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A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on January 18, 2012 at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall. Mayor Cranna called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Present: Mayor Cranna, Deputy Mayor Leedy, Trustees Ezrati, Bruno and Griffith, Attorney Christine Chale and a PANDA film representative.
Public: Glenn Baker and Leslie Baker.
The Mayor asked all present to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Clerk’s Report: None.
Mayor Cranna presented the minutes of the December 18, 2011 Regular Board Meeting. On a motion by Trustee Griffith, seconded by Trustee Bruno the minutes were approved, all in favor. The Mayor then presented minutes from the January 9, 2012 Interim Board Meeting for the Community Preservation Fund. Trustee Ezrati spoke about the project. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Leedy, seconded by Trustee Bruno, the minutes for the interim meeting minutes were approved, all in favor. Mayor Cranna thanked Trustee Ezrati for her hard work on the project.
Mayor Cranna presented Voucher Detail Report # 8, in the amount of $29, 291.76. Mayor Cranna asked for a motion to pay the current Village bills. Trustee Griffith moved that the bills be paid as presented and Deputy Mayor Leedy seconded the motion; a discussion followed. The motion passed by voice vote. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Leedy, seconded by Trustee Bruno, after a brief discussion, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted, all in favor.
Trustee Ezrati reviewed the Planning/Zoning Report noting fees of $125 for building permits.
Mayor Cranna stated that it appears that the Village will receive FEMA funds for the damages incurred during Hurricane Irene for repairs to the Clay Hill Road culvert, the village hall elevator and the sewer plant. The Mayor also stated that funds from the FEMA snowstorm in October would not be available as New York State was not recognized as a whole. The Village’s costs for the incident were minimal.
Trustee Griffith spoke about riverfront access:
- Ownership has been obtained by the Village
- Signs have been placed at the site that inform that there is “danger-keep out” for the at grade crossing and the high speed trains
Trustee Ezrati spoke about the recent NYSERDA grant
- Solar panels were placed on the DPW garage which has a south facing roof
- The panels will aid in lowering the village’s electric bill
- Reinforcement of the garage roof was bid out and then installed
- Central Hudson has now connected the panels to the grid
- Paperwork for the project is now complete
- Detailed guidelines for construction were followed
Mayor Cranna presented Local Law 1 (Proposed) 2012, A Local Law Amending and Restating Chapter 122 of the Code of the Village of Tivoli Entitled “Flood Damage Prevention” as authorized by the New York State Constitution, Article IX, Section 2, and Environmental Conservation Law, Article 36.
Attorney Chale explained:
- A FEMA study was conducted
- New flood maps are effective May 2, 2012
- Regulations state that the Village needs to adopt the new maps and enhanced DEC regulations
- A public hearing will be set in March for comments from the public
- The Zoning Enforcement Officer will be the code enforcement authority for flood plains
Mayor Cranna stated that Village Elections will be held on March 20, 2012 in Village Hall from 12:00pm to 9:00pm. The Village will use lever machines for the voting for two trustees and one judge. Mayor Cranna explained that a special election was established for March 20 also by Governor Cuomo for the 103rd New York State Assembly Member, which will be held from 6:00 am to 9:00pm. The county will provide separate voting machines for this. The Mayor noted the difference in the times of the elections. If a resident wants to vote in both elections at the same time, they will need to do so between 12:00pm and 9:00pm.
Mayor Cranna presented Resolution 2-2012, Establishing Election Day as March 20, 2012. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Leedy, seconded by Trustee Griffith, the resolution was approved, all in favor.
Mayor Cranna then presented Resolution 3-2012, Appointing Elections Inspectors. On a motion by Trustee Bruno, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the resolution was approved, all in favor. Margaret Lemon and Judy Scott will serve as election inspectors. Anna Moore will serve as alternate election inspector.
Mayor Cranna also presented Resolution 4-2012, Approving the Establishment of Community Garden Program. On a motion by Trustee Griffith, seconded by Trustee Bruno, the resolution was approved, all in favor.
- Green Committee continues to seek members
- Spring will be here soon
- Community Garden meeting on February 11
- Interested gardeners to attend
- Flyers and announcements will be distributed
Mayor Cranna then presented Resolution 5-2012, Resolution Authorizing the Execution of an Amendment to Lease Agreement between the Village of Tivoli and Trezza. Attorney Chale noted that there would not be a change in the dollar amount of the lease. On a motion by Trustee Bruno and seconded by Deputy Mayor Leedy, the resolution was approved, all in favor.
Mayor Cranna thanked Court Clerk Barbara Melinsky for her tireless work in Tivoli Court. There has been a significant increase in her workload due to the increase in tickets being written in the Village.
The next Regular Meeting will take place February 15, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall. The workshop will be held at 6:00pm before the meeting. There will be a workshop held February 8, 2012 at Village Hall at 6:00pm.
Deputy Mayor Leedy:
- No water main breaks
- Black top patch on Clay Hill Road done – culvert to be repaired
- Well Report
Mayor Cranna spoke about an auto accident that occurred on Route 9G on Saturday morning just outside the Village. The Mayor thanked the Tivoli Fire Department, the Tivoli Rescue Squad and the NYS Police, who were the first responders; The Village of Tivoli mourns the loss of the three individuals involved in the accident and send condolences to their families.
- Received a yearend report from RBC Management
- $500 awarded from the Dutchess Arts Council awarded to the Village of Tivoli for Street Painting
- Serves as Red Hook Bi-Centennial Committee Representative
- 2.2% return in 2011
- 3 yr average yielded a 10% annual return
- Low level of risk
- Red Hook was a part of Rhinebeck until 1812
- Former Mayor Cordier will conduct walking tours in Tivoli as part of the celebration on May 19
- Loretta Campagna is an organizer
- Puppet show and other activities
- Linden Ave Middle School has a video program in which students are interviewing community members
- Calendars are still available
- Rec Committee is seeking members and volunteers
- Memorial Park will be worked on in the spring
- Veteran’s fundraiser is planned to benefit the monument
- Safety signs have been placed at the waterfront
- Community Garden volunteers/participants
- February11 meeting
- Contact Trustee Griffith if interested
- Memorial Park is the ideal location – close to library for participation and to promote healthy eating
- Court Report
- $2690 in fines
Public Comments: None
The Mayor asked for a motion to close the meeting in honor of Ethel Lasher Block. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Leedy and seconded by Trustee Bruno, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.
Village Clerk & Treasurer