Meeting Minutes

September 3, 2013



September 3, 2013



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



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


Public Comment


Bob Samuels invited the Mayor and the Board to the annual Crabfest this Saturday September 7, 2013


Mayor Sanders thanked John McAvoy for his dedication for organizing the annual American Roots Musical Festival, benefiting the Police Athletic League

Approval of Minutes


Trustee Defeciani moved to approve the minutes from the August 13, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion, which carried by a vote 5-0.


Department Reports



DPW Superintendent Tom Temple reported he received notification of mold growing in a storage room at the Community Center. The DPW immediately removed all the mold and the recreation equipment that was stored in the room. He submitted a claim to insurance company.   He also reported that the DPW had picked up the sculpture donated by Peggy Fox, and Ian MacNiven


Fire Dept.

Chief Cavanaugh – absent


Police Dept.

Seargeant O’Leary will submit his monthly report and had nothing additional to report

Mayor Sanders thanked Sergeant O’Leary for a doing a great job in Chief O’Shea absence.


Building Dept.

Building Inspector Charles Schaub-absent  

Resolution to apply for a Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants

RESOLUTION NO.   903-13                             VILLAGE OF PIERMONT


Municipal Resolution



WHEREAS, the Village of Piermont is applying to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program for a project entitled Updating Piermont’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to be located in the Village of Piermont,


WHEREAS, the grant application requires the applicant municipality to obtain the approval/endorsement of the governing body of the municipality or municipalities in which the project will be located;


NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the governing board of Trustees the Village of Piermont hereby does approve and endorse the application for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program, for a project known as Updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and located within this community.


The resolution was moved by Trustee Steven Silverberg and seconded by Trustee John Gallucci Jr.  Upon vote the motion carried unanimously.


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Public Hearing 7:45 local Law #2 of 2013 Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”

Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to open the Public Hearing on Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification”.  Trustee DeFeciani seconded this motion and upon vote the Public Hearing was opened.


Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported one of the main changes is to add additional language to protect the Village in the event the Village is in a situation where it has to defend an employee it should include for actions that have taken place within the terms of the employee’s duties.  He also added additional language to protect the Village against any lawsuits. 


Trustee Silverberg commented he likes the provision that states the Village is not liable to pay for punitive damages.


Mayor Sanders questioned if the defense of employees would need to be reviewed by the Village Board.


Walter Sevastian replied he will modify his draft


Mayor Sanders opened for Public Comment


There was no Public Comment


Board Comments

Trustee DeFeciani questioned if it should include details defining employee’s scope of work


Walter Sevastian suggested not including employee’s scope of work


Trustee Blomquist suggested including employees scope of work by resolution by Board of Trustees 


Mayor Sanders suggested keeping the public hearing open for further review

Trustee Gallucci Jr. made a motion to continue the Public Hearing on Amending Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Piermont entitled “Defense and Indemnification” until the next board meeting , September 17, 2013 at 7:45pm.  The motion was seconded by Trustee DeFeciani, which carried by vote 5-0



Continuation and Review approval of Temporary Agreement with Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University


Walter Sevastian reported he has been in contact with Lamont Doherty’s General Counsel they are seeking a two year extension of the temporary easement agreement which would provide them time to improve and restore the building.  They would like to add signs and displays and have agreed to monthly fee of $500 dollars.  The University will also establish a committee to work with the Village of Piermont to review a long term plan.


Pat O’Reilly, Facilities Director commented he is pleased with the progress with the agreement, the short term plan is to repair the building and the Long term plan is to establish a committee to discuss and implement additional functions of use for the building.


Trustee Blomquist was pleased with the progress


Trustee Silverberg commented he likes the amended agreement


Trustee Silverberg moved to approve the extension of the 2 year term agreement. Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion which carried by vote 5-0.


Request from Doug Stone and Rachel Mack to change a venue for the Piermont Bike Festival

Rachel Mack of the Piermont Bike Festival commented there has been a change in the Bike Challenge originally to be held at Tallman State Park she requested to close the Pier to

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Vehicular Traffic on Sunday October 13, 2013 to hold the Bike Challenge.  The bike challenge will be from 12:00pm – 2:00pm they will have additional volunteers directing cyclists from Flywheel Park to the Pier and back. 


Trustee DeFeciani is in favor of this event and would not be opposed to closing the Pier to vehicular traffic.


Trustee Blomquist questioned Sergeant O’Leary what he would recommend


Sergeant O’Leary commented due to this being a new event, and not knowing how many cyclists are expected, he recommended 5 Traffic Posts for 2 hours. Once the bicycle challenge is over the PD would continue with posts located around Flywheel park area. 


Rachel Mack commented she wanted to make clear that the event is a novice bike challenge and not a race.

Trustee Silverberg expressed concern regarding the bike challenge he wants to make sure the pedestrians can safely walk the Pier. He is afraid the cyclists will take over the Pier


Rachel Mack replied she will take that into consideration and will have many volunteers assisting pedestrians and cyclists to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event.


Mayor Sanders expressed concern regarding some of the sponsors being competition to local businesses.


Rachel Mack commented all local business have knowledge of sponsors and have approved them.


Trustee Silverberg suggested notifying The View restaurant of the event.

Mayor Sanders expressed concern about the impact of changing the bike challenge from Tallman State Park to closing Ferry Road. 


Rachel Mack commented this will only be a positive impact to the village – this will teach and encourage our kids to ride bikes safely.  It will also bring tourists to the Village to eat and shop at the businesses


Trustee DeFeciani commented there are other bike events in the Village that close streets – she does not see it as a problem


Trustee Silverberg suggested modify the layout around Flywheel Park to accommodate the local businesses.


Rachel Mack replied she is open to any suggestion and will revise her layout plans.


Trustee DeFeciani Moved to close the Pier to Vehicular Traffic on Sunday October 13, 2013 and to create a supervised bicycle parade between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.  Trustee Silverberg seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-2


Ayes: Trustee Blomquist

            Trustee DeFeciani

            Trustee Silverberg


Noes: Mayor Sanders

            Trustee Gallucci Jr.


Discussion on Lot “S” Proposed Cleanup


Mayor Sanders reported he received notification from the New York State Environmental Conservation regarding the cleanup of Lot “S”.


Village Attorney Walter Sevastian reported he attempted to contact the DEC to clarify their scope of work and obtain additional information regarding the proposed cleanup.    




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Trustee Silverberg suggested the Village go on record that the proposed area clean up is the only access road for residents living on Piermont Landing and is also used as an emergency access road for the Police Department/ Fire Department.


Mayor Sanders expressed concern stating the DPW proposal is vague and does not include details as to a specific area and how much soil they are remediating.  He also questioned if they will be digging up roads and what types of equipment they will be using.  He directed DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to review all tentative plans set forth on behalf of the DEC. 


Village Attorney Walter Sevastian suggested submitting a comprehensive letter requesting clarification to obtain additional details on proposed cleanup



Continuation on Review Accountants JH Cohn/Reznick Fiscal Year End 2013 report

Trustee Blomquist reported after a review of the Preliminary Fiscal Year End 2013, revenue was off by 1.5%, and expenses were overestimated by 6%.  He was pleased with the overall actual.


Trustee Gallucci Jr. had no comment

Trustee Silverberg had no further comment


 Amend Date of Public Hearing for Jordan Barile to convert a single family dwelling to two family dwelling


Trustee Silverberg moved to change the scheduled public hearing to October 1, 2013 at 7:45pm.  Trustee Blomquist seconded the motion which carried by vote 3-0

Trustee DeFeciani abstained

Mayor Sanders abstained


Approval of Warrant

Trustee Blomquist moved to approve the Warrants in the amount of $52,963.25 attached to the Minutes.  Trustee Gallucci Jr. seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.


Old/New Business

Walter Sevastian had nothing additional to report

Trustee DeFeciani had nothing to report


Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested reviewing and investigating possible uses for the Train Station.  He believes it is an additional cost to the Village and would like to check into the possible uses to generate additional revenue.


He also submitted a written review of the amended costal storm overlay zone to be reviewed by consultant Robert Geneslaw.  He also reported Rockland Road Bridge is open to Vehicular traffic.


Trustee Silverberg questioned the status of the Petition Small Claims assessments and he would like to begin reviewing them

Mayor Sanders directed the Village Clerk to contact Village Assessor-Consultant Brian Kenny


Mayor Sanders asked the Board for suggestions where to place the donated Sculpture from Peggy Fox and Ian MacNiven


Trustee DeFeciani suggested placing it at Eleanor Stroud Pond

Trustee Gallucci Jr. suggested placing it Parelli Park or the Rockland Road Bridge Park


Mayor Sanders agreed with placing it at Parelli Park


Mayor Sanders reported the Completion of the Draw Bridge on Bridge Street was a Rockland County funded project with a provision to set aside a percentage to allow placement of art in public places.  He was recently contacted by Frances Welles to discuss

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where the art/sculpture should be placed on the Drawbridge.  He directed Village Clerk to review previous board minutes regarding the discussion about the Art/sculpture.


Mayor Sanders reported he received notification Chris Fuller a research assistant professor with Clarkson University requesting to put environmental monitoring equipment on the end of the Pier for Data


Catherine Smith sent a letter to the Mayor requested to enact an ordinance against planting Bamboo.


Village Attorney Walter Sevastian will review a copy of Bamboo Ordinance for other Towns/Villages, and tabled this to another Village Board Meeting for review.


Mayor Sanders directed DPW Superintendent Tom Temple to check on the North Parking lot regarding weed control as requested by Parks Chair Dan Sherman. Trustee DeFeciani commented she will contact other local organizations to discuss the possibility of adopting a bed.




Trustee Gallucci Jr. moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:36pm. Trustee DeFeciani seconded the motion, which was carried by a vote of 5-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Stephanie Tassello