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Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees Meeting 12/13/11

Police Deliver Baby; Village to Get New Parking Meters with Two-Hour Time Limit; Village Goes After Unpaid Parking Tickets; Sinkholes at Ichabod's Landing; Source of Mystery Gas Smell Revealed

Public Hearings

Two public hearings were held with minimal comments. The hearing on Village Code Revisions drew comments from Kristen Idalski and Shelly Robinson who spoke in support of
(ARB).

"I am pleased to hear that the Mayor has decided to support the preservation of the ARB," said Robinson. "I am encouraged that you are listening to us and that you have the courage to change your mind."

Robinson went on to say that she supports the continued existence of the Tree Commission, of which she is a member, and objects to what she describes as the "watering down of public oversight committees."

The second hearing on extending the time limit at all parking meters in the village from one hour to two hours drew one comment from Mario Belanich who wanted to know if the meters would continue to accept nickels, dimes and quarters.

Police Chief Greg Camp said the parking lot at 21 Beekman Avenue would now have a Muni Meter instead of individual meters and that 66 individual parking meters had been ordered to replace those that are outdated or dysfunctional. The meters will accept nickels, dimes and quarters.

Warrants

The Board approved bill payments (warrants) in the amount of $1,447,045; including over one million dollars in retirement benefits.

Trustee Reports

Trustee David Schroedel recognized and congratulated police officers Wendy Yancey and Steven Dougherty for safely in the back seat of their police car in the early morning hours of December 9.

Trustee Bruce Campbell reported that work on the joint community cable television station with Tarrytown continues, but that it is a "slow, deliberate process."

Campbell also expressed disappointment at the low turnout for the work session held at the in Philipse Manor.

Trustee Tommy Capossela said Friday, Dec. 16 is the last day that unbagged leaves will be picked-up. Thereafter, leaves must be bagged.

Capossela reminded residents that Jan. 1st is the second annual Feed-the-Hungry Day in Sleepy Hollow and asked for donations of cooked turkeys or ham.

Trustee Karin Wompa said the village calendar will arrive sometime in January.

Administrator's Report

Village administrator Anthony Giaccio said that sinkholes were developing on Ichabod's Landing, the waterfront development of luxury townhomes, generating concern that the entire bulkhead may be damaged. A diver will be hired to inspect the bulkhead underwater.

"We are looking to get reimbursed for this expense by the original developer," said Giaccio. "The bulkhead should have a lifespan of 20 years and it's only been about 10."

If it is determined that the damage is a result of a storm, the village could be eligible for FEMA money.

Many residents called the police department recently to report smelling gas. Giaccio said the smell resulted from a planned release of gas from somewhere in New Jersey.

Resolutions

Passed resolutions allow the following:

  • retention of a firm to collect a backlog of unpaid parking tickets
  • appointment of a part-time code enforcer in the building department
  • creation of a loading zone outside Arthur Ave. Bakery at 147 Cortlandt St.
  • posting of two jobs in the Department of Public Works: motor equipment operator and laborer
  • activate membership of Anthony Multari and Julio Sosa to the Fire Department and Jason Rivas to the Firefighter Trainee program

Presentation

Kristen Idalski, president of the , and board member Robert Sullivan, presented a check for $5,500 to the for its after-school program. Accepting the check was Sister Susan Gardella.

The money was generated by entry fees to the Rivertown Runner's 10K race in Sleepy Hollow in October. Idalski said last year the race drew 250 runners. "This year we had close to 700 people who came to our downtown."

Idalski also presented the Board of Trustees with T-shirts from the race with the slogan "Run Fast or Else."

paul castro December 15, 2011 at 02:51 PM
This was the first and last time Tom Capossella will sit in the Mayor's chair ! I understand he will not be running this year, what a loss for the village. just look at Douglass park, What a disgrace !
Horsemans Hollow December 15, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Trustee Capossella for Mayor. I would sure like to see him run for Mayor. We need someone with Sleepy Hollow in their heart, not their own personal gain.
Elaine Marranzano December 17, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Robert, I believe you have misunderstood. During their meeting on 11/29 the Trustees voted to bag parking meters for the Holiday season beginning Dec. 15 - Jan. 2. Increasing the time allotment from one to two hours on all parking meters is a permanent change.

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