December 17, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

December 17, 2013

 

 

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

 

Absent: Mayor Sanders (Mayor Sanders entered the meeting at 6:50)

 

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

 

 

 

Public Comment

 

No Public Comment

 

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple-absent

 

 Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea-absent

 

 Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub – absent

 

Authorize Mayor to sign the stipulation agreement with the Piermont Department of Public Works

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the Stipulation of Agreement between the Piermont Department of Public Works and the Village of Piermont.  Trustee Galluccci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

 

Schedule a Public Hearing for the 2014 Community Block Grant Program

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to schedule a Public Hearing for January 21, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant Program.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 4-0

 

 

Schedule a Public Hearing amending Local Law Noise Ordinance

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to schedule a Public Hearing for February 4, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. amending Local Noise Ordinance.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 4-0

 

Schedule Village Board Meeting dates 2014

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adopt the following Village Board Meeting dates for the beginning of 2014.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

January 7th and 21st.

February 4th and 18th

March 4th and 18th

April 1st. and 29th

May 13th and 27th   

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes December 17, 2013

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Approve and Award Bid for the North Shore Walkway Seawall Restoration Project

 

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello reported there was only one bidder in the amount of $110, 026, she also received notification from the Village Engineer Ken DeGennaro recommending awarding the project to the low bidder M. Ingannamorte & Sons, Inc.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to award the Bid to the North Shore Walkway Seawall restoration project in the amount of $110, 026 to M. Ingannamorte & Son Inc.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

 

Review Ban Rates on $598,000- Multipurpose Bond

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello received the following bid results;

Roosevelt & Cross, Inc. 1.1691%

Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. 1.1789%

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc. 1.2500%

M & T Bank    1.9500%

 

Trustee Silverberg made a motion to adopt Roosevelt & Cross, Inc bid at 1.1691 % on the Multipurpose Ban in the amount of $598,000.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $ 92,415.58 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 4-0.

 

Public Hearing (7:00) a local law #4 of 2013 entitled “Flood Damage Prevention”

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. made a motion to open the public hearing. Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion with a vote of 4-0.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented anytime FEMA revises their flood maps they require all local villages to adopt a local law for flood prevention.  They require the Village to adopt a local law in order for them to join the national flood insurance program.  This local law has been submitted to DEC for them to review and we have received approval.

 

Trustee DeFeciani had no comment

 

Mayor Sanders questioned how this local law will affect our current zoning regulations regarding what is considered substantial damage.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented there is a conflict between the Village Code and this new law it will require any new construction to be built 2 feet above base flood elevation.  It will be challenging due to the current height restrictions.    However there is a requirement to adopt the local law.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented it is required to adopt the local law to join the national flood insurance program.

 

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

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to adopt Local Law #4 of 2013 to amend entitled “Flood Damage Prevention, including SEQR findings. Trustee Defeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote 5-0.

                                                                             

 

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes December 17, 2013

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RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF PIERMONT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

COUNTY OF ROCKLAND: VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

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In the Matter of a Local Law for Flood Damage

Prevention as authorized by the New York State Constitution,

Article IX, Section 2, and Environmental Conservation Law, Article 36.

 

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WHEREAS,  the Village Board of the Village of Piermont has noticed a Public Hearing with regard to the repeal and replacement of that portion of the Village Code governing Flood Damage Prevention regulations as set forth in Chapter 112;

 

WHEREAS, a Public Hearing on the adoption of these proposed amendments to the Village Code was held on December 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 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:

A.  That the proposed Village Code amendment was preliminary classified as an “Unlisted” action under SEQRA.

B.        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),  determines that the proposed legislation, limited to regulations regarding Flood Damage Prevention within the Village of Piermont, constitutes an Unlisted action under SEQRA, and issues a Negative Declaration under SEQRA in that the regulations will have no negative environmental impact which can not be mitigated through the land use review process based, inter alia, upon the following:

 

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes December 17, 2013

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The local law requires certain municipal review standards and construction standards for building construction taking place in a flood zones, and would not cause (1) a substantial adverse change in existing air quality, ground or surface water quality or quantity, traffic or noise levels; a substantial increase in potential for erosion, flooding, leaching or drainage problems, (2) the removal or destruction of large quantities of vegetation or fauna or substantial interference with the movement of any resident or migratory fish or wildlife species; impacts on a significant habitat area; substantial adverse impacts on a threatened or endangered species of animal or plant, or the habitat of such a species; or other significant adverse impacts to natural resources, (3) the impairment of the environmental characteristics of a Critical Environmental Area, (4) the creation of a material conflict with a Piermont’s LWRP or Zoning Law, current plans or goals as officially approved or adopted, (5) the impairment of the character or quality of important historical, archeological, architectural, or aesthetic resources or of existing community or neighborhood character, (6) a major change in the use of either the quantity or type of energy, (7) the creation of a hazard to human health, (8) a substantial change in the use, or intensity of use, of land including agricultural, open space or recreational resources, or in its capacity to support existing uses, (9) the encouraging or attracting of a large number of people to a place or places for more than a few days, compared to the number of people who would come to such place absent the action, (10) the creation of a material demand for other actions that would result in one of the above consequences, or (11) changes in two or more elements of the environment, no one of which has a significant impact on the environment, but when considered together result in a substantial adverse impact on the environment. 

The Village Board notes that the application of the Flood Damage Prevention regulations are fact specific to particular development applications, but that in general the regulations are in fact designed to prevent or minimize potential adverse environmental consequences associated with construction activities in a flood zone.  The Board further notes and determines that Village of Piermont’s Planning and Zoning Boards have the ability to review and impose conditions on individual site plans so as to minimize environmental consequences.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Village the Board of Trustees adopts the Local Law #__4_ of 2013.

AND BE IT FURTEHER RESOLVED, that upon adoption, this Local Law shall constitute Chapter 112 of the Code of the Village of Piermont, repealing the previously existing provisions of said Chapter to replace the same with the language set forth herein.

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes December 17, 2013

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Old/New Business

 

Trustee DeFeciani proposed to the Board to go paperless and suggested to use tablets or laptops during Village Board Meetings.

 

She asked Village Clerk to gather annual costs for paper supplies. 

 

Trustee Blomquist reported he received a letter of resignation from Officer John Salter 

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to accept Officer John Salter’s Resignation effective immediately.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. second the motion carried by vote 4-0

 

Trustee Blomquist also reported he received notification from the County of Rockland that they are providing fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the Fireworks Display on New Year’s Eve subject to a cap not to exceed $5,000.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to adopt and approve the CDBG committee for 2013-2014.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0 

Anne Bazala- Low Income

 Mercedes Rodriquez- Minority

Elderly-Fred Devan

Disabled- Bob Samuels

Sylvia Welch-Other

Lisa DeFeciani- Board Representative

 

Mayor Sanders entered the meeting at 6:50

 

Mayor Sanders drafted the minutes from the December 10th workshop with the DEC and asked the board to review.  The board noted they captured the evening’s discussions.

 

Mayor Sanders also received a request from the Town of Ramapo to sign the agreement for use of the Town of Ramapo firing range.

 

Agreement for Use of the Town of Ramapo Police Firing range

Resolution No. 2013-616 AUTHORIZE AGREEMENT

EXTENSION/USE OF TOWN OF RAMAPO POLICE FIRING RANGE

 

Trustee Silverberg offered the following resolution, which was seconded by Trustee Blomquist and was unanimously adopted:

 

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Village Attorney, the Village Board hereby approves the extension of an agreement with the Town of Ramapo for use of the Town of Ramapo Police Firing Range by officers of the Village of Piermont Police Department for calendar year 2014 on the same terms and conditions as the previous agreement between the parties for calendar year 2013.

 

Mayor Sanders received notification from a resident looking to purchase property on Castle Road to turn it into residential condos in addition to adding a boutique style hotel/resort/spa.  This would require a zoning change and questioned the board if they would consider additional use in a R80 district.  He also expressed that this discussion could take into consideration the sale/rent of Tappan Zee Elementary School and the Cowboy fields.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the idea is worth exploring, but would need further review.  He also raised an issue about having to create a new zoning district.

 

Mayor Sanders replied this would only require adding a use to the existing R80 district.  He asked Trustee Silverberg and Village Attorney to schedule a meeting with the resident to find out more details about the proposal.

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes December 17, 2013

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Mayor Sanders received a letter from the Piermont Fire Department regarding their request in a change to their service awards program.  The change would need a referendum to get passed.

 

Trustee Silverberg questioned the cost of having a special election and if there is any way to avert the costs and hold the referendum during the November election.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian will review costs and procedures for holding a special election and inform the board of his findings.

 

Trustee Silverberg reported he received an email from the DEC regarding an invasive species program, he does not know enough about the program but will check into the details of the program

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 pm. Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

           

                                                                                   

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

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