January 8, 2013

 

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REORGANIZATION MEETING

January 8, 2013

 

 

 

Present:  Mayor Christopher Sanders, Deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist, Trustees 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.

 

Mayor Sanders administered the Oath of Office to Trustee Lisa DeFeciani and Trustee Steven Silverberg.

 

Mayor hereby appoints MARK BLOMQUIST Deputy Mayor for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints Michele KIoblick Deputy Village Clerk-Treasurer for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints WALTER SEVASTIAN as Village Attorney for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DENNIS MICHAELS as Assistant Village Attorney

for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, and second by Trustee Gallucci Jr..  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints MARGARET HOLIHAN Acting Village Justice for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried

 

Mayor hereby appoints BRIAN KENNEY to serve as Village Assessor/Consultant for the Village of Piermont until the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee DeFeciani.   Upon vote the motion carried.

Trustee Blomquist – Aye

Trustee DeFeciani – Aye

Trustee Gallucci Jr.-Aye

Trustee Silverberg -Nay

 

Mayor hereby appoints BROOKER ENGINEERING to serve as Village Engineer until the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr…  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints STEPHANIE TASSELLO as Registrar of Vital Statistics for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

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Mayor hereby appoints SYLVIA CARBONELL as Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints WILLIAM HERGUTH member of the Planning Board for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2018.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints TOBY DASCHBACH as an alternate member of the Planning Board for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist., second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints NATE MITCHELL as an alternate member of the Planning Board for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DANIEL SPITZER as Chairperson to the Planning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office.

 

Mayor hereby appoints SIMON BASNER as Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints ROBERTA EBERT as an Alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints KEVIN BEHRMAN as an Alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints MARGARET HOLIHAN as Chairperson to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire at the Reorganization Meeting of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DR. LLOYD HAMILTON to the position of Police Surgeon for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Silverberg.  Upon vote the motion carried and Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello administered the Oath of Office

 

Mayor hereby appoints MEG FOWLER as member of the Piermont Architectural Review Commission for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints MEG FOWLER Chairperson of the Piermont Architectural Review Commission for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

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Mayor hereby appoints DANIEL SHERMAN as a member of the Piermont Parks Commission for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DANIEL SHERMAN Chairperson of the Piermont Parks Commission for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby appoints DANNY GOSWICK Chairperson of the Harbor Advisory Commission for a term to expire at Reorganization of January 2014.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor appoints the following as Liaisons to Village Departments:

Deputy Mayor Blomquist: Police Department,

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

Trustee Gallucci Jr.: Department of Public Works

Motion by Trustee Blomquist, second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

Trustee Silverberg: Building Department, Land-Use Boards

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

Trustee DeFeciani: Clerks Office, Justice Court

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr. Upon vote the motion carried.

Mayor Sanders: Fire Department

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the ROCKLAND JOURNAL NEWS as the official newspaper for the Village of Piermont.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the   M & T BANK, PROVIDENT BANK, MBIA CLASS AND FIRST NIAGARA as the official depositories for the Village of Piermont.

 

Motion by Trustee Gallucci Jr., second by Trustee Blomquist.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the following as the official locations for posting of notices for the Village of Piermont:

Village of Piermont Village Hall

Canzona’s Market

Railroad Station

Piermont Post Office

Piermont Library

M & T Bank

Eleanor Stroud Skating Pond

 

Motion by Trustee DeFeciani, second by Trustee Gallucci Jr..  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Mayor hereby designates the first and third Tuesdays of each month as the regular meeting days for the Board of Trustees Meetings.

 

Motion by Trustee Silverberg, second by Trustee DeFeciani.  Upon vote the motion carried.

 

Public Comment

Ronnie Cummings residing at 355 Piermont Ave commented her home flooded during Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Sandy, and has flooded twice since Hurricane Sandy.  She recently became aware part of the creek is owned by Rockland County, and part by the State of New York.  She has reached out to Rockland County Drainage which assessed the creek notifying her it’s not blocked and it’s not their responsibility to provide repairs.  She has also reached out to David Carlucci’s office seeking assistance.  The creek is continuously flooding and she cannot keep up with the cost of repairs.  There are 40 to 50 residents that

 

need assistance.  She requested to form a committee and would seek assistance and guidance from the Village Board, and the Village Attorney.

 

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Mayor Sanders noted that area is prone to tidal flooding and then there is the yearly storm breaching the sea walls.  He recently reviewed areas prone to flooding within the Village with the Village Engineer for Hazard Mitigation one area would be to rebuild the sea walls along the creek.

 

Ronnie Cummings commented she heard the army core of engineers built the sea walls in 1940; most of the walls have not been repaired.   She thinks if the Hudson River is dredged it would prevent the creek from tidal flooding.

 

Mayor Sanders commented there should be a joint meeting between the committee, DPW Supervisor Tom Temple, and the Village Engineer to apply for Hazard Mitigation which is an open competitive grant program.

 

Ronnie Cummings requested to hold the committee meetings in Village Hall when available.

 

Resolution Authorizing Mayor to sign Employee Agreements

Mayor Sanders presented two (2) Employees’ Letters of Understanding to the board for the Calendar Year 2013.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to review and discuss (2) Employees letters of Understanding in Executive Session.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Adoption of Procurement Policy for the Village of Piermont

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented there is a minor change in the procurement policy is section 103(4) of the General Municipal Law pertaining emergency purchase of public work contracts.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented he is concerned with item 5. Of the policy that reads: A determination that the offerer is not responsible shall be made by the purchaser and may not be challenged under any circumstances.  He further suggested amending the policy to read: A determination that the offerer is not responsible when made by the purchaser shall be deemed appropriate under all circumstances.

Trustee Silverberg moved to adopt as amended the Procurement Policy for the Village of Piermont.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of 5-0

 

 

Request from Gran Fondo Annual Bike Event

Gran Fondo New York requested to hold their annual bike event through the Village on May 19, 2013, with an aid station.

 

Trustee Blomquist, moved to approve the Gran Fondo annual bike event on May 19, 2013.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

 

Request from the sloop Clearwater Clear Water

The sloop Clearwater requested permission for the Clearwater boat to dock at the end of the Pier to hold “Classroom of the Waves” educational program.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Clearwater boat to dock at the end of the Pier on Monday June 23 thru June 24, 2013 and June 30 thru July 1, 2013.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.

 

Resolution from the County of Rockland for Reimbursement for Police Overtime

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve the Agreement between the County of Rockland and the Village of Piermont for Reimbursement in the amount of $1,208.40 for Police Overtime training regarding the Maccabi Games pursuant to the 2010 Homeland Security Grant.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0

 

 

 

 

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Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve as amended minutes from the December 11, 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Gallucci Jr.  Seconded the motion, which carried by a vote

Trustee Silverberg- abstained

Trustee DeFeciani –abstained

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the minutes from the December 18, 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Moran seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote.

Trustee Silverberg- abstained

Trustee DeFeciani- abstained

Mayor Sanders questioned the board if they would like the Minutes to reflect what is required by state law which only include the resolution and the vote without any comments.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he is aware of the requirements of the law but recommends including the comments in the minutes it provides additional information.

 

Trustee Blomquist agreed with Trustee Silverberg

 

Mayor Sanders noted the minutes will reflect what is required by law and will also include additional relevant comments and discussions.

 

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $ 65,378.55 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

 

Old/New Business

 

Mayor Sanders noted the Village Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Tassello presented a memo to the board for the proposed Budget Workshop schedule.

 

Mayor Sanders received a call from a potential resident looking to buy a residential home in the Village of Piermont but wanted direction and information to change the current zoning on the property which is R-40.  They are interested in adding additional use potentially a Bed & Breakfast, which would include holding special catered events.

 

Mayor Sanders commented the current zoning for this residential property is zoned R-40 he questioned the possibility of adding additional provisions to allow catered events to the current drafted Bed & Breakfast legislation or update the R-80 district to include and additional use

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented if you add additional language to the current drafted legislation it would need to go back out for comment.

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the board should proceed with the current drafted Bed & Breakfast legislation and could be reviewed and amended at a later date.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented he does not want to modify or make any changes to the current drafted Bed and Breakfast legislation.

 

Trustee Blomquist commented he does not want to modify the current proposed drafted Bed & Breakfast legislation. Trustee DeFeciani commented she does not want to modify the current proposed drafted Bed & Breakfast legislation, and thinks the board should look at revising the zoning.

 

Mayor Sanders commented the Piermont Historical Society came to board several months ago asking to establish a caretaker relationship between the Village of Piermont and the Historical Society.  He would like the board to review the current use of the property with

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the possibility of either potentially leasing it to a volunteer fireman or EMS for housing, or surplusing the property.  We would need review to see if there are any easements or deeded restrictions currently on the property.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented he will review if they are any restrictions or easements.

 

Chief O’Shea commented he received an additional estimate to repair the street light that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, in the amount of $11,425

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian noted that three written estimates are needed in order to be in compliance with the Village’s Procurement Policy,

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize Chief O’Shea to enter into contract to replace the cabinet and controller for the traffic light located on Piermont Ave and Ferdon Ave in the amount of $11,425, or less if lower bid is received.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Temple submitted his monthly written report and received a call from facilities department at Lamont Doherty requesting access to review damage at their pier building.  He reported they want to do the repairs and are requesting for the Village to vacate the building and remove all Village owned equipment.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented Lease -Access Easement document states Columbia University has the primary responsibility for maintance of the bldg. He recommended forwarding a copy to the board for review.

 

Mayor Sanders commented the board would need to review the lease and tabled this to the Village Board Meeting on January 22, 2013

 

Tommy Temple also reported he replaced the deck at Half Moon Park

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea reported he was approved to receive a new PAL Van from the County Pal Crime Prevention Program from seizure funds.

 

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub reported he has been working with Orange & Rockland utilities installing the remaining electric boxes to residential homes.  There are many residents requesting to raise their homes.

 

Executive Session

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel / contract issues.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallucci Jr.  And upon vote the Board entered Executive Session

 

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

 

Adjournment

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

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