Meeting Schedules

Town Board Minutes

A Regular meeting of the Cortlandt Town Board was conducted on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 in the Vincent F. Nyberg meeting room of the Cortlandt Town Hall, One Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY (10567) with the following elected officials and appointed employees in attendance:

 
LINDA D. PUGLISI Supervisor 
FRANCIS X. FARRELL Councilperson
ANN LINDAU Councilperson
JOHN E. SLOAN Councilperson
Absent: 
JOSEPH D. CERRETO Councilperson
Also present: 
JO-ANN DYCKMAN Town Clerk
THOMAS WOOD, ESQ. Town Attorney
GLENN CESTARO Comptroller
MARY BREINING Receiver of Taxes
EDWARD VERGANO Director, DOTS J
EFF TKACS Co-Director, DES
KATHLEEN BURLESON DES, Recreation
JOHN LIPPERT DES, Highway
PETER McMILLAN Purchasing Director
CLAUDIA VAHEY Human Res. Dir.
CATHERINE M. HOFFMAN Deputy Town Clerk

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MEETING CALLED to ORDER 
Supervisor Puglisi called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

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PLEDGE to the FLAG 
Councilperson Farrell led all in attendance in a Pledge to the Flag.

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SUPERVISOR'S REPORTS on PROJECTS and ISSUES 
Supervisor Puglisi reported that several Town personnel attended the Peekskill July 4th parade followed by a terrific ceremony. * *

Tribute was paid to one of the paramedics in our community, Mr. John Bondra. A letter had been received from Buchanan Police Chief R. Laino, telling about his heroic actions with an 83 year old woman who could not go down stairs and whom he rescued from a fire. He was presented with a proclamation on behalf of the Town Board.

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There will be a grand opening of the restored Toll House located on Bear Mountain Bridge Road on September 22nd. Governor Pataki, without whose financial support this project would not have been possible, will be in attendance. Other New York State officials also aided.

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Many beautification projects have occurred throughout our community through the Pride of Cortlandt Committee chaired by Dominick Volpe. Special thanks to Helen Lindsey who is out in the community all the time volunteering her services, helping to plant flowers in the barrels and assisting with the beautiful plantings around Steamboat Dock and Town Hall. Also, thanks to DES staff members for their assistance in beautifying the Town.

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We will be holding jointly, with the City of Peekskill, a remembrance ceremony for those people who perished on September 11, 2001, at the Paramount Theater, Brown Street, Peekskill.

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Supervisor Puglisi commented on the numbers of children who participate in the many youth sporting programs and praised the Recreation Division, chaired by Kathleen Burleson.

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The annual Mt. Carmel feast is being held this week in Verplanck. A parade is to be held on Saturday by the Verplanck Fire Department with fireworks scheduled for Sunday, July 21st.

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The Supervisor has been informed by the local regional NRC Director that there has been an upgrading of security at Indian Point. Additional National Guard personnel are present and there is more surveillance.

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ROLL CALL 
On a roll call attendance administered by Town Clerk Jo-Ann Dyckman, all Councilpersons indicated their attendance with the exception of Councilmember Cerreto.

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TOWN BOARD REPORTS 
None.

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APPROVAL of MINUTES 
Councilmember Sloan moved that the minutes of the June 11th, 2002 regular Town Board meeting be approved as presented by Town Clerk Jo-Ann Dyckman, seconded by Councilmember Lindau. All voted AYE.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS 
None.

HEARING of CITIZENS, (agenda items only.) 
None.

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BID REPORTS 
None.

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REPORTS 
May, 2002 - DES/Senior Citizen Division; DOTS, Water Division and Receiver of Taxes.

June, 2002 - Purchasing Department, Receiver of Taxes, Town Justices and Town Clerk.

The preceding reports were received and ordered to be filed on motion made by Councilmember Lindau, seconded by Councilmember Sloan. All voted AYE.

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OLD BUSINESS

Correspondence:

Councilmember Lindau moved that the following items of correspondence be received and ordered filed and resolutions adopted, as indicated, seconded by Councilmember Farrell:

Letter from Peekskill Mayor Testa regarding creation of a traffic pattern to Route 202 through Chapel Hill or Woods condominium.

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Report from DES regarding a request from the Hendrick Hudson School District to permit placement of two light poles on Town property indicating DES has no objections.

RESOLUTION NO. 227-03 - RE: Authorize Hendrick Hudson School District to install two light poles on Town property.

Discussion: Supervisor Puglisi stated the Town is delighted to be able to help the School District as well as any other school district with their many projects.

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A report from DES indicating Rocco Grippo of 11 Tommy Thurber Lane had a utility permit allowing the connection of storm water from his property to the catch basin in the same road. DES will replace vegetation removed by DES staff.

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Certification from the Town Clerk that no petition was filed requesting a permissive referendum be held prior to acquisiton of the Condon property by the Town of Cortlandt.

Discussion: We've been talking for several years about having a consolidated location for our Department of Environmental Service, which includes the Highway Division, the Parks, Sanitation, etc., and this will be more efficient for our community. This is the Roa Hook location across from Camp Smith where we currently have our Sanitation located, but we will also have our other divisions there as well. We will be able to interchange our employees to have more money for our taxpayers.

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Report from the Comptroller with respect to the Westchester County budget and the Property Tax Relief Act and authorize a census challenge, if appropriate.

RESOLUTION NO. 228-02 - RE: Authorize formal challenge of the 2000 census with respect to the County budget and the Property Tax Relief Act.

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Report from the Conservation Advisory Council regarding an application for Planned Village Development (PVD) from Kirquel Development Ltd.

There was no additional discussion. All voted AYE.

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NEW BUSINESS

Councilmember Farrell moved that the following items of business be received and ordered filed and amended where indicated. Councilmember Sloan seconded the motion.

Letter from Cortway Apartments Ltd. requesting the Town of Cortlandt petition the Town of Yorktown to accept a sewage connection. Refer, also, to the Committee of the Whole. AMENDED to also include a second letter dated 7/12/2002 with respect to same.

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Letter from residents of Stonefield Farms with respect to a retention basin located on Guzzardi property in the complex. Refer, also, to DOTS.

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Letter from Lakeland School District requesting additional refuse removal. Refer, also, to DES.

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Correspondence from the estate of Kathleen Gloven with respect to a proposed land donation to the Town. Refer, also, to the Town Assessor, DES and DOTS.

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Letter from Michael McCallion regarding a cistern on Bonnie Hollow Lane property. Refer, also, to DOTS and DES.

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Letter from Charles Kavana with respect to speeding and traffic concerns on Kings Ferry Road. Refer, also, to DES, Traffic Safety Committee and the State and County Police Departments.

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Letter and petition from residents of the area of Cross Road to the Hendrick Hudson Transportation office requesting additional bus stops in their area. Refer, also to DES. AMENDED to refer to DOTS.

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Letter from Save Our Lakes Committee with respect to Single Lot Building Permits. Refer, also to DOTS/Planning.

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Letter from Lorraine McGuire with respect to a lease agreement and property located on Eighth Street and Broadway, Verplanck. Refer, also to the Legal Department and DES.

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Repair status report from DOTS with respect to the New York Leak Detection survey.

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Report from the Northern Joint Waterworks with respect to long term water needs. Refer, also to DOTS/Engineering and Planning.

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Memo from the Supervisor announcing a joint ceremony with the City of Peekskill in observance of September 11th, 2001 to be held at the Paramount Center for the Arts.

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Memo from the Supervisor announcing the grand opening of the historic Toll House will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2002.

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Letter from Alfred Porco dated July 1, 2002 with respect to a sewer backup on Westbrook Drive and a report from DOTS regarding same.

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Letter from Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. with a proposed amendment to an agreement for the construction of a right turn lane on Westbrook Drive onto Route 6. A memo from the Legal Department with respect to same. Refer, also, to DOTS.

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All resolutions adopted at this meeting are to be found in full context attached to the end of this document.

Councilmember Sloan moved that the following resolution be adopted seconded by Councilmember Lindau:

RESOLUTION NO. 229-02 - RE: Appoint Robert Ward as Laborer in the Department of Environmental Service.

There was no discussion. All voted AYE.

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Councilmember Sloan moved the following be adopted, seconded by Councilmember Lindau:

RESOLUTION NO. 230-02 - RE: Appoint Michael Antonucci as a Laborer in DES.

A poll of the board was as follows:

Councilman Sloan                Yes, 
Councilman Farrell              Abstain,   
Councilman Cerreto            Absent,
Councilwoman Lindau         Yes, 
Supervisor Puglisi                Yes.

The motion was declared adopted.

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Councilmember Sloan moved the following be adopted, seconded by Councilmember Lindau:

RESOLUTION NO. 231-02 - RE: Appoint Alfred Coco, Jr. as an Administrative Intern in the Department of Environmental Services.

A poll of the board was as follows:

Councilwoman Lindau             Yes, 
Councilman Cerreto                Absent, 
Councilman Farrell                  Yes, 
Councilman Sloan                    Yes,     
Supervisor Puglisi                    Recused herself.

The motion was declared adopted.

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Councilmember Sloan moved to adopt the following resolutions, seconded by Councilmember Lindau:

RESOLUTION NO. 232-02 - RE: Appoint Mary Walls as Deputy Receiver of Taxes.

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RESOLUTION NO. 233-02 - RE: Appoint Laurie DiCiccio as a representative to the Community Development Advisory Group to fill a vacancy.

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RESOLUTION NO. 234-02 - RE: Authorize the DOTS to seek RFPs for a boundary and topographic survey of Meahagh Park.

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RESOLUTION NO. 235-02 - RE: Authorize DOTS to seek RFPs for emergency response for Town owned sanitary sewer facilities throughout the Town.

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RESOLUTION NO. 236-02 - RE: Authorize DOTS to retain consultant services for a feasibility study for DES central facility.

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RESOLUTION NO. 237-02 - RE: Authorize DOTS to retain consultant services for plans and cost estimates for a Battery Place Road option.

Discussion: At the request of the Supervisor, DOTS Director Ed Vergano gave a brief report saying the temporary bridge will be under construction in the next couple of weeks. At last month's meeting the Town Board granted authorization to extend the cost of that facility and we're near to reaching an agreement with the contractor. On the Battery Place Bridge, itself, we have a final report from the consultant and spent over $65,000 to review construction details of the bridge. We have cost estimates to repair the bridge or to replace the bridge.

Tonight on the agenda we're going to go out for consultant services with respect to the Battery Place option which will be a road extending from Route 9A to Battery Place in place of the bridge. We've had the terrain surveyed and it's a difficult terrain. We have a plan which I believe will provide us with good design at a reasonable cost.

Supervisor Puglisi said the Town will be meeting with the various entities to discuss them picking up the major part of the improvement. We will stay on top of it to ensure that it's expedited. 

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RESOLUTION NO. 238-02 - RE: Authorize an agreement with Con Edison and JSM Electrical to provide primary electric service for the Toll House. (Cost to be reimbursed by the New York Power Authority.)

There was no additional discussion. All voted AYE.

Councilmember Sloan moved to adopt the following resolutions, seconded by Councilmember Lindau:

RESOLUTION NO. 239-02 - RE: Authorize a Fireworks Permit to Peekskill Festivals, Inc. to load fireworks on August 1st and 2nd, 2002.

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RESOLUTION NO. 240-02 - RE: Reaffirm the Town's Sign Ordinance and direct staff to forward final notice letters to the appropriate property owners.

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RESOLUTION NO. 241-02 - RE: Resolution in recognition of Helen Lindsey for her volunteer efforts on Town beautification and special Town projects.

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RESOLUTION NO. 242-02 - RE: Authorize an extension to Cluster Authorization granted to property known as Lakeland Acres.

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RESOLUTION NO. 243-02 - RE: Authorize eminent domain proceedings, if necessary, for certain easements within the Conklin East Sewer District.

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RESOLUTION NO. 244-02 - RE: Schedule a Public Hearing for August 13, 2002 to consider amending Local Law No. 9-2001 and extend the established Building Moratorium for one year.

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RESOLUTION NO. 245-02 - RE: Schedule a Public Hearing for August 13, 2002 to consider CDBG grant project applications for the 2002-2005 funding cycle.

There was no additional discussion. All voted AYE.

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Councilmember Lindau moved that the following resolutions be adopted, seconded by Councilmember Farrell:

RESOLUTION NO. 246-02 - RE: Accept a Letter of Credit in the amount of $10,000 from Baker Capital LP for property located at 534 Furnace Dock Road.

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RESOLUTION NO. 247-02 - RE: Release a Passbook in the amount of $7,500 for property known as Grace Estates.

There was no additional discussion. All voted AYE.

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ADDITIONS to the AGENDA

Councilmember Farrell moved that the following items of business be added to the agenda; that the correspondence be received and ordered filed; and the resolutions be adopted:

CORRESPONDENCE 
Letter from the Waterfront Preservation Committee regarding the Riverview Avenue Improvements. Refer, also to DES and DOTS.

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Letter from Bridgette Bacon regarding property available for purchase. Refer to Westchester County Legislator representing Cortlandt.

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RESOLUTIONS RESOLUTION NO. 248-02 - RE: Appoint members to the Traffic Safety Committee.

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RESOLUTION NO. 249-02 - RE: Direct DOTS staff to prepare a map, plan and report on the proposed Route 6 Sewer District. Authorize DOTS to seek RFPs for surveying services.

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RESOLUTION NO. 250-02 - RE: Authorize consulting services to conduct a full-scale security survey of the Town's technical systems.

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RESOLUTION NO. 251-02 - RE: Authorize the Legal Department to prepare a draft inter-municipal agreement for the Town Board's review regarding the City of Peekskill and the Recycling Transfer Station.

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RESOLUTION NO. 252-02 - RE: Schedule a Public Hearing for August 13, 2002 to consider amending Local Law No. 2-1996 establishing the Department of Technical Services.

There was no discussion. All voted AYE to the motion.

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RESOLUTION NO. 253-02 - RE: Authorize budget transfers

Discussion: Comptroller Glenn Cestaro discussed the budget transfers, a copy of which is affixed to the original resolution.

All voted AYE.

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REPORTS from VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS 
None.

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REPORTS from STANDING and SPECIAL COMMITTEES 
None.

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HEARING of CITIZENS, (second.) 
None.

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ADJOURNMENT 
Councilmembers Sloan and Lindau moved the meeting be adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cortlandt Town Hall.

Respectfully submitted,

JO-ANN DYCKMAN, Town Clerk