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Tarrytown Board of Trustees Work Session 9/14/11

More discussion on taxi licensing; code enforcement officer needed; joint community TV station planned; tattoo parlor still not approved

Here is a look at what happened at Wednesday's Tarrytown Board of Trustees work session:

The Board met with representatives of the Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to discuss the implications and possible benefits of contracting with the TLC to license taxi and livery drivers. 

The TLC is proposing to take on the responsibility of licensing the drivers by conducting background checks, finger printing, drug tests, etc., as it does for other communities including Dobbs Ferry, Pleasantville, Croton and Port Chester.  Taxi drivers in Tarrytown are currently licensed by the Village, possibly exposing the village to liability should there ever be a lawsuit charging negligence on the part of the driver.  If Tarrytown contracts with TLC, the liability would be assumed by TLC.

“From that standpoint, there is little reason why we shouldn’t do this,” said Mayor Drew Fixell.

The fees for such a service would be paid in part by the village and by a $135 annual fee paid by the drivers.  Drivers currently pay $175 every three years to be licensed by Tarrytown.

“My objection is that this will cost drivers more money,” said Felix Lantigua, owner of Sleepy Hollow Car Service.

“We’ll have a public hearing on this and likely vote on Monday,” said Mayor Fixell.

Trustee Concerns

Trustee Rebecca McGovern said she had been contacted by Sleepy Hollow Recreation Supervisor Robin Pell asking for help in financing an $85 monthly surcharge for Tarrytown residents whose children are enrolled in Sleepy Hollow’s after-school program at Morse school.  Tarrytown residents pay more because the program is run through Sleepy Hollow’s recreation department. 

McGovern was asked to determine if the 15 Tarrytown children enrolled in the program received free lunches “so we know who we are subsidizing.” 

On another topic, McGovern asked if  the trustees would be interested in touring the Tarrytown Music Hall for the purpose of learning how it works.  Several members agreed to take the tour.

Trustee Tom Butler noted the new playground at Washington Irving School was well done and challenging for the kids.

Butler also voiced the need for a code enforcement office, citing the recent infractions at Wilson Park, which resulted in a stop work order.   The item will be added to the next meeting’s agenda.

Trustee Robert Hoyt said he met with Sleepy Hollow Trustee Bruce Campbell about a joint community TV channel which would be funded in part by cable television franchise fees.  Five responses to a
request for proposals for an organization to provide content were received and are currently being reviewed. 

Open Session

Sketches of Tarrytown Beautification Foundation signs were reviewed.  The signs would be erected in areas planted by the foundation.  Trustee Doug Zollo asked if the signs were intended to be temporary or permanent as he is concerned about “sign pollution.”

The issue of no left turn from Windle Park onto Franklin Street was sent to the traffic counsel for discussion as residents had differing opinions.

A bid for two additional generators in the total amount of $85,600 was discussed.

The ongoing issue of a possible tattoo parlor in Tarrytown was discussed; in particular the rules regarding what businesses can be located in the Historic District of Main Street. Hoyt continued to express his objections, saying he is "just not comfortable with it," in part because Westchester County has no health code for tattoo parlors. 

There will be another public hearing on the issue due to changes in the original proposal.

A real estate tax exemption for firefighters was discussed. Historically firefighters were given a $500 annual real estate tax reduction, but a recent new law passed by Tarrytown also allowed a 10 percent reduction. Trustees agreed to eliminate the $500 deduction and go with the 10 percent reduction which they all agreed would likely be more beneficial to the individuals.

There was some discussion on turning village elections over to the county. 

The Board adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel matters and “some black and yellow signs” appearing throughout the village which are apparently critical of Mayor Fixell.



 



Spencer Benedict September 16, 2011 at 01:43 PM
where are the details on the joint community TV station mentioned in the sub-headline??
Truth Revealed September 16, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Doug Zollo is worried about sign polution?.. What about that giant sign he poluted Broadway with throughout the elections... That thing was a eyesore...
Mary September 16, 2011 at 06:11 PM
The nerve of ZOLLO!!! What about the sign he used for his re-election. I find the way he spoke to Mr Cebetar at the last board meeting was so nasty, just like the way he put the huge sign on his lawn with no respect to the pollution law. SICK
John Anderson September 17, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Liability issues with the taxi drivers? What about the taxis themselves with bald tires and front ends falling apart, some with 450,000 miles on them...
Shovelhead September 17, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Doug Zollo is a bully and Drew Fixell's hit man !!!!
Jaques Strape September 17, 2011 at 07:11 PM
not to mention the guys who disconnected their speedometers, so that they don't rack up miles.
Elaine Marranzano September 18, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Trustee Robert Hoyt said he met with Sleepy Hollow Trustee Bruce Campbell about a joint community TV channel which would be funded in part by cable television franchise fees. Five responses to a request for proposals for an organization to provide content were received and are currently being reviewed.
Truthhurts September 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM
hmmm wonder where the big mouth undercover dude is ( J.B )?
Truthhurts September 20, 2011 at 07:33 PM
The drivers who are on drugs and get away with out being tested due to lazy police. Now that school is back kids are being driven around by Cabs with drivers who some are unlicensed, no green cards, drugs in their system and yet nothing is done to monitor them. How about prevent a tragedy by having the Police do what they get paid to do PROTECT US not wait till something happens.
Truthhurts September 20, 2011 at 07:34 PM
I could not agree more!!!
Bob September 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM
The position of Code Enforcement employee (Lou Tucci) who was part time was eliminated in the last Budget by Zollo and the Board-Now Zollo wants to create the position at taxpayer cost? Why does Zollo have a special political "friend" he wants for the position now???................
John Anderson September 21, 2011 at 12:18 AM
So will this "code enforcement officer" enforce the taxi law, seems like the village does not want any part of it. The violators park their taxis 50 ft. from the Police Department making a mockery of the Police Department AND the village trustees and Mayor, true leadership. I've seen more leadership at build-a-bear.
Bob September 21, 2011 at 05:59 PM
The Code Enforcement Officer works within the Building Dept where the Village Engineer/Building Inspector and his recently hired "assistant" work. The two combined salaries and benefits total almost $250,000.00 (Quarter Million $$) and now they want to re-create the same position of Code Enforcement Officer which Zollo/Butler and the Board abolished in the last budget to save/cut the taxpayers increase in property taxes. The $14,000.00 Electric Van that the Board purchased with "your" tax dollars for the Building Dept sits IDLE-have you seen it-probably NOT-they prefer to use their own vehicles so they can get reimbursed and FREE GAS at the Village Pumps.....Unaccountable Government spending your money!
Aintthatascam September 21, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Well, I guess they are not contributing to global warming??? yeah, that cracked me up that the Engineer needs an "assistant" what a crock, you knoe, with all the projects going on, someone has to make the lemonade. How abot fixing some of those potholes. I think I saw that van driving around taking down the "Blau lied" signs.

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