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November 12, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

November 12, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Pending Litigation.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Silverberg and upon vote the Board entered Executive Session.

 

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

 

Regular Session

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Mayor Sanders congratulated Trustees Blomquist, Gallucci and Judge Laura Weiss on their recent re-election.

 

Resident Greg McKillop, Paradise Avenue, noted a successful kickoff meeting for the Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Task Force. The task force is coming up with ideas and plans to protect the village from future flooding. There will be a public workshop at the View on November 25th from 6-9pm.

 

Ann Putko, Bay Street, stated that she is a member of the Orangetown Environmental Committee and they are working on ecological landscaping. A brochure was presented to the Village Board that supports the initiative of the committee. The concept reduces costs and save money for the Towns and Villages in addition to helping the environment. The primary way to do this is to mulch leaves instead of bagging them. Mulching leaves saves money. She would like to leave the brochures downstairs in Village Hall and is asking the Village Board to consider mulching.

 

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the minutes from the October 12, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees. Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported that he received the punch list from the village engineer for the Rockland Road Bridge. He will be sending it to the contractor so that they will be able to complete the project.

 

The department also received the new F-350 pickup truck last week.

 

The DPW generator has been installed and is fully functioning.

 

The leaf collection program has started and runs thru the second week of December.

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh reported that the fire Department had 21 responses, 16 ambulance and 5 fire related.

 

 

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The department has been in contact with the Tappan Zee Bridge security and is keeping the lines of communication open. They have had a few meetings in regards to planning and responses, drills with the construction crews out on the river.

 

The department was trying to get a slip for their boat where the State troopers keep their boats but as of now it will not go forward. They will try again in a couple of months.

 

The Halloween event for Village residents held at the fire house was a success.

 

The Fire department went to Tappan Zee Elementary for a four-hour fire prevention program.

 

The Chief also reminded residents to change batteries in smoke alarms.

 

Police Dept.-absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub reported that it was a busy month with seven applications before the planning board and six applications in front of the zoning board.

 

He wanted the Village Board to be aware that Grant Writer Sylvia Welch and Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello have put in a lot of time in their efforts to get the Village money in grants in response to Hurricane Sandy.

 

Village Attorney Sevastian mentioned that he spoke with the Building Inspector about the Train Station and reported that, in that zoning district, the Village can put an apartment in the upstairs of the building provided it complies with the building and fire codes.

Resolution to extend the retainer for law firm Burke, Miele & Golden

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to extend the retainer of Burke, Miele & Golden to reflect that the village has retained them to move for a declaratory judgment that the village’s insurance company is responsible to cover legal fees & indemnification for litigation that is pending, and extend the existing retainer agreement to cover the cost related to the declaratory judgment action. Trustee Silverberg seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

Request from Ivan Szendro to donate a sign to the Village of Piermont

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to accept a sign commemorating the Twined Villages, to be presented to the village and installed by the DPW on existing sign post on Bridge Street. Trustee Gallucci seconded which carried a vote of 5-0.

 

 

Public Hearing (7:45) a local law #3 of 2013 to amend the Property Maintenance Code regulating the proliferation of Bamboo

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported that the proposed local law amends the Property Maintenance Code and requires that if you plant bamboo you must confine it to your property, if not you will be fined.

 

The Mayor noted the proposed legislation addresses bamboo only if it encroaches on neighboring property.

 

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

 

Mayor Sanders opened the floor for public comment.

 

Former Village Trustee, Katherine Smith submitted the following suggestions including photos, in an unsigned letter, for public comment:

 

 

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“ADD BAMBOO TO PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ARTICLE III,

154.5 MAINTENANCE OF EXTERIOR PREMISES AND STRUCTURES”

 

  • Bamboo plantings must be in substantial containers that will prevent the roots from spreading into bare ground.

 

  • Plants currently growing outside of containers must be relocated to fifteen feet from property lines and/or cut back to a maximum height of five feet and require a permit from the Village. The fee for the permit is $100.

 

  • If a resident of property owner fails to comply within the next two summer months the Village will have the work done and bill the appropriate person or add the cost to the owner’s next tax bill. Or, fine the resident $100 a week until it’s done.

 

  • Any damage caused by the bamboo to neighboring property will be corrected by the resident or owner and will be paid for by the same party.

 

  • No “grandfather’s clause” applies to bamboo

 

 

Rob Sturgeon, Roundhouse Condominiums, wants to know who will be enforcing the local law. The Mayor stated that the building inspector will be enforcing this law and will issue property maintenance citations.

 

No further Public comment.

 

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

 

Trustee Gallucci moved to adopt Local Law #3 of 2013 to amend the Property Maintenance Code regulating the proliferation of Bamboo, including SEQR findings. 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 154 of the Code of the Village

Of Piermont entitled “Property

Maintenance Code”

——————————————————————–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 Property Maintenance Standards provisions set forth in Chapter 154 of said Code;

 

WHEREAS, Public Hearing on the adoption of this proposed amendment to the Village Code

Was held on November 12, 2013;

 

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. 1.                   That the proposed Village Code amendment was an “Unlisted” action under SEQRA.
  2. 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 a SEQRA Negative Declaration is determined with respect to the action (see attached).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Village the Board of Trustees adopts the amendments to Chapter 154 of the Code of the Village of Piermont.

 

 

Request from Phil Griffin seeking site plan approval for addition/renovation in the RD Zoning District

 

Village Attorney Sevastian stated that in this zoning district, site plans must go before the Village Board for approval.

 

Trustee Silverberg noted that in the Planning Board minutes they state a concern that this proposal could set a precedent for the other townhomes in that area. Trustee Silverberg also referred to a letter received from former Mayor Denis Hardy (received earlier today) stating:”…the Riverfront District East & West zoning districts have been “capped” thereby no additional square footage were to be allowed to be built.”

 

This was reported to be passed by the Village Board sometime between 1997-2001. The mayor directed the Village Clerk’s office to review minutes from that timeframe to confirm.

 

It was also noted that the subdivision map for this property note “Any Exterior Change to the building must be approved by a majority of the lot owners of the subdivision and the Village Board”.

 

Trustee DeFeciani made a motion for the Village Board to be lead agency to hold a SEQR Review on the site plans.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to hold a Public Hearing to review the site plan on December 3, 2013 at 7:45pm. Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Presentation from John VandenOever of the Piermont Marsh Conservancy regarding the NYS/DEC plans to restore the Piermont Marsh, removing invasive species and replacing native grasses

 

John VandenOever spoke about how the Piermont Marsh Conservancy was formed to promote free and open exchange of ideas and information regarding the Piermont Marsh and the DEC’s evolving proposals to study the marsh and explore possibilities to enhance its health.

 

The goals of the Conservancy are to support responsible salt marsh restoration and enhancement efforts. To help educate and raise awareness in the community about the state of the marsh, to work to return the marsh to a more balanced state of greater biodiversity. To work with other organizations to improve water quality in the Sparkill Creek. To promote recreational, educational and research activities in and around the marsh and to identify and advocate for funding sources to improve the ecology of the salt marsh habitat.

 

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The Conservancy welcomes the opportunity to work with people like Betsy Blair and others at the DEC and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. They believe that the DEC demonstrates a desire to find the best solution, if any, for the Piermont Marsh.

 

 

Review and Discuss letter from Betsy Blair Reserve Manager of the New York State DEC regarding the NYS/DEC plans to restore the Piermont Marsh

 

The Mayor noted that the letter indicates that original plans for remediating the Piermont Marsh have been pulled back.

 

The letter stated that the DEC wants to reach out to the community to review the planning process of the Piermont Marsh. The Mayor is planning on reaching out to Betsy Blair to come to the Village during the first two weeks of December to start a dialogue and planning about the marsh.

 

Margaret Grace gave to the Board of Trustees, a copy of a petition sent to the DEC, from the Piermont Marsh Alliance and Piermont residents, with over 600 signatures.

 

 

Continuation on Review of Accountants JH Cohen/Reznick Fiscal 1st Quarter report FYE 2014

 

Trustee Blomquist noted that in the revenue section, the Police fees and the Planning /Zoning fees are significantly less then this time last year. Building Inspector Schaub noted that the Planning/Zoning Fees are probably inaccurate and has recently received thousands of dollars in fees, he will check on those amounts.

 

 The Mayor reminded the board that the Village will be going over budget on Retirement expense, which will be paid in December. The Board under-estimated retirement because of the overtime during Hurricane Sandy. This will be reimbursed from FEMA.

 

DPW Supervisor Tom Temple noted that most of the Storm/Snow overtime was due to repairs at Parrelli Park, which will be transferred to the Capital Budget. The overtime will be reimbursed from FEMA.

 

 

Resolution: Authorize the Village Clerk-Treasurer to submit the Return of Unpaid Village Taxes to the County of Rockland

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to authorize the Mayor, Deputy Mayor & Clerk-Treasurer to sign and for the Village Clerk-Treasurer to submit the Return of Unpaid Village Taxes to the County of Rockland. Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Authorize Village Clerk to seek Public Bids for the Northshore Walkway project

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to authorize the Village Clerk to seek Public Bids for the Northshore Walkway project, and schedule a bid opening on December 16th at 12noon. Trustee Gallucci seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Request from the Piermont Rowing Club to use Village hall for a meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013 for a member meeting

 

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to approve the request from the Piermont Rowing Club to use Village Hall for a meeting on November 16, 2013 for a member meeting. Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Request from Piermont Ladies Auxiliary to set up a Holiday Festival Booth/Table in front of Village Hall

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to approve the request from the Piermont Ladies Auxiliary to set up a Holiday Festival Booth/Table in front of Village Hall on December 8th.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $ 237,197.23 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

 

Village Attorney Sevastian asked the Board of Trustees to schedule a Public Hearing on December 17, 2013 to approve the adoption of the Flood Damage Prevention Local Law.

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to hold a Public Hearing on December 17th on the Flood Damage Prevention Local Law at 7pm. Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion and was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Trustee DeFeciani reported that she met with the Chamber of Commerce and they agreed to adopt one of the two medians in the North Parking Lot.

 

Trustee Blomquist reported that the Fire Department originally received an offer for the pumper for $38,000. After the offer was made the air conditioning system malfunctioned, and the repair estimate is $7,000. The department reported this to the person who made the offer to inform them about the air conditioning. The Board should expect a revised offer.

 

Trustee Gallucci continued the discussion about the renovation of the Train Station. The Building Inspector will get quotes about renovating the Train Station, including renovating the bathroom and putting in a kitchen. One idea is making a 2nd floor apartment and preserving the first floor as historical, or making a one family apartment throughout.

 

The Mayor is concerned about the final punch list for the Rockland Road Bridge. He will reach out to the Village Engineer about the fact that the contractor has not been to the site in awhile.

 

Trustee Silverberg noted that the Storm Surge Resiliency meeting was a success. Scenic Hudson made it a worthwhile meeting. They brought in people from the DEC, who indicated that they will be having representatives attend all future meetings. The next meeting will be held on November 25th at 6pm at The View, for public input. They would also like to start including other people from the County to give input on certain specific issues as they go forward. Mayor suggested having Chris Jensen join the task force.

 

The Mayor asked Trustee Blomquist about the BAN/Bond schedule. Trustee Blomquist met with the Village Clerk, Stephanie Tassello and is recommending the Village continue with BANs and hold off on committing to Serial Bonds at this time. The Mayor would like to look at the schedules of bans and bonds at the next Board of Trustees meeting on November 19th.

 

The Mayor noted that he reached out to the committee for the Pier Building. Members of Lamont and residents of the Village are on the committee.  The first meeting will be held on November 19th from 6-7.30pm.

 

The Village Holiday Party is scheduled for Dec 17th at Cornetta’s Restaurant.

 

 

Executive Session

 

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

 

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

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn for the meeting at 9:35pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                           

Respectfully submitted,

Michele Koblick

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

October 15, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

October 15, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

No Public Comment

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Gallucci moved to approve the minutes from the October 1, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported that as of today he has not heard from the Village Engineer about a ramp at the Community Center and signs at the Rockland Road Bridge including Pedestrian Walkway signs.

 

Leaf Pickup will begin next week.

 

The DPW generator will be installed tomorrow.

 

The DPW has also started cutting the growth encroaching through the fence on the seawall along the North Walkway.

 

Tom Temple also reported that the 1992 Sweeper was auctioned off in the amount of $3,750 to Teplitz Metal Processing.

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh reported that the Fire Department responded to 21 calls and had 45 man hours and drills.

 

The department was also asked to stand by for the Ft. Montgomery Fire Department because they were attending a parade.

 

The Tappan Zee Middle school is being used for Diver training.

 

In September, a 50’ barge broke loose near the bridge and the fire department tried to use their boat to get it out of the channel, but the boat could not move it due to the high winds and the tide. The Village boat held the barge in place until a tugboat from the Bridge Authority came and was successful in moving the barge. The Chief noted that this is just the first of what could be many issues caused from the building of the new bridge.

 

On Saturday the department will be going on a boat tour of the construction area for the new bridge with the Security Department.

 

The department was offered a verbal agreement of $38,000 for the old Pumper truck.

 

Three changes were made to the price of the new Pumper in the amount of $1,946.00:

–    The addition of new lights on the side to indicate how much water is in the tank

–    Two-tone paint job on the cab

–    Roof lettering.

 

 

 

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Trustee Gallucci made a motion to modify the original resolution approving the acquisition of the new pumper to reflect the higher bid on the sale of the existing pumper in the amount of $38,000 and further modify the additions that Chief Cavanaugh noted in the amount of $1,946. Trustee DeFeciani seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Police Dept.-absent

 

Chief O’Shea – absent

 

Building Dept.

 

Building Inspector Charles Schaub- absent

 

Continuation of Discussion on proposed Zoning Amendment

The Mayor stated that the proposed Zoning Amendment is for existing homes, to elevate them to meet the new flood elevations without requiring zoning approval, if they are exceeding the height restrictions.

 

Village Attorney Sevastion noted that these are amendments to the current Zoning code and suggested to refer these changes to the planning board for their comments.

 

The Mayor would like to continue addressing this proposed legislation at the November 12th Board of Trustees meeting.

 

Discussion and Appointment of Scenic Hudson/NEIWPCC Task Force to approve changes

 

The Mayor noted that there was a request to expand the Task Force to a total of 15 committee members. The following have confirmed their interest in serving on the Storm Surge Task Force, Meg Fowler, Walter Cain, Suren Kilerciyan, Usha Wright, William Cavanaugh, Stan Jacobs, and John VandenOever.

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to accept the seven noted additional members to the Task Force. Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Presentation from Frances Wells of Arts in Public Places and discuss placement of donated Art/Sculpture

 

The Mayor stated that the county sets aside 1% of funds allocated grant money for infrastructure and restoration work to fund Art in Public Places.

This has to do with the Bridge Street restoration project of three or four years ago. This is a county bridge on county property. A total of $9,500 is available from this project for the Art in Public Places project.

 

Frances Wells and Sheri Fishberg presented pictures of art/sculptures of other donated art works.

 

They are asking for the board to appoint a small, core group of people who would reflect the history and landscape of the community here in Piermont. This group would develop a project that would engage & suit the community.

 

The County of Rockland is responsible for coordinating the project, The Core Group would be a part of the selection process for the project.

 

The County of Rockland Legislature must approve the project.

 

The Mayor will reach out to the Historical Society, art community and local residents to get involved and will have names for this committee by the end of this year.

 

 

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Presentation from Margaret Grace of the Piermont Marsh Alliance regarding the NYS/DEC plans to restore the Piermont Marsh, removing invasive species and replacing native grasses

 

Margaret Grace spoke about how the Piermont Marsh Alliance was formed in response to a proposal by the NYSDEC and NYSTA to eradicate up to 200 acres of Phragmites in the Piermont Marsh by spraying herbicide or other means.

 

The Alliance opposes the plan because of the use of herbicides and their health risks to neighboring residents and because the Piermont Marsh is a significant protective barrier for the Southern end of the Village of Piermont.

 

The Alliance wanted to update the Board on what they know about the DEC plan, what they are doing in other marshes and to provide a copy of their proposals to the TA and DEC for projects that would make better use of funds that are now allocated to the eradication. These proposals were submitted to Brian Conybeare, the DEC, and the TA on 9/18/13.

 

The Alliance looks forward to working with the Village Board to insure the best possible outcome on the issue for the Village.

 

 

Review Accountants JH Cohn/Reznick Fiscal 1st Quarter report FYE 2014

 

Due to the late receipt of this report, the Mayor moved the review of the Quarterly Report to the November 12th Board meeting.

 

Schedule Public Hearing to adopt Local Law #3 of 2013 for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program to adopt FEMA’s Advisory Base Flood Elevations

 

Trustee Silverberg motioned to schedule a Public Hearing to adopt Local Law #3 of 2013 for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program to adopt FEMA’s Base Flood Elevations on December 3, 2013 at 7:45pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Review Renewal Ban Rates on $50,000- 2011 Fire Dept Vehicle/Infrared Camera

 

Mayor Sanders commented that the renewal is for an existing Ban which financed $50,000 for the 2011 Fire Department Vehicle/Infrared Camera. The current BAN is maturing on October 24, 2013.

 

The Bid results were M & T Non-Callable 1.86%, and Provident Non-Callable 2.75%, and First Niagara did not submit a bid.

 

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to adopt M & T Bank’s bid on the Ban Rate on the $30,000 -2011 Fire Department Vehicle/Infrared Camera. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Resolution to authorize the Mayor to sign and submit a grant application to the State of New York Justice Court Assistance Program

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign and submit a grant application to the State of New York Justice Court Assistance Program in an amount not to exceed $7,000 for lighting, and upgrades for the court computer program. Trustee Gallucci seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $ 91,268.51                attached to the Minutes. Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

 

 

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Old/New Business

 

Attorney Sevastian reminded the Board about an agreement with Columbia University to form a committee to study future uses of the building.

 

The Mayor said that he also received an e-mail from Columbia about the Village putting together a committee for planning & development in regard to the building at the end of the pier. The Mayor would like this committee to renovate the building to celebrate the sciences and environment in Piermont.

 

Trustee DeFeciani reached out to the Chamber of Commerce about a median in the parking lot behind the Library.

 

Trustee Blomquist had nothing to report.

 

Trustee Gallucci would like to follow up with the Building Inspector to discuss options at the Train Station.

 

Trustee Silverberg mentioned the Storm Surge meeting to be held on November 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm.

 

Trustee Silverberg noted that at a meeting with SCAPE Landscape Architecture regarding funding from HUD for storm surge mitigation. SCAPE visited the Village and indicated preliminary proposals for a break water to serve as protection from future storm surge. Assuming the Village of Piermont is selected for the money; SCAPE will come back to the Village to discuss more concrete plans.

 

The Mayor suggested in regards to the Ferry Road mitigation to create a break in the pier there to make a culvert so that water can pass the pier there. Trustee Gallucci noted it was discussed years ago and went nowhere. The Army Corp of Engineers had come in to look at it and back then the issue was the marsh.

 

The Mayor said that a filming company, Bonanza Production, has requested their application fee be waived.  Stephanie Tassello, the Village Clerk, noted that they have filmed twice already and paid $19,750 including an application fee each time.

 

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to waive the application fee for the filming company, Bonanza Productions. Trustee DeFiciani seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

The Mayor brought to the attention of the board about giving plaques to retired Trustees who have served on the Village Board. The Village Clerk will look into two plaques and how much they would cost.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:39 pm. Trustee Blomquist           seconded the motion and upon the vote the meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michele Koblick

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

October 1, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

October 1, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

Ivan Szendro would like to put up a memorial sign, representing the sister village in Hungary which the Village of Piermont adopted. He is asking for the memorial to be put up adjacent to the Bridge Street Bridge.

 

The Mayor said that the bridge is a County bridge and the Arts Council is working on art presentation on the bridge. The Mayor would like this discussion to continue when the Art Council comes to the Board and discuss where the memorial should go.

 

The Mayor said that the Village Clerk will contact Mr. Szendro when that would occur.

 

 

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the minutes from the September 17, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.   Trustee DeFeciani second the motion, which carried a vote 4-0 to approve the minutes.

 

Trustee Silverberg abstained.

 

Presentation of Certificates from the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation

Mayor Sanders thanked and commended the following members of the Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals for receiving Certificates of Completion from the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation. He also noted that no member was present to accept the certificates.

 

Simon Basner  a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for completing the Planning/Zoning Certification Course.

Roberta Ebert an Alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for completing the Planning/Zoning Certification Course.

Margaret Holihan a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, in addition to being the Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals and an Associate Justice, for completing the Planning/Zoning Course.

Maureen O’Connell a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for completing the Planning/Zoning Certification Course.

 

 

Resolution to confirm the Village of Piermont’s commitment to have the 25% match available upon notification of FEMA Grant award for Hazard Mitigation Projects

 

Sylvia Welch presented to the Board that seven Letters of Intent were submitted by the Village to make complete repairs from storm related damages to the Village including Hurricane Sandy and other storms.

 

The applications suggest that the Village prove their availability for the Village to make the 25% match available.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sylvia Welch is asking the Village Board to pass a resolution that should the Village be awarded the 75%, the Village will make the 25% match available. All the applications must be submitted on or before October 29, 2013.

 

The Mayor asked what the total amount is and Sylvia Welch said for everything it would be about $10 million.

 

She is hoping to get at least two of the awards for the properties most damaged. Three thousand applications were submitted and only 2,500 were accepted to be considered.

 

The Mayor asked what the total amount would be and Sylvia Welch stated that the commitment in quotes in services and or cash would be approximately $2.5 million.

 

Trustee DeFeciani confirmed that the commitment would be $2.5 million.

 

Trustee Silverberg asked if we do get all applications approved and we can’t come up with all the money, do we just pass on those we cannot afford, and Sylvia Welch said she assumes yes.

 

The Mayor asked if passing the resolution for all applications, is it “all or nothing” and Sylvia Welch said no, a generic resolution is attached to each application.

 

Trustee Blomquist asked what the timing was to learn if we receive these grants and Sylvia Welch said it could be a year but it could also be just a few months.

 

Trustee Gallucci asked if all projects were public ones. Sylvia Welch stated that all but one is, because we want to raise Liberty and Ohio Streets if the raising and building new basements of the homes on those two roads, would the homeowners be responsible for the 25%.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to have the 25% match available upon notification of FEMA GRANT award for Hazard Mitigation Projects. Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Sylvia Welch also mentioned that the FEMA Project Worksheets in process for approval of installing permanent repairs to fix the temporary repairs on the walkway must be completed because the FEMA Project Team covering the walkway is leaving shortly. The Village needs to get the bid documents out before the current team leaves, which is at the end of the month, and put the real costs into the project worksheet.  The board needs to pass a resolution to authorize the Village Clerk to open the bids on October 29, 2013.

 

Trustee Silverberg asked how this proposal differs from the original wall project.

 

Sylvia Welch said this is just a partial fixing of the wall. Village Clerk, Stephanie Tassello stated that FEMA will reimburse the Village 90% of these expenses.

 

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize the Village Clerk to seek public bids for this project.

 

Trustee Defeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

The Mayor thanked Sylvia Welch and Stephanie Tassello for being so responsive in these matters.

 

 

Trustee Silverberg asked to post a communication on the website stating that the Village Board has authorized this project is being put out to bid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Hearing for Special Permit For Jordan Barile to Convert a Single Family Dwelling to a Two Family Dwelling

 

Trustee DeFeciani recused herself from the discussion and STEPPED AWAY as she is a proprietary to this request.

 

Mayor Sanders also recused himself from the discussion and STEPPED AWAY as he is a direct neighbor to this request.

 

Trustee Silverberg asked for a motion to open the Public Hearing for converting a one family  home to a two family. Trustee Gallucci  seconded the motion and upon vote the Public Hearing was opened.

 

Village Attorney Sevastian stated that this was an application seeking approval under Chapter 1.49 of the Village Code for a temporary conversion of a Single Family Dwelling to a Two Family Dwelling. Chapter 1.49 requires a Public Hearing for considering this special permit application. The Village Attorney prepared a resolution  for the Board. The Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Building and Fire Inspectors all approved this.  If there is a change in ownership, then this would be void, it needs to be renewed annually.

 

The Applicant explained to the Board that he would like to temporarily convert a one family house to a two family house. They would like to put a stove in the part of the house that would be the two family dwelling. There was no additional square footage added, there is no need to for variances , and there is plenty of parking.

 

Trustee Gallucci said it meets all requirements, and it assists the village residents in time of need.

 

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

 

RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF PIERMONT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

SPECIAL PERMIT REQUEST – 900 Piermont Avenue – 75.22-2-3 (the “premises”)

 

WHEREAS, Jordan Barile and Lisa Deficiani (the “Applicants”) have, at the direction of the Piermont Building Inspector, filed an application for a Special Permit under Village Code Chapter 149, seeking approval from the Village Board for the temporary conversion of the existing one-family dwelling at the premises into a two family dwelling (a copy of the Applicant’s narrative submitted in support of the application is attached hereto and made a part hereof).

 

WHEREAS, The premises are located in the R-10 Zoning District;

 

WHEREAS, the Special Permit Application, as required under Village Code Chapter 149, was referred for comment to the Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Building and Fire Inspectors;

 

WHEREAS, recommendations for approval of the application submitted back from those departments are attached hereto and made a part hereof;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees held a public hearing on the application at its regularly scheduled meeting held on October 1, 2013;

 

WHEREAS, the Village Board took testimony and public comment regarding the application at said meeting;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Piermont 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);

 

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Village Board of Trustees undertakes a SEQRA review of the proposed Special Permit renewal application and finds as follows:

 

  1.             That the Special Permit renewal application is a Type II Action under NYCRR 617.5 (19), requiring no further action by the Village Board.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the application for a Special Permit for the temporary conversion of 900 Piermont Avenue from a one-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling is hereby approved, with the following conditions:

 

a.  The Special Permit shall be specific to Jordan Barile and Lisa Deficiani’s application, and shall not be tied to the property.  The Special Permit shall lapse and be void in the event of a change in ownership or occupancy of the premises.

 

b.  The Special Permit shall be renewed annually in accord with the provisions of the Village Code relating to Special Permit renewals.

 

 

Adopted at a regular Board meeting of the Village of Piermont Board of Trustees on October 1, 2013.

 

This resolution was moved by Trustee Gallucci and seconded by Trustee Silverberg  . Upon vote the motion carried unanimously.

Trustee DeFeciani re-entered the meeting.

Mayor Sanders re-entered the meeting.

 

Authorize the Mayor to enter into License Agreement with Clarkson University to install environmental monitoring equipment on the Piermont Pier

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a License Agreement with Clarkson University to install environmental monitoring equipment on the Piermont pier with changes to “Figure #1”.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which was carried by a vote of 5-0

 

Trustee Silverberg directed that once this monitoring station is up and running a  link should be set up on the Village’s website  so that residents can access the information.

 

Authorize additional budget to Robert Geneslaw Co. for further planning services relating to legislation establishing the Coastal Storm Overlay District

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion  to authorize the additional budget to Robert Geneslaw Co. for further planning services relating to legislation establishing the Coastal Storm Overlay District. Trustee DeFeciani  seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Request from Margie Turrin, LDEO Education Coordinator, to hold Annual “ Day in the Life of the Hudson River” on October 10, 2013

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the request of Margie Turrin to hold an Annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River” on October 10, 2013. Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Resolution:  Adoption of the Rockland County Emergency Response Plan

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to adopt the Rockland County Emergency Response Plan for the Village of Piermont. Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion which carried a vote 5-0.

 

 

 

 

 

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Authorize Mayor to sign agreement appointing New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) as Lead Agency status for the coordinated environmental review for the Recreate NY home buyout

 

 

Attorney Sevastian informed the board that property owned by the State is tax exempt.

 

The Mayor noted it is only voluntary to any interested homeowners.

 

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the agreement appointing New York State Homes and Community Renewal as Lead Agency status for the coordinated environmental review for the Recreate NY home buyout. Trustee Silverberg seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Discussion on limiting Bamboo Plantings

 

Attorney Sevastian stated this legislation is to confine bamboo to owners’ property, and keep it from encroaching on adjacent property or into public right away. He stated  the board needs to amend the property maintenance code to state that if the bamboo  goes off their property, the Building Inspector would give a Notice of the Violation and the property owner would have a minimum of 30 days to cure.

 

Attorney Sevastian said that the Village needs to set up a Public Hearing to address this amendment.

 

The Mayor would like to set up a public meeting to review this addition to the Village code on November, 12th, at 7.45pm.

 

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to set up a Public Hearing on November 12th at 7:45pm,  Trustee Silverberg seconded which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

 

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported that he turned in his monthly reports.

 

He also spoke to Village Engineer, Ken DeGennaro regarding access for people with disabilities to the Community Center. Ken DeGennaro  will look into it this week to see if the  ramp is compliant with disabilities act.

 

The DPW building will be getting the delivery of its generator on October 16th.

 

The DPW has vacated the Pier building.

 

Tom reported the DPW had received a letter from the Homeowners Association about the over growth on the seawall.

 

Attorney Sevastian said the Village is responsible in maintaining the  walkway and the adjacent area,  not the growth. As in past practice, the DPW would just cut what grows through the railing. Attorney Sevastian will send letter to the Homeowners Association informing them of our maintenance responsibilities. Fire Dept.

 

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Police Dept.-absent

 

Chief O’Shea – absent

 

 

 

 

 

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Building Dept.

 

Building Inspector Charles Schaub- absent

 

Approval of Warrant

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $34,396.73 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

 

Attorney Sevastian received a call from NY State about the “Lot S” remediation, in response to our communication about the Village’s concern about safety and road closure. The State said that the work safety plan will be on file, available for review, in the Piermont library.  The state does not anticipate that Gair Street will be closed. There will only be discrete digging in limited areas, no exposure to soil, and all trucks entering and exiting the site will be sanitized.

 

Attorney Sevastian said there was a gentleman in the audience who wanted to discuss old/new business.

 

John McCabe discussed with Attorney Sevastian about the $ 11,000 that was put up by Mr. Burke who owned property on Stevenson and did some developing on the property. He posted a regular bond for repairs. The bond got dissolved and there were still some things that needed to be done. The $11,000 was put up as a performance guarantee and Mr. Berk has not seen the money  since 2006/2007. To complicate matters, the  property has been sold, it has been fixed up and everything is fine.

 

Mr. McCabe wants the money from the escrow fund to be returned.

 

Attorney Sevastian stated that the second owner only complied with a few things, not everything on original list has been done and when everything on the original list is completed, then the money will be returned.

 

Mr. McCabe acknowledges that if there are still open items on the list, then the original owner, Mr. Burke, will have to complete them.

 

Attorney Sevastian does not know the exact list of things that still need to be completed. He will contact the Building Inspector.

 

Attorney Sevastian requested an executive session on pending litigation.

 

Trustee DeFeciani had nothing to report.

 

Trustee Blomquist had nothing to report.

 

Trustee Gallucci  discussed the train station and what the Village is intending to do with it. Attorney Sevastian  feels that we need a meeting with the Building Inspector to see what can be done.

 

The Mayor agrees that the Village does need to make greater use of the building.

 

Trustee Silverberg reported that a contract has been signed with Scenic Hudson to go ahead with a storm surge study. Trustee Silverberg will be contacting them tomorrow to set up a date for a meeting to discuss next steps.

 

The Mayor will  put on the agenda for the next meeting on October 15th, the appointment  of task force members.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mayor also received an e-mail from Klaus Jacob about a group interested in doing work in Piermont with Scenic Hudson.

 

The Mayor received a letter stating that that the Village is required to adopt the new base flood elevations (from 2007) through a public meeting.

 

According to Attorney Sevastian, that if we wish to adopt advisory base flood elevations, the Village must repeal other flood  management laws and adopt the new regulations or we won’t  be able to participate in the National Flood Insurance. Whatever changes the Village has in this local law, they want to see a draft

of this by December and adopted by January, otherwise the Village will be suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

 

The Mayor will reach out to FEMA about adopting the new, advisory base flood elevations and what’s involved with that.

The Mayor stated that the Rockland Road Bridge is nearly complete. The Mayor was not thrilled with the finish of bridge, which he thought was going to have an area of a large brick patio environment. We have three options: find money to build a second walkway, leave the project “as is”, or recognize the issue, tear up the walkway and rebuilt it the way it should have been. The Mayor did ask Ken DeGennaro to give numbers as to the options.  At this point the Mayor feels what’s done is done, and Trustee Gallucci expressed the same.

 

The Board will get together for a Workshop next Tuesday, October 8th at 7.30pmto review the proposed Coastal Overlay Zoning District legislation. The board would like for Bob Geneslaw to come back on October 15th.

 

The Mayor had a conversation about a dot.gov e-mail system with Tim Temple. We need to optimize the server and clean up things every 6 months, for different types of e-mails, possibly archive old e-mails.

 

Trustee Silverberg will forward information to the Village Attorney about classifications of different types of e-mails and the subject matter from a decision made by the U.S. District Court about getting rid of certain e-mails.

 

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello reported that the Mine Hole parking lot has only 15 parking spaces available but 16 spaces are needed. One individual has three spaces, there are also two vacant properties there so the exact allotment of spaces would total 18.

 

DPW Supervisor Tom Temple suggested Bridge Street but after some thought realized it would not be a good idea.

 

The Mayor suggests talking to Chief O’Shea about overnight street parking  on parts of Piermont Ave.

 

DPW Supervisor Tom Temple said the DPW needs the ability to clean the street and snow removal could be a problem with overnight parked cars.

 

The Village Clerk feels it will become an issue in the future.

 

The Mayor suggests continuing this discussion at a later date.

 

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into an executive session to discuss pending litigation.  Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, and upon vote the Board entered into Executive Session.

 

 

 

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

 

Adjournment

 

Trustee Gallucci moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:38 pm. Trustee Deficiani seconded the motion and upon the vote the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michele Koblick

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

 

September 3, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

September 3, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Bob Samuels invited the Mayor and the Board to the annual Crabfest this Saturday September 7, 2013

 

Mayor Sanders thanked John McAvoy for his dedication for organizing the annual American Roots Musical Festival, benefiting the Police Athletic League

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Defeciani moved to approve the minutes from the August 13, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported he received notification of mold growing in a storage room at the Community Center. The DPW immediately removed all the mold and the recreation equipment that was stored in the room. He submitted a claim to insurance company.   He also reported that the DPW had picked up the sculpture donated by Peggy Fox, and Ian MacNiven

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Police Dept.

Seargeant O’Leary will submit his monthly report and had nothing additional to report

Mayor Sanders thanked Sergeant O’Leary for a doing a great job in Chief O’Shea absence.

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub-absent 

Resolution to apply for a Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants

RESOLUTION NO.   903-13                    VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

 

Municipal Resolution

 

 

WHEREAS, the Village of Piermont is applying to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program for a project entitled Updating Piermont’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to be located in the Village of Piermont,

 

WHEREAS, the grant application requires the applicant municipality to obtain the approval/endorsement of the governing body of the municipality or municipalities in which the project will be located;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the governing board of Trustees the Village of Piermont hereby does approve and endorse the application for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program, for a project known as Updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and located within this community.

 

The resolution was moved by Trustee Steven Silverberg and seconded by Trustee John Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried unanimously.

 

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Public Hearing 7:45 local Law #2 of 2013 Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to open the Public Hearing on Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded this motion and upon vote the Public Hearing was opened.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported one of the main changes is to add additional language to protect the Village in the event the Village is in a situation where it has to defend an employee it should include for actions that have taken place within the terms of the employee’s duties.  He also added additional language to protect the Village against any lawsuits. 

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he likes the provision that states the Village is not liable to pay for punitive damages.

 

Mayor Sanders questioned if the defense of employees would need to be reviewed by the Village Board.

 

Walter Sevastian replied he will modify his draft

 

Mayor Sanders opened for Public Comment

 

There was no Public Comment

 

Board Comments

Trustee DeFeciani questioned if it should include details defining employee’s scope of work

 

Walter Sevastian suggested not including employee’s scope of work

 

Trustee Blomquist suggested including employees scope of work by resolution by Board of Trustees 

 

Mayor Sanders suggested keeping the public hearing open for further review

Trustee Gallucci Jr. made a motion to continue the Public Hearing on Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification” until the next board meeting , September 17, 2013 at 7:45pm.  The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani, which carried by vote 5-0

 

 

Continuation and Review approval of Temporary Agreement with Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University

 

Walter Sevastian reported he has been in contact with Lamont Doherty’s General Counsel they are seeking a two year extension of the temporary easement agreement which would provide them time to improve and restore the building.  They would like to add signs and displays and have agreed to monthly fee of $500 dollars.  The University will also establish a committee to work with the Village of Piermont to review a long term plan.

 

Pat O’Reilly, Facilities Director commented he is pleased with the progress with the agreement, the short term plan is to repair the building and the Long term plan is to establish a committee to discuss and implement additional functions of use for the building.

 

Trustee Blomquist was pleased with the progress

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he likes the amended agreement

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the extension of the 2 year term agreement. Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Request from Doug Stone and Rachel Mack to change a venue for the Piermont Bike Festival

Rachel Mack of the Piermont Bike Festival commented there has been a change in the Bike Challenge originally to be held at Tallman State Park she requested to close the Pier to

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Vehicular Traffic on Sunday October 13, 2013 to hold the Bike Challenge.  The bike challenge will be from 12:00pm – 2:00pm they will have additional volunteers directing cyclists from Flywheel Park to the Pier and back. 

 

Trustee DeFeciani is in favor of this event and would not be opposed to closing the Pier to vehicular traffic.

 

Trustee Blomquist questioned Sergeant O’Leary what he would recommend

 

Sergeant O’Leary commented due to this being a new event, and not knowing how many cyclists are expected, he recommended 5 Traffic Posts for 2 hours. Once the bicycle challenge is over the PD would continue with posts located around Flywheel park area. 

 

Rachel Mack commented she wanted to make clear that the event is a novice bike challenge and not a race.

Trustee Silverberg expressed concern regarding the bike challenge he wants to make sure the pedestrians can safely walk the Pier. He is afraid the cyclists will take over the Pier

 

Rachel Mack replied she will take that into consideration and will have many volunteers assisting pedestrians and cyclists to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event.

 

Mayor Sanders expressed concern regarding some of the sponsors being competition to local businesses.

 

Rachel Mack commented all local business have knowledge of sponsors and have approved them.

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested notifying The View restaurant of the event.

Mayor Sanders expressed concern about the impact of changing the bike challenge from Tallman State Park to closing Ferry Road. 

 

Rachel Mack commented this will only be a positive impact to the village – this will teach and encourage our kids to ride bikes safely.  It will also bring tourists to the Village to eat and shop at the businesses

 

Trustee DeFeciani commented there are other bike events in the Village that close streets – she does not see it as a problem

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested modify the layout around Flywheel Park to accommodate the local businesses.

 

Rachel Mack replied she is open to any suggestion and will revise her layout plans.

 

Trustee DeFeciani Moved to close the Pier to Vehicular Traffic on Sunday October 13, 2013 and to create a supervised bicycle parade between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-2

 

Ayes: Trustee Blomquist

            Trustee DeFeciani

            Trustee Silverberg

 

Noes: Mayor Sanders

            Trustee Gallucci Jr.

 

Discussion on Lot “S” Proposed Cleanup

 

Mayor Sanders reported he received notification from the New York State Environmental Conservation regarding the cleanup of Lot “S”.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he attempted to contact the DEC to clarify their scope of work and obtain additional information regarding the proposed cleanup.    

 

 

 

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Trustee Silverberg suggested the Village go on record that the proposed area clean up is the only access road for residents living on Piermont Landing and is also used as an emergency access road for the Police Department/ Fire Department.

 

Mayor Sanders expressed concern stating the DPW proposal is vague and does not include details as to a specific area and how much soil they are remediating.  He also questioned if they will be digging up roads and what types of equipment they will be using.  He directed DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to review all tentative plans set forth on behalf of the DEC. 

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested submitting a comprehensive letter requesting clarification to obtain additional details on proposed cleanup

 

 

Continuation on Review Accountants JH Cohn/Reznick Fiscal Year End 2013 report

Trustee Blomquist reported after a review of the Preliminary Fiscal Year End 2013, revenue was off by 1.5%, and expenses were overestimated by 6%.  He was pleased with the overall actual.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. had no comment

Trustee Silverberg had no further comment

 

 Amend Date of Public Hearing for Jordan Barile to convert a single family dwelling to two family dwelling

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to change the scheduled public hearing to October 1, 2013 at 7:45pm.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-0

Trustee DeFeciani abstained

Mayor Sanders abstained

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $52,963.25 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

Walter Sevastian had nothing additional to report

Trustee DeFeciani had nothing to report

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested reviewing and investigating possible uses for the Train Station.  He believes it is an additional cost to the Village and would like to check into the possible uses to generate additional revenue.

 

He also submitted a written review of the amended costal storm overlay zone to be reviewed by consultant Robert Geneslaw.  He also reported Rockland Road Bridge is open to Vehicular traffic.

 

Trustee Silverberg questioned the status of the Petition Small Claims assessments and he would like to begin reviewing them

Mayor Sanders directed the Village Clerk to contact Village Assessor-Consultant Brian Kenny

 

Mayor Sanders asked the Board for suggestions where to place the donated Sculpture from Peggy Fox and Ian MacNiven

 

Trustee DeFeciani suggested placing it at Eleanor Stroud Pond

Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested placing it Parelli Park or the Rockland Road Bridge Park

 

Mayor Sanders agreed with placing it at Parelli Park

 

Mayor Sanders reported the Completion of the Draw Bridge on Bridge Street was a Rockland County funded project with a provision to set aside a percentage to allow placement of art in public places.  He was recently contacted by Frances Welles to discuss

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where the art/sculpture should be placed on the Drawbridge.  He directed Village Clerk to review previous board minutes regarding the discussion about the Art/sculpture.

 

Mayor Sanders reported he received notification Chris Fuller a research assistant professor with Clarkson University requesting to put environmental monitoring equipment on the end of the Pier for Data

 

Catherine Smith sent a letter to the Mayor requested to enact an ordinance against planting Bamboo.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian will review a copy of Bamboo Ordinance for other Towns/Villages, and tabled this to another Village Board Meeting for review.

 

Mayor Sanders directed DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to check on the North Parking lot regarding weed control as requested by Parks Chair Dan Sherman. Trustee DeFeciani commented she will contact other local organizations to discuss the possibility of adopting a bed.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:36pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

September 17, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

September 17, 2013

 

 

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

 

Trustee Steven Silverberg- Absent

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

Susan Cohen informed the Public there will be a Public Service Commission hearing regarding the Haverstraw Water Desalination Plant.

 

Bob Samuels reported the next Piermont Newsletter will have an article about Joan Gussow’s review of her recently installing Solar Panels on her home.  He suggested installing Solar Panels on Village Hall.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the minutes from the September 3, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 4-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple submitted his monthly report and reported he is still doing mold remediation at the community center. 

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh reported the fire department responded to 22 fire calls 21 EMS calls and 3 boat calls.  Last month they successfully held a mass casualty drill at the end of the Pier. 

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub reported he received notification from a resident who is in the process of receiving additional funding from NY Sandy Help for damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy.  This is additional funding provided by the State of New York.

Request from St. Johns to hold 5K Run/Walk on May 17th, 2014

Scott Giblin a parishioner at St. John’s requested to hold St. John’s 5k run/walk on Saturday May 17, 2014 in effort to help raise funds for repairs from damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy.

 Trustee Blomquist moved to approve St. John’s 5K run/walk on Saturday May 17, 2014.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

Continuation of the Public Hearing 7:45 local Law #2 of 2013 Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported the main change in the local law is that  the Village would not be obligated to indemnify pay down if the employee has acted maliciously or in

bad faith as an award of punitive damages against them.  There is also language in the event the Village Attorney gets sued he cannot provide advice to the Board of Trustees.

 

Mayor Sanders opened the floor for public comment

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No Public Comment

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented he reviewed the local law which reflects the modifications, he is prepared to move forward.

Trustee Blomquist agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr.

Trustee DeFeciani agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr. and Trustee Blomquist

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to close the Public Hearing on amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved that this legislation to modify the Defense and Indemnification of Employees provisions in the Code Is a Type II action under SEQRA requiring no further review, which was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani and carried by vote 4-0

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adopt Local Law #2 of 2013 amending Chapter 10 of the Village of Piermont Code to modify the Defense and Indemnification of Employees provisions in the Code attached to the minutes.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote 4-0.

 

 

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 10 of the Code for the Village

Of Piermont Entitled “Defense and                                                

Indemnification”

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WHEREAS,  the Village Board of the Village of Piermont has noticed a Public Hearing with regard to an amendment of the Zoning Code with respect to the Defense and Indemnification provisions set forth in Chapter 10 of said code.;

 

WHEREAS, Public Hearings on the adoption of these proposed amendments to the Village code were held on September 3, 2012, and September 17, 2013;

 

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 Law 7-706(1);

 

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

 

  1. That the proposed Village Code amendment was a “Type II” action under SEQRA (NYCRR §617.5 (27).
  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).

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Village the Board of Trustees, based upon the findings made under the criteria set forth in NYCRR §617.7[c], the EAF filed relative to the action under

Consideration, and upon the record pertaining to the proposed amendments to the Village Code find and determines that:

 

1)            The action taken herein is a Type II action under SEQRA (under NYCRR 617.5 (27) requiring no further action on the part of the Village Board of Trustees

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Village the Board of Trustees adopts the amendments to Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont

 

 

Continuation and Discussion and schedule Public Hearing on proposed Zoning Amendment

Robert Geneslaw introduced his colleague Kathy Geneslaw whom worked with him on the proposed Costal Storm Overlay District.  He reported he has taken into consideration all the board comments and also provided several cases studies of specific properties, based on photos and data prepared by Brooker Engineering and the Village Building Inspector.  He believes it is helpful to demonstrate the impact the proposed Costal Storm Overlay District (CSOD) would have on specific properties as it relates to structure height.  This proposed amendment establishing a CSOD illustrates individual variations that will have to be evaluated as part of any review and approval process and supports the approach of providing flexibility in the review of individual applications.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Robert and Kathy for providing example case studies of residential structures that were damaged for the board to review the visual impact.  

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. referred to his prior suggestion that this legislation include only residents who sustained damages and they would be restricted to elevate existing homes to the square footage that existed pre-storm.

 

Robert Geneslaw reviewed a document from FEMA which they are recommending homeowners rebuilding at an elevation of ABFE plus one to three feet.  He also recommended including language for the planning board to review each application individually.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested including a legislative intent.

 

Robert Geneslaw commented the complicated factor is the view shed analysis.

 

Mayor Sanders directed Robert Genelslaw to provide additional example case studies for damaged homes along Piermont Avenue for the board to review of the visual impact.

 

Mayor Sanders suggested to schedule a workshop and tabled this for further discussion and review to the October 15, 2013 Village Board Meeting.

 

Request from Chris Fuller of Clarkson University to install environmental monitoring equipment on the Piermont Pier

James Bonner Director of Clarkson University-River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) reported Piermont is one of 4040 environmental monitoring stations throughout New York. The equipment would provide real time storm action.

His colleague, Chris Fuller submitted a layout to the board indicating where the installation of the equipment would be, which after reviewing the area he could simplify installation.  He requested to install the monitoring station on the south corner of the pier.

Trustee Gallucci Jr. questioned the time frame of the study

 

James Bonner replied he anticipates it being long term due to it being funded by both the State and Federal Government.

 

Mayor Sanders informed Mr. Bonner of the annual Watchfire in that area and questioned how sensitive the equipment would be to heat.

 

 

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Jim Bonner commented he is open to suggestion and is flexible as to the placement of the equipment

 

Trustee Blomquist suggested speaking with Fire Department Chief Cavanaugh and DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to discuss the possibility of placing a heat shield around the Monitoring System during the annual Watchfire.

 

Trustee Defeciani commented she would approve this request subject to Mr. Bonner meeting with Fire Department Chief Cavanaugh Chief Cavanaugh and DPW Superintendent Tom Temple

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian requested a certificate of Insurance listing the Village as additionally insured.

 

Mayor Sanders asked Village Attorney Walter Sevastian that since the Pier is a Village Park, what other permissions are needed to authorize the installation that will protect the Village, in addition to liability insurance.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested a revocable license agreement it will give them the right to maintain the equipment which can be terminated at any time.  He will draft a license agreement. 

 

 

Trustee Defeciani questioned if the data collected will be helpful and available for residents. Mr. Bonner said the information collected will be helpful for early warning flooding.  The system will also be used to develop a means of predicting flood conditions.  

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the next Village Board Meeting October 1, 2013 for further discussion and review.

 

Request from Gran Fondo Bike Event on May 18, 2014

Gran Fondo New York requested to hold their annual bike event through the Village on May 18, 2014, with an aid station.  

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the Gran Fondo annual bike event on May 18, 2014.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 4-0.

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $348, 741.07 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

Old/New Business

Walter Sevastian reported the Village of Piermont is a co-owner with the County of Rockland on the Train Station, which would restrict selling the property.He did not find anything in the deed that would restrict the Village from renting it.  He also presented various bamboo restrictions from other Villages and Towns for the Board’s review.  He will provide a draft legislaton for review at the next Village Board Meeting.

 

Walter Sevastian also reported he submitted a letter to the DEC regarding the Lot “S” remediation.

 

Trustee DeFeciani reported the Piermont Rowing Club will sponsor adopt a bed for maintenance on flower beds.  She also reported she met with Laura Strauss from the Chamber of Commerce which they are seeking a consulting firm to Brand Piermont.  The Chamber of Commerce would like to include the Village Board on any decisions and they are prepared to pay all consulting fees.

 

Trustee Blomquist had nothing additional to report

Trustee Gallucci Jr. had nothing to report

 

Mayor Sanders reported he received a letter from Prosource Technologies requesting the Village to authorize New York State Homes and Community Renewal assumption of Lead Agency status for the coordinated environmental review for the Recreate NY home Buyout

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Program he directed Village Clerk to put this request on the agenda for the next Village Board Meeting October 1, 2013.

 

Mayor Sanders received a proposal from our Bonding Counsel listing options on proposed bans and bonds on recent purchases.  He tabled this for further discussion and review.

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to enter into an executive session to discuss contractual issues.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, and upon vote the Board entered into Executive Session.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to exit Executive Session, Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded and upon vote, the motion passed by a vote of 4-0, and the board returned to regular session.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve a SCAR settlement to Ms. O’Connell in the amount of $128.52

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:36pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

 

September 3, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

September 3, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Bob Samuels invited the Mayor and the Board to the annual Crabfest this Saturday September 7, 2013

 

Mayor Sanders thanked John McAvoy for his dedication for organizing the annual American Roots Musical Festival, benefiting the Police Athletic League

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Defeciani moved to approve the minutes from the August 13, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported he received notification of mold growing in a storage room at the Community Center. The DPW immediately removed all the mold and the recreation equipment that was stored in the room. He submitted a claim to insurance company.   He also reported that the DPW had picked up the sculpture donated by Peggy Fox, and Ian MacNiven

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Police Dept.

Seargeant O’Leary will submit his monthly report and had nothing additional to report

Mayor Sanders thanked Sergeant O’Leary for a doing a great job in Chief O’Shea absence.

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub-absent  

Resolution to apply for a Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants

RESOLUTION NO.   903-13                             VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

 

Municipal Resolution

 

 

WHEREAS, the Village of Piermont is applying to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program for a project entitled Updating Piermont’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to be located in the Village of Piermont,

 

WHEREAS, the grant application requires the applicant municipality to obtain the approval/endorsement of the governing body of the municipality or municipalities in which the project will be located;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the governing board of Trustees the Village of Piermont hereby does approve and endorse the application for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program, for a project known as Updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and located within this community.

 

The resolution was moved by Trustee Steven Silverberg and seconded by Trustee John Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried unanimously.

 

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Public Hearing 7:45 local Law #2 of 2013 Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to open the Public Hearing on Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded this motion and upon vote the Public Hearing was opened.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported one of the main changes is to add additional language to protect the Village in the event the Village is in a situation where it has to defend an employee it should include for actions that have taken place within the terms of the employee’s duties.  He also added additional language to protect the Village against any lawsuits. 

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he likes the provision that states the Village is not liable to pay for punitive damages.

 

Mayor Sanders questioned if the defense of employees would need to be reviewed by the Village Board.

 

Walter Sevastian replied he will modify his draft

 

Mayor Sanders opened for Public Comment

 

There was no Public Comment

 

Board Comments

Trustee DeFeciani questioned if it should include details defining employee’s scope of work

 

Walter Sevastian suggested not including employee’s scope of work

 

Trustee Blomquist suggested including employees scope of work by resolution by Board of Trustees 

 

Mayor Sanders suggested keeping the public hearing open for further review

Trustee Gallucci Jr. made a motion to continue the Public Hearing on Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification” until the next board meeting , September 17, 2013 at 7:45pm.  The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani, which carried by vote 5-0

 

 

Continuation and Review approval of Temporary Agreement with Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University

 

Walter Sevastian reported he has been in contact with Lamont Doherty’s General Counsel they are seeking a two year extension of the temporary easement agreement which would provide them time to improve and restore the building.  They would like to add signs and displays and have agreed to monthly fee of $500 dollars.  The University will also establish a committee to work with the Village of Piermont to review a long term plan.

 

Pat O’Reilly, Facilities Director commented he is pleased with the progress with the agreement, the short term plan is to repair the building and the Long term plan is to establish a committee to discuss and implement additional functions of use for the building.

 

Trustee Blomquist was pleased with the progress

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he likes the amended agreement

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the extension of the 2 year term agreement. Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Request from Doug Stone and Rachel Mack to change a venue for the Piermont Bike Festival

Rachel Mack of the Piermont Bike Festival commented there has been a change in the Bike Challenge originally to be held at Tallman State Park she requested to close the Pier to

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Vehicular Traffic on Sunday October 13, 2013 to hold the Bike Challenge.  The bike challenge will be from 12:00pm – 2:00pm they will have additional volunteers directing cyclists from Flywheel Park to the Pier and back. 

 

Trustee DeFeciani is in favor of this event and would not be opposed to closing the Pier to vehicular traffic.

 

Trustee Blomquist questioned Sergeant O’Leary what he would recommend

 

Sergeant O’Leary commented due to this being a new event, and not knowing how many cyclists are expected, he recommended 5 Traffic Posts for 2 hours. Once the bicycle challenge is over the PD would continue with posts located around Flywheel park area. 

 

Rachel Mack commented she wanted to make clear that the event is a novice bike challenge and not a race.

Trustee Silverberg expressed concern regarding the bike challenge he wants to make sure the pedestrians can safely walk the Pier. He is afraid the cyclists will take over the Pier

 

Rachel Mack replied she will take that into consideration and will have many volunteers assisting pedestrians and cyclists to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event.

 

Mayor Sanders expressed concern regarding some of the sponsors being competition to local businesses.

 

Rachel Mack commented all local business have knowledge of sponsors and have approved them.

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested notifying The View restaurant of the event.

Mayor Sanders expressed concern about the impact of changing the bike challenge from Tallman State Park to closing Ferry Road. 

 

Rachel Mack commented this will only be a positive impact to the village – this will teach and encourage our kids to ride bikes safely.  It will also bring tourists to the Village to eat and shop at the businesses

 

Trustee DeFeciani commented there are other bike events in the Village that close streets – she does not see it as a problem

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested modify the layout around Flywheel Park to accommodate the local businesses.

 

Rachel Mack replied she is open to any suggestion and will revise her layout plans.

 

Trustee DeFeciani Moved to close the Pier to Vehicular Traffic on Sunday October 13, 2013 and to create a supervised bicycle parade between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-2

 

Ayes: Trustee Blomquist

            Trustee DeFeciani

            Trustee Silverberg

 

Noes: Mayor Sanders

            Trustee Gallucci Jr.

 

Discussion on Lot “S” Proposed Cleanup

 

Mayor Sanders reported he received notification from the New York State Environmental Conservation regarding the cleanup of Lot “S”.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he attempted to contact the DEC to clarify their scope of work and obtain additional information regarding the proposed cleanup.    

 

 

 

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Trustee Silverberg suggested the Village go on record that the proposed area clean up is the only access road for residents living on Piermont Landing and is also used as an emergency access road for the Police Department/ Fire Department.

 

Mayor Sanders expressed concern stating the DPW proposal is vague and does not include details as to a specific area and how much soil they are remediating.  He also questioned if they will be digging up roads and what types of equipment they will be using.  He directed DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to review all tentative plans set forth on behalf of the DEC. 

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested submitting a comprehensive letter requesting clarification to obtain additional details on proposed cleanup

 

 

Continuation on Review Accountants JH Cohn/Reznick Fiscal Year End 2013 report

Trustee Blomquist reported after a review of the Preliminary Fiscal Year End 2013, revenue was off by 1.5%, and expenses were overestimated by 6%.  He was pleased with the overall actual.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. had no comment

Trustee Silverberg had no further comment

 

 Amend Date of Public Hearing for Jordan Barile to convert a single family dwelling to two family dwelling

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to change the scheduled public hearing to October 1, 2013 at 7:45pm.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-0

Trustee DeFeciani abstained

Mayor Sanders abstained

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $52,963.25 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

Walter Sevastian had nothing additional to report

Trustee DeFeciani had nothing to report

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested reviewing and investigating possible uses for the Train Station.  He believes it is an additional cost to the Village and would like to check into the possible uses to generate additional revenue.

 

He also submitted a written review of the amended costal storm overlay zone to be reviewed by consultant Robert Geneslaw.  He also reported Rockland Road Bridge is open to Vehicular traffic.

 

Trustee Silverberg questioned the status of the Petition Small Claims assessments and he would like to begin reviewing them

Mayor Sanders directed the Village Clerk to contact Village Assessor-Consultant Brian Kenny

 

Mayor Sanders asked the Board for suggestions where to place the donated Sculpture from Peggy Fox and Ian MacNiven

 

Trustee DeFeciani suggested placing it at Eleanor Stroud Pond

Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested placing it Parelli Park or the Rockland Road Bridge Park

 

Mayor Sanders agreed with placing it at Parelli Park

 

Mayor Sanders reported the Completion of the Draw Bridge on Bridge Street was a Rockland County funded project with a provision to set aside a percentage to allow placement of art in public places.  He was recently contacted by Frances Welles to discuss

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where the art/sculpture should be placed on the Drawbridge.  He directed Village Clerk to review previous board minutes regarding the discussion about the Art/sculpture.

 

Mayor Sanders reported he received notification Chris Fuller a research assistant professor with Clarkson University requesting to put environmental monitoring equipment on the end of the Pier for Data

 

Catherine Smith sent a letter to the Mayor requested to enact an ordinance against planting Bamboo.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian will review a copy of Bamboo Ordinance for other Towns/Villages, and tabled this to another Village Board Meeting for review.

 

Mayor Sanders directed DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to check on the North Parking lot regarding weed control as requested by Parks Chair Dan Sherman. Trustee DeFeciani commented she will contact other local organizations to discuss the possibility of adopting a bed.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:36pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

 

August 13, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

August 13, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Bob Samuels invited the Mayor and the Board to the Piermont Civic Association Movie Night which will be held in Flywheel Park on Friday August 18, 2013 at 8:00pm

 

Margaret Grace thanked the Mayor and the Village Board for allowing the Two Row Wampum Paddlers to come to the Village and camp overnight.  She also thanked the Piermont Civic Association, the Merchants Association, Piermont Residents and the Piermont Fire Department for their hospitality welcoming the Paddlers and opening their homes, and business to the Participants.

 

Mayor Sanders and the Board thanked Margaret Grace for her hard work dedication to organizing this event it was a huge undertaking.

 

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the minutes from the July 16, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported repairs to Parelli Park’s should be complete by the end of next week, and has completed blacktopping Village Hall Driveway, finishing the handicap ramp which was funded thru a Justice Court Grant. 

 

Mayor Sanders referred to a recent article in the NY Post reporting the Village of Piermont as a wonderful place to visit and mentioned there was no indication that a few months ago it was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy.  He thanked the DPW Department for their dedication and hard work for a job well done.

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh reported 34 overall runs there were 23 EMS 9 structure calls and 3 boat calls.  They received 11 hours of training at the Fire Training Center. He reported there was a boating incident and was unable to get their equipment thru the parking lot of Pier 701, which Pier 701 immediately rectified the issues.  They also assisted with the recent tragic boating accident on the Hudson River.  He commended the Piermont EMS and Fire Department for their outstanding dedication and commitment to help individuals.

 

Mayor Sanders commended the Piermont Fire Department, Piermont Dive Team and the Piermont EMS for their quick response in assisting during the recent tragic accident on the Hudson River.

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea reported the New PAL Van arrived which paid thru a grant, he will also receive a new Suburban paid thru Rockland County Seizure Funds.  He also reported the Police Department received several complaints regarding traffic build up at Pier 701 Restaurant, which have been rectified with no further complaints.

 

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub – absent

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Declare Police Department 1998 Ford E-350 Surplus

Trustee Silverberg moved to declare the 1998 Ford E-350 PAL Van VIN# 1FBSS31S9WHA61897 as surplus, to be auctioned.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Review and Approval of Temporary Agreement with Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University

 

Mayor Sanders commented Dr. Sean Solomon Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory presented at the last Village Board Meeting, and discussed interest in entering into the temporary easement agreement with the Village of Piermont

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he received notification from Mr. Jacobson, Legal Counsel of Lamont Doherty, that he would need additional time to review the temporary easement agreement due to parties involved being on vacation.

 

Pat O’Reilly, Facilities Director reported they are preparing to remediate and clean the facility to restore the building.  He is also in the process of forming a committee to coordinate a long term plan with the Village of Piermont.    He was also in contact with Mr. Jacobson regarding the temporary easement agreement which is currently being reviewed.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Mr. O’Reilly and tabled entering into the temporary Easement Agreement with Lamont Doherty to the September 3, 2013 Village Board Meeting.

 

Continuation of Discussion and schedule Public Hearing on proposed Zoning Amendment

 

Mayor Sanders received notification from Mr. Robert Geneslaw he will be late and moved Agenda #6.

 

Mayor Sanders commented this is a continued discussion from previous meeting with the goal to provide an opportunity for residents who sustained flood damage to elevate their homes above the current zoning height restrictions.  The board is faced with several issues regarding the visual impact on neighbors, and the possible change of the landscape of  Piermont.

Mayor Sanders read Bob Geneslaw’s memo stating he has modified several principal features of the proposed Costal Storm Overlay District.  The Principal features include;

The Village Board shall make a determination to apply to buildings that received “substantial damage” which would entail damaged more than 50% of its assessed value, as determined by the Building Inspector.

All construction/ renovation will use the Advisory Base Flood Elevations or Best Available Base Flood Elevation as established by FEMA as a starting point to measure building height.

For substantially damaged buildings the height limit would comply with the current zoning code; however the Planning Board may allow a reduction in the minimum yard requirements as an incentive to reduce building height.  These modifications would be made by the Planning and Zoning Board also subject to the Village Attorney.  The Planning Board may also allow an increase in Floor Area Ratio that is clearly a consequence of the reduction in yard requirements in an effort to reduce building height.

 

The Building height for new construction or re-construction of building that does not qualify as “substantially damaged” will be 10% less than the current height requirement.   The current height requirement in the four zoning districts eligible for the Costal Storm Overlay range from 2 stories or 25 feet to 2 ½ stories or 35 feet.

The Planning Board shall undertake visual impact analysis with information to be provided by the applicant.  The Village desires to retain or minimally impact the views from the neighboring properties or as they may affect the Village at large.   

 

 

 

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Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented in review the goal is to protect adjacent properties by implementing a visual impact analysis to be reviewed by the Planning Board and elevating a home based upon new base flood elevations with height restrictions.  He expressed concerns in reference to Mr. Geneslaw’s draft giving the Planning Board ability to modify the yard requirement as an incentive to reduce building height; according to New York State Village Law as long as it is written into the zoning legislation and adopted by the Village Board it would allow the Planning Board to authorize or deny reconstruction, based upon the height restrictions. 

 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. referred to the original discussion on the zoning amendment which he understood to be directed towards assisting elevating existing homes that sustained significant damage from the storm, this draft includes existing homes but also includes new construction and additions.  He believes the draft is broad and should include a distinction between existing and new construction.  He also expressed concerned with the zoning amendment when elevating a home is not only changing the view for neighbors it is materially changing the landscape of Piermont.

 

Trustee Silverberg questioned that this only applies to homes that had damaged more than 50% of its assessed value.

 

Mayor Sanders reported that it includes all properties in the Costal Storm Overlay District. Homes that do not qualify as “substantially damaged” will be restricted to elevate at 10% less than the current building height requirement.   If the maximum height restriction on “substantially damaged” homes is 35 feet for home to not qualify would be less 10% their height restriction which is 3 ½ feet or 31 ½ feet.  This would add 6 ½ feet to the current zone height restrictions. He suggested including allowing “sustainably damaged” homes to rebuild at the square footage that existed at the time of the Storm.   

 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. referred to Mayor Sander’s suggestion to limit rebuilding to the floor area that existed as of the date of a storm, and added to specify a storm and not an open market to include future storms.

 

Bob Geneslaw entered the meeting at 8:50pm

 

Mayor Sanders discussed and reviewed the boards comments with Mr. Geneslaw

 

Trustee Silverberg added that any new construction is faced with a balance of building to new Base Flood Elevation but also complying with height restrictions in regards to Visual Impact Analysis.

 

Mayor Sanders referred to the draft zoning amendment he wanted to make clear there are no restrictions on how high the owner wants to build his first floor the issue is overall Height restriction.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian referred to his prior comment and suggested to add legislation intent regarding height restrictions for new construction.

 

Mr. Geneslaw referred to his draft zoning amendment these issue is complicated to make a distinction between existing homes that were damaged and new construction. He referred to FEMA’s Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which suggests any home owner can reduce their insurance rates if they elevate their home 3 feet above Base Flood Elevation. 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr commented there is a distinction between new construction and  “substantially damaged” homes.  He referenced Mayor Sander’s suggestion that qualified “substantially damaged” homes only be allowed to rebuild/renovate to the exact floor area that existed at the time of the Storm, but would also need to comply within the height restrictions.  He also believes a clear Legislative Intent is important to include.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this for further discussion and review to the Village Board Meeting September 17, 2013

 

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Request from Jordan Barile for a Special Permit to convert Single Family dwelling to a two family dwelling

Trustee DeFeciani recused herself from the discussion and STEPPED AWAY as she is a proprietary to this request.

 

Mayor Sanders also recused himself from the discussion and STEPPED AWAY as he is a direct neighbor to this request.

 

Jordan Barile of 900 Piermont Ave requested a special permit to convert his single family residence to a two family residence this would only be temporary due to his employer temporarily making cutbacks. 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian referred to Village Code;

§ 149-4 2 B A public hearing shall be held on all applications as herein provided.  All Applications shall be referred to the Building Inspector, the Fire Inspector, Village Engineer, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board and the Architectural Review Commission. The aforesaid persons and Boards shall review all applications and report their recommendations to the Village Board, in writing, prior to the public hearing, except that the Building Inspector, Fire Inspector and Village Engineer may report orally to the Village Board at the public hearing.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to hold a public hearing on September 17, 2013 at 7:45pm for Jordan Barile to convert a single family dwelling to a two family dwelling.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, and upon vote the motion carried by vote 3-0

 Trustee DeFeciani re-entered the meeting

Mayor Sanders re-entered the meeting

 

Adoption of Workplace Violence Prevention Program for the Village of Piermont

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to adopt Workplace Violence Prevention Program subject to any modifications directed by the Department of Labor and subject to the completion of the survey of Village Hall.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Adoption of Hazard Communication Program for the Village of Piermont

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adopt the Hazard Communication Program for the Village of Piermont.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

Review MS4 Annual Report

 

Tom Temple reported this is an annual report which is on file and published on the Highway Department website.  This is an annual report regarding storm drain cleaning and illicit discharge.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to authorize Tom Temple to sign the MS4 Municipal Compliance Certification.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried a vote 5-0

 

Review Accountants JH Cohn/Reznick Fiscal Year End 2013 report

 

Mayor Sanders received a preliminary report from JH Cohn/ Reznick and this to the Sept 3, 2013 meeting for further review.

 

Request from Piermont Landing HOA to hold community outdoor party with amplified music

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the request of the Piermont Landing HOA to have an outdoor party with amplified on September 7, 2013, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

Trustee Silverberg abstained

 

 

 

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Request to hold MS New York City Bike Ride on Sunday October 6, 2013

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the Bike MS New York City Bike Ride on Sunday October 6, 2013.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Request to hold Annual Rockland Road Runners 10-Mile Run

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the annual Rockland Road Runners 10-mile run on Sunday September 8, 2013.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $219,531.14 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian had nothing additional to report

 

Trustee DeFeciani commented she contacted United Water regarding monthly bills for Fire Hydrants and reported they are a monthly maintenance, flat fee per hydrant.

 

Trustee Blomquist reported as a result of the recent tragic boating accident on the Hudson River the Plaintiff attorney for the Victims are gathering information, and he has directed all Volunteer Piermont EMS and Fire who were involved, if they are contacted for questioning, to contact Village Attorney Walter Sevastian

 

John Gallucci Jr reported the Rockland Road Bridge restoration project is progressing and should be complete soon

 

Trustee Silverberg reported he will schedule a meeting with Scenic Hudson next month.

 

Mayor Sanders reported Peggy Fox, and Ian MacNiven requested to donate a Sculpture to the Village of Piermont in memory of Robert Sennish and Susan MacNiven.  He will reach out to the DPW department to remove and store until a decision is made where to place it.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to accept the Sculpture subject to the Piermont Department of Public Works ascertaining that it could be removed without additional costs or complications.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which was carried by a vote 5-0

 

 

Executive Session

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into an executive session to discuss contractual issues.  Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, and upon vote the Board entered into Executive Session.

 

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to exit Executive Session, Trustee Defeciani seconded and upon vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, and the board returned to regular session.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:03pm. Trustee Silberberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

July 16, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

July 16, 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

Lori Peek of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance invited the Mayor and the Board of Trustees to join them at the waterfront at Parelli Park to welcome the Two Row Wampum paddlers as they arrive on August 7th at 5:00pm.  She also extended the invitation to residents of Piermont to join the paddlers and elders of the Iroquois Confederacy for the potluck dinner at the Goswick Pavilion followed by a program of spoken word and music, “Sharing the River of Life” at 7:00pm on the evening of August 7th, 2013.  She will be meeting with the Piermont Police Department to finalize logistical details of the paddlers visit to Piermont.  She thanked the Mayor and the Board for their generous support of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.

 

Bob Samuels advised the board the already scheduled Pier Closure to Vehicular Traffic is Sunday July 21, 2013.

 

Bob Samuels also reported the former Tallman State Park swimming pool is under new Management and is projected to open the wading pool next month.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve minutes from the June 18, 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 – absent.

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea -absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub handed in his report and requested to install WAGsys – a computer software program which would enable the building department run more efficiently.  The initial set up fee in the amount of $1,999 will be waived, and beginning the 2nd year and thereafter there will be an annual maintenance fee in the amount of $600 per year, which is within his budget.

 

Mayor Sanders approved the installation of the WAGsys computer software program as there is no impact on the budget.

 

Fire Department

Chief Cavanaugh reported a total of 27 fire calls, in which 18 were EMS.  The Fire Department also assisted the Village of Nyack during a recent explosion at the Nyack Seminary College.  They received 16 hours of training at the Fire Training Academy.  On Sunday June 30, 2013 the Piermont Fire Department presented Monsignor Mulligan who is retiring a Plaque to honor his dedication as the Chaplain for the past 14 years.

 

Dan Goswick Jr. requested to close the Pier to motor vehicle traffic, and pedestrians from the Bud Sedlack building to the end of the Pier for safety measures to hold a “Plane Down Drill Hudson River” on August 17, 2013.  The training will consist of a simulated plane crash using Dummies involving dive teams, Marine units, and EMS units which will begin at 11:00pm thru 3:00pm.  They will receive assistance for adjacent Fire Departments, and Closter/ Northvale Fire Department will be on standby.  Mayor Sanders expressed concern

 

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closing the Pier to motor vehicle traffic two days in a row.

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested changing the already scheduled Pier Closure date from Sunday August 18th to Saturday August 17th 2013.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the date change to Saturday August 17, 2013 to close the Pier for Vehicular Traffic and to allow restriction of pedestrian access beginning at the Bud Sedlak building to the end of the Pier to allow the Fire Department to hold “Plane Down Drill Hudson River” from 11:00pm to 3:00pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Review and Approval of Agreement with Piermont Rowing Club

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to authorize the Mayor sign and enter into the Revocable License Agreement with the Piermont Rowing Club.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Review and Discuss Pier Building Agreement, Presentation by Dr. Sean Solomon, Director/CEO Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University

 

Dr. Sean Solomon Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory thanked the board for their continued support regarding their research at the Pier Building.  He noted the presence of two of his colleagues Arthur Lamb, Deputy Director and Pat O’Reilly, Facilities Director.  He summarized the research activities that are conducted at the Piermont Pier Building;
Research –

  • It houses sensitive analytical instrumentation and real-time telemetry systems that provide measurements of air and water quality
  • Atmospheric data are served to the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System and are part of a larger project known as the Lamont Atmospheric Carbon Observation Project.

Some of the Educational research performed;

  • PhD thesis work, Master’s thesis work, at the laboratory.
  • Student Projects have included: Measuring the carbon dioxide and methane flux from the marsh/river, carbon sequestration in the salt marsh, and exploring tidal flows and surge
  • Recurring partner in the “Day in the Life of the Hudson” event which exposes students and educators to the environmental issues faced by the Hudson and its watershed.
  • Secondary School Field Research Program which enables public high schools to connect students and teachers with research scientists to conduct a broad ecological study of the Piermont marsh.

Outreach;

  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House features exhibits on the Hudson River

 

 

He further stated the Pier building is an object of scientific research and interest, and would like to continue their relationship with the Village of Piermont.  While they are seeking funding from FEMA to repair the damages sustained from Hurricane Sandy they are prepared to enter into the temporary easement agreement, and would seek a planning process to expand for further educational and research purposes.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Dr. Sean Solomon

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented he will contact Lamont Doherty general counsel to review the temporary easement agreement.  He questioned was there any possibility to rebuild the building to make it more suitable to expand for educational purposes. 

 

Pat O’Reilly replied they are also looking to expand the building to provide additional educational purposes.  He would like to restore the entire building it now needs all new equipment to service as a laboratory and would also like to have an area set up to provide

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seminars.  They would also like to have displays which would include samples of what they collect from the Hudson River, listing research they are conducting and to provide some history of all the research that has been done the facility.

 

Trustee Silverberg had no comment

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. agreed with Mr. O’Reilly and would like if the displays informed the residents all the research that is being conducted.  He would like to continue the partnership and believes the educational piece is a critical element.

 

Trustee Blomquist agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr.

Trustee DeFeciani thinks it’s a great idea

 

Mayor Sanders commented he appreciates them taking the time to come to the Village Board Meeting.  This is an opportunity to expand and provide additional education and research.  

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented he will contact Mr. Jacobson General Counsel at Lamont Doherty to discuss the temporary and long term easement agreement, and maybe it would be a good idea to implement community involvement in the long term planning

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. Thinks it would be prudent to appoint a point of contact and the Village should set a committee to review the long term plan. 

 

Mayor Sanders commented this is an expansion of the use and a celebration of the study that is getting done.  He also agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr. that a point of contact person needs to be established on both sides to help develop a long term plan.

 

Dr. Sean Solomon commented they are prepared to enter into the short term agreement.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the Village Board Meeting August 13, 2013.

 

 

Request from Lou Maiolino of Professional Parking Attendant’s Inc. for a permit to Operate Valet Parking Service at Pier 701 Restaurant

 

Mr. Lou Maiolino commented he was referred to the Village Board by the Building Inspector to request a special permit to allow Valet Parking at Pier 701 a new restaurant on Piermont Avenue.  The restaurant has just opened he does not know if there will be any traffic impact on Piermont Avenue, but he came before the board in the event parking creates backup.  His main objective is to keep traffic flowing to ensure the safety of everyone.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian referred to Village Code Valet section §187-2 Conditional Use Permit, written request required;Any permittee seeking to utilize land or parking spaces owned by the Village of Piermont, or any other public way for valet parking purposes, shall submit a written request, indicating the land/parking spaces proposed to be utilized by such permittee to the Village Board of Trustees. The Village Board of Trustees, upon considering such written request at a duly scheduled meeting of such Board, shall designate the land/parking spaces to be used by such conditional use permit; the Village Clerk shall refer the request for a valet parking conditional use permit to the Police Chief, the Fire Department and the Highway Superintendent for comment.

§187-3 B. The stopping or standing of vehicles for pickup and for delivery by the valet parkers shall be solely at locations which do not prohibit the stopping or standing of vehicles; do not unreasonably interfere with traffic; and do not unreasonably interfere with the peace and quiet of nearby property owners.  

 

Mayor Sanders commented he would be required to obtain a permit in the event parking does backup along Piermont Avenue. 

 

 

 

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Building Inspector Charles Schaub commented he had contacted the owners of Property where the restaurant is located and they had informed him the previous restaurant owners

frequently had traffic back up along Piermont Avenue that is why he referred Mr. Maiolino to the board.

 

Mr. Maiolino explained the owners of the property dedicated additional parking spaces for Valet and he will provide any means to avoid any backup on Piermont Avenue.  At this time he really does not know if there will be any traffic backup, However he does want to cooperate and comply with Village code.  

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian explained the permit fee is $120 and he would need to implement a plan with the application.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested to Mr. Maiolino to contact the Police Department to review parking regulations within the Village of Piermont along Piermont Avenue.

 

Mayor Sanders suggested to Mr. Maiolino to review the Valet Parking over the next month since it is a newly established restaurant, and in the event the traffic becomes an issue to submit an application and obtain a permit at a future board meeting

 

Trustee Silverberg concurred with Trustee Gallucci Jr. and also suggested for Mr. Maiolino to meet with the Police Department to review parking regulations within the Village of Piermont.

 

Continuation of Discussion and schedule Public Hearing on proposed zoning amendment

Robert  Geneslaw Planning and Development Consultant commented he came before the Village Board several months ago to review his proposed zoning amendment, he was directed to modify his proposed zoning amendment to incorporate the suggestions from the Village Board, and send it to the Planning/ Zoning Board for their input and review.  After meeting with the Planning/Zoning Board he implemented their suggestions and recently submitted the modified proposed zoning amendment report to the Board.  He apologized for not submitting his report earlier to give the Village Board ample time to review.

 

Mayor Sanders questioned if he review the recently released FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) flood maps.

 

Robert Geneslaw suggested within the draft zoning amendment not to include a specific map but refer to the “best available FEMA ABFE map”.   If applicants are looking to raise their home he suggested if the application does not meet Village Code then the applicant would be required to do a visual impact analysis thru the Planning Board. 

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested providing a visual impact analysis to include surrounding properties when you raise it to meet base flood elevations.

 

Mayor Sanders suggested the Planning board should have the direction to retain a Professional Architect to review and provide a report.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented the purpose of this legislation was to expedite this procedure. Sending it to the planning board for a visual impact analysis for review and than sending it to the zoning board for their review this process could take months.

 

Trustee Silverberg also agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr. and suggested to implement a simpler process.

 

Mayor Sanders also agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr. and questioned how to direct the planning board to review efficiently.

 

Robert Geneslaw suggested implementing a time limit.

 

 

 

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Mayor Sanders tabled this to the next Village Board Meeting August 13, 2013 and directed Mr. Geneslaw to modify his proposed zoning amendment and submit his report to the Board of Trustees prior to the next board meeting to provide ample time for the Board to review.

 

Discuss projects to be submitted for consideration from the TZ Bridge Fund

 

Sylvia Welch commented the Tappan Zee Bridge Community fund recently released available grants to improve infrastructure, and to improve the quality of life within the Village.  The process is to submit a letter of intent for 1. Fire Boat 2.  Dredging 3.  A generic planning to cover the LWRP revisions 4.  Downtown revitalization planning and 5.  Beautification of the Erie path trail/ emergency access trial.  The grant is open until July 2014, but she would like to submit the Letter of Intent as soon as possible.

 

Trustee DeFeciani questioned if the recommendations from the Scenic Hudson grant could be included.

 

Trustee Blomquist reiterated the need for a new Fire Boat as a priority.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. concurred with Blomquist expressed the importance of the new Fire Boat.

 

Review and Award Bid for a Triple Combination Pumper

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to award the Bid of the Triple Combination Pumper in the amount of $498, 441 to Firematic Supply Company.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Ratify Stipulation of Terms & Authorize the Mayor to sign renewed Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Piermont PBA

 

The stipulation of terms of the renewed Four-year Agreement as follows:

ARTICLE 9, SALARY
June 1, 2012, each step on the salary schedule will increase by 2.00%
December 1, 2012, each step increases an additional 0.25%
June 1, 2013, each step on the salary schedule will increase by 2.25%
June 1, 2014, each step on the salary schedule will increase by 2.45%
June 1, 2015, each step on the salary schedule will increase by 2.50%

ARTICLE 5, RECALL
Effective May 31, 2016, minimum call-out will be increased from 3 hours to 3.5 hours.

ARTICLE 2, HEALTH INSURANCE BUY-OUT
to be amended to reflect NYSHIP regulations.

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize the Mayor Sanders to sign the Stipulation of Terms and enter into a renewed Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Piermont PBA.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-1

 

Ayes:  Mayor Sanders, Trustee Blomquist, Trustee DeFeciani, Trustee Silverberg

Noes:  Trustee Gallucci Jr.

 

 

Review Village Board meeting Dates for Balance of 2013

Mayor Sanders confirmed the Village Board Meetings for the remainder of year 2013, scheduled for the following Tuesday’s

September 3rd & 17th

October 1st & 15th

November 12th & 19th

December 3rd & 17th

 

 

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Schedule a Public Hearing to amend the Village Code section pertaining to the Defense and Indemnification of Village Employees and Officials

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to schedule a Public Hearing for the proposed local law #2 of 2013 to amend the Village Code, Chapter 10 section pertaining to the Defense and Indemnification of Village Employees and Officials for September 3, 2013 at 8:00pm.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $573,991.85 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

Village Attorney had nothing to report.

 

Trustee DeFeciani expressed concern regarding the amount of the monthy United Water Bills for the Fire Hydrants, and will contact them to get a clearer understanding of the expense.

 

Trustee Blomquist reported an additional Capital Equipment purchase for a Hurst Vetter in the amount of $6,900

 

Trustee DeFeciani questioned if the Piermont EMS can bill for ambulance transports.

Trustee Blomquist will check into it and will report at a future board meeting.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr reported Rockland Road Bridge pilings are complete and all construction should be completed by the end of the month.

 

Trustee Silverberg had an initial meeting with Scenic Hudson Steering committee on June 27th and will schedule another meeting soon.

 

Village Clerk reported JH Cohn will begin the financial audit this Thursday July 18th, 2013

 

Mayor Sanders reported he received a letter from the Town of Orangetown Superintendent James Dean regarding the Sparkill Creek skating pond and asked the Village Attorney to respond to this correspondence.

 

  Executive Session

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Pending litigation.  The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani and upon vote the Board entered Executive Session.

 

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

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the immediate release of step increase longevity payments for Officer Leuthner and Officer Dowd and, beginning June 1, 2015, resolved that all Police Officers be paid their Longevity on their Anniversary Date per Article 9, § B of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded this motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:35 pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

 

June 18, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

June 18, 2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Bob Samuels wanted to know why the pier wasn’t closed on Father’s Day as directed by the Board of Trustees. The Mayor stated that there was a lack of communication because Chief O’Shea has been on sick leave. Bob Samuels asked if there would be a makeup closure day and the Mayor stated not at this time because there is one scheduled in July and one in August.

 

Kathleen Puder from the Piermont Civic Association wanted to remind everyone that they are having their first movie night this Friday. The P.A.L. will be running the concession stand.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Gallucci moved to approve the minutes from the June 4, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported that the handicap ramp to Village Hall has been installed. The DPW still has to repave the driveway on the side of the building where the ramp is located. Superintendent Temple also received a request for a Handicap parking spot in front of the Macedonia Church. The DPW would like to start work on the Perelli park boardwalk this week, but the Solstice party will be held in the park on Saturday night, so he might wait. Superintendent Temple reported the Boardwalk repair at the end of the pier has been completed and the Northshore walkway is being monitored every week. Trustee DeFeciani thanked Tom for putting the pedestrian walk signs in the crosswalks in the Village. Bob Samuels requested that the board investigate that voting be done at village hall now since the ramp has been installed. 

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh reported that the FD had 22 runs in May.  The Palisades Interstate Police Department requested help for search of someone who had jumped from the overlook at Stateline. The department had 28 hrs of training, was involved in Gran Fondo race and maintained a 24-hour presence during the Memorial Day Watchfires. The department was awarded EMT agency of the year at the town level. The department received awards from the NY-NJ Firemen’s parade and had an Explorer’s dinner with kids and their parents. The Chief also reported that one fireman from Sparkill was injured at the structure fire on Ferdon Avenue and the homeowner was not home. There was extensive damage to the house.

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea was absent; Sgt. O’Leary had submitted his monthly report to the board. The Mayor noted that the Chief reported a robbery, which occurred today in the Village and reminded residents to keep doors and windows locked.

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub requested approval from the board to purchase software from a computer company that deals with Building Department Officials. The cost is $600 a year, with the first year free. He noted his budget allots$1,500 for computers.

 

 

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Trustee Silverberg asked what this software would do that we cannot do now. Mr. Schaub noted that inspections, permit applications, and all reports would be computerized. Demo, set up and classes would be given. Walter Sevastian will look into the agreement and this will be brought up at next Trustee meeting for July 16th

 

Continuation on Discussion of the Piermont Rowing Club Agreement

The Piermont Rowing Club requested to continue their agreement with village. The Rowing Club and Trustee Gallucci met separately to negotiate a fair price for the use of the space. Trustee Silverberg  noted that prior to this agreement the Club was using gravel spaces in the parking lot and the recent agreement involved moving to where they are now. Trustee Gallucci feels the club benefits the village and suggested  $3250 a year to start, with $100 increase each year.  Trustee Gallucci suggested a three year license and noted that the license is revocable at any time. The Mayor thanked Trustee Gallucci for the work he put into this. Trustee Blomquist appreciated Trustee Gallucci taking the time to work on this agreement, Trustee DeFeciani also agreed. The agreement will be ready for final approval at the next board meeting in July.  

 

Continuation on Discussion and schedule Public Hearing on proposed Zoning Amendment

 

A personal issue kept Mr. Bob Geneslaw from attending tonight’s meeting. The Board decided to move the discussion of a public hearing to the July 16th meeting.  Trustee Silverberg also suggested waiting to see the new FEMA maps on Thursday before having a discussion on this. A new draft from Bob Geneslaw will be available for review at the July 16th meeting and a public hearing set for September. Trustee Gallucci suggested an outline of discussions between the Planning and Zoning boards also be supplied for the July 16th meeting. The Mayor suggested having portions of the Codes to be included.

 

 

Review of Intermunicipal Agreement Joint Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Rockland County Rescue Entry and Counter Terrorism (REACT) Team

 

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to approve the Mayor entering into an Intermunicipal Agreement for the 2013 Joint Special Weapons And Tactics Team made June 18, 2013, by and between the County of Rockland, a municipal corporation of the State of New York, having its principal office at 11 New Hempstead Road, New City, New York 10956, hereinafter referred to as “County” and the Town(s) of Ramapo, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Stony Point, and the Villages  of Suffern, Piermont, and South Nyack-Grandview, hereinafter referred to as “Municipalities”, municipal corporations of the State of New York..The motion was seconded by Trustee Silverberg, which carried a vote 5-0.

 

 

Bond Resolution – $118,000, Various Purpose Bond

 

The Village of Piermont, in the County of Rockland, New York (herein called the “Village”), is hereby authorized to: (a)  acquire a pick-up truck, at the estimated maximum cost of $29,500; (b) acquire a PAL van, at the estimated maximum cost of $26,500, grant funds in the amount of $25,000 having been received to pay a part of the cost of the PAL van; (c) acquire rifle mounts, at the estimated maximum cost of $4,600; (d) acquire two tasers, at the estimated maximum cost of $1,800; (e) acquire a double jacket attack hose for the Fire Department, at the estimated maximum cost of $3,500; (f) acquire computers for the Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Department, at the estimated maximum cost of $4,500; (g) acquire a Tink Claw bucket loader, at the estimated maximum cost of $16,000; (h) acquire a generator, at the estimated maximum cost of $8,000 and (i) acquire a passenger vehicle, at the estimated maximum cost of $23,600. The aggregate estimated maximum cost thereof is $118,000 and said amount is hereby appropriated for such purposes. 

 

 

Trustee Silverberg questioned if all these items were capital expenses and questioned that the tasers and rifle mounts were already budgeted. The Mayor noted that these items are longer term capital equipment purchases, with a life expectancy greater than three years and were not included in the budget.  Trustee Silverberg said that next year  items like these should be considered in the budget.  Ed Nelson from Piermont asked what the total principal and interest payments are for the bonds. The Mayor said that this budget year we have $525,000 in principal and interest payments, next year, even with these new bond obligations, our principal and interest payments will be $456,000 . Mr. Nelson asked if this has ever been put up to taxpayer vote. The Mayor noted that this does not have to be put up for a referendum. The Mayor and Trustee Silverberg pointed out that the State limits what the Village can bond and we are currently at 7% of what we can borrow. Trustee Silverberg commented that we are takingadvantage of the low interest rates, acquiring items now instead of waiting. Trustee Gallucci stated that we pushed some things ahead of schedule because some trucks are breaking down and it’s best to reduce the number of bonds. Mr. Nelson appreciated the answers from the Board.

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution in the amount of $118,000 for Various Purposes. The motion was seconded by Trustee Blomquist, which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

 

Bond Resolution – $500,000, Rockland Road Bridge

 

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution in the amount of $500,000 for the Rockland Road Bridge. The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani, which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

 

Bond Resolution – $155,000, New Garbage Truck

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution for a new Garbage Truck. The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallucci, which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

Bond Resolution – $170,000, New Ambulance

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution for a new Ambulance. The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallucci, which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

Bond Resolution – $455,000, New Pumper Fire Truck

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution for a new Pumper Fire Truck. The motion was seconded by Trustee Silverberg, which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

Bond Resolution – $50,000, Improvements to Fire Dept. Bldg.

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution for improvements to the Fire Department. The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani, which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

Review and Discuss Village Insurance Rates & Quotes

The deadline for insurance renewals is July 1st. The Village Clerk, Stephanie Tassello, received quotes from MHB, and the village’s  current Insurance company, CLG. Both insurance companies supplied quotes with and without the Fire Department coverage through VFIS. The Village Clerk feels it is best to keep the Fire Department separate, because it will lower our rates in

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the long run. CLG appears to have the lowest rate. Trustee Gallucci feels we should stay with CLG and agreed we should keep the Fire Department insurance separate, and noted that, with the NY Safety Group, there is a $21,000 savings on insurance.Trustee Silverberg agrees with Trustee Gallucci, as does the Mayor. The Mayor thanked the Village Clerk for all the work she did on this.

 

Trustee Gallucci made a motion to stay with CLG Insurance at a cost of $95,672.40, VFIS Insurance, at a cost of $36,947.00, and to change to the Municipal Safety Group for Workman’s Compensation at a cost of $88,446.00, with a total cost being $221,065.40. The motion was seconded by Trustee Silverberg , which carried a Vote 5-0.

 

 

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $103,837.78 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

Old/New Business

Walter Sevastian said there are ongoing investigations of the history of land grants that abut the pier area. He is focusing on the land north of the condo property.  On a second topic, Walter Sevastian noted that the State of New York had amended the general municipal law, Section 53.  The new State law allows parties to file notice of claim in Albany with the Secretary of State instead of the local municipality. The local municipality has the option to designate someone to receive a copy of the notice of claim and the municipality will get half of the $250.00 application fee ($125,00). Attorney Sevastian recommended the Board to pass a resolution allowing the Village Clerk to enter into this agreement. Trustee Silverberg made a motion to approve designating the Village Clerk as recipient of these notices, Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a Vote of 5-0. Walter Sevastian also reported he is still waiting to hear back from Mr. Jacobson, the council from Lamont with regards to the block building at the end of the pier.

 

Trustee DeFeciani had nothing to report.

 

Trustee Blomquist had nothing to report.

 

Trustee Gallucci says that progress at the Rockland Road bridge continues to move at snail’s pace. There is a delay because of a utility pole at the site. and wires,. He was also told Nothing has been done yet.  Trustee Gallucci has been told that the wires and pole would be done this past Monday or Tuesday, then he was told they don’t need to move the pole, that they only need to take down the lowest wire. Verizon came to move the pole and wires but couldn’t access the site because of the concrete barriers. The contractor that is doing the pilings maintains he can do the job in one day with no wires, 5 days with wires still in place. Trustee Gallucci feels that the Mayor has to direct as what has to be done. The Mayor stated that there was an estimate that this project would be done by July 4th.  The Mayor wants this to be done by the next meeting, which is July 16th. Trustee Gallucci feels that this delay is unacceptable.  The Mayor wants to talk to the engineer and doesn’t care about the pole, he wants to move forward with the bridge work. 

 

Trustee Silverberg gave an update on the storm surge mitigation grant. He is arranging to set up a meeting with the steering committee and the committee from Scenic Hudson for initial planning and to develop a timelines for the work that needs to be done.

 

Mayor Sanders noted that the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013. Usually around this time the Village gets a year-end report from the internal auditors, JH Cohn. The Clerk reported JH Cohn will not be able to be here until July 15th.  The Mayor requests the year-end audit move forward soon after the internal auditors have written their report. The Mayor received

a letter from the Town of Orangetown’s  Department of Environmental Management in regards to the passing of the Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act. This law requires the Sewer Authority notify the local Health Department and adjoining Municipalities no longer than 4 hours from the time of a discharge. The Town of Orangetown would like the name, title, number and e-mail address of the person to be notified. The Mayor believes that both

 

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he and Tom Temple should be the contacts.  Trustee Silverberg suggests putting this information on the Village website.  The Mayor also received a call from the Mayor of Grandview, who mentioned that he is a member of the board of Lamont. The Mayor of Grandview wanted to know what’s going on with the building on the pier. Mayor Sanders update the Board on this conversation.

 

Executive Session

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into an executive session to discuss contractual issues.  Trustee Gallucci seconded the motion, and upon vote the Board entered into Executive Session.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to exit Executive Session, Trustee Gallucci seconded and upon vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0, and the board returned to regular session.

 

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:25pm. Trustee Silberberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michele Koblick

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

June 4, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

June 4, 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

 

Audie Moran questioned if D & D Community Market is required to remove their bicycle rack from the parking space each night, she has noticed it has not been removed for a few weeks.

 

Mayor Sanders directed DPW Superintendent to follow up with D & D Community Market with leaving the Bicycle rack in a parking space overnight.

 

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve minutes from the May 21, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Temple reported the fencing at the Community Garden, and the Dog Run that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy has been ordered and should be installed within the next two weeks.  The repairs to the Boardwalk at the end of the Pier should be completed in a few days.  He also reported the Village Engineer had provided a scope of work for the repairs to Parelli Park which was given to three contractors; the lowest bidder came in at $57,000 for repairs to Parelli Park.  The State Office of Emergency Management accepted the bid documents and approved the project for FEMA funding in the amount of $57,000.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian referred to Village Procurement Policy and counseled the board that if the original amount was expected to be under the public bidding level, and comes back above that level it could be considered as not subject to competitive bidding

 

Mayor Sanders will contact Village Engineer Ken DeGennaro to verify the original scope of work was estimated to be below $35,000 for the repairs.

 

Sylvia Welch Project Coordinator commented she had attended meetings with FEMA/SEMO Officials and the Village Engineer regarding Parelli Park and it was understood the estimated costs to repair Parelli Park was below $35,000.

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea -absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub handed in his report and will apply for a Grant from Benjamin Moore to “Paint the Town”. 

 

 

 Request from Margie Turrin of Lamont Doherty to use Parelli Park for two events

 

Margie Turrin, education coordinator from Lamont Doherty, requested to use Parelli Park for two events: a workshop about the Hudson River on July 11, 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and a DEC-sponsored event to connect the community with the Hudson River on July 20, 2013 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. She will provide a certificate of insurance listing the Village as additionally insured.

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DPW Superintendent Temple reported Parelli Park is closed due to damages sustained from Hurricane Sandy and suggested the use of the Boat Launch area.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve Margie Turrin’s workshop to provide information about the Hudson River on June 11, 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and the DEC-sponsored event connecting the community with the Hudson River on July 20, 2013 from 11:00am to 5:00pm, both events to be held adjacent to the Boat Launch and beach area.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Margie Turrin referred to the Lamont Doherty Quad Building at the end of the Pier; she would love to see it turned into an educational hub for students, and would like to set up a permanent data center.  The Building is in need of repairs from damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy and LDEO is awaiting reimbursement from FEMA.  She hopes the board feels it would be an asset for the Village once it is repaired.

 

Discussion on Outside Baseball/Softball leagues to use Art Rittenberg Field for a Fee

 

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello commented she has recently received several requests from a coach of a Valley Cottage Little League wanting to use the Art Rittenberg field.

 

Joey Gottlieb of the Piermont Police Athletic League commented there are many issues and concerns with allowing an outside baseball/softball leagues to use the Art Rittenberg Field.  He stated when PAL travels to other fields for games they have to obtain permits, provide a certificate of insurance and pay a fee up to $110.  He believes that regulations would need to be implemented in order for an outside league to use the field, and this use would also create additional liabilities.  He also expressed concern that there are no signs posted around the field to stop anyone from using the field he suggested installing a sign in front of the Art Rittenberg field that would require permission to use the field.

 

Mayor Sanders suggested implementing a permit for use of the Art Rittenberg field to limit the Village’s liability.  He does not think the potential for revenue will exceed the cost and effort to maintain the field. Ultimately, it will be an additional expense on the Village.  He asked the board for their comments. 

 

Trustee DeFeciani commented she is concerned with additional traffic on the Pier.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the Town of Orangetown employs a Parks Department that maintains their fields, where the Art Rittenberg field is maintained by PAL volunteers. The Village will be taking on an additional expense and he does not think the revenue will exceed the cost to maintain the field.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. concurred with Trustee Silverberg, however he would support the occasional use of the fields on an individual basis. 

 

Trustee Blomquist concurred with Trustee Gallucci Jr. He would also support the use of the field on a case-by-case basis but would not agree to allow the use on a regular basis.

 

Trustee DeFeciani agreed with the boards comments

 

Mayor Sanders directed Village Attorney Walter Sevastian to draft a permit process for the use of the Art Rittenberg Field to include the provision “…by permission of the Village Board of Trustees.”

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to allow use of the Art Rittenberg field by permission and approval of the Board of Trustees only, and to install appropriate signage at the Art Rittenberg field.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Continuation on request from Margaret Grace of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance to hold the 400th Anniversary of the Two Row Wampum treaties

 

Margaret Grace, a member of the Sparkill Watershed Alliance, submitted her request at a previous board meeting..  She commented the event will have a total of 150 of 200 participant rowers who will arrive at Piermont boat launch adjacent to Parelli Park between 3:30 and 5:00pm on Wednesday August 7th.  The event will include a welcoming

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committee by the Ramapo Tribe and invited Officials. There will also be live demonstrations providing entertainment and information. There will be a traditional, Native American Thanksgiving Dinner at the Goswick Pavilion, which will include native and traditional 16th century music.    The Civic Association plans to provide refreshments, and local residents will provide housing for the elderly participants.  The Civic association will also oversee the kayaks and canoes which will be stored at the gravel area by Parelli Park.  She informed Chief O’Shea that the Two Row will have their own security for overnight boat storage. The Rotary International will provide a certificate of insurance listing the Village of Piermont as additionally insured.  The Two Row Wampum will provide EMs, Security and Port o Sans at Parelli Park and the Goswick Pavilion.  She requested the Village allow camping overnight in the outfield of the Art Rittenberg Field on August 7th, 2013 and to allow overnight parking at the Goswick Pavilion for approved vehicles.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the following requests; (1.)  To seal off a portion of the North Parking/ River lot for Boat Storage from noon Wednesday August 7th, 2013 to  noon Thursday August 8th. (2.)  Allow Overnight Parking at the Goswick Pavilion for approved vehicles on Wednesday August 7th, 2013. (3.)  Allow overnight camping in the outfield of the Art Rittenberg field on Wednesday August 7th, 2013, all contingent upon the Two Row Wampum providing additional Port o Sans as necessary.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Continuation on Request from the Piermont Chamber of Commerce to waive fees for Bastille Day

 

Mayor Sanders commented this is a continuation from the last Village Board Meeting. He clarified the fee structure, referred to  Village Code section § 102-3.  Applicability.  

I. Permit fees for special events

(1)       Two hundred fifty dollars per hour, with a minimum of three hours being charged for each special event. 

 

Mayor Sanders questioned the planed total hours of the event.

 

Sheryl Furhman, secretary of the Piermont Chamber of Commerce, replied Bastille Day will be from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, a total of 10 hours.

 

Referring to Village code, Mayor Sanders estimated the event fee would total $2,750.  At the last Village Board Meeting there many questions and concerns as to the actual cost of the event.  Sgt. O’Leary submitted an estimated cost for Police Fees for Bastille Day 2013 in the amount of $3,047, DPW fee is about $350, for a total of $3,400. 

 

Mayor Sanders supports declaring Bastille Day a Village sponsored event and waiving the fee for this year due to the financial impact on the Business Community from Hurricane Sandy.

 

Lisa Dente a member of the Piermont Business Council commented that declaring Bastille Day a Village sponsored event would show that the Village supports the Business Community and the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Trustee DeFeciani commented she would also support waiving the fees this year. She recalled the business community rallied and helped raised funds after Hurricane Sandy. The proceeds from these events were donated to the Piermont Fire Department.

 

She would support declaring Bastille Day a Village Sponsored event for this year due to the financial impact of Hurricane Sandy.  She stated the Village and the Businesses need to work together to show support for our Businesses.

 

Trustee Blomquist also thinks the Village needs to work together but does not support waiving the fees. However, due to Hurricane Sandy, he would support a cap at $2,500.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. expressed concern with waiving the fee and believes it should be included in the budget. However he would support a partial reduction to split the estimated cost of $3,400 this year in recognition of the financial impact of Hurricane Sandy. 

 

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Trustee Silverberg also expressed concerns with waiving the fee.  He stated the Village assumes the expense, which is ultimately passed on to the taxpayer.  He took into consideration the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the business community and thanked them for their support during the storm and would support Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggestion to split the estimated cost only for this year.

 

 Mayor Sanders entered a motion in recognition of the damages sustained from Hurricane Sandy on the Businesses in Piermont, and in recognition of the newly formed Piermont Chamber of Commerce, and to show support for Piermont’s business community in its initial year in hopes to prosper and succeed, that the Village Board approve a reduced fee for Bastille Day on July 13, 2013. This fee would include the initial $250 permit fee plus 50% of the actual Village expenses for Police coverage & DPW clean-up, to be capped at $2,500 (total =$2,750). Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0

 

Request from the Piermont Chamber of Commerce to use Parelli Park on September 29, 2013

 

Laura Strauss a member of the Piermont Chamber of commerce requested to use Parelli Park during the Apple Fest on September 29, 2013 in partnership with the Green Market.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Piermont Chamber of Commerce to use Parelli Park on Sunday September 29, 2013.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Discussion on Storm Surge Study Grant Awarded to Village of Piermont from NYS DEC

Mayor Sanders was excited to report the Village of Piermont was awarded the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) Grant, in partnership with Scenic Hudson to prepare a plan for Sea-Level Rise, Storm Surge and Flooding. 

 

Sylvia Welch, Piermont’s Grant Writer, commented the Village of Piermont was one of 3 Villages that was awarded the Grant.  She reviewed the Grant application, which outlines planning and studies to be prepared in Five Phases and completed within a year.  The Contract between the Village of Piermont and Scenic Hudson needs to be thoroughly reviewed, she suggested appointing a task force to study with Scenic Hudson. 

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he had worked with Scenic Hudson in preparing the application for the Grant, and that Scenic Hudson would obtain additional sources of funding.  It was addressed that the Village of Piermont did not have additional funding to contribute,but would seek outside donations or contributions.  He spoke to the President of Scenic Hudson who is preparing the agreement and would like to schedule a meeting with Piermont’s steering committee.

 

Mayor Sanders commented Trustee Silverberg and Trustee DeFeciani will represent the Village of Piermont, with Trustee Silverberg serving as Chairperson for this Steering commitee.  Volunteers of the Steering committee include;

Mr. Robert Burns, also a member of the LWRP Committee

Mr. Klaus Jacob, representative of the Paradise section

Mr. Greg McKillop, a representative of the Sparkill Creek area

Laura Straus as a representative from the Piermont Chamber of Commerce

And Rich Esnard to represent the Hudson shoreline. 

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested writing Thank you Letters of support to all that had sent letters on behalf of the Village for the grant. Mayor Sanders agreed and submitted that he would prepare these letters.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Sylvia Welch, Trustee Silverberg, and Trustee DeFeciani for their joint effort.

 

 

 

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Request from DPW Superintendent to purchase a Garbage Truck on State Bid

 

DPW Superintendent Temple requested to purchase a garbage truck on state bid a 2014 International Model 7300 rear load 20yd.  For a total of $143,295.90.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the purchase of a 2014 International Model 7300 Rear Load 20 yard on State Bid in the amount of $143,295.90.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Approve and Award Bid for Ford E-450 Chassis Ambulance

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to award the Bid of the PL Medallion Body with a Ford E-450 Chassis Ambulance in the amount of $168, 691 to Specialty Vehicle Sales Corp.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Declare Police Department 2008 Dodge Charger Surplus to be auctioned

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to declare the 2008 Dodge Charger, VIN# 2B3KA43G78H279784 as surplus, to be auctioned.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Review proposal from Korn Rosenbaum LLP to provide accounting Services

 

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello reported the only minor change in this updated annual agreement is an increase of fees in the amount of $500.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve entering into an agreement with Korn Rosenbaum LLP to provide accounting services for FYE 2013 in the amount of $9,500.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $109,015.39 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he received a letter from General Counsel from Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, dated May 31, 2013.   LDEO would like to continue their agreement with the Village and requested the Village withdraw their notice to terminate the lease agreement, to allow a realistic timeframe to negotiate a new agreement. 

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian had discussed a reasonable use of occupancy with them and they are looking to work something out.

 

Trustee Gallucci jr. expressed concern regarding their letter and would not support withdrawing the termination notice, it would perpetuate the situation.  He suggested continuing on a month-to-month basis, charging a monthly fee in the amount of $500.

 

Trustee Silverberg agreed with Trustee Gallucci Jr. charging them a monthly fee for use of the Building.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested submitting a reply that will continue the terms of the old agreement on a month-to-month basis, replacing the fee of 100 tons of stone to a monthly fee of $500 and re-emphasizing their maintenance obligation.

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested to add that once the building is restored the Village would like to negotiate a longer term agreement.

 

Trustee DeFeciani questioned if the yield to pedestrian signs have been ordered for Piermont Ave. DPW Superintendent Temple would procure these signs and put them in place.

 

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Trustee Blomquist received a letter from Tom Sedlak, Bud Sedlak’s son requesting to install a flag on the Bud Sedlak building.  He will be responsible for the installation, any expenses.

 

Trustee Silverberg asked to have the DPW review and oversee the installation. 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr commented the Rockland Road Bridge Restoration Project is not proceeding and he has made some inquiries. He has also reviewed the area abutting Gehardts behind the monument and suggested to install bike racks.  He thinks it would be an enhancement to the Village.

 

Mayor Sanders directed the DPW to check into pricing for bicycle racks.

 

Mayor Sanders commented he received further requests from residents to place a mirror on top of Ash Street on the hair-pin turn.

 

DPW Superintendent Temple reported the installation of the mirror would be at least 30 feet away, which would be impossible to accurately measure the distance of a car by looking in the mirror.

 

 Executive Session

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Pending litigation.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Blomquist r. and upon vote the Board entered Executive Session.

 

Trustee Silverberg recused himself due to conflict with pending litigation

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. 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 Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:42 pm.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

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