Village Manager’s Friday Report
4 May 2018
From the Village Manager.
“Water, Water Everywhere” - REDUX Part 3. With the approval of a M/BOT emergency declaration, we are expediting the replacement of the failed valves. The ability for our contractor to locate these series of valves from other sources enables us scheduling of the actual work: we have targeted initial road excavation on Pleasantville Road between CSI and Spruce Road for Monday, 7 May. Please take notice because there will be traffic delays inherent in this emergency work project. Assuming everything goes well, the actual valve replacement will be set for Wednesday, 9 May. Because we will be able to isolate the affected area, Cut-off of all water service to about 15+ homes and CSI will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Fliers are being distributed to the affected areas.
Storm Water System Blow-Out: REDUX Part 3. We are expanding our review of problem water drainage courses that are susceptible to debris blockage and flooding. Our walk through and resident suggestions of our streams and water courses are more expansive than originally thought. As I reported last week, the issue is several residents have “unwittingly” dumped cut wood, branches, piles of leaves, old fencing and similar debris into our drainage system. There are also large cases of inorganic materials such as plastic bottles, balls/toys and planting containers. These materials have been dislodged and flushed downstream causing damage and dangerous conditions that can foster flooding and worse. Again, the condition is not permitted by code, law and logic. We have identified many more situations of this type. Letters and
or visits by the DPW are to be made with “Notice” provisions to remove the materials from the stream bed and/or to step back wood piles sufficiently to remove the danger.
Law Park Playground Update. Similar to the Water Valve replacement project noted above, the M/BOT take like action in effect accelerating the purchase and installation of a new series of play features to replace the aging and Nor’easter storm damaged playground equipment in Law Park. Funding is coming from recreation “reserves” and insurance proceeds. The BOT’s declaration and funding actions should enable us to accelerate the total replacement of the playground: we are targeting completion and opening after the opening of the pool but before Summer Camp. A sketch of the playground is attached to my report.
Quick Project Updates: Trying to catch-up
- Horsechestnut Road. N/C.
- SRTS. Old sidewalk and curbs still being cut out for rebuild/replacement: new sidewalks being added.
- Ingham Road X Pleasantville Road. Beginning the installation of intersection traffic controls.
- Westchester County’s Pleasantville Road westbound lane and curb work about complete. After binder course is laid down, milling of the old surface begins followed by the top coat of pavement.
- Route 9A X North State Intersection. Contractor’s doing concrete work on each side. Some of the old curbing has been removed. Current wet weather not helpful but still targeting a mid-May completion date.
- Birrettella’s Corners completion. Meeting next week for final plans to remove buried oil tank.
- Pocantico River Bridge Replacement and Con Ed gas main work on Route 9A/100 Overpass. This phase subject to next week’s meeting. The latest timetable for the gas main work on Routes 9A/100 scheduled for July and August … primarily at night.
- Law Park Pond Dredging and Law Park Parking Lot Rehabilitation and Drainage Upgrades. Funding approved. Slotting in these projects for a post-Community Day start up.
- VH ADA Entrance and Parking Lot. Let’s be upfront: we have to postpone this project so that we can digest all of the outstanding projects we have out there.
Village Department Reports
Village Clerk/Administration. The WC Mobile Passport Unit is returning to VBM. The Mobile Passport Office will be in front of Village Hall on Monday, 7 May, from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Please contact the Passports and Licensing Division at (914) 995-3082 or at www.WestchesterClerk.com~with any questions.
From our DPW.
- We are concentrating on park and field maintenance due to heavy sport/team needs. We are still doing circuits with our street sweeper on all VBM streets.
- Emergency repairs and continual semi-annual flushing continues.
- Reminder: Leaves and grass clippings must be brown bagged and brush must be bundled and tied. We are back to fixed rules for pick-up. Due to the massive storm damage, normal Spring clean-ups and extraordinary work is required, the M/BOT have allocated an additional $45+K for debris disposal.
From the Finance Department and the Village Treasurer. Treasury is preparing for mail distribution of your 2018-2019 Village Property Tax bills by the end of May. Payment can be made anytime through and including 1 July.
From the Library and Community Center. The new Library Director… Donna Pesce … started on 1 May and is looking forward to working with Shelley, Amy, Ricki and the other dedicated staff and volunteers to serve the Briarcliff Manor community. If you get a chance … please stop by to say “hello”.
- Storytimes has returned to the Children’s Program Room on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM for Young Ones & 2s too! with caregivers (15 - 30 months) and Wednesdays at 11:30 AM for Baby Storytime Lapsit with caregivers (babies up to 18 months). Come to sing, dance and read with your little one. No registration is required.
- Hooked on Books (5 & 6 year olds) Registration is required to firstname.lastname@example.org. Spring Session II: 9, 16, 23 and 30 May. All Spring Sessions will meet on Wednesdays at 4:15 - 4:45 PM. This group focuses on developing a love for stories and other key concepts in reading readiness via book extension activities, games and crafts. Each meeting will focus on one or two stories with a related activity.
- Saturday Stories & Craft (older 2s - 6 year olds with caregivers) on Saturday, 19 May, at 11:00 AM. Enjoy stories and a craft one Saturday a month.
- Summer is coming! Mark your calendars: there are exciting programs coming up for kids and teens this summer. You can find them at http://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/summer/.
- Tomorrow … Saturday, 5 May, The Penny Lane Band Live Concert runs from 3:00-4:30 PM at the Law Park Pavilion (rain or shine). Come together with family and friends for a free outdoor concert featuring The Penny Lane Band the tri-state area’s premiere Beatles tribute band. The concert, open to people of all ages, is a great way to take a break and enjoy some of the best music in rock and roll history. The concert is made possible by The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
- Digital Media: Ebooks & More on Thursday, 10 May, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Learn about the digital media services available through the Westchester Library System, including two new ones Kanopy and Recorded Books. These services allow you to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, magazines, newspapers and more - all for free. Registration is required.
- Adult Coloring continues on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 PM through 11 June. Join our popular Adult Coloring Group! Coloring has been proven to enhance concentration, relieve stress and help reduce anxiety. Come and explore your artistic side, meet new people, and have some fun, all while listening to soft relaxing music. Colored pencils, gel pens and coloring sheets will be provided or you may bring your own. Drop-in, no registration or artistic skills required! This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.
- An art exhibit featuring paintings by Laurie Greenstein will be on display on the second floor of the Library till 31 May. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, 6 May, from 3:00-5:00 PM.
From Recreation and Parks.
- We are waiving Day Camp Registration late fees through Friday, 18 May. Take the time now to solidfy your plans for the Summer Season. Understand, however, that certain individual camp age groups are on the verge of being full. Register ASAP, and hopefully we still have room in your desired program! The 2018 Camp Season will run from Monday, 2 July, through Friday, 3 August. Registration is for the full season, or any 3 or 4 weeks of your choice. All registration forms are available on the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org.
- Youth Center 4th Grade Open House is next Thursday, 10 May, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. All Village of Briarcliff Manor students currently in the fourth grade are invited to bring their parents to the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center to check out the facility; meet the staff; and learn about the program. No need to register, just drop in when you can!
- Village fields are open for use as scheduled by our local youth sports organizations. We’d like to remind everyone that field use is by permit only. All field users and teams are asked to help keep our park facilities clean by picking up and removing all trash from the playing fields after your use. Remember … what you take into our parks and fields are to taken out or otherwise disposed of properly. Thank you and have a great Spring season!
- Summer Program Registration is in full swing: If you haven’t thought about it yet, it’s time! You can now register for Youth and Adult Tennis Lessons, as well as Pool Programs including Swim Team, Lifeguard Training, Pre-School Aquatics and Water Babies swim lessons! Visit our website for more details!
- Applications for Summer Employment: Down to the wire … we are accepting applications for open positions in our Day Camp and Pool positions. New applicants should visit the Recreation page of the Village website and click on the “Job Opportunities” link to download and print an application.
If you are looking to stay informed with up to the minute information regarding Recreation Department programs and services, please make sure you subscribe to our “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website. In addition to announcing new offerings, we use the system to keep you informed of such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events. Simply visit the Village’s website at www.briarcliffmanor.org, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to register.
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community.
From the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society (BMSHS). Please join us on Sunday, 6 May, at 2:00 PM in the WJV Community Center at the Library for the third and final part of "Bridges of the Croton River" presented by Carl Ochsner and Marc Cheshire. BTW … It is also that time to renew your membership for 2018. Renewal letters will be arriving shortly in the mail or memberships can be renewed online at our website http://briarcliffhistory.org.
From the Briarcliff Manor Garden Club. The Garden Club will be having a plant and white elephant sale on Saturday, 12 May, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (rain or shine) in the Wells Fargo parking lot on Pleasantville Road. For more information, please see the attached flier.
From the Briarcliff Manor PTA. Get ready for the 3rd Annual Briarcliff PTA sponsored Color Fun Run/Walk: “Bears Run the Manor” on 19 May 2018. Register by 7 May to get your race T-Shirt. More details to follow but get registered … go to briarcliffpta.org to get started and primed.
Family Music Festival. There will be a benefit concert to aid the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center on Saturday, 19 May from Noon – 9:00 PM at Pierson Park, 238 West Main Street, Tarrytown, NY. Visit the website … www.masciamusicfestival.com.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. The next scheduled M/BOT Meeting is on Wednesday, 16 May, with a W/S at 6:30 PM, and BOT Meeting at 8:00 PM: all at the WJV Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 328 – 4 May 2018
Tomorrow … 5 May !
Cinco de Mayo !
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