February 18, 2014

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

February 18, 2014

 

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

 

 

 

The Village Board held a Tax Grievance Hearing starting at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with Assessor/Consultant Brian Kenny in attendance.  Several grievance applications were filed prior to the meeting, and two grievances were submitted at the meeting.

 

The regular Board of Trustees meeting opened at 7:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Robert Samuels advised the Board the automatic door opener for the main entrance of Village Hall was not working.

 

Fred Devan advised the board the intersection of 9W on to Broadway was dangerously narrow due to snow buildup.Mayor Sanders asked Trustee Gallucci Jr. to advise the DPW Department of this hazard.

 

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Defeciani, moved to approve the minutes from the February 4, 2014 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 -absent

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea-absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub had nothing additional to report.

Continuation of Public Hearing – Phil Griffin Site Plan application for the renovation/addition/alteration of a single family residence

Trustee Gallucci Jr. recused himself and left the boardroom.

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian again advised the Board that he represented both Bette Lowey and Claudia Kempton in his private practice several years ago.  He currently does not have an attorney-client relationship with either Ms. Lowey or Ms. Kempton; and is not a voting member of the board.  He does not think it will impair his job function of providing legal advice to the Board as of Trustees with respect to the Site Plan applications and the potential opposition thereto.   

 

 

 

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Trustee Silverberg commented it has been many years since Village Attorney represented Claudia Kempton he does believe there will be any conflict with the Village Attorney providing legal advice to the Board of Trustees.

 

Trustee Blomquist agreed with Trustee Silverberg

Trustee DeFeciani also agreed with Trustee Silverberg

Mayor Sanders also agreed with Trustee Silverberg

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented at a previous board meeting Phil Griffin request was adjourned and referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a Determination of which versuib of the Site Plan would apply.  This request is based on Map No. 6944, Book 116 Page 75 Filed December 8, 1995 in the office of the Rockland County Clerk referencing note #12 that “no exterior change to the applicant’s building is permitted without the written approval of the majority of the unit owners of the buildings located on Lot “D” and Lot “Y” as shown on the subdivision Plat”, or if the 1997 Map supersedes the recorded 1995 Map.  Recently Mr. Griffin and Claudia Kempton contacted the Village Clerk to be placed on the Village Board agenda advising they had received majority approval from their neighbors and withdrew their request to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Although on the agenda this evening, Mr. Sevastian advised the board they would need to establish and schedule a date and time to continue the Public Hearing.

 

Although this application would be continued, Mayor Sanders asked the boards initial thoughts on the proposal.

 

Trustee Silverberg expressed concern about setting a precedent this may create; there are several adjacent properties that could also expand.  He is also concerned with the visual impact this may have on the river front.

 

Trustee Blomquist is also concerned with setting a precedent, however he will take into account the modifications Mr. Griffin has made to his site plan to address the concerns of his neighbors.

 

Trustee DeFeciani agreed with Trustee Blomquist, further stating if Mr. Griffin request is an allowable use within Village Code she would not have a problem approving it.

 

Mayor Sanders is concerned with the project adding significant bulk.  He voiced his appreciation that Mr. Griffin addressed the neighbors concerns over privacy by amending the location of the windows on the latest plan.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to schedule the continuation of the Public Hearing for Site Plan application for the renovation/addition/alteration of a single family residence on March 4, 2014 at 7:35pm.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Continuation of Public Hearing – Claudia Kempton Site Plan application for the renovation/addition/alteration of a single family residence

Trustee Silverberg commented he does not have a problem with Claudia Kemptons site plan application.

Mayor Sanders commented he also does not have a problem with Claudia’s site plan application, but suggested to Claudia to consider and address some of the privacy concerns of her neighbors.

Trustee Blomquist agreed with Trustee Silverberg

Trustee Blomquist moved to schedule the continuation of the Public Hearing for Site Plan application for the renovation/addition/alteration of a single family residence on March 4, 2014 at 7:40pm.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

Trustee Gallucci Jr. re-entered the meeting

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Presentation from Michael Safko for his preliminary hotel/residential development plan

Mayor Sanders informed the board that he had previous held a meeting with Trustee Silverberg, Village Attorney Walter Sevastian and Mr. Safko to discuss his proposed project for the Castle on 9W. 

 

Mr. Safko introduced himself currently residing in Piermont.  He came before the board seeking guidance and direction of this preliminary $70,000,000 Development plan for a Luxury Resort and Spa on the Castle Site.  He reviewed details of this project which includes hotel rooms and suites, townhouses, restaurants, banquet facilities, art space, spa and fitness center, indoor/ outdoor pools, tennis courts, and other amenities.  He believes this project will directly have a positive impact on the local economy by adding temporary construction jobs, and permanent jobs at the hotel.  It will increase tourism to the area, and he believes it will also significantly increase the tax base to the Village of Piermont.  He is willing to work with the Board and make any modifications, as long as it is remains financially suitable.  He also introduced his partner and Project Architect, William Brothers of WQB Architecture PLLC.  He lastly commented that he is willing to work with the board and the residents of Piermont, and thinks this project will be beneficial for all. 

 

Mayor Sanders informed the board that the project is within the R40 zoning district, zoned for single family homes on 1 acre, and the proposed project would need use & area variances.  He referred to Mr. Safko‘s request to get guidance and asked the Board for their comment.

 

Trustee Silverberg thanked Mr. Safko for providing a preliminary draft of his proposal.   He suggested to Mr. Safko to provide additional details, but understands this is preliminary. He stated the board would need to create a new zoning district or change the zone to allow various conditions.  As an example, Mr. Safko would need to provide a traffic study, and a visual impact study. 

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. summarized the prior comments and agreed with Trustee Silverberg comments.

 

Trustee Blomquist commented this is a very ambitious project and agreed with Trustee Silverberg there needs to be more details on the possible impacts of this project.

 

Trustee DeFeciani questioned the procedures for a project of this magnitude.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reviewed the procedures for a zoning amendment.

 

Mayor Sanders thanked Mr. Safko for his presentation and expressed concern of the extent of the construction and the impact of the overall project to the surrounding neighbors and roads. 

 

Mr. Safko commented they are flexible and willing to address any issues as they arise, however he does not think it there will be a drastic impact. 

 

William Brothers commented the majority of the roads are existing paved roads they would just widen them.

 

Mayor Sanders suggested due to the size of the project to provide a more details.  

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested that the Board retain jurisdiction for site plan approval on a project like this, and depend on the planning board for advisory opinions. He thinks this project has a lot of possibilities; however he would like Mr. Safko to provide additional details.

 

Mike Safko commented he would like a timeline to expedite this project and is seeking guidance as to the process.

 

Mayor Sanders replied the board cannot provide a timeline nor expedite the process as this is a large project.

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Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented the first step for Mr. Safko is to submit an application, and schedule a meeting with the planner and the Building Inspector. 

 

Trustee Silverberg referred to his prior comment regarding Mr. Safko to providing additional details including a visual impact study, a traffic study, and all other documents needed required for a site plan approval.  He may also need an environmental impact study.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian provided suggestions to assist them in proceeding with the project.

 

Mayor Sanders commented we would need input from the Community and the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Mike Safko commented he thinks it would be relatively important, he thinks the sooner he gets the input from the community the better.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented to Mr. Safko that he would need to provide additional documents and details in order for them to begin the process.   

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this item to another Village Board Meeting.

 

Declare Model Z40 Microfilm Reader Surplus

Trustee Silverberg moved to declare the Model Z40 Microfilm reader surplus.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by a vote 5-0

Request from Rockland Road Runners to hold their Annual South Nyack 10 Mile Run on September 7, 2014

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the Rockland Road Runners Annual South Nyack 10 Mile Run on September 7, 2014.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0

 

Request from NYCLASS amendment to the agreement

 

RESOLUTION NO.   218-14                     VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

TITLE:            AMENDEMENT DATED AS OF March 4, 2014 TO THE COOPERATIVE LIQUID ASSET SECURITIES SYSTEM MUNICIPAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT AS AMENDED AND RESTATED AS OF APRIL 23, 2012.

Mayor hereby designates The Municipal Cooperation Agreement referenced above is hereby amended so that the following changes are made;

1.      The NYCLASS Investment Policy better conforms to New York State General Municipal Law.

2.      The Governing Board is empowered with the ability to further amend the Investment Policy without further amendment to the cooperative, but while still maintaining appropriate notice to Participants

3.      Allows the potential creation of other investment options as market conditions change or improve over time.

 

This Resolution was moved by Trustee Silverberg and seconded by Trustee

DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried unanimously

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $191, 092.23 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

Trustee DeFeciani reported she met with the Village Clerk to review costs associated with preparation of documents for Planning/Zoning and Village Board Meetings.  She explained the

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Village had submitted a grant for the purchase of tablets which will help reduce associated costs, and is awaiting notification.

 

Trustee Blomquist reported he recently reviewed Fiscal 2015 budgets with the Fire Department and the Police Department.

 

Trustee Silverberg reported the Historical Society held a successful meeting they are in the process of fundraising and creating an educational program.  He attended the task force meeting with scenic Hudson which they will soon reach out to the public for their input.

 

Mayor Sanders reported he had received an agreement from Brooker Engineering which included a proposed increase their fees.  Mayor Sanders will contact Brooker Engineering to discuss their contract.  He also received a request from Lamb & Barnosky LLP to increase their fees which he will provide copies to the board to review at the next Village Board Meeting on March 4, 2014.

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:05pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                           

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

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