Board of Trustees Meeting 09/21/22

VILLAGE OF BREWSTER

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

21 SEPTEMBER 2022

7:30 P.M.

REGULAR MEETING

AGENDA

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster is holding a regular meeting at 7:30 PM, on September 21, 2022, at Village Hall, at 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509.

Pledge to flag.

Notation of Exits

Regular Meeting:

  1. Monthly Reports:
  2. 1. Engineer's Report, August 2022.
  3. 2. Code Enforcement Report, August 2022.
  4. 3. Police Report, August 2022.
  5. Resolution 092122-1: Municipal Advisor Services.
  6. Resolution 092122-2: IMA with Putnam County - ARPA Funds.
  7. Resolution 092122-3: Award of Auction Bid for 2013 Ford F350.
  8. Resolution 092122-4: Village Constable.
  9. Approval of New Hire: Court Clerk to Justice.
  10. Correspondence Sent & Received for August 2022.
  11. Minutes for Approval - September 7, 2022 Minutes.
  12. Vouchers Payable.
  13. Other Business.
  14. New Business.
  15. Public Comment.
  16. Executive Session, possible.
  17. Adjourn.

Village of Brewster Public Hearing and Regular Meeting on September 7, 2022

VILLAGE OF BREWSTER
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
7 SEPTEMBER 2022
7:30 P.M.
PUBLIC HEARING
REGULAR MEETING
AGENDA
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster is holding a public hearing at 7:30 PM, followed by a regular meeting at 7:31 PM or soon thereafter, on September 7, 2022, at Village Hall, 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY.
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Notion of Exits
Public Hearing – SEUP for 850 Route 22.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster will hold a Public Hearing on the Special Exception Use Permit for 850 Route 22, which is located in the B2 District. This permit will allow the property owner to conduct light manufacturing of products.
Regular Meeting

  1. Proclamation for Constitution Week.
  2. Monthly Reports
  3. 1. DPW Report.
  4. 2. Planning Board Report for August, 2022.
  5. 3. Zoning Board Report.
  6. Financial Report.
  7. 850 Route 22 SEUP Application.
  8. Minutes for Approval – August 17, 2022.
  9. Vouchers Payable.
  10. Other Business.
  11. New Business.
  12. Public Comment.
  13. Executive Session, possible.
  14. Adjourn.

Brewster Fall Festival

Brewster, NY – August 30, 2022 

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition invites all to the 2022 Brewster Fall Festival on Sunday, September 25th, from 11 am to 4 pm. The festival, formerly known as Founders Day, celebrates its 30th anniversary. It will feature live entertainment on two outdoor stages, kids’ games, a bouncy house, plenty of food, and vendors of all kinds, including artists, craftspersons, authors, community services, not-for-profit organizations, and local businesses. 

This free one-day event will be a great opportunity for visitors and residents alike to mingle and enjoy a fantastic fall day in Brewster.  DJ and Master of Ceremonies Corey Gardner will present music by Genevieve Faivre, Artie Tobia Band, and the Traveling Riverside Blues Band, playing a wide range of genres at the Band Stage Venue between the library and Old Town Hall.  Master of Ceremonies, Frankie Becerra will present professional and local performers at the Community Stage in front of Bob’s Diner.  Attendees will be encouraged to step into the Southeast Old Town Hall Theater at 67 Main Street to view its glory and the restoration progress and to experience an “A-Maize-ing Maze” being created for the festival. 

In its fourth year of organizing the event, the Cultural Arts Coalition is invested in making our community a great place to live, work, and play. The net income from the festival will be used to support ongoing arts programming in the Studio Around the Corner, the Old Town Hall Theater, and around town.  The Coalition sincerely appreciates assistance from this year’s sponsors, including NYSEG, Open Door Family Medical Center, Guardian Veterinary Specialists, Curaleaf, and Harvest Moon. 

“The Cultural Arts Coalition has plans to bring even more entertainment, education, and art to our community,” explains Judy Marano, Cultural Arts Coalition President. “Events like the Brewster Fall Festival showcase our community and demonstrate the value of having a cultural hub in the heart of Brewster Village.”

The festival will stretch along Main Street from the train station to Wilkes Avenue.  Free parking will be available at the Tristate Commuter Lot on Park Street and Morningthorpe Ave and in the MetroNorth parking spots along Railroad Avenue. 

Visit us on Facebook at Brewster Fall Festival or www.BrewsterFallFestival.com for more details.  If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor for the festival, please note that the deadline has been extended through Monday, September 12.  We anticipate the event will attract upwards of 4000 people.

Date: September 25, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: Main Street, Brewster, NY  

Cost:  FREE

RSVP:  Online, call (845) 363 - 8330, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: www.CulturalArtsCo.com, call (845) 363 - 8330, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find us on Facebook at ‘Cultural Arts Coalition.’

September 7, 2022 Public Hearing Notice for 850 Route 22

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster will hold a Public Hearing on the Special Exception Use Permit for 850 Route 22, which is located in the B2 District. This permit will allow the property owner to conduct light manufacturing of products. The Public Hearing will take place during the Village Board Meeting of September 7, 2022 at 7:30 P.M at Village Hall, 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509. At said Public Hearing, all interested persons shall be heard on the subject thereof.  The Board of Trustees will make every effort to assure that the Public Hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Anyone requiring special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Village Clerk. Anyone wishing to speak may do so.

Board of Trustees Agenda 08/17/22

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster is holding a regular meeting at 7:30 PM, on August 17, 2022 at Village Hall, at 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509.

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Notion of Exits 

Regular Meeting:

  1. Monthly Reports: 
  • Police Report, July, 2022.
  • Engineer’s Report, July, 2022.
  • Code Enforcement Report, July, 2022.
  1. 850 Route 22 SEUP.
  2. Liquor License Notice – 861 Route 22
  3. Correspondence Sent & Received for June, 2022.
  4. Minutes for Approval – August 3, 2022 Minutes
  5. Vouchers Payable.              
  6. Other Business.
  7. New Business.
  8. Public Comment.
  9. Executive Session, possible.
  10. Adjourn.

Open Position with Village of Brewster DPW

OPEN POSITION – DPW LABORER

A Public Works Laborer is responsible for the operation of a variety of construction and maintenance equipment and for performing manual labor activities as needed and/or required by the Public Works Department.  Included is road maintenance, park maintenance, signage, sewer repairs and other related areas.

The position requires operation of Village owned vehicles, such as pick-up trucks, backhoe, dump trucks, salt spreaders, snow plows, etc. as required.  The operation of power tools and equipment, such as mowers, chain saws, air compressors, etc. when required, is also necessary.  The laborer will be required to inspect and repair equipment as required by department procedures as well as be able to make repairs to Village roads, street, curbs, and sidewalks as required.

The applicant will mow grass, plant and/or prune trees, flowers and hedges.  There is a requirement to maintain the municipal buildings, designated parking lots, clean the DPW garage and park facilities, as well as clean up litter and empty trash cans.  Maintenance of sanitary and storm sewers and/or conducting routine maintenance procedures is required.  Sweeping and cleanup of debris and materials from roads will be required as well as snow and ice removal, including manual shoveling of snow.  Conducting other job related duties as needed.

A valid New York State driver’s license is required.  The laborer will be required to perform heavy manual labor, including lifting heavy objects up to fifty pounds and working in all types of weather conditions.  Safety procedures and practices are required to be followed, as well as wearing safety equipment.  A good working relationship with co-workers and the general public is a necessity.  The laborer must be able to be called out for emergencies such as snowfall, floods, downed trees, sewer back-ups and must be knowledgeable in a variety of semiskilled and skilled maintenance tasks.

PROPOSED LOCAL LAW # 2 OF THE YEAR 2022

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster will hold a Public Hearing on Local Law No. 2 of 2022 – Which will amend the following Village Codes: Chapter 263-3(B), Chapter 263-10, and Chapter 263-20. Copies of the proposed local law will be available BELOW and at Village Hall. The Public Hearing will take place during the Village Board Meeting of July 20, 2022 at 7:30 P.M at Village Hall, 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509. Anyone wishing to speak may do so.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF BREWSTER,
COUNTY OF PUTNAM, STATE OF NEW YORK AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1 : AUTHORITY

THIS CHAPTER IS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY, OF ARTICLE 2, §10 OF THE NEW YORK STATE MUNICIPAL HOME RULE LAW.

SECTION 2 : AMENDMENT OF § 263-3(B)

CHAPTER 263 OF THE CURRENT CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF BREWSTER, SPECIFICALLY §263- 3(B) “DEFINITIONS” IS HEREBY AMENDED TO ADD THE FOLLOWING DEFINITION:

LIGHT MANUFACTURING: 
LIGHT INDUSTRIAL PROCESS WHERE ALL PROCESSING, FABRICATING, ASSEMBLY, OR DISASSEMBLY OF ITEMS TAKES PLACE WHOLLY WITHIN AN ENCLOSED BUILDING.

SECTION 3 : AMENDMENT OF § 263-10

CHAPTER 263 OF THE CURRENT CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF BREWSTER, SPECIFICALLY §263-10 ENTITLED “B2 DISTRICT (BUSINESS 2)” SPECIFICALLY §263-10 IS HEREBY AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

H. SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES. WITHIN ANY B2 DISTRICT, THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES SHALL BE ALLOWED, SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF § 263-20:
(1) MIXED USE CONSISTING OF RETAIL ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND RESIDENTIAL ABOVE THE FIRST FLOOR;
(2) LIGHT MANUFACTURE, ASSEMBLY AND FINISH OF RESIDENTIAL AND HOME CONSTRUCTION COMPONENTS AND FIXTURES.

SECTION 4 : AMENDMENT OF §263-20

CHAPTER 263 OF THE CURRENT CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF BREWSTER, SPECIFICALLY §263-20 ENTITLED “SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE PERMITS”IS HEREBY AMENDED TO ADD NEW §263-20(I)(11) TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

11. LIGHT MANUFACTURING IN B2 DISTRICT. IN ADDITION TO THE BULK REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN §263-10 OF THIS CHAPTER, THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS SHALL ALSO APPLY TO ALL ANY LIGHT MANUFACTURING USE AS PERMITTED IN §263-10(H)2) OF THIS CHAPTER:
(A) OWNER AND/OR OCCUPANT SHALL INSTALL A DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM AS CONDITION OF ANY SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE PERMITTED UNDER §263-10(H)2) OF THIS CHAPTER;
(B) OWNER AND/OR OCCUPANT SHALL OBTAIN AND REMAIN CURRENT ON ALL APPROVALS FROM AGENCIES/AUTHORITIES HAVING JURISDICTION OVER SAID USE AS CONDITION OF ANY SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE PERMITTED UNDER §263- 10(H)2) OF THIS CHAPTER.

SECTION 5 – HOME RULE

NOTHING IN THIS LOCAL LAW IS INTENDED, OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE HOME RULE AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN UNDER STATE LAW OR TO LIMIT THE TOWN’S DISCRETION IN SETTING FEES AND CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH ANY APPLICATIONS REQUIRING TOWN APPROVAL.

SECTION 6 – SEVERABILITY

IF ANY PART OR PROVISION OF THIS LOCAL LAW OR THE APPLICATION THEREOF TO ANY PERSON OR CIRCUMSTANCE BE ADJUDGED INVALID BY ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION, SUCH
JUDGMENT SHALL BE CONFINED IN ITS OPERATION TO THE PART OR PROVISION OR APPLICATION DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE CONTROVERSY IN WHICH JUDGMENT SHALL HAVE BEEN RENDERED AND SHALL NOT AFFECT OR IMPAIR THE VALIDITY OF THE REMAINDER OF THIS LOCAL LAW OR THE APPLICATION THEREOF TO OTHER PERSONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THE TOWN BOARD OF THE VILLAGE OF BREWSTER HEREBY DECLARES THAT IT WOULD HAVE PASSED THIS LOCAL LAW OR THE REMAINDER THEREOF HAD SUCH INVALID APPLICATION OR INVALID PROVISION BEEN APPARENT.

SECTION 7– EFFECTIVE DATE

THIS LOCAL LAW SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON FILING IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OFSTATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 27 OF THE MUNICIPAL HOME RULE LAW.

Public Hearing June 15, 2022 on Proposed Local Law #1 of the Year 2022

LEGAL NOTICE
VILLAGE OF BREWSTER
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
PUBLIC HEARING

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster will hold a Public Hearing on Local Law No. 1 of 2022 – Which would permit public bodies of the Village of Brewster to conduct meetings using video conferencing pursuant to the provisions of Pursuant to Public Officers Law § 103-a. Copies of the proposed local law will be available on the Village website, www.brewstervillage-ny.gov and at Village Hall. The Public Hearing will take place during the Village Board Meeting of June 15, 2022 at 7:30 P.M at Village Hall, 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509.  Anyone wishing to speak may do so.

By Order of the

Board of Trustees of the

Village of Brewster

Michelle Chiudina

Village Clerk

Proposed Local Law #1 of the Year 2022 - Videoconferencing

Pursuant to Public Officers Law § 103-a public bodies are authorized to conduct meetings using videoconference technology so long as a quorum of the public body is physically present at one or more of the locations where the public can also attend in person. This requirement can be satisfied, for example, if three members of a five‐member public body are physically present in the municipal hall and the public is allowed to attend at that location, or if three members of a five‐member public body are participating via videoconference from three different locations and the public is allowed to be physically present at each of those locations.

A member of a public body may participate in a meeting of a public body without allowing members of the public to be physically present at the location from which they are participating in the meeting if extraordinary circumstances exist such as disability, illness, caregiving responsibilities, or any other significant or unexpected factor or event which precludes the member's physical attendance at such meeting.

If a public body broadcasts its meetings or conducts its meetings via videoconference, it must use technology that permits members of the public with disabilities to access the video in a manner consistent with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Information on how meetings can be made accessible to attendees with disabilities can be found online at www.section508.gov/create/accessible-meetings/. In addition, local officials should consult with their municipal attorney to ensure compliance with this requirement.

Local Law No. 1 of the year 2022

Village of Brewster, County of Putnam

A local law adopted pursuant to Public Officers Law § 103-a authorizing the use of videoconferencing within the Village of Brewster.

Section 1. Legislative Intent

It is the intent of this local law to authorize the Village of Brewster to conduct meetings consistent with the videoconferencing provisions of Public Officers Law § 103-a and the videoconferencing polices adopted by the Board of Trustees.

Section 2. Authority

This local law is adopted pursuant to Public Officers Law § 103-a, which expressly authorizes the Board of Trustees to adopt local legislation, authorizing the use of videoconferencing.

Section 3. Videoconferencing for Public Meetings

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Brewster, County of Putnam, hereby authorizes the use of videoconferencing when conducting meetings of the Board of Trustees subject to the following:

1. A quorum of the members of any Village Board (Board of Trustees, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals) are physically present at the meeting in one or more physical locations at which members of the public may attend the meeting.

2. Members of the Village Board are physically present at the meeting location(s) at which the public can attend in person unless the member of the Board is unable to be physically present due to extraordinary circumstances:

a. Extraordinary circumstances is defined to include any disability or illness, caregiving responsibilities, or any significant or unexpected factor or event that precludes the Village Board member's physical attendance at such meeting.

b. Extraordinary circumstances must be certified by email or other written means to the Village Clerk by the member of any Village Board in accordance with the Village’s videoconferencing policies and procedures and not less than 72 hours prior to any meeting.

3. Except in the case of executive sessions conducted pursuant to Public Officers Law § 105, members of the Village Boards must be able to be heard, seen, and identified while the meeting is being conducted, including but not limited to any motions, proposals, resolutions, and any other matter formally discussed or voted upon.

4. The minutes of meetings involving videoconferencing must include which, if any, members of the Village Board participated using videoconferencing technologies.

a. Such minutes must be made available to the public pursuant to Public Officers Law § 106.

b. Any meeting that uses videoconferencing must be recorded and such recordings must be posted to or linked on the Village website within five business days of the meeting. The recordings must remain available for a minimum of five years thereafter and recordings must be transcribed upon request.

5. The public notice for any meeting involving videoconferencing must:

a. Inform the public that:

i. videoconferencing will be used,
ii. where members of the public can view and/or participate in such meeting via videoconference, and
iii. where required documents and records will be posted or available; and

b. Identify the physical location(s) where members of the Village Board will be physically present at the meeting and where members of the public can attend the meeting in person.

6. Members of the public are able to view the video broadcast of any meeting using videoconferencing simultaneously when the meeting is conducted. Additionally, at meetings where public comment or participation is authorized by the Village Board, members of the public are able to participate in the proceedings using videoconference technologies in real time and with the same opportunities for public participation or testimony as in-person participation or testimony.

7. Village Board body may conduct meetings entirely by videoconference, with no in-person requirement, provided that:

a. A state of emergency is declared by the Governor of the State of New York pursuant to Executive Law § 28, or

b. A local state of emergency is declared by the Chief Executive Officer of the Village pursuant to Executive Law § 24, and the Board of Trustees determines that the circumstances necessitating the emergency declaration would affect or impair the ability of the public body to hold an in-person meeting.

8. Whenever the Board of Trustees invokes the emergency exception as defined in paragraph 7 and takes action at such meeting without allowing members of the public to be physically present, the Board of Trustees must acknowledge the previous meeting(s) and summarize any action(s) taken thereat at the next immediate meeting where the public is allowed to attend. The Board of Trustees must produce minutes of such emergency meetings pursuant to the requirements of Public Officers Law § 106.

Section 4. Severability

If a court determines that any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, or part of this local law or the application thereof to any person, firm or corporation, or circumstance is invalid or unconstitutional, the court’s order or judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder of this local law, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, or part of this local law or in its application to the person, individual, firm or corporation or circumstance, directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment or order shall be rendered.

Section 5. Effective date

This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.

Early Voting for 2022 Primary Election

Nine days of Early Voting begins on Saturday, June 18, 2020 and ends Sunday, June 26, 2020.

NOTE: NEW EARLY VOTING LOCATION AT:

  PUTNAM COUNTY OFFICE BLDG

  40 Gleneida Ave, Room 102

 Carmel, NY

  NORTH HIGHLANDS FIRE HOUSE

  504 Fishkill Rd, Cold Spring, NY

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Village of Brewster Memorial Day Weekend Announcements: Office Closures & Road Closures

Attention Village of Brewster Residents and Members of the Surrounding Communities:

On Monday, May 30, 2022, VFW Post 672 will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade starting at 10:30 AM at the Brewster Fire Department, going down North Main Street and Railroad Avenue and ending at 11:30 AM at Electrozone Memorial Field, with a ceremony to follow shortly after. This will require the road to be closed starting 10:30 AM and ending at 11:30 AM. Once the ceremony ends, spectators are encouraged to gather at Markel Park on North Main Street to participate in a 5K Run, which will have runners run down North Main Street, onto Main Street, then running up Peaceable Hill Road. From there, runners will make a left onto Tonetta Lake Road and another left onto Griffen Road, to merge onto North Main Street and end at Markel Park. During this time the road will be closing at 12 PM and will not reopen until 2:30 PM. Please plan your travels through this area accordingly.

The Village of Brewster Offices will be closing on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 1 PM and will not reopen until 8:00 AM on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Starting on May 31st the Village Offices will be on Summer Hours, which is 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Fridays. This will be in effect until Labor Day Weekend.

Thank you and have a safe weekend.

Contact Information

Village of Brewster
Village Office & Village Court
50 Main Street
Brewster, New York 10509

Village Office Phone: (845)279-3760 Fax: (845)278-7653

Village Court Phone: (845) 279-4020

Village Police: (845) 278-1895

Police@brewstervillage-ny.gov

Officer on Duty Phone Number for Non-emergencies: 914-804-8442

Hours of Operation

For the Village Hall and Village Court

Village Hall - Window & Phone: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- For assistance after business hours, email the Village Clerk mchiudina@brewstervillage-ny.gov

Village Court - Window Hours: Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                     Closed 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. for lunch
                        - Phone Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU COME TO ENSURE A COURT CLERK IS AVAILABLE*

Summer Hours: (Tuesday after Memorial Day until Friday before Labor Day)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.