say something contact the Police Department.  They now have license plate readers which pull any unsafe or unregistered

 

 

 

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Vehicles off the road; they have made a total of 10 arrests this month.  The new PAL Van has been ordered and should be in soon.

 

Maureen O’Conell requested to have a traffic mirror placed at the intersection of Hudson Terrace and Ash Street.

 

Mayor Sanders directed DPW Supervisor Tom Temple to follow up to investigate the feasibility of her request.

 

Fire Department

Chief William Cavanaugh reported the past month they responded to 10 EMS calls, and 7 fire calls.  The volunteers received additional training at the Rockland County Fire Academy.  This past month 2 new members enrolled in the Fire Department.  The specifications for the new ambulance were submitted and they are waiting for specifications for the new pumper.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Chief Cavanaugh and is glad the specifications for the new ambulance are finalized.

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub reported he met with the Village Engineer regarding the Lighthouse restaurant they have started the repairs; Cornettas is working on their restaurant; and Mr.  Schaub is also meeting with prospective owners for the Harbor House.

 

Request from Nick Perez for transferrable Parking Permit

 

Nick Perez commented he is employed by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, which allows him to drive multiple cars; he requested to obtain a transferrable Parking permit.

 

Mayor Sanders reminded the board of another resident with a similar request that was issued a transferable parking permit.

 

Chief O’Shea suggested getting a placard and affixing to his bumper.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve Nick Perez a transferable parking permit.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Resolution to adopt 2014 Base Proportions

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to adopt the 2014 Base Proportions.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Review proposed 2013-2014 capital budgets

Mayor Sanders commented the capital budget was reviewed at the last Village Board meeting; there remain outstanding Fire Department capital projections for 2014 budget.

 

Trustee Blomquist commented the proposed Fire Department Capital needs includes the purchase of a New Ambulance, and potentially a new Pumper for Fiscal Year End 2014.

 

Resolution declaring the Memorial Day Parade a Village Sponsored Event

 

The VFW Piermont Post 7462 requested to have the Memorial Day Parade declared a Village Sponsored Event on May 27, 2013.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the Memorial Day Parade on May 27, 2013 as a Village Sponsored Event.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

 

Review and Discuss Piermont Rowing Club License Agreement

Mayor Sanders received a letter from the Piermont Rowing Club requesting to renew their lease agreement.

 

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Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported the current License Agreement expires November 2013. The annual lease was set at a reduced rate of $1,800 dollars, in return for the Rowing Club to provide park improvements.

 

Trustee Silverberg reported the prior 2002 agreement was at an annual rate of $2,500 dollars.  The 2009 agreement was reduced because the Village Board asked them to move their location and provide park improvements.

 

Mayor Sanders commented he would support the Piermont Rowing Club to remain in the Village.  They are a wonderful addition to the Village.   He also asked the board if they would want the Rowing Club to remain in the Village

 

Trustee Silverberg agreed with the Mayor and would like them to remain

Trustee Gallucci Jr. would like them to remain

Trustee Blomquist would like them to remainTrustee DeFeciani would like them to remain

 

The Mayor also questioned the board if they had any suggestions or changes with the agreement

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented he doesn’t think anything needs to be changed he has not heard of any problems and thinks the Piermont Rowing Club is an asset to the Village.

 

Trustee Silverberg has no problem with the agreement; he has only heard good things about the rowing club

 

Trustee DeFeciani advised the board she is a member of the Piermont Rowing Club but does not think it will be an issue -she will be able to remain objective.  She also thinks they are an asset to the Village.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented the board needs to due diligence and explore fair price for outdoor storage he will follow up and check on rates.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the board would need to also review the current agreement paragraph 18 states the board can grant a subsequent license renewal for an additional three (3) year term.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this for further review and discussion to a Village Board Meeting in June 2013.

 

Authorize the Mayor to enter into Agreement with Cornell University

Trustee DeFeciani moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into agreement with Cornell cooperative Extension with reference to EPA Phase 2 Stormwater Regulations at a cost of $ 800.00.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Authorize the mayor to sign the MS4 Municipal Compliance

The Village Engineer, Brooker Associates, made a proposal to complete the Annual MS4 Report at a cost of $1,200.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the proposal for the MS4 Annual Report at a rate of $1,200.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Request from the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure

Tour de Cure American Diabetes Association requested to hold their annual bicycle ride on June 2, 2013.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the annual Tour de Cure American Diabetes Association on June 2, 2013.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

 

 

 

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Request from Clearwater Mystic Whaler to change previous scheduled dates

 

Catherine Stankowski of Clearwater Mystic Whaler requested to change the previous scheduled date to Sunday evening May 5, 2013 thru Tuesday afternoon May 7, 2013.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the date change of the Clearwater Mystic Whaler to May 5, 2013 thru May 7, 2013.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $ 130,648.76 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he sent a letter to Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University regarding the license easement access agreement for the Pier building.  He has not received a response, and will follow up.

 

Trustee DeFeciani questioned the possibility of placing meters on each Fire Hydrant, she is concerned with the amount the Village is paying for water usage and is hoping to reduce the cost.  She also reported the Piermont Chamber of Commerce has several scheduled benefits coming up.

 

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Goswick replied he would not recommend installing meters on Fire Hydrants as it may impede the water flow during an emergency

 

Mayor Sanders reported recently there was filming in the Village which affected some businesses.  He questioned Village Attorney Walter Sevastian if the Village could charge an additional fee on behalf of the Piermont Chamber of Commerce to benefit the affected business.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented Nyack recently adopted a local law that in requires the film applicant to reimburse the affected business a stipend

 

Trustee Blomquist received a request from the Fire Department to close the Pier to vehicular traffic on Monday April 29, 2013 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for a simulated boat drill.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the Fire Department to close the Pier to vehicular traffic on Monday April 29, 2013 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for a fire drill.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Trustee Blomquist reported he received the Specifications for the ambulance which can go out for Bid.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to authorize the Village Clerk to seek Public Bids for a Current model 2013 or newer Ford E-450 Chassis Ambulance to be opened on Thursday May 23, 2013 at 10:30am.Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 5-0

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. reported the construction has started for the Restoration of Rockland Road Bridge.

 

Mayor Sanders recently visited the construction site and he received an email from Village Engineer Ken DeGennaro listing additional repairs needed. Ken DeGennaro requested to meet with the board at the site to review the recommended list of additional repairs needed.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented this could be approved as a change order based on unforeseen conditions.

 

 

 

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Mayor Sanders questioned the board if they want to approve and authorize the additional cost for repairs.

 

Trustee DeFeciani is concerned with the possibility of any additional unforeseen issues that may arise.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. reported the additional repairs were recommendations from the Village Engineer not the contractor

 

Trustee Silverberg is concerned but is inclined to proceed with the repairs if they are needed.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize Trustee Gallucci Jr. to negotiate and accept additional bid net amounts for repairs not to exceed $34,555 dollars.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Trustee Silverberg requested to receive documents and information pertaining to board meetings in a timely manner to have ample time to review.

 

 Executive Session

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Personnel Discussion / Pending Litigation.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Blomquist and upon vote the Board entered Executive Session.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to exit Executive Session, Trustee Blomquist seconded and upon the vote, the motion passed and the board returned to regular session.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:30pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer