Village Manager’s Friday Report
6 July 2018
From the Village Manager.
Pocantico River Bridge /// Route 9A-100 Bridge Update.
There is the prospect of a major work shift in both projects. While the final details are not fully nailed down, the following is the best information available: so here goes.
First, the Pocantico River Bridge replacement (a segment of our Westchester County roads projects) and the Route 9A-100 High Pressure Gas Main Upgrade (a separate Con Ed project) were scheduled for this Summer and through to the end of September. NYS DEC regulations (strict prohibitions of working in the Pocantico River beyond 30 September) is squeezing the placement/construction timing of the bridge replacement. Con Ed limited its own work to the night time because of the anticipated Pocantico bridge work during the day. Each project has the ability to adversely affect each other and our own timetables as we crossed over into July.
Due to and (honestly) in anticipation that the Pocantico Bridge delays may be further extended, we have been in numerous discussions with both Westchester County and Con Ed to review all their plans and construction schedules. What we have now is a time envelope to enable Con Ed to begin their work immediately while the Pocantico River Bridge work is on hold as the County recalibrates the Pocantico Bridge project.
Therefore, Con Edison will begin their work over the two bridges on Pleasantville Road between Horsechestnut Road and the Library side of Pleasantville Road on Monday, 9 July 2018. Danella Construction will be installing a high pressure gas main to upgrade the gas system in the area. Work hours will be Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The roadway in this area will be open for vehicle traffic. Work will also take place at night during the hours of 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM. This night work should begin in early August. The project is expected to be all completed by 1 September 2018. Switching construction times, we believe, will get Con Ed in and out prior to Labor Day with relatively minor disruption.
OK, but what about the proverbial “Elephant in the Room” … the Pocantico River Bridge replacement? First, the bridge is an interlocking pre-fab concrete structure already completed and located off site: that’s not the problem. The pinch point is how far can work go before the NYSDEC deadline of 30 September kicks in. We stated in our discussions (and we are waiting for County/Contractor work changes to confirm this) that preliminary work on the Pocantico Bridge should continue as far as possible but be suspended at a time certain … with our demand that there be two lanes of traffic maintained when the work stops this Summer. That is, we require that two lanes of traffic over the Pocantico River from 1 October to at least 1 May 2019 be maintained. We believe this addresses getting as much of the work done as possible
while setting up bridge completion for late next Spring … all the while maintaining two lanes of traffic during the Fall, Winter and into the Spring of 2019. This being done to meet the NYSDEC “in-river” work limitations. Safety and traffic flow (and snow removal especially during the Winter) are our primary concerns.
Please note that a final decision has not been made but we wanted to alert you that changes to the projected work are in the offing. Updates will be shared with you.
Mayor Sullivan’s Press Release: Federal Action regarding former BMFD Fire Chief. We have attached the Mayor’s press release corresponding to the U.S. Attorney’s announcement of federal action taken against a former BMFD Fire Chief.
Weather Alert. Hopefully the current heat wave breaks today with pop-up thunderstorms and accompanying heavy downpours. We anticipate a cooler weekend. Be careful.
Major Project Updates.
Law Park Playground. Repeating … While the permanent fencing is yet to be installed, we opened the playground with temporary storm fencing at the playground edge: there is only one entrance. Please stay off the newly planted grassy areas and do not touch the temporary sprinkler system. Additional landscaping, table/bench placement and garbage receptacles will be strategically placed shortly. Thanks.
Route 9A x North State Intersection. The final striping is completed. Minor work remains. Working on a ribbon cutting later this month. Thanks for your cooperation and support.
Pleasantville Road/ Birrettella’s Corner/Ingham Road Intersection/
- Pleasantville Road. Paving of the VBM portion of Pleasantville Road is largely completed. Permanent striping has yet to be laid down. Please drive carefully.
- Ingham Road Intersection. The “on demand” signalizing is in the process of being activated.
- Birrettella’s Corner Completion. Both tanks have been removed: no contamination or remediation was necessary. Work to complete this segment and wrap around to the North State x Route 9A stub has restarted.
Village Department Reports
From our DPW. More of the same … heavy duty work routines continue. We are concentrating on seasonal field rehabilitation: aeration, weed and seeding programs in preparation for the Fall playing season. We thank Henry Jamin for the planning and assisted design work of the playground and our DPW for their hands-on involvement with the Law Park Playground project. Now planning for our annual road paving program traditionally executed in the Fall.
From the Finance Department and the Village Treasurer. Thanks for the surge in first half tax payments. Separate report next week.
From the Library and Community Center. Looking to cap off the holiday week and try something new? Ask at the desk for a copy of 1968 to participate in our Libraries Rock Summer Reading book discussion for adults. Take out a new cookbook and share a creation at the cookbook meetup. More details are below!
- Children’s Summer Reading Incentive Program (Ages 3 to 6th Grade), through 17 August. Sign up at the Library or at briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/summer to begin keeping an online record of your reading. Every time you read (or are read aloud to), visit the Library to collect a prize! All participants are invited to a Pizza Party at the end of the summer to receive a special certificate.
- Teens’ Summer Reading Game (7th to 12th Grade), through 17 August. Earn points by checking out materials from the Library, reading books, reviewing books, volunteering and more! As you accrue points you qualify to win free books and free ice cream. Also, the more points you accrue the more raffle tickets you will get and one lucky winner of the raffle will win a (to be determined) BIG prize! Sign up in the Library or contact Amy Kaplan by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to 914-487-3123.
- Stories by the Pool (2 ½ to 7 year olds). Tuesdays through 7 August, 4:00 PM. Pop out of the pool for a couple of minutes to hear a story or two with Amy Kaplan, the Children’s Librarian. Location: Village Pool.
- Stories and a Craft (2 ½ to 6 year olds with caregivers). Wednesdays through 15 August, 3:30 PM. Listen to stories and then create a related craft at each session. Location: Outside at Law Park & Pavilion.
- Babies & Young Tots (Babies up to 30 months with caregivers). Wednesdays through 15 August, 10:30 AM. Enjoy songs, stories and movement for babies and very young children. Location: Outside at Law Park & Pavilion.
- Open Craft Days (All ages with caregivers). Fridays, through 10 August, 10:30 AM-5:30 PM. Children can create whatever they wish with materials provided. Meets weekly through 10 August. No registration. Location: The Children’s Program Room.
- Rock Science: Geologists-in-Training Storytime Party (2 ½ to 6 year olds with caregivers). Monday, 9 July, 2:00 PM. Enjoy stories, a game, a craft and a rock exploration science station that foster a fondness for rocks. No registration required.
- Games that Rock (4th to 8th Grade), Tuesday, 10 July, 6:30-7:30 PM. Get ready to get goofy. Enjoy a variety of music games with snacks. Registration required to Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or 941-7072.
- Family Movie Night: Sherlock Gnomes (PG) Thursday 12 July, 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to watch a movie on our big screen and bring your own snacks. No registration required.
- NASA at 60: An Insider’s View, Exhibit-5 July-31 July. Lecture-Sunday 15 July, 3:00 PM. Tom Vincent, a Briarcliff Manor resident, will give a talk “The Space Race Lowdown” and display his own photos and memorabilia. Location: Second floor of the Library.
- Books that will Start You Thinking Nonfiction Book Group, Sunday 15 July, 1:30 to 3:00 PM. 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, by Mark Kurlansky. Copies of the book are available at the library. The discussion is led by Shelley Glick, Reference Librarian. Registration recommended to Shelley Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 741-7072.
- On Food and Cooking: Cookbook Meetup, Tuesday 17 July, 12:30 to 1:30 PM, in Law Park. The theme for the July meeting is favorite chefs. Choose a recipe from the cookbooks of your favorite chefs or the ones who have influenced your cooking the most. A variety of cookbooks from well-known chefs are available to borrow from the library. The club will sample each other’s dishes during our~meeting. Bring the cookbook and recipe with you to discuss with the group. Since the meeting will be held outdoors please bring a dish than can be served cold or at room temperature. This group is led by Andrea Vladimir and Joanne Witmyer. Registration required to Shelley Glick at email@example.com or 741-7072
From Recreation and Parks.
- Family Fun Night 2018 is Tonight! Although the weather may be a little dicey early today, we expect afternoon clearing and a perfect night at the pool for this year’s Family Fun Night event. Join us for an ALL AQUATIC schedule of events starting at 6:00 PM at the Village Pool. Permits will not be required and no pre-registration is needed. Simply join us at the pool for some family fun! Families will compete against each other in various water-based events such as; age group swim races, parent/child big splash contest, the Piggyback and Family Noodle Relays and more! The only event that won't be held
in the water is the ever popular ice cream eating contest!
- 2018 Pool Schedule: Pool hours are now 12:45 to 7:30 PM on weekdays and 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM on weekends.~ If you would like to purchase or renew your permits, please see the Pool & Tennis permit information available on the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org. Permits may be purchased at the Recreation Office weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
- Tennis Reminder: All Tennis players are reminded that permits are required for play on all Village courts. Please show your support for the Village’s tennis facilities, and maximize your enjoyment of the 2018 season by purchasing your permits!
- Specialty Camp Programs: Don’t forget to take advantage of the 1-week camp offerings available throughout the summer including “PlayWell Teknologies” Star Wars LEGO Camps, “IncrediFlix” Movie Making Camps, Briarcliff Little League Baseball Camps, Azility Fitness Camp and Soccer Camps offered in conjunction with the Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club and the New York Red Bulls.
- Stay informed … 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. It’s easy: go to www.briarcliffmanor.org, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to register. If you do not have access to a computer and would like information mailed to you, just call the Recreation office at 941-6560 and we will be happy
to send you what you need.
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community.
From the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce (BMCC). Get ready for a great new program ! The BMCC will be hosting a Thursday Night Summer Concert series on 12, 19, 26 July from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and 2 August from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Law Park Field. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on the following days: 13, 20, 27 July and 3 August. There will be food, wine/beer and music from local artists. ~Come out and enjoy this event with friends and family! See the attached flyer …
From the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. A private event is being held tomorrow, 7 July: part of the event’s activities includes fireworks at 9:30 PM.
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (PMHC). PMHC Healthy Life offers an ongoing series of diverse programs on health-related subjects: numerous health screenings and support groups. All events are free and are held on the Phelps campus, 701 N. Broadway, in Sleepy Hollow unless otherwise noted. Coming up soon are:
- Holistic Pain Support Program: Tuesday, 10 & 24 July, and 14 & 28 August. People suffering from chronic pain will have access to comprehensive pain management services including exercise, nutritional guidance, psychological support and complementary medicine practices. The July 10th session will feature a presentation on Pet Therapy and the role it plays in Pain Support. The July 24th session will feature a presentation from Dr. Huang who is the director of our pain management center at Phelps Hospital, Room 545 in the 755 Building, from
12:00 – 1:00 PM, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Call 914-366-3937 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
- The Breakfast Club. Tuesday, 12 July. The Breakfast Club, designed especially for seniors, includes a free breakfast, a presentation on a healthy lifestyle topic and a light exercise program. The group meets monthly except for August and December. The group meets from 8:30-10:30 AM, in the Cafeteria (G Level) at Phelps Hospital, 701 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. Call 914-366-3937 or send an email to email@example.com to register.
- Osteoporosis Support and Education. Thursday, 12 July and 9 August. A free monthly group program for individuals with osteoporosis, providing education on nutrition, exercise (weight-bearing, strengthening and balance), activities of daily living and treatment options. The sessions are held from 10:45 – 11:30 AM, the second Thursday of the month in the Boardroom (C Level) at Phelps Hospital, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. Park behind the hospital and enter through the Auditorium entrance. Proceed down one flight to the C-Level. The boardroom is at the end of the hall on the right. Call 914-366-3937 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
- Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group. 13 July and 10 August. Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Join us and receive the emotional, educational and social support needed to successfully care for someone with dementia. Sponsored by Phelps, The Alzheimer’s Association and the Visiting Nurse Association of the Hudson Valley, at Phelps Hospital, 755 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Room 545 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Call 914-366-3937 or send an email to email@example.com for more information or to register.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. The next scheduled M/BOT Meeting is on Wednesday, 11 July, with a W/S at 6:30 PM, and BOT Meeting at 8:00 PM: all at the WJV Community Center. Notice is given of an executive Session during the W/S to review litigation and receive advice of counsel.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
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