Village Manager’s Report - 2 December 2016
From the Village Manager.
Coyote Alert … Update. My alert of Wednesday probably elicited the highest levels of feedback on any topic since I have been writing these reports. You have provided numerous pictures, spottings and comments both within VBM and outside. Not to repeat but most sightings seem to be in the early morning and at the end of day. This also tends to be the same time when homeowners either let
their dogs/cats out in the yard or walk their pets in the neighborhood. However, brazen packs of coyotes have been seen in the middle of the day. Now there’s a new development … what I call the “Jurassic Park Effect” … reports that coyotes and wolves may have mated. Sightings, your pix and what we understand as reliable DNA analysis of samplings point to mixed blood features of both. So, again, we are alerting you that unaccompanied pets even in your fenced in backyard or walking your pets unleashed have the potential for a lethal confrontation. Keep your pets leashed and under tight control. You should not confront them but retreat to the safety of your home. Reports to the PD and myself are always important but understand that the PD is severely limited from engaging coyotes (or so-called “Coywolves”) for a whole series of issues: the primary being the safety of your neighbors and the immediate surroundings. But understand we have asked and have
been told that NYS Environmental Codes/ Laws and procedures only enable us to “take out” these animals when there is a strong belief that they may be rabid and threatening attack. We are in the process of getting our own assistance on this critical matter, such as the hiring of licensed/NYS approved trappers or similar services.
Stepped up Pavilion Construction Work. Construction for a new water main extension “loop” into and through Law Park has begun. The work is to provide an additional water source for the Law Park complex and loop together the two separate water mains that go to the pavilion and the Library complex, respectively. A sizable rock ledge in the “wrong place” has caused delays to go into next week. While this phase is underway, parking restrictions in Law Park will occur as well as a potential traffic bottleneck on Pleasantville Road.
Traffic Alert / Holbrook Road Closure Change. Like the Pavilion work, the schedule of this project’s work has slid due to weather and bedrock conditions. Therefore, we anticipate that the HOLBROOK ROAD closure (from Scarborough Road to Holbrook Lane) will be reinstituted on Monday, 5 December, at/around 9:00 AM. Yes, we also want this job finished.
Overnight Parking Ban. You know already … but 1 December was the beginning of this year’s overnight parking ban. The parking restriction runs through 31 March: from 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM on any Village street, road or Municipal Parking lot. The exception is the Scarborough Train Station Parking Lot. Overnight parking at VBM’s Railroad Station lot is prohibited from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Violators will be fined.
Reports by Village Department.
From the Village Clerk. Year 2017 Scarborough Railroad Parking Permits are being issued through the Village Clerk.~ We have added the 2017 holiday (No Valet Service) schedule to the permits ... also all requests for second permits will being addressed within the next 2 weeks.
From the Treasury Department. Your second installment of the Village’s Real Estate Tax is due by 3 January 2017, without penalty. The payment coupon for the 2nd installment was attached to the original bill that we mailed to you in May.~No additional bills will be mailed. You can come in person, use the drop box in the VH parking lot, use the website www.briarcliffmanor.org, or mail it with a postmark of 3 January 2017.
From the Building Department. A repeat item … Please be advised of Local Law 2-2014 that was adopted by the Village of Briarcliff Manor on 5 November 2014. The law has provisions for Permitted Accessory Building Dwelling Units in certain residential zones. To activate this provision, it is required that action be taken by you prior to 31 December 2016.~ Please contact the Building Department at 914-944-2770 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.~ This Law has a sunset provision so action is required prior to 31 December 2016.
From the Police Department. The VBMPD PBA has two holiday drives underway. Their Annual Coat Drive is looking for new or gently used winter coats to be dropped off at the Police Headquarters, 1111 Pleasantville Road, at any time through 16 December. Then there’s the PBA Annual Toy Drive: drop off new unwrapped toys at the Police Headquarters at any time through 16 December. All toys will be delivered to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center.
From the Department of Public Works (DPW). Second loop of our annual leaf pick-up is about done. Weekend leaf pick-up restarts … please follow Village code and DPW rules. DPW work on Holiday decorations continues.
From the Library and Community Center.
- We welcome and congratulate Shelley Glick as Director of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
- Storytimes. Weekly storytimes for children are suspended and will resume the first week of January 2017.
- Briarcliff Lodge and Dow School: Architectural Sisters.~ Sunday, 4 December at 2:00 PM.~ Award-winning architect, Michael Molinelli will compare and contrast the architectural styles of two of the most significant buildings that were built in the VBM at the turn of the 20th century.~Cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society.~Registration is recommended at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or at 941-7072 or 941-4393.
- Books that Keep You Thinking: Nonfiction Book Discussion. Sunday, 11 December, at 1:30 PM. The next meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library's~Books~That Will Start You Thinking: Nonfiction Book Discussion group will be on Sunday, 11 December, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM. We will be discussing the~book, Citizens of London: the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour by Lynne Olson. Copies of the~book~to borrow are now available at the Library. To register for the book discussion, please send an email to Shelley Glick at email@example.com or the Library at 941-7072.
- Passes for Neuberger Museum of Art. Passes are now available from the Library for free admission to the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College.~ Please ask for the passes at the main desk.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Letter from Santa Claus? See our attachment regarding our annual project …
- Platform Tennis. Permits are available for this wonderful cool weather sport. Contact the Recreation Department for details, or visit the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org for further information.
- Senior & Adult programs at the WJV Community Center Call Stephanie Rossi at the Recreation office at 941-6560 for further information on any of the following programs: Chair Yoga on Monday mornings; 10-11 AM for beginners and 11:15-12:15 PM for seasoned veterans, Adult Coloring on Monday afternoons from 1-2:30 PM, Line Dancing on Tuesday mornings from 11:15-12:15, Bridge & Cards on Wednesdays from 12-3 pm, Beginner Bridge Lessons on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3 PM. We also have a regular Yoga for all levels program on Saturday mornings from 9-10 AM. Many programs are free, some have nominal fees.
- Our Winter brochure is available: Winter Program Registration begins Monday, 5 December. No computer? Please call the Recreation Department at 941-6560: we will be happy to mail you a copy.
- Yes, it is true, our traditional Community Bonfire/Holiday Sing-a-Long event cannot not be held this year due to the ongoing reconstruction of our Law Park Pavilion.
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community.
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (PMHC). PMHC Healthy Life series offers a wide range of programs on health-related subjects as well as numerous health screenings and support groups. All events are free and take place on the Phelps campus, 701 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow unless otherwise noted. Coming up soon are:
- Tuesday, 6 and 20 December: Bereavement Support is their ongoing support group for adults dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pre-registration is required: suggested donations is $10.00. Call 914-366-3325 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, 5 December: Look Good … Feel Better. This is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and several cosmetology groups teaching beauty tips for women undergoing Cancer treatment. Bring a friend but call to register for this 2 hour session: 914-366-3325.
- Wednesday, 7 December: Mind Games offers fun exercises and tips for seniors to stimulate the mind.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. Our next meeting is Wednesday, 7 December (Pearl Harbor Day), starting with a W/S at 7:00 PM and a M/BOT meeting at 8:00 PM all at the WJV Community Center.
Lastly … Con Ed and the Press reports that Con Ed customers in and around Westchester County are being targeted by scammers pretending to be their utility reps. Con Ed states its customers are being threatened with having their electrical/gas services cut off if they don’t pay their bills using a pre-paid card or by transferring funds via MoneyGram. Con Ed confirmed that it doesn’t accept payments by these methods. There has been a spike in reports from both residential and business customers who have been contacted by the scammers, who, Con Ed says, appear to be calling “randomly,” and not
just those who might owe something. At times, the phone scammers tell their intended victims the addresses of nearby stores that sell pre-paid cards.~The customer is then told to pay cash/put money on the card and then to provide the scammer with the card number.~Once they do that, the thieves are able to grab the funds and disappear. These cons have even discovered a way of putting a legitimate Con Ed phone number on the customer’s caller ID. For example, if you were to choose the MoneyGram option instead, he or she is asked to provide money from a bank account, credit card or debit card by going online or to a specified location. Then the funds end up in someone else’s bank account, or is picked up as your disappearing cash. Con Ed’s Tips to remember:
- Be alert … if asked to arrange for a bill payment by pre-paid debit card or MoneyGram, or to send money to an out-of-state address.
- Never divulge account, credit card or personal information over the phone unless you are certain you are speaking with a legitimate Con Ed representative.
- If you feel you have been targeted, or have actually been conned, set aside any embarrassment and contact VBMPD @ 914-941-2130 … AND … Con Ed at 1-800-75CONED (1-800-752-6633).
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 252B –2 December 2016
P.S. You know … when I review many of these items … sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up !
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