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					                                TOWN BOARD
                              TOWN OF OSSINING
                             OSSINING, NEW YORK

REGULAR MEETING                                          POLICE/COURT
FEBRUARY 11, 2003                                           FACILITY
7:30 P.M.

I.     CALL TO ORDER

        The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Ossining,
Westchester County, New York, was held on February 11, 2003 in the Police/Court
Facility, 86-88 Spring Street in Ossining. The meeting was called to order at 7:30
p.m. by Supervisor John Chervokas. Upon roll call, the following were present:
Councilmembers Kathryn Penn, Geoffrey Harter, Michael G. O’Connor and
Francesca Connolly. Also present were: Thomas Beirne, Town Attorney, Michele
Keefe, Budget Officer and Mary Ann Roberts, Town Clerk.

II.    TOWN BOARD RESOLUTIONS

        A. Approval of Minutes – January 28, 2003

      Councilmember Penn moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Connolly that the following be adopted:

      Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby approves the
Minutes of the January 28, 2003 Regular Meeting as presented.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously

        B. Approval of Voucher Detail Report

     Councilmember Harter moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
O’Connor that the following be adopted:

       Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby approves the
Voucher Detail Report dated February 11, 2003 in the amount of $77,670.42 for
2002 and in the amount of $221,283.10 for 2003.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously

        C. Finance – Capital Project #2002-0014 Highway Dump Truck

     Councilmember Penn moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
O’Connor that the following be adopted:

      Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby authorizes
Capital Project 2002-0014 to be closed and the remaining balance of $400 from the
appropriated funds be transferred to Debt Service.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously

        D. Finance – Capital Project #2001-0013 Highway Modular

      Councilmember O’Connor moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Harter that the following be adopted:

       Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby authorizes
Capital Project 2001-0013 to be closed and a deficit of $21,067.03 to be financed by a
transfer from line item 31-5110-101 (personnel) of the 2002 budget.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously
            E. Finance – Capital Project #2000-0009 Tax Map

      Councilmember Penn moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Connolly that the following be adopted:

       Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby authorizes
the budget for Capital Project 2000-0009, adopted on December 12, 2000, to be
increased from $15,000 to $70,000 to cover the cost of digitalizing the Town of
Ossining tax maps. The additional amount of $55,000 shall be financed by a
transfer from the Fund Balance of the General Fund.

                                            Motion Carried: Unanimously

            F. Finance – Capital Project #2003-0017

      Councilmember O’Connor moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Connolly that the following be adopted:

       Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby authorizes
the establishment of Capital Project #2003-0017 for the purpose of
building/planning department software and equipment. The project budget shall be
$17,500 to be financed by a transfer from Fund Balance (20 fund).

                                            Motion Carried: Unanimously

        G. Finance - 2003 Budget Amendment

      Councilmember O’Connor moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Connolly that the following be adopted:

      Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby amends the
2003 budget for the Highway Fund (31) as follows:
Revenue:
31-0031-5036(transfer from capital) shall increase by $400 to $41,114

Expenditure:
31-9730-610 (Principal) shall increase by $400 to $186,650

                                            Motion Carried: Unanimously

       H. Alarm Review Board

       Councilmember Harter moved and it was seconded by Councilmember Penn
that the following be adopted:

        Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby dismisses the
false alarm fines for permit nos. 03-3, 03-381,03-31, and 03-383 pursuant to Local
Law 2 of 2002.
                                            Motion Carried: Unanimously

       I.        Sewage Pumping Stations – 2003 Agreement – All-Makes Pump &
                 Motor Repair

       Councilmember Harter moved and it was seconded by Councilmember Penn
that the following be adopted:

      Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby approves a
contract with All-Makes Pump & Motor Repair, Inc, Yorktown Heights, NY for
monthly maintenance of the Town’s fourteen pumping stations, pursuant to All-
Makes’ proposal dated January 14, 2003, at a cost of $2,500 per month.

                                            Motion Carried: Unanimously
       J. Police Facility – Request for State Legislation – Wicks Law Exemption

      Councilmember Penn moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Connolly that the following be adopted:

       WHEREAS, the Town of Ossining is about to undertake a major
construction project involving one of its critical services, namely the building of a
new headquarters for its Police Department; and

       WHEREAS, the estimated cost of construction for this project exceeds
$50,000, thus making it subject to General Municipal Law § 101, commonly known
as the Wicks Law; and

      WHEREAS, this law, enacted in 1912, requires the Town to award separate
“prime” contracts for electrical, plumbing and HVAC work, rather than a single
contract to a general contractor, who would then have responsibility for supervision
and coordination of all subcontractors; and

       WHEREAS, while the intent of the Wicks Law was to benefit taxpayers, the
history of its implementation shows that, in fact, it can significantly increase costs on
municipal projects, which costs will ultimately be borne by Town taxpayers; and

        WHEREAS, a 1987 study by the New York State Budget Division concluded
that elimination of Wicks Law requirements could reduce construction costs by
30% (Fiscal Implications of the Wicks Law Mandate, May 1987); and

       WHEREAS, based upon this study and reports received from staff and
construction professionals, the Town Board believes that the Wicks Law will fail to
accomplish its intended goal of protecting taxpayers and will instead impose an
unjustifiable fiscal burden on taxpayers in the Unincorporated Area of the Town of
Ossining; and

       WHEREAS, good cause therefore exists for exempting the Town of Ossining
from the Wicks Law on this project; now therefore be it

        RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby requests
of Senator Oppenheimer and Assemblywoman Galef that they introduce legislation
to create a special law so that specifications for work pertaining to the building of a
new police headquarters on North State Road in the Town of Ossining may provide
for assignment of responsibility and coordination of any or all of the contracts for
such work to a single responsible and reliable person, firm or corporation.

                                            Motion Carried: Unanimously

       K. Senior Citizens – Call-a-Cab Program

      Councilmember O’Connor moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Penn that the following be adopted:

              1. Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby
 authorizes the Supervisor to sign a contract with Camp’s Taxi for participation in
the Call-a-Cab program for a period January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

              2. Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby
authorizes the Supervisor to sign a contract with MEGA Taxi for participation in
the Call-a-Cab program for a period January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

                                         Motion Carried: Unanimously
       L. Police - Westchester County – 2003 STOP DWI Contract

       Councilmember Penn moved and it was seconded by Councilmember Harter
that the following be adopted:
       Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby authorizes
the Supervisor to sign a renewal agreement between the Town of Ossining and
Westchester County for the STOP DWI program. The term of the agreement is
from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003. Westchester County will reimburse the
Town, for the enforcement of DWI, an amount not to exceed $8,400.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously
III.   MONTHLY REPORTS

       Councilmember Harter moved and it was seconded by Councilmember Penn
that the Monthly Reports for the Month of January, 2003 from Town Clerk, Tax
Receiver and Police Department be received and filed.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously

IV.    CORRESPONDENCE TO BE RECEIVED AND FILED

      Councilmember Harter moved and it was seconded by Councilmember
Connolly that the following be received and filed:

        1. January, 2003 Helicopter Log from General Electric.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously
V.     VISITOR RECOGNITION

       Jaime Black, Quakerbridge Road, congratulated the Varsity Girls Basketball
Team on their 20-0 winning record. Also discussed were fire safety issues including
low water pressure at Waterview. Also questioned was why the Town didn’t own a
tanker truck and that the Town should seriously consider owning the proposed new
firehouses.

       Bobby Williams, Spring Street, also congratulated the Girls Basketball
Team. Also discussed was the fact that fire insurance is lower because of nearby fire
protection. If there is a problem with water pressure, it should be corrected. Also
discussed was the enhancement of Parks for summer use. Are there any grants
available for Park enhancement.

VI.    ANNOUNCEMENTS

       Councilmember O’Connor announced that he had attended a meeting on
Saturday put together by the Village Mayor looking at alternate sites for a
firehouse. They visited 6 sites. The Chiefs are the professionals. They will use their
expertise as well as communicate with their colleagues in making a decision of an
appropriate site. The Waterview Development is a modern construction with
monitoring systems for fire safety as well as other safe guards. He also described
the procedures for fire fighting with pumper trucks and hydrants. It is in the best
interest of the Town to contract with the Village of Ossining and the Village of
Briarcliff Manor for fire protection.

VII.   ADJOURNMENT

      At 8:10 p.m., Councilmember Harter moved and it was seconded by
Councilmember Penn that the meeting be adjourned.

                                           Motion Carried: Unanimously

Approved:                                  __________________________
                                           Mary Ann Roberts, Town Clerk

				
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