May 27, 2014

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

May 27, 2014

 

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

 

Absent: Trustee Steven Silverberg and Village Attorney Walter Sevastian-Absent

 

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Margaret Grace announced the New York State Thruway Authority has installed GPS units on each barge which can be viewed on line. This adds additional security if a barge breaks loose it will sound an alarm.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Since there was no quorum, this item was tabled to the next Village Board Meeting, July 17, 2014

 

Department Reports

 

POLICE

 

Chief O’Shea submitted his monthly report, and explained they have been successful with the inspections of Commercial Vehicles on 9W.  He also reported that recently they have had a number of domestic violence arrests.  He requested to reschedule the annual Safety Day to June 12, 2014 and asked permission to close the pier to motor vehicle traffic to ensure the safety of all the students.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to close the pier from 9am to 2pm on June 12, 2014 for safety day.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Mayor Sanders asked Chief O’Shea to work with Sylvia Welch to check into a Police Grant for the replacement of the Message Board.

 

DPW

 

DPW Superintendent Tom Temple-absent

 

Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent

 

Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub-absent

Review Fiscal 2014 YTD Police Department Budget

Chief O’Shea reviewed his Year to Date Police Budget explaining the Sales Tax Revenue for the Police Department is solely earmarked for purchases of Police Equipment.  He reports to have a balance of $27,000 and is requesting to use this balance for the purchase of an additional police SUV.  He explained his current vehicle is not sufficient or safe during any storm and he needs a vehicle with 4-wheel drive.  This request will also include the surplus of his current vehicle valued between $8,000 and $10,000, to offset the cost of a new vehicle.

 

Mayor Sanders reviewed the Police Department budget and had additional questions.

It seems there are outstanding purchases and revenues that have not hit the budget and he would need further clarification as to allowable purchases that are earmarked for the Police Equipment.

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes May 27, 2014

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Trustee Gallucci Jr. understood the Police Sales Tax revenue must be earmarked towards anything but Police Salaries; he suggested reviewing the purchases earmarked for Police Equipment.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the next Village Board meeting on June 17th, 2014 for further discussion and review.

 

Trustee Blomquist explained the Fire Department equipment repair line went over budget primarily due to the repairs to the Pumper and the ambulance, which were both eventually surplus and replaced.  He explained the engine on 13-Marine recently failed and would need to be replaced.  He received an estimate of $14,000 on State Bid and asked for this to be included on the 2014-2015 Capital Budget.

 

Continue Discussion on proposed 2014-2015 Capital Budget

Mayor Sanders reviewed the proposed 2014-2015 Capital Budget; which also included the engine for 13-Marine.

 

Trustee Blomquist commented the proposed Fire Department Capital line needs include the replacement engine for 13-Marine, which should also be included the Fire Department Equipment Bond Resolution.

 

Mayor Sanders moved to item 8 on the agenda.

 

Bond Resolution – $99,000, Tax Certiorari

Trustee Gallucci Jr. made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution in the amount of $99,000 for Tax Certiorari. The motion was seconded by Trustee Blomquist, which carried a Vote 4-0.

 

Bond Resolution – $135,000-Cyncon Municipal Tractor

Trustee Gallucci Jr. made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution in the amount of $135,000 for the Cyncon Municipal Tractor. The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani, which carried a Vote 4-0.

 

Bond Resolution – $65,500, Fire Department Equipment

Trustee Blomquist made a motion to adopt a Bond Resolution in the amount of $65,500 for Fire Department Equipment. The motion was seconded by Trustee Gallucci, which carried a Vote 4-0.

 

Review Proposal from the Town of Orangetown for repairs to the Containment Wall located at the Eleanor Stroud Skating Pond

Mayor Sanders reported this project is proposed by the Town of Orangetown Department of Public Works to reduce the size of the containment wall located at the skating pond.  He contacted the Village Engineer who explained the proposal has details missing and would need to be initially reviewed by the Planning Board.

 

Review Village Board Meetings balance of 2014.

Mayor Sanders confirmed the balance of 2014 Board Meetings, scheduled for the following Tuesdays;

September 2nd & 23rd

October 7th & 21st

November 4th & 18th

December 2nd & 16th, 2014

 

Authorize the Mayor to enter into Agreement with Cornell University

Trustee DeFeciani moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into agreement with Cornell cooperative Extension with reference to EPA Phase 2 Stormwater Regulations at a cost of $800.00.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Amend Date of Public Hearing for Piermont Pub/Pizza to amend Special Permit to allow outdoor seating

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes May 27, 2014

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Trustee Blomquist moved to change the scheduled public hearing to July 15, 2014 at 7:45pm.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

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 change the previous scheduled date to May 30th, 2014

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr.  moved to approve the date change of the Tappan Zee High School Class Trip to the Pier to May 30, 2014 from 9:30am to 1:45pm.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the request which carried by vote 4-0

 

Request from the Clearwater and Schooner Mystic Whaler to dock October 2nd thru October 5th, 2014

 

The Clearwater and Schooner Mystic Whaler requested permission to dock at the end of the Pier and to hold “Classroom of the Waves” educational program.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Clearwater and Schooner Mystic Whaler boat to dock at the end of the Pier on September 26th thru September 29th and October 2nd thru October 5th, 2014.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 4-0.

 

Proposal from the New NYBridge for marking a channel into Piermont

Mayor Sanders and Trustee Blomquist recently attended a meeting with representatives from the NY TZ Bridge, along with Brian Conybeare representing Governor Cuomo’s office, to discuss dredging a channel into Piermont.  As part of the TZ Bridge project they were asked to map the shallows along the river and discovered an existing channel, which runs eastward along the Pier to the main channel, maintaining a minimum depth of 5’.  They are proposing to install lighted markers to identify the Channel but once installed they may need to be maintained by the Village of Piermont.  This proposal will need to be reviewed by the Village Attorney, Walter Sevastian

 

Trustee Blomquist expressed concern with the Village maintain the markers. His concern is the possibility of the markers moving from their location, and not being able to put them back from where they were initially placed.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented he would not have a problem with the Village maintaining the markers, however in the event the markers move it may be the responsibility of the Village to maintain the positioning of the markers.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the next Village Board meeting June 17, 2014 for further discussion and review.

 

Review proposal from Korn Rosenbaum LLP to provide accounting Services

 

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello reported there are no changes in the annual agreement.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve entering into an agreement with Korn Rosenbaum LLP to provide accounting services for FYE 2014 in the amount of $9,500.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion which carried by a vote 4-0

 

Village Hall Vacation Day Carry over

 

Sylvia Carbonell requested to carry over 5 Vacation days.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve Sylvia Carbonell to carry over 5 Vacation Days to be used within 90 days.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Blomquist and upon vote the motion carried.

 

Village of Piermont Board of Trustees Minutes May 27, 2014

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Resolution in support of a CFA application to NYS DOS to update LWRP

RESOLUTION-0527-2014

 

I, Stephanie Tassello, the duly qualified and acting Clerk of the Incorporated Village of Piermont, New York, do hereby certify that the following resolution was adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held on May 27, 2014 and is incorporated in the original minutes of said meeting, and that said resolution has not been altered, amended or revoked and is in full force and effect.

 

RESOLVED:

 

Whereas:  In the Spring of 2012, the Village of Piermont initiated the process to update its 1992 LWRP to align its policies and programs with recent economic, social and physical changes, and develop a guide for the next 20+ years, and appointed stakeholder task forces to study sections of the village and to elicit public input on existing LWRP policies and participate in visioning for the future Piermont, but Sandy stopped this process as Village officials, staff, residents and business owners concentrated  on recovery; and

 

Whereas:  As part of recovery planning for the long-term and taking into account the potential impact of predicted sea level rise, the Village of Piermont is in partnership with Scenic Hudson to produce a reassessment of assets and resources and make recommendations for resiliency strategies in a Waterfront Adaptation Vision that reduces risks to infrastructure and property from sea level rise, enables economic revitalization and conserves coastal natural resources, and appointed a stakeholder Sea Level Rise/Waterfront Adaption Task Force to work with Scenic Hudson towards this end; and

 

 

Whereas:  The Village of Piermont intends to complete the LWRP update process with a focus on resiliency planning that will provide the flexibility to address post-Sandy issues and keep Piermont a vibrant, viable community; and

 

Whereas:  The public has supported the update of the LWRP, and has made its support known; and

 

Whereas, New York State through the Consolidated Funding Application Program has

provided funding to advance the Village of Piermont’s plans for the revitalization of the village; and

 

 Whereas,  The Village of Piermont deems it to be in the public interest and benefit under to authorize and direct Christopher Sanders, as Mayor of the Village of Piermont, New York, to file an application for funds to the New York State Department of State.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY – The Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont:

1. That Christopher Sanders, as Mayor, is hereby authorized to file an application for funding in support of the update to the LWRP; and

 

2. That the Village of Piermont agrees that it will fund its portion of the cost of the Project and that funds will be available to initiate the Project’s work upon execution of a contract with New York State Department of State.

Trustee DeFeciani moved this resolution and Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 4-0

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $ 186,215.81 as presented by the Village Clerk.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried with a vote of 4-0.

 

Old/New Business

Trustee DeFeciani attended a meeting with the Piermont Marsh Alliance. Afterwards she came across an open bill in the NYS Assembly, sponsored by Senator Borelli, regarding the eradication of Phragmites.  Right now the proposed bill regarding eradication of the Phragmites is on hold.

 

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Trustee DeFeciani also reported the Scenic Task Force has asked if the Village has an emergency response plan in case of an emergency.  They had discussed implementing a plan, which would include small groups within neighborhoods to set up as watch dogs.  She suggested scheduling a meeting with the Fire Department/ DPW Department and the Police Department to implement a strategic plan.

 

She also discussed a meeting she had with the Chamber of Commerce to have the DPW begin minor renovations to Village Hall.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the next Village Board Meeting July 17, 2014 to discuss details with DPW Superintendent Tom Temple

 

Trustee Blomquist reported the Fire Departments withdrew their request to transfer the PAL Van from the Police Department to the Fire Department

 

Mayor Sanders reported he and Deputy Mayor Blomquist had a meeting with the Piermont March Alliance, which they had expressed their opinions and concerns.

 

Mayor Sanders questioned the status of the repairs to the North Shore Walkway.  The Village Clerk reported that the Village is still waiting for final approval from FEMA, she explained the project cannot begin until it is approved by FEMA, and was advised the project would not be reimbursed by FEMA if it starts before being approved.  The Village Clerk will follow up with FEMA to check on the status.

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. 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 4-0.

 

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

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:27pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried with a vote of 4-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer

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