Village Manager’s Friday Report
11 May 2018
From the Village Manager.
Traffic Alert: Pleasantville/Ingham Road Intersection: 7:00 AM, MONDAY, 14 May.
One of the last phases of the SRTS grant work starts on Monday, 14 May. Plan ahead. Expect delays throughout the day as WC’s contractor begins work on the “flair curb cuts” on Ingham and sidewalk treatments. The primary culprit will be the Pleasantville Road pavement cuts to lay in the underground wiring for the new signalization system. Follow Police Officer directions, crossing guard and flag people. Depending on several factors including weather, work teams may extend road work into the early evening. This work pattern is expected to continue for several days. Please … you are urged to utilize school bus transportation.
“Water, Water Everywhere” - REDUX Part 4. The expedited replacement of the compromised water valve on Pleasantville Road was successfully completed on Thursday. Thanks to all for your cooperation.
Storm Water System Blow-Out: REDUX Part 4. Staff walk-throughs of the areas we mentioned are underway … please check your side and backyards for areas abutting known streams and water drainage areas … especially where debris has been “unwittingly” dump-ed. Best that you attend to these unlawful situations as soon as possible.
Law Park Playground Update. Great news. Based on your feedback, we have adjusted the mix and types of equipment as well as the layout of the Law Park Playground to be more inclusive for a wider age and abilities range of children. We will be starting the full removal of all the existing play equipment immediately. Unfortunately, the twin trunked Hemlock will be removed to meet upgraded norms for playground safety. New fence treatments are a part of the work: new trees are to be planted during the Fall.
Hydrant Flushing. On Monday, 14 May, phase two flushing of individual hydrant areas and neighborhoods will continue. This will run from Monday, 14 May to Friday, 18 May starting at or about 9:00 AM and continuing to 5:00 PM. The zones include:
- Hardscrabble Lake Development including: Pebblebrook Lane, Boulder Trail, Brittany Court, Turtleback Way, Woodbridge Court, Lily Pond Place, Hardscrabble Lake Drive; then
- Scarborough Road from Ridgecrest Road north to Old Briarcliff Road including: Brookwood Drive, Becker Lane, Shadowbrook Lane, and lastly,
- Chappaqua Road from Route 100 to Pleasantville Road, Pleasantville Road from Orchard Road to Chappaqua Road, Pleasantville Road from Chappaqua Road to North State Road, Spruce Road, Hemlock Road, Hickory Road, Willow Drive, and Locust Road.
As a result of this work, residents can expect discolored water at any time (but particularly) during the day starting from 9:00 AM and to 7:00 PM. Please understand that you may wish to alter activities such as your laundry routine: avoiding these time periods in particular. However, even if discolored, continuing laboratory testing has indicated that in the past the water has contained no harmful bacteria.
Quick Project Updates: Trying to catch-up
- Ingham Road x Pleasantville Road. Beginning the installation of intersection traffic controls.
- Westchester County’s Pleasantville Road. We chaired a meeting with all parties this week: some time/work schedule slippage but next phase is to mill down current surface and lay down the binder course: the top coat follows.
- Route 9A x North State Intersection. Contractor’s storm sewer relocation, crossing lights are near complete on both sides of Route 9A. Old curbing mostly removed: the new lanes are not open since they have to be paved. Always timing issues. Prep work for the “right-turn-on-red lanes” being addressed.
- Birrettella’s Corner completion. Never liked hearing the contractor’s completion term “two weeks” but that’s what we have been advised as to the fuel tank removal and final paving.
- Pocantico River Bridge Replacement and Con Ed gas main work on Route 9A/100 Overpass. Timetable has slid. Anticipate pick-up this week with tree removal adjacent to bridge replacement.
- 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.
Village Department Reports
Village Clerk/Administration. Starting Monday, 21 May, we will be implementing our annual Village Hall Summer Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Thursday … Friday hours will be 8:00 AM to a 12:00 PM close.
From our DPW.
- Emergency repairs being made as discovered: semi-annual flushing continues.
- Reminder: Leaves and grass clippings must be brown bagged and brush must be bundled and tied. Existing codes prevail.
- Ongoing maintenance and field upkeep on a daily basis.
From the Finance Department and the Village Treasurer.
- Past due water bills, as of 30 April 2018, have now been transferred to your 2018/2019 tax bill.
- The 2018/2019 tax bills will be mailed by the end of this month. The Village does not accept prepayments. Payments will be accepted on the following schedule without penalty: 1st installment 1 June 2018 – 2 July 2018; and, 2nd installment 1 December 2018 – 31 December 2018.
From the Library and Community Center.
Interested in Serving? The Library Board of Trustees has a vacancy. If you are interested, contact our new Library Director, Donna Pesce and share your thoughts.
The recent Penny Lane Band Beatles tribute band concert was a great success thanks to the Library Friends and the support of the Village departments. About 200 people of all ages enjoyed the music, the park and the Spring weather. Additional information follows:
- Craft-A-Month. Tuesday, 22 May, at 4:00 PM. Make wind chimes for ages 6 and up. (Children 10 and older are welcome to register as participants/helpers.). Parents are welcome to stay and help or drop off and pick up. Registration is required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Middle School Parent-Child Book Discussion (with pizza) on Wednesday, 23 May, at 6:30 PM at the Library. The selection is The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. All residents in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to join us with an adult that they like to share books with. Registration is required to email@example.com by 22 May.
- 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/.
- Movie: The Post (PG-13). Next Friday, 18 May, at 7:00 PM & Saturday, 19 May, at 1:00 PM. The story behind the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. Registration suggested to firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-7072.
- On Food and Cooking: Cookbook Meetup, Tuesday, 15 May, from 12:30-1:30 PM. Check out some cookbooks, try some recipes, and bring your favorite creations to the meetup. Lead by Andrea Vladimir and Joanne Witmyer.
- Brown Bag Lunch Book Group, Tuesday, 22 May, from 12:30- 2:00 PM. This session’s selection is Ragtime, by E.L Doctorow, a historical fantasy that begins in New Rochelle, NY, in 1906. Please ask for a copy at the library.
- An art exhibit featuring paintings by Laurie Greenstein will be on display on the second floor of the Library till 31 May.
From Recreation and Parks.
- We are waiving Day Camp Registration late fees through Friday, 18 May. Take the time now to solidify 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.
- 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 be 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!
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 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 Sleepy Hollow Country Club. A benefit event is being held on Monday, 14 May: part of the event’s activities includes fireworks at 9:00 PM.
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. For more information and to register … go to briarcliffpta.org.
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 for details.
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. Matt Phillips from “The Club” will provide a project update at or about 7:00 PM.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
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