At the Board of Trustees Meeting held on Tuesday, September 6, 2005, Maria Cudequest of Grand Street, wrote a letter to request that the board publicly discuss its intention for the Croton Sailing School.
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Mayor Schmidt answered by saying, “There have been vicious rumours out there that we are trying to get rid of the sailing school and that is, couldn’t be further from the truth. We are just working with the sailing school. They are working with us also on revising their contract. They are a vital asset to this community and we will do everything we can to keep them there. They are a very happy customer and we are happy to have them there… I think so far, the conversations have been very, very good.”
Further, responding to Trustee Steinberg’s question, “So, there is no, no, ah, no truth that you are seeking to sink the sailing school?”, Mayor Schmidt said “…I don’t think so… they have done a great job down there. A lot of kids use that park, that facility, and they have a great time down there.”
The Croton Sailing School was founded by Steve and Katherine Jennings in 1986. The couple initially operated the business out of a tractor shed with a phone line. Steve served as the only instructor. Nearly twenty years later, Steve maintains that, “The sailing school was founded on the philosophy of teaching with “patience, not pressure,” and emphasizing hands-on instruction in every level of sailing”.
Crotonblog spoke with Steve on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 in regards to the ongoing contract renegotiation of the space he leases at the Senasqua Park boat basin.
Steve appeared at Village Board Work Session meeting on May 6, 2005, as he was approached by the Village to renegotiate his current 10-year contract agreement.
According to Steve, “both the Village and the Croton Sailing School need to determine what is a fair value for rent that serves both entities best interest”. He added that he is “confident that they will come to an agreement”.
Further, he reflects, “Over the past 20 years, it has been nice to have been part of the resurgence of the river” and that he “thinks that the arangement has been good for both the Village and the sailing school”.
As Mayor Schmidt indicated at the September 6, Village Board meeting, that the board has “put off any fine tuning of the discussions until after the sailing season”. Adding, “So he is coming back in the fall…”