May 13, 2014

 INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

May 13, 2014

 

Present:  Mayor Christopher Sanders, Trustee Lisa DeFeciani, ,  Trustee Steven Silverberg, Walter Sevastian, Esq.-Village Attorney, Stephanie Tassello- Clerk- Treasurer

 

Absent: Deputy Mayor Blomquist, Trustee John Gallucci Jr.

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

 

Public Comment

Susan Cohen, a resident of Piermont, questioned the board what the new permitted hours for construction on the weekend

 

Building Inspector Charles Schaub explained the permitted hours are Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

 

Ray Icobelli, representing the Blauvelt Lions Club, requested permission to hold the annual Blauvelt Lions Applefest in Flywheel Park on Sunday, September 28th 2014 and asked the board to declare it a Village Sponsored event.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the Blauvelt Lions Club Applefest on September 28, 2014 as a Village Sponsored Event.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-0

 

Matthew Smith a resident of Piermont reported the Riverkeepers Sweep held a clean up on May 10, 2014 which was a success, he reported over 40 volunteers assisted with collecting 65 bags of garbage.  They are tentatively going to hold another clean-up event in the fall.

 

Phil Gossett, residing at the William Yuda Condos, explained he has an issue with the sidewalk ramps at the William Yuda Condos.  He explained the ramps have a steep incline which he struggles going up and down the ramp.  Due to the steep incline he has fallen out of his wheel chair several times.  He has contacted the property owner but the property owner has taken no action to rectify this dangerous condition.  He stated that the William Yuda Condos are HUD funded, and he has filed a federal action against the property owner.  He asked the board if there is anything they can do to help.

   

Mayor Sanders explained the Condos and surrounding property is privately owned and the Village does not provide improvements to private property – it is the responsibility of the landlord.   

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested for Mr. Gossett to continue to follow through with filing a federal action as it is the best solution to resolving this issue.  The Village is not obligated to resolve issues on private property.

 

Trustee DeFeciani offered to contact the property owner to discuss this issue in support of Mr. Gossett’s requests.

 

Approval of Minutes

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the minutes from the April 29, 2014 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 3-0.

 

Department Reports

 

POLICE

Chief O’Shea-absent-

Mayor Sanders received a request from Chief O’Shea regarding the purchase of a new vehicle. This discussion was tabled to the next Village Board meeting, May 27, 2014, to review the YTD Police Department Budget due to the absence of Chief O’Shea.

 

 

 

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DPW

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple turned in his monthly report and the DPW is getting ready for Memorial Day.

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub reported he received applications for the annual special permit for Cornetta’s and the Farmers Market. 

Review proposal from the Piermont Chamber of Commerce on the beautification of the exterior of Village Hall

 

Jo Machinist introduced herself and Laura Strauss as members of the beautification committee on the Piermont Chamber of Commerce.  She explained last year they raised money to enhance the planters along Piermont Avenue, this year they would like to partner with the Village of Piermont to do minor renovations to the façade of Village Hall.  This would include repainting all the white trim in front of building, adding new display cases, new flower boxes around the windows, power washing the façade, and performing minor repairs to the bricks.  She received an estimate of $6,500 from a contractor for the renovations.   They are holding another fundraiser to pay for part of the renovations.

 

Laura Strauss commented the chamber had recently formed the beautification committee which they have received overwhelming support and would like to continue with it.  Last year they enhanced the planters and would like to continue the beautification of Piermont. 

 

Mayor Sanders expressed concern with partnering with the Piermont Chamber of Commerce for this project; he explained it is Village owned property subject to the Village’s maintenance schedule.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian explained this is a Public Works Project and would have to follow the procurement policy; however the Village can accept donations earmarked for a particular project. 

 

Trustee Silverberg agreed with Village Attorneys recommendation

 

Trustee DeFeciani will meet with the Piermont Chamber of Commerce to continue the discussion on the renovations of Village Hall.

 

Continue Discussion on Storm/Sewer Drain issue on Route 9W

Mayor Sanders reported he received a draft written letter from the Village Consultant Engineer Ken DeGennaro on behalf of the Village of Piermont notifying the NYS DOT of the storm/sewer drain issue on Route 9W.

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian explained the Village is taking action by sending the letter and is putting the DOT on notice regarding the dangerous condition of the storm/sewer drain.  He also suggested copying the commissioner of DOT and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe.

 

Mayor Sanders also has additional pertinent information he will enclose with the copy to Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe and the commissioner of DOT.

 

Public Hearing (7:45) for Special Permit for Carolyn Winter to Convert a Single Family Dwelling to a Two Family Dwelling

 

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

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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. The planning and zoning board approved it with a condition if there is a change in ownership, then this would be void, it would also need to be renewed annually. 

 

Carolyn Winter explained to the Board that she would like to temporarily convert a one family house to a two family house. There was no additional square footage added, there is no need to for variances, and there is plenty of parking. 

 

No Public Comment

 

Trustee Silverberg said it meets all the requirements

 

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

 

RESOLUTION OF THE VILLAGE OF PIERMONT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SPECIAL PERMIT REQUEST – 50 Franklin Street – 75.46.1.21.3 (the “premises”)

WHEREAS, Carolyn Winter (the “Applicant”) has, 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-15 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 May 14, 2014;

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);

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 50 Franklin Street 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 Carolyn Winter’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.

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

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

 

Request from Kathleen Rowedder an art teach at the Tappan Zee High School to hold a Plein Air Painting workshop for her students on the Pier

Kathleen Rowedder an art teacher at the Tappan Zee High School requested to hold a Plein Air Painting workshop for her students on the Pier May 16, 2014 from 9:30am to 1:45pm.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve Tappan Zee High School Class Trip to the Pier for a Plein Air Painting Workshop on Friday May 16, 2014 from 9:30am to 1:45pm.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the request which carried by vote 3-0

Continued Discussion on proposed 2014-2015 Capital Budget

Tommy Temple submitted a proposal to purchase a new message trailer; he explained the DPW message trailer was totaled by hurricane sandy.

Mayor Sanders tabled this to May 27, 2014 Village Board Meeting due to the absence of deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist and Trustee Gallucci Jr.   

 

Review Ban Rates for $625,000 Multipurpose Ban

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello received the following bid results;

Putnam County Savings Bank 0.7000%

Roosevelt & Cross, Inc. 1.0307%

Samuel Ramirez & Co., Inc. 1.3733%

Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. 1.5810%

M & T Bank    1.660%

 

Trustee DeFeciani made a motion to award Putnam County Savings Bank bid at 0.7000% on the Multipurpose Ban in the amount of $625,000.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 3-0.

 

Bond Resolution – $135,000-Cyncon Municipal Tractor

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to May 27, 2014 Village Board Meeting due to the absence of deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist and Trustee Gallucci Jr.   

 

Bond Resolution – $45,500, Fire Department Equipment

Mayor Sanders tabled this to May 27, 2014 Village Board Meeting due to the absence of deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist and Trustee Gallucci Jr.

 

Bond Resolution – $99,000, Tax Certiorari

Mayor Sanders tabled this to May 27, 2014 Village Board Meeting due to the absence of deputy Mayor Mark Blomquist and Trustee Gallucci Jr.

 

Authorize Mayor to enter into agreement with Lamb & Barnosky LLP

 

 Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into agreement with Lamb & Barnosky LLP.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-0.

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $ 626,868.01 as presented by the Village Clerk.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried with a vote of 3-0.

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Old/New Business

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian requested an executive session for pending litigation and personnel matters.

 

Trustee DeFeciani was recently contacted by the Piermont Marsh Alliance asking her to attend a meeting regarding the eradication of the phragmities which she plans on attending.

 

Trustee Silverberg reported he is attending another Scenic Hudson Task Force Meeting Thursday May 15th which they will being a walk around marking areas prone to flooding.

 

Mayor Sanders confirmed he received confirmation that a surveyor from the Village Engineer has identified elevations at the base of utility poles, to provide good reference points for potential future flooding.

Mayor Sanders reported he drafted a letter to residents requesting their email address to broadcast general municipal information, as well as time- sensitive information.  He also received a request from the Schooner Mystic Whaler for permission to dock at the end of the Pier on June 16th thru June 17th, 2014.

 

Trustee DeFeciani moved to approve the Mystic Whaler boat to dock at the end of the Pier on June 16th thru June 17th. 2014.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-0.

Mayor Sanders also received notification from the Community Development Block Grant denying the Village’s request for improvements to the Handicap ramp located at the Community Center.

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Pending Litigation and discussion on personnel compensation.  The motion was seconded by DeFeciani and the motion was carried with a vote of 3-0.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to exit Executive Session, which was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani and upon vote the Board adjourned Executive Session.  The Village Clerk noted that no action was taken while in executive session.  

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. entered the meeting during Executive Session

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize Mayor Sanders to attach amended Schedule A to employee contracts according to approved Budgets.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve Mayor Sanders signing Justice Court Clerk’s Employee Letter of Understanding as amended for the Fiscal Year 2014/ 2015.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:15pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried with a vote of 4-0.

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                           

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

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