Village Administrator Michael Blau reported the new public parking lot on South Washington Street will be open for use as soon lights are installed.
Public Hearing on Stormwater
There were no public comments about a proposed change to the Village code regarding the preservation of the flood plain in the Loh Park area. Consequently, the Board voted to amend the Village code to ensure the flood plain in the Loh Park area remains a flood plain. The move was necessary to meet a new environmental requirement. A previous grant from Westchester County addressed the management of storm water runoff in the area.
Village Financial Audit Results
Representatives from the auditing firm of O'Conner, Davies, Munns and Dobbins, LLP, presented the results of the Village's Financial Audit for the Fiscal year 2010-2011, ending in May of 2011. The result was a "clean opinion," which is "the best opinion you can get," according to firm representative Alan Kassay.
The Village's general fund had excess funds in the amount of $478,000 due to greater than expected sales tax revenue and cable franchise fees which were nearly $45,000 more than anticipated. The Village also benefited from a federal public safety grant to the Fire Department in the amount of $213,000 and the refinancing of two existing bonds at lower interest rates, resulting in an economic gain of $526,000.
Fewer building permits were issued, due to the slow economy, resulting in a $81,000 shortfall.
Lori Semeraro asked about the total debt of the Village, which is approximately $46 million and requested that copies of the audit results be made available to the public.
Eleanor Miscioescia pressed the Board to repair a nonworking street light on Storm Street and asked about a sink hole on Wildey Street.
Steve Wilgermein continued to press the Board on the importance of strict adherence to confined space regulations. He demonstrated the proper use of a harness, required to enter confined spaces. Wilgermein is an employee of the Yonkers sanitation department who is trained in confined space regulations.
Hudson Harbor Building Inspector
The Board voted to adopt a professional services agreement with Hudson Harbor to provide a dedicated building inspector for the development at the builder's own expense. Expenses will be tracked on a separate accounting ledger.
The Village passed a resolution declaring that Tuesday, March 20 is Village election day. Three trustees are up for reelection: Thomas Basher, Mary McGee and Robert Hoyt.
The Board approved bill payments in the amount of $251,000.