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Croton Skate Park Ramps & Retired Fire Truck in Auction on Ebay

November 6, 2006

Drastically reduced from its original total cost of $150,000 (which included paving and fencing), the SK8 Croton skate park ramps were listed on Ebay in an auction that began on November 6, 2006 for a starting bid of $10,000.

Additionally, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson has also put its retired 1983 Mack CF Pumper 1250 GPM/500 Gallon Tank fire truck on the auction block—starting at $5,000.

On November 25, 2006 10:03 PM, firerescue said:

On Friday, November 17, 2006 at 1:57 PM, “notorc” wrote: I’m waiting for the Croton Fireboat to go up for public auction….I hope they put that one on e-bay, it’ll fetch descent money (being a Boston Whaler).

That should help to offset the $62,000 allocated for a new boat. Why do we need a new boat? There’s a story for the blog, why do we need a new boat or a boat in the first place…who pays for the slips at HMB/CYC, and why aren’t they at Senasqua?

The fire boat is not for sale and will not be for sale in the near future.

The fire department did not buy a new boat. The fire boat will be getting a new face lift after 12 years of service. You need to check you reliable source of information.

The reason why a fire boat is needed is for river rescues and fires.

There are no fee for the slips where the boat is docked. It is not at Senesqua due to the lack of security and proper docking facility.

On November 25, 2006 3:21 PM, The Watchdog said:

“Notorc” wrote: “I’m waiting for the Croton Fireboat to go up for public auction….I hope they put that one on e-bay, it’ll fetch descent money (being a Boston Whaler).

That should help to offset the $62,000 allocated for a new boat. Why do we need a new boat? There’s a story for the blog, why do we need a new boat or a boat in the first place…who pays for the slips at HMB/CYC, and why aren’t they at Senasqua?”

I thought the Croton Police got a new boat, not the Fire Department. According to friends of mine in the Croton Fire Station their boat is older, like a 1990, and puts out fires and makes rescues on the Hudson. Sounds important to me. As for the Police boat….I don’t see a need for it. Perhaps I am missing something?

On November 21, 2006 6:03 PM, KWilly said:

As a 17 year old who is a resident of this village who has lived here for his entire life i know that the reason why the Skatepark wasn’t used as much as expected is not as simple as many partake it to be. Due to the astonishment of many of my older resident peers most kids do not have $185 lying around and if they do, they are most likely going to spend it on video games. It may sound like a huge shock to some people but my youth comrades and i think that we need to have admission be FREE. Now i understand that part of the issue with the Skatepark is that the way it was run made it a high cost operation. Alot of this is largely due to the fact that the village hired an employee who is very nice but was not needed. As radical as it may sound to those kid toddling mothers and fathers of Croton a Skate at Your Own Risk park should be re-examined instead of just laughed at and shot down. Another point to be made is that if village entities are not supposed to be profitable enterprises and we should not have to pay to play especially when kids are not getting enough exercise and outdoor time. Kevin Davis

On November 21, 2006 2:53 PM, bojangles said:

From the police blotter:

7:03 PM: There was a report from a resident of Grand Street about a loud and disorderly group of youths skateboarding in the street. Patrol responded to the scene but was unable to locate the youths in question.

Now finish the following sentence -

Maybe if the skatepark had not been closed……….

On November 20, 2006 2:47 PM, bojangles said:

The huge pile of leaves being dumped at the now defunct skatepark grows higher and uglier every day. I question if the intent is to turn this area into an operations center for the Dept. of Public Works. Not only are leaves and debris (tree trunks, dirt and branches) being deposited there but also enormous mounds of broken up road asphalt and stone. I imagine these materials will be crushed as was done out at the well fields.

If this is the intent of the board I ask for serious reconsideration. Village residents paid for an expensive and very well planned comprehensive plan for the whole village. We overwhelming supported the concept of “gateways” designated in the village. The Village is now violating it’s own zoning laws by using this area for unseemly storage.

Please do not waste the dollars spent for the comprehensive plan in addition to the wasteful spending for the skate park.

On November 18, 2006 10:13 AM, weewill said:

Notorc - exactly the kind of thinking we need!

Political party notwithstanding - we need people who are innovative and forward thinking - people not afraid to try the new and different - open-minded and willing to sit down, discuss options, and arrive at solutions. The decision to close the skatepark was made long before serious effort was expended to search for solutions. It’s been a comedy of errors with limited thinking since it opened. Unfortunately, your idea for salvaging this costly adventure is probably too late.

History has shown that once some members of this board adopt a position, the issue becomes non-negotiable.

On November 17, 2006 1:57 PM, notorc said:

I’m waiting for the Croton Fireboat to go up for public auction….I hope they put that one on e-bay, it’ll fetch descent money (being a Boston Whaler).

That should help to offset the $62,000 allocated for a new boat. Why do we need a new boat? There’s a story for the blog, why do we need a new boat or a boat in the first place…who pays for the slips at HMB/CYC, and why aren’t they at Senasqua?

Oops, back on topic…

In regards to the skate park, too bad a local group couldn’t buy the equipment, rent the land from the village for a song and run the skate park as described in various postings here. If my kids and their friends would use the park, I’d consider doing this myself.

Further, you could sell sponsorship to the various businesses in the village to offset the nominal rent the village would charge and pay for upkeep. This would be a down-sized version of Mahopac’s pay-to play plan. Heck even if it was on a trial basis for a year or two….food for thought.

On November 16, 2006 9:30 AM, weewill said:

From the Croton Police Blotter: What a shame!

4:49 PM: Officer on patrol reported that 3 youths, a 15-year-old Cortlandt resident, a 14-year-old resident of Peekskill, and a 14-year-old resident of Croton were found trespassing in the now defunct Croton Skateboard Park while skateboarding. Officer had the youths leave the area. Croton detective/youth officer is following up on the incident.

On November 14, 2006 5:09 PM, TeaDrinker said:

Weewill:

As per your request follows the contact information for the Village of Croton-on-hudson Board of Trustees.

Mayor Dr. Gregory J. Schmidt Term Expiration: April 2007 Phone Number: 914-271-8242 Email: gschmidt@crotononhudson-ny.gov

Trustee Thomas P. Brennan Term Expiration: April 2007 Phone Number: 914-271-2421 Email: thomaspatrickbrennan@yahoo.com

Trustee Charles A. Kane Term Expiration: April 2008 Phone Number: 914-271-8524 Email: ckane@crotononhudson-ny.gov

Trustee Ann Gallelli Term Expiration: April 2008 Phone Number: 914-271-5301 Email: agallelli@crotononhudson-ny.gov

Trustee Leo A. W. Wiegman Term Expiration: April 2007 Phone Number: 914-271-1145 Email: lwiegman@crotononhudson-ny.gov

On November 14, 2006 4:19 PM, weewill said:

It would be helpful if you would post the email addresses of the Mayor and all the Trustees. As Bojangles susggests in his post, it’s a very effective way to interact. We could then reach the Mayor and Trustees either by email or by posting questions on the Blog. Thanks.

On November 14, 2006 3:24 PM, TeaDrinker said:

On Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 2:55 PM, the following email message was sent to both Republican Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt and Republican Trustee Thomas Brennan. Since that time, neither have responded to our letter.

“Mayor Dr. Schmidt and Trustee Brennan:

Currently, the Democratic Trustees are regular contributors of public service messages to Crotonblog.

At the same time, similar contributions from the Republican part of the dais are notable by their absence.

Please consider this an invitation to make similar contributions to Crotonblog.

The Editors, Crotonblog”

On November 14, 2006 2:50 PM, bojangles said:

I don not believe anyone should call the Mayor (or any Trustee) at his or her home or place of business. It would be an invasion of their personal lives and inappropriate.

I do believe every public official should have access to and use the technology available for increased communication. The recent national elections most definitely utilized many blogs and emails to further ideologies and platforms. It’s a powerful tool to send a message. I strongly recommend elected officials use it. Not only is it an indication of a sincere wish to dialogue but it reinforces open government.

As an afterthought to the above, I’m curious as to why only the democrats on the board post on the blog. The blog is also a strong and readily available means of communication.

On November 14, 2006 11:33 AM, weewill said:

Dear TaleTheCannolis

You should call the Mayor and ask him. If you get an answer I suggest you post it here on the blog so all of us can know when and why the decision was made to close it down in spite of numerous pleas and suggestions from resident parents on ways to operate it for our kids so it would be better utilized.

Good luck and welcome to Croton!

On November 13, 2006 10:24 PM, TakeTheCannolis said:

Having just moved to town, I’ve been curious as to why the skate park never opened this summer. The auction explains that it’s being sold, but why? What happened?



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