Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2013

INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF PIERMONT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

May 7, 2013

 

 

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-Village Clerk-Treasurer.

 

Executive Session

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Pending Litigation.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Blomquist and upon vote the Board entered Executive Session.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to exit Executive Session, Trustee Silverberg seconded and upon the vote, the motion passed and the board returned to regular session.

 

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

 

Public Comment

 

Bob Samuels commented he recently read a post on the Internet regarding Rockland Road Bridge stating it cannot be repaired.

 

Mayor Sanders refuted the report and replied the board will provide an update later in the meeting

 

Bill Herguth commented he was driving past the mine hole and two pedestrians screamed at him to slow down, he reported he was actually driving below the speed limit.  He suggested to the board to reduce the speed limit.

 

Audie Moran acknowledged the Village for setting up the new playground equipment which was a donation from the Blauvelt Lions Club.  She expressed concerns due that the new park equipment was not installed in the original discussed and approved location.  She suggested to move the new park equipment to where it was previously approved and discussed.

 

Margaret Grace requested an update on the repairs to the Dog Run fence. She also requested to be place on the Agenda at the next Village Board meeting at which time she to provide an update regarding the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum treaty

 

DPW Superintendent Temple reported he has met with FEMA officials and is waiting for an estimate for the repairs.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to approve minutes from the April 23, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0

 

Department Reports

 

DPW

DPW Superintendent Temple reported he turned in his monthly report and requested to remove 2 sheds at the community center that are detoriating.  The department removed a boat that washed on the pier during Hurricane Sandy with assistance from the Fire Department.  The new street sweeper is working out well they are cleaning the catch basins according to MS4 requirements.  He will begin preparation for Memorial Day.

 

Mayor Sanders authorized the removal of the 2 sheds at the community center.

 

Police Dept.

Chief O’Shea -absent

 

 

 

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Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub reported he handed in his monthly report, and wanted the board to know Cornettas plans on reopening his outdoor restaurant Wednesday.  He also advised the board the owners of the Onderdonk house has obtained a Building Permit for interior renovations, and was referred to the Planning Board for exterior alterations.

 

Request from Rockland County Sheriff Deputies Assoc.

 

Charlie Lowther 1st Vice President of the Rockland County Sheriff Deputies Association commented the Sheriff’s Department always offers additional Police enforcement when requested from the Village of Piermont.  He personally was on duty in Piermont during Super Storm Sandy, and has assisted during many other various events within the Village.   He requested the Village waive the fee for the Goswick Pavilion for an annual Family BBQ for the members of the Association on June 15, 2013.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to authorize the use of Goswick Pavilion on June 15, 2013 for the Rockland County Sheriff Deputies Association’s annual BBQ and waive the fee.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0

 

Request from the Piermont Fire Department to hold an “Open House” at the Fire Department/ River Lot.

 

Trustee Blomquist commented Dan Goswick Jr. could not attend the meeting, and if the board had additional questions he will attend the next Village Board Meeting.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the next Village Board Meeting May 21, 2013 for further review.

 

Mayor Sanders requested to move Agenda Item #11 up to follow Agenda Item #3

Discussion of NYS/DEC plans to restore the Piermont Marsh

Mayor Sanders expressed concern regarding the NYS DEC Permit to restore the Piermont Marsh.  The plan includes using herbicide in the removal of Phragmites, which is an invasive species, and to replace with native marsh grasses

 

Dorothy Peteet a research scientist with Lamont Doherty Columbia University commented she received a request from Betsy Blair head of DEC to hold a meeting with scientists at Lamont Doherty.  The DEC requested their assistance to review the proposed plan and their input on implementing the Permit that NYS DEC has issued.  The DEC gave the University a timeframe of 2 weeks to review and comment.

 

John Lipscomb of the Riverkeepers provided a copy of the NYS DEC Permit and directed the board to the section that relates to Piermont – Section C ii, Wetlands Enhancement at Piermont March, Phragmites control.  The State and the NYS Thruway Authority was asked to provide mitigation projects to compensate for the damage that the construction of the new bridge may cause to the Hudson River.

 

Dorothy Peteet referenced Section C ii pertaining to the Piermont Marsh which reads; “Phragmites control will be implemented on approximately 200 acres through application of herbicide or other means with the goal, where practically achievable, of complete eradication from 90% of the project area while minimizing damages to native vegetation.  Maintenance spraying will be performed over a five-year period as needed.”  She is concerned because the DEC gave her only two weeks to review the impact of this plan, which is not enough time to research the potential benefits and impacts. She believes that there needs to be extensive research to make a determination on the impact to the environment.  She has pleaded and urged the DEC that she needs more time to review the project.

 

Mayor Sanders Thanked Dorothy Peteet for attending the Board meeting, and providing pertinent information.

 

 

 

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Trustee Silverberg questioned how is the eradication going to work when the permit lists 200 acres of Phragmites when there is actually about 900 acres in the marsh.  He also questioned if there is a concern with the herbicides they will be using.  He suggested writing a letter to the DEC.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. questioned how procedurally they obtained a permit if the proper studies were not done.  Usually they need provide a lot of documented information and studies in order to obtain a permit.  He questioned if the DEC provided additional information regarding their research.

 

John Lipscomb commented the Permit specifies that the DEC has 90 days from when the Permit was issued to lock in their plan, which is to be completed within seven years from the date of the permit. He does not understand why the DEC is pushing to begin this project when the proper studies and research has not been done.

 

Trustee Blomquist commented he agrees with Trustee Gallucci Jr. and Silverberg and thinks this project has moved to fast.  He suggested for the Board to contact NYS DEC to clarify these issues.

 

Trustee DeFeciani expressed concern and questioned the affects herbicides will have on the environment

 

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian recommended for the board to contact NYS DEC and schedule a meeting.

 

John Lipscomb referred the board to contact the Head of NYS DEC, John Fergerson

 

Bill Herguth commented that Betsy Blair appointed him 20 years ago to the Sparkill Creek /Piermont Marsh advisory commission.  They explored the restoration of the Piermont Marsh on their Agenda 20 years ago.

 

Steve suggested contacting county planning, NYS assembly and our NYS senator.

 

Margaret Grace commented she is concerned about the impact this may have on the Landscape of the Village that has been the same for many decades.  She is also concerned if they remove the phragmites what is the flood impact

 

Mayor Sanders questioned what are the dangers of Phragmites on the environment.

 

John Liscomb replied there is now an ecological system built around the Phragmites, and without the proper research and studies the affects of removing the Phragmites are unknown.

 

Tim Reilly a resident on Paradise Ave is also concerned with the complete eradication of the Phragmites, he believes the marsh played a critical role in stopping his home from flooding during hurricane Sandy.

 

Mayor Sanders commented he will send a letter NYS Senators and the NYS Assembly representatives

 

Trustee Silverberg suggested sending a letter to the NYS DEC that the village is considering an action to challenge this and before we move forward would like to schedule a meeting.

 

Request from the Athlete Recovery Center for a Special Permit to dedicate a parking space for a Bicycle Rack

 

Dan Daly Owner of the Athlete Recovery Center commented his new business caters to all athletes but his main target is bicyclists.  He requested to obtain a permit to allow a bicycle rack to replace a single parking space in front of the facility so that the cyclists have the ability to dismount their bikes in a safe manner off the street.  He requests the first parking space that is on the corner of Piermont Avenue and Ash Street intersection.

Trustee DeFeciani expressed concern regarding the hours the business will remain open, she also expressed concern regarding the Piermont Ave/ Ash Street intersection and

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recommended placing the bicycle rack in another parking space closer to the Fire Department.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented the intersection is hazardous and he is not inclined to approve this request

 

Trustee Silverberg commented he understands the need for bicycle parking for this business and is sympathetic but is also concerned with the dangerous intersection.  He agreed with Trustee DeFeciani recommendation and will accommodate it in a different space

 

Dan Daly responded he is concerned putting the bicycle rack to far from the business where the bicycles would not be in eye view the bicycles range in price anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 dollars.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. commented he is concerned for the safety of the bicyclists he also agreed with Trustee DeFeciani recommendations.

 

Trustee Blomquist questioned if the business will be open 7 days a week.-, and what his seasonal hours are.

 

Dan Daly responded the application is not finalized it may be open only 6 days, regarding the seasonal hours in the winter it gets darker earlier he would close earlier.

 

Mayor Sanders questioned is there any other option to the placement of the bicycle rack. He is concerned giving up another parking space for another bicycle rack.

 

Dan Daly commented he reviewed every possibility. If he put it on the sidewalk it would impede pedestrians, he does not think there is any other option.  He has done a study and this parking space is the only viable area to place a bicycle rack.

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented this request does not need a Special Permit or a public hearing -he would just need board approval.

 

Mayor Sanders referred Dan Daly to meet with Tom Temple with the possibility to re-size the parking spaces in that area to create a half – space to include a bicycle rack.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled to the Village Board Meeting May 21, 2013 for further review.

 

Review & Discuss Piermont Historical Society Train Station Care Taker Agreement

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian commented this replaces the lease agreement to a Caretaker Agreement with the Piermont Historical Society. The Historical society will maintain the property and they are not an exclusive user of the space

 

Village Clerk Stephanie Tassello reported Ed Traynor of the Piermont Historical Society could not attend the Village Board Meeting and had asked to table the discussion until he could be present.

 

Mayor Sanders tabled this to the Village Board Meeting May 21, 2013 for further discussion and review.

 

Request from the Piermont VFW Ladies Auxiliary to set up a table to distribute Poppies

 

Anne Hickey of the Piermont VFW Ladies Auxiliary requested to set up a table to distribute Poppies in front of Village Hall on Weekend in May from 11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Trustee Defeciani moved to approve the Piermont VFW Ladies Auxiliary to set up a table to distribute Poppies in front of Village Hall on May 11, & 12th , May 18th & 19th, May 25th & 26th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0

 

 

 

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Request from Piermont VFW to hold ceremonies in Village Hall in the event of Rain

 

The Piermont VFW Post 7462 requested to hold Memorial Day Ceremonies at Village Hall if it Rains from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

 

Trustee Silverberg move to approve the Piermont VFW Post 7462 to hold Memorial Day Ceremonies in Village Hall from 10:00am to 12:00pm if it rains.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0

 

Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrant in the amount of $ 49,763.24 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Old/New Business

Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he has not received any additional information from Howard A. Jacobson, Deputy General Counsel of Columbia University regarding the Easement, Right-of -way and Use Agreement with the Village of Piermont.

Mayor Sanders reported he received an email from Pat Reilly from Lamont Doherty requesting to schedule a conference call.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. reported he has recently met with A-Tech, and the Village Engineer to inspect and review the restoration of Rockland Road Bridge After the inspection there is no need to repoint the underneath of the arch.  There are some additional areas that need to be addressed primarily in the arches.  This involve repairing the façade and some stitching underneath the arch.  He suggested proceeding with the additional repairs to prevent further deterioration.  He reported A-Tech recognized quantities and has reduced the cost of several bid items that are significantly less than the original bid amount.  Due to reductions the additional work will not exceed $25,000

 

Trustee Silverberg commented the recommendation for the additional works seems to be prevention for further deterioration which, if we have to go back and fix at a later date, will probably cost a lot more.

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve authorizing a change order for additional work to repair the Arch Façade and  to do stitching underneath, at an additional cost not to exceed $25,000.Trustee Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by vote 5-0.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. also reported the garbage truck broke down, he suggested considering replacing the garbage truck

 

Mayor Sanders asked to place the discussion for the purchase of the new Garbage Truck for the next Village Board Meeting.

 

Mayor Sanders requested the Village Clerk to compile a list of items to BAN and/or Bond on the next Village Board Agenda May 21, 2013

 

DPW Supervisor also requested the following Budget transfer-

$6,000.00 from Storm Sewer Equipment line A8140-55200 to Street Maintenance Tire Line A5110-54121

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the DPW Budge Transfers.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Mayor Sanders has received several notes and letters from NYS Assembly and County Legislature regarding the proposed Desalination facility by United Water of New York to be built in Haverstraw and asked to place the resolution back on the next Village Board Meeting Agenda May 21, 2013

 

 

 

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Mayor Sanders received a request from Kathleen Rowedder an art teacher at the Tappan Zee High School to hold a Plein Air Painting workshop for her students on the Pier May 17, 2013 from 9:30am to 1:45pm.

 

Trustee Silverberg moved to approve Tappan Zee High School Class Trip to the Pier for a Plien Air Painting Workshop on Friday May 17, 2013 from 9:30am to 1:45pm.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded the request which carried by vote 5-0

 

 Executive Session

 

Trustee Blomquist moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss Personnel Discussion / Pending Litigation.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Silverberg and upon vote the Board entered Executive Session.

 

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to exit Executive Session, Trustee DeFeciani seconded and upon the vote, the motion passed and the board returned to regular session.

 

Trustee Blomquist move to authorize Mayor Sanders to attach amended Schedule A to employee contracts according to approved Budgets.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0

 

Adjournment

Trustee Gallucci Jr.  moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:37 pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello

Clerk-Treasurer