Courtesy of the Croton United FB Page - "YOU'LL NEED TO TAKE ON MORE DEBT"
Last night's (Monday, March
11th) Board of Trustees meeting was an enlightening and informational
work session that we believe all Croton residents should watch.
However, since the meeting ran almost two and a half hours, we offer
this synopsis of the highlights:
First up, PET PROJECTS. The
board held a discussion concerning establishing a community composting
transfer site, where one can (voluntarily) bring food scraps weekly;
also, establishing regulations for solar system installations. It's not
yet clear how Croton is going to handle the destruction of trees related
to solar installations; the board seems to be leaning towards
replacement rather than setting limitations.
Next up, GOUVEIA.
Residents may have heard that the board is considering moving the
recreation department offices to the house at Gouveia Park. In
furtherance of that plan, a list of necessary capital improvements, with
estimated costs, was reviewed. This list, if completed, would wipe out
the entire remaining trust fund -- more than $700,000. An additional
problem is that the improvements on the list don't include necessary
renovations to the actual house, which the board wishes to open to the
public. When asked about it, Manager King told the Board quite bluntly,
"YOU'LL HAVE TO TAKE ON MORE DEBT" to finance the substantial cost of
opening the house to the general public. She told them they will have to
choose where they want to spend their (our!) money first, and nothing
may happen until at least 2021.
Finally, THE CROTON POINT AVENUE
PROJECT. We learned last night that the village has already spent
$600,000 on this project without a shovel having actually broken ground.
The powers that be at the state have apparently told the village that
this project needs to be done THIS YEAR, with no changes allowed. If we
don't...read the rest here.