CALL TO ORDER

Joint meeting with the Committees on Budget & Appropriations and Public Works.

Roll Call

Others In Attendance: BOL: Catherine Borgia, Nancy Barr, Kitley Covill, John Testa, Alfreda Williams, Christopher Johnson and Terry Clements PARKS: Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, David DeLucia, Peter Tartaglia PLANNING: Anthony Zaino, Robert Lopane

 

MINUTES APPROVAL
1. Minutes of Aug 13, 2018 10:02 AM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Kaplowitz, seconded by Legislator Cunzio the minutes were approved 7-0.

I. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

Guests:

PRC:  Commissioner O'Connor, Deputy Commissioner Tartaglia and David DeLucia

Planning:  Anthony Zaino, Robert Lopane

 

1. RES-2018-139 : PH-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway Signed by Committee

A Public Hearing on a "LOCAL LAW authorizing the County of Westchester to enter into a lease agreement with the State of New York for the use of real property consisting of approximately 20.8 miles with varying widths in the Towns of Mount Pleasant, New Castle, Yorktown and Somers to operate the North County Trailway for a 25-year term." [Public Hearing set for October 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.; LOCAL LAW INTRO No. 11174-2018]

Joint with B&A & PW.

Commissioner O'Connor, Deputy Commissioner Tartaglia and David DeLucia from the Department of Parks and Recreation joined Robert Lopane, Landscape Architect from the Department of Planning to continue the conversation regarding the North and South County Trailway, ID# 11173- Resolution- Public Hearing, Lease Agreement - North County Trailway, 11174- Local Law, Lease Agreement- North County Trailway, 11175- Bond Act (Amended) - RPA03- North County Trailway, 11176- Bond Act- RPA03- South County Trailway.  Commissioner O'Connor began by explaining that this project is broken into three parts. 

First,  a Local Law authorizing the County to enter into a new lease agreement with the State of New York for the use of real property consisting of approximately 20.8 miles with varying widths in the Towns of Mount Pleasant, New Castle, Yorktown and Somers to operate the North County Trailway for a 25 year term.

Second, a Bond Act  in the amount of  $8,750,000 to finance capital project RPA03- North and South County Trailway Infrastructure.  The work will include construction improvements to the North County Trailway.

Third, a Bond Act in the amount of $300,000 to finance the design for improvements made to the South County Trailway.

Legislator Kaplowitz explained that at the last meeting we asked for additions to be made to the committee report.  Board Counsel Chris Crane drafted the additions and they are,

"Your Committee is informed that it would be very advantageous for the County to acquire full ownership of the North County Trailway.  For example, the County’s ownership of the Trailway would reduce time and resources expended to coordinate maintenance or improvements with the State, as is now the case.  Previous County efforts to obtain ownership have been slow to advance, although there has been apparent willingness by both the County and State to consider such transfer.  With the recent change in County administration, your Committee believes the time is right for the County to again engage the State to hasten the County’s acquisition of the Trailway.  Your Committee therefore urges the County Executive and his administration to promptly seek an agreement with the State authorizing transfer of the Trailway to the County for a nominal sum.

Your Committee is also aware that the Trailway crosses a bridge that spans the Croton Reservoir in the Town of Yorktown (span length approximately 500 feet).  While this part of the Trailway is unique and scenic, this location is occasionally visited by thrill-seekers who congregate on the bridge abutments and trusses and also jump into the reservoir.  Several years ago a young man died after falling from the bridge abutment.  Your Committee accordingly recommends that the design of Trailway improvements include features that will discourage and inhibit individuals from accessing or climbing on the bridge

structure from the Trailway."

With a motion by Legislator Kaplowitz and seconded by Legislator Cunzio the changes to the committee report were accepted with a vote of 7-0.

Mr. Crane also drafted letters one to the State and the other to the County Executive requesting the acquisition of the Trails to the County from the State.  The members agreed that the letter should be submitted together and the language was satisfactory. 

Mr. DeLucia discussed that the Department is working together with the Department of Transportation's real estate division on the transfer of land.  Legislator Kaplowitz discussed that the acquisition is "slow to advance" as stated by Mr. Crane in his letters.  Legislator Kaplowitz also discussed that there were some other outside factors that are to blame for the delay. 

Legislator Parker asked if the Trailway's would be part of Governor Cuomo's "Empire State Trail"?  The Empire State Trail is the Governor's idea to have one contiguous bike trail throughout the State.  Mr. DeLucia discussed that yes it will be a part of the trail.  The plan is to have a bike trail from NYC to Albany to Saratoga and then off to Rochester.  Legislator Shimsky asked if the State had to approve the plans for Design and did it meet the DOT standards.   Mr. DeLucia replied that there was nothing new added to this project and that the DOT has seen the design.  This is more of a maintenance project, rebuilding the existing path.  

Legislator Kaplowitz went on to discuss the safety measure that were added into the design.  He thanked the Department for working with the Yorktown addressing the concerns of the community.  Mr. DeLucia discussed that a new fence was added to the design, similar to those found on major bridges that curves up so one cannot climb over.  He also, mentioned that the sides would have a spike so that one cannot climb around. 

Legislator Shimsky asked to discuss the South County Trailway project.  She asked specifically about the section in her district and mentioned that she would send the Department a list created by her staff indicating some possible issues.  Questions were asked of the members regarding signage and design of the trails.

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Maher the item was approved with a vote of 7-0 as amended. 

 

 

 

a. PH-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway-DRAFT
b. PH-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway- SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
c. PH-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway - ADOPTED FOR PH
2. LL-2018-5 : LOCAL LAW-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway Signed by Committee

A LOCAL LAW authorizing the County of Westchester to enter into a lease agreement with the State of New York for the use of real property consisting of approximately 20.8 miles with varying widths in the Towns of Mount Pleasant, New Castle, Yorktown and Somers to operate the North County Trailway for a 25-year term.

Joint with B&A & PW.

Please refer to item #1.

With a motion by Legislator Kaplowitz and Legislator Cunzio the changes to the committee report were accepted with a vote of 7-0.

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Maher the item was approved with a vote 7-0.

a. LOCAL LAW-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway-DRAFT
b. LOCAL LAW-Lease Agreement-North County Trailway - FINAL
3. ACT-2018-150 : BOND ACT(Amended)-RPA03-North County Trailway Signed by Committee

An amended BOND ACT authorizing the issuance of bonds of the County in a total amount not to exceed EIGHT MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND  ($8,750,000) DOLLARS to finance Capital Project RPA03-North and South County Trailway Infrastructure.

Joint with B&A and PW.

Please refer to item #1

With a motion by Legislator Kaplowitz and seconded by Legislator Cunzio the changes to the committee report were accepted.

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Maher the item was approved with a vote of 7-0.

 

a. BOND ACT(Amended)-RPA03-North County Trailway-DRAFT
b. BOND ACT(Amended)-RPA03-North County Trailway - FINAL
4. ACT-2018-145 : BOND ACT-RPA03-South County Trailway Signed by Committee

A BOND ACT authorizing the issuance of THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND ($300,000) DOLLARS in bonds of the County to finance Capital Project RPA03-North and South County Trailway Infrastructure, design of improvements.

Joint with B&A & PW.

Please refer to item #1

With a motion by Legislator Kaplowitz and seconded by Legislator Cunzio the changes to the committee report were accepted with a vote of 7-0.

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Maher the item was approved with a vote of 7-0.

 

 

 

a. BOND ACT-RPA03-South County Trailway-DRAFT
b. BOND ACT-RPA03-South County Trailway-FINAL
5. ACT-2018-131 : BOND ACT-RLEN2-Lenoir Preserve Buildings Signed by Committee

A BOND ACT authorizing the issuance of SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND ($745,000) DOLLARS in bonds of Westchester County to finance Capital Project RLEN2 - Lenoir Preserve Buildings.

Joint with B&A and PW.

Commissioner O'Connor, deputy Commissioner Tartaglia and David DeLucia from the Department of Parks to discuss capital project ID # 10856- RLEN2- Lenoir Preserve Buildings.  This project in the amount of $745,000 to finance the design for rehabilitation of the Wightman Mansion at the County's Lenoir Preserve.  Commissioner O'Connor explained that the building is in bad shape, the roof is leaking and has caused damaged inside the building.  Chairwoman Borgia asked about the scope of work, Commissioner O'Connor explained because of the roof that the water damaged has reached inside the wall and windows.  She  said that the entire building needs to be rehabilitated to the studs.  Mr. Tartaglia said the heating system also needed to be replaced.  They explained that the house was built in the 1850's using granite quarried on the property.  It sits on the Hudson River overlooking the Palisades.  Once repaired they explained that it could be used for many events and even a catering hall.  Chairwoman Borgia and Legislator Shimsky asked of more detail regarding the scope of work be added to the committee report.  The members added the following sentence,

"Design will include but not be limited to the roof, internal structure, internal systems including HVAC, mold remediation, and internal integrity of the building."

Legislator Parker asked if the Department can add into energy efficiency aspects into the design.  She explained that the savings could help offset the cost of the repairs. Legislator Kaplowitz discussed that as much as we want to save all of these properties and buildings the design may reveal that the building is in worse condition and become a cost to the County instead of an asset.  At what point do we decide that the cost to repair is too much for the County.  Commissioner O'Connor discussed that they do not accept all properties.  Further discussion was held regarding how we handle properties acquired by the County. With a motion by Legislator Maher and seconded by Legislator Parker the item was approved with a vote of 7-0 as amended.

 

a. BOND ACT-RLEN2-Lenoir Preserve Buildings-DRAFT
b. BOND ACT-RLEN2-Lenoir Preserve Buildings-FINAL
II. OTHER BUSINESS

Unfinished Business and any other agenda items to come before the Committee.

 

III. RECEIVE & FILE
ADJOURNMENT

Moved by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Shimsky the committee adjourned at 10:50 AM.