April 16, 2019
Litigation and negotiations involving: Assessor, Planning Board, Highway and Engineering Departments and Town Attorney
1. Energy savings
A representative of Cornell Cooperative Extension gave a presentation on NYSERDA programs designed to help homeowners lower their energy costs. More information is available at https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners.
2. Courtesy of the floor
Solar law: Paul Moskowitz, who took part in a site visit to two proposed solar installation sites, said that while he supported efforts to encourage the use of solar energy, he was opposed to the provision in the proposal local law that would permit large scale commercial solar installations only in residentially zoned property and not in commercial zones. He was also concerned about the provision in the proposed law that would repeal any existing town law that was inconsistent with the solar law.
Mohegan Lake: Ken Belfer, speaking for the Mohegan Lake Improvement District, advised the board that alternate arrangements have been made to continue the alum treatment for the lake after the equipment that started the process experienced a problem and sank into the lake. The alum treatment is part of a pilot project to reduce phosphorous in the lake.
Pipeline pigging station: In response to Ed Ciffone’s question as to when the pigging station at Stony Street would be moved, Supervisor Gilbert said the relocation would take place in September after Enbridge completes the pipeline work.
RPG Stormwater Permit: (See Town Board 4-9-2019.) Michael Epting and Susan Siegel, the person writing this summary, asked the board to delay approving the permit; Mr. Epting cited several unresolved traffic and parking issues and Ms. Siegel cited enforcement issues with the maintenance agreement. Both cited the failure of the proposed approval resolution to include any reference to the developer hiring off duty police officers to monitor traffic. In response, Councilwoman Roker noted that while the resolution, printed in the board agenda, did not include the police officer reference, a memo from the Engineering Department did include the reference, but only that police officers would be needed for “major” issues and that she had an issue with the word “major.” Supervisor Gilbert said that given the differences between the two versions of the approval resolution, the board should table the resolution – which it agreed to do.
3. Granite Knolls Sports Complex
Al Avitable, a member of the Recreation Commission reported that work at the complex was between 90%-95% complete and that the fields are currently in use on a limited basis pending completion of the project which he anticipated would happen in about 3-4 weeks. The town has formally “accepted” the fields from the contractor after four previous requests had been refused. He advised the board that the Rec Commission is looking for outside funds to help finance the construction of a playground and also noted that if all the complex’s facilities were used at the same time, that parking would not be adequate. He also said that the town needed to proceed with the installation of a traffic light at Stoney and East Main Street and that security cameras were needed at the complex. (Note: the town has an RFP out for security cameras.)
4. The Weyant, Crompond Road
In what initially was to be an update on the site plan (see below for a similar report given to the Planning Board), the discussion turned mostly to issues surrounding the capacity of the Greenwood Street sewage treatment plant, how the additional 6,000/gpd generated by the 23 units would impact the plant, and whether the developer had any responsibility for making improvements to the plant or sewer district.
Mr. Quinn noted that as a result of the unusually wet weather, flows to the treatment plant in January and February just about reached the plant’s 1.5/mgd SPEDES limit but that flow levels have been decreasing since then. (The earlier average flow level was about 1.1 mdg.) He said the problem was due to inflow and infiltration into the sewer trunk lines as well as homeowner sump pumps that are illegally hooked up to the sewer lines.
The discussion also highlighted the need to address sewer capacity issues earlier in the review process and that it was not fair to put an additional responsibility on the Weyant developer who already has spent over $100,000 to donate his land to the state for the future widening of Route 202.
5. Selected resolutions
Sewers: Authorized using $16,500 from the Yorktown Sewer District to hire a consultant to prepare recommendations to address DEC violations associated with sewer overflows at Hill & Lee Blvd and the Farmwalk Pump Station and violations at the sewage treatment plant. (Note: the resolution supersedes one passed last year authorizing a contract for the same amount that was never signed and whicj incorrectly took the funds from the wrong budget fund.)
Cell phone policy: The board tabled a policy statement on the use of cell phones by town staff pending a clarification of some language requested by the CSEA.
Millstone: Authorized the Highway Department to move an historic millstone e from Yorktown School District property to Patriot Garden.
Litigation involving Yorktown Garden Center