Meeting Date : February 15, 2012
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A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on February 15, 2012 at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall. Mayor Cranna called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Present: Mayor Cranna, Deputy Mayor Leedy, Trustees Ezrati, Bruno and Griffith, Attorney Christine Chale and PANDA film representative Fred Cartier.

Public: Indigo and Terry Munoz-Weaver of Green T Energy and Melanie Fiore

The Mayor asked all present to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Clerk’s Report: Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day.

Mayor Cranna presented the minutes of the January 18, 2012 Regular Board Meeting. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Leedy, seconded by Trustee Griffith the minutes were approved, all in favor.

Mayor Cranna presented Voucher Detail Report # 9, in the amount of $41,549.66. Mayor Cranna asked for a motion to pay the current Village bills. Trustee Bruno 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 stating there were no revenues for the month. A final inspection was completed for the replaced boardwalk at 60 Broadway.

Terry and Indigo Muniz Weaver from Green T Energy spoke about re-visiting the Home Energy Saver Program through Central Hudson. The pilot program including the 10% challenge has not had a good turnout so far and will continue to run over the summer. Their goal is to increase awareness about the program. Feedback for the program is being sought – homes with central air conditioning are key. For more information, contact the Weavers at (845) 247-3473 or go online to Central Hudson online to

Mayor Cranna announced the following appointments for the Zoning Board of Appeals:

  • Laura Gail Tyler, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairperson
  • Bob Zises, Zoning Board of Appeals Member
  • he Mayor thanked Susan Davis for her years of service

PANDA Update

  • Kathy O’Connor has resigned from the PANDA Board – Dana Dorrity will be Tivoli’s new representative

Mayor Cranna named Deputy Mayor Leedy as Fair Housing Officer in the Village. The Mayor previously served in this position. Deputy Mayor Leedy will deal with any issues or concerns and work as a liaison between our residents and the Human Rights Commission. On a motion by Trustee Griffith, seconded by Trustee Bruno, Deputy Mayor Leedy was appointed as the Village of Tivoli Fair Housing Officer, all in favor.

Trustee Griffith has sent a letter to CSX regarding the feasibility of tunnel access to the proposed waterfront park. Trustee Griffith, the Mayor and the Waterfront Committee Members want to explore and research all options for access.

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.

Trustee Griffith spoke about a print that was located in the zoning office which was recently reviewed by Village Historian Bernard Tiegar. Tivoli’s founder/name, the Frenchman Peter de Labigarre, hired the accomplished French artist (who spent several decades working in America and was later better known for his portraits) Charles de Saint-Memin to make the engraving. Trustee Griffith recommended that this valuable engraving be moved into the Mayor’s Office and secured properly. Michael Prudhom donated his services and secured the item.

Attorney Chale presented Resolution 6-2012, dated February 15, 2012 Establishing a Date for a Public Hearing on March 21, 2012 at 7:00pm, Regarding the Adoption by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Tivoli of a 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

On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Bruno, Resolution 6-2012 was approved, all in favor.

The next Regular Meeting will take place March 21, 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 March 14, 2012 at Village Hall at 6:00pm.

Trustee Reports:

Deputy Mayor Leedy:

  • No water main breaks
  • No issues with solid waste
  • Well Report

Trustee Ezrati:

  • Length of Service Award Program for Firefighters
    • Tom Crisci compiled the report
    • 21 firefighters qualify this year
    • There is an increase in active participation
      • Four participants are 18 years old
  • Planning and Zoning Boards
    • Planning Board members attended the Zoning Board Workshop to facilitate the process for a resident
    • Both boards are in need of new members
    • Training is being coordinated for members through the Northern Dutchess Alliance for Tivoli, Hyde Park, Milan, Rhinebeck and Red Hook

Trustee Bruno:

  • Recreation Committee is seeking members and volunteers for the Summer Rec Program – dates for the program will be announced
  • Memorial Park renovation is being worked on by Morris Associates
  • Veteran’s fundraiser is being planned to benefit the monument
  • Tivoli Day upcoming – date to be announced
  • Tivoli Library has activities for both children and adults
    • Will join with the Green Committee for a cleanup day in Tivoli
  • Tivoli Fire Department Appreciation Night dinner will be held at the end of April

Trustee Griffith:

  • Court Report
    • $1155 in fines
  • 61 compost bins will be distributed on March 17
    • One bin per address
    • Call the clerk’s office to reserve bin – first come first serve
    • Additional information will be included in the March water/sewer billing
  • Community Garden volunteers/participants
    • Community Garden for 2012 is full!
      • Contact Trustee Griffith to be added to the waiting list
      • 1st Gardener’s meeting was February 11 – Next meeting is February 21 at 7:00pm
      • Thanks to Lila Weinberg
      • Volunteers are supplying soil, mulch, etc
      • Thanked the Board of Trustees and Mayor Cranna for their support

Mayor Cranna, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and representatives including Gretchen Perry, Dean of Campus Life, from Bard College have had ongoing meetings to discuss Bard’s student population in the Village. Local laws are reviewed and discussions on becoming more a part of the community and being good neighbors have been explored.

Public Comments: None

The Mayor asked for a motion to close the meeting in honor of Yolanda Dinanzio. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Leedy and seconded by Trustee Bruno, the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Gonnella

Village Clerk &Treasurer