Village Manager’s Friday Report
28 December 2018
From the Village Manager.
Village offices/services through next week. OK we’re through Christmas Week ... on to New Year’s week:
31 December, Monday. Village Hall and Library is open: with the exception of no valet parking (self-parking only), all scheduled operations and services are scheduled. This is also the last day to pay second half VBM taxes in person and to purchase your 2019 Scarborough Railroad Station parking permits before the 2019 effective date.
1 January, Tuesday: New Year’s Day ... no services period. No Valet Parking; self-parking in effect. Please do not leave your car running (yes, it has happened) and don’t block your neighbor in. The Library is closed.
2 January, Wednesday: Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s garbage collection and East Side Re-cycling pick-ups. Your 2019 parking permits will now be required for the Scarborough Railroad Station. Valet parking / all Village offices open. M/BOT’s first Work Session and Board Meeting for 2019 is scheduled with a W/S at 6:30 and a BOT Meeting at 7:30 PM.
3-4 January, Thursday-Friday Valet parking / all Village offices open. All regular services in operation.
Weather Alert. Current forecasts from our sources indicate we will have heavy rain today and into tonight. The redeeming factor is that temperatures are on the rise and should hold through most of the weekend with highs in the low 50’s ... which, as far as I am concerned, I’ll take rain any day in Winter versus how much snow we could have gotten hit with today.
Manor Monthly. The 2019 Manor Monthly with updated schedules and contact information has been mailed to our listing of residents. It is also available on line on our website. Extra hard copies are available at all Village offices and our Library.
Con Ed Projects. With the County DOT driven projects furloughed, it’s time to bring you up to date on a series of Con Ed projects ... some of which have moved to a higher priority:
- We met with Con Ed today to review the delay in the completion of the Old Briarcliff Road x Scarborough Road intersection where a non-inventoried valve had to be specially made. This involves the high-pressure gas transmission main connections and upgrades. Mobilization and initial work to complete this long delayed connection should begin on Monday, 7 January, and run to Friday, 18 January. Yes, I know ... famous last words. Once completed, this area is to be closed in and paved to grade with “binder” for the Winter: final road restoration would be in the late Spring.
- Safety and mechanical updates to individual household gas connections in the “upper” Brick House Neighborhood is slated to begin on Monday, 7 January. The localized individual work consists of 4 x 4 to 6 x 6 foot road cuts to service and upgrade older, individual residential gas customers for some 40 homes on portions of Locust, Cypress, Willow and Hickory Roads. Con Ed representatives are to go door-to-door to all affected homes in anticipation of this work and BEFORE any individual gas interruption occurs as they focus on each house service. All roads are to remain open: each road cut is to be paved to grade with binder. VBM DPW is to review the road for road replacement / re-pavement in the Spring.
- Con Ed’s pedestrian sidewalk over the Route 9A and 100 Bridges has been completed and open. Their gas main work along Old Briarcliff Road and Pleasantville Road straddling the CSI area is completed and paved to grade with binder. This area is to be fully repaved at Con Ed’s cost in the Spring of 2019.
- AND, while I have you ... and not Con Ed’s doing, the sidewalk and wall along Pleasantville Road and abutting CSI has been designed and is now a Spring 2019 project: this is one of last remaining WCDOT components of our $8MM road improvement/VBM road takeover program. The last primary remaining component is the County’s replacement of the Pocantico River Bridge: which will be the death of me.
Ice Skating Rink. All set ... just awaiting for cold weather but we’ll probably get snow.
Platform Tennis Warming Shed. Great progress on the build-out of a warming shed for platform tennis members/players. Think about joining up for this great Winter season outdoor sport.
Pocantico River Bridge: sidewalks are completed. Route 9A-100 Bridge Update: restaging in March 2019.
VBM Departmental News.
From the Village Clerk. Repeating above ... even on New Year’s Eve day ... we are still accepting applications for the 2019 Scarborough Station Parking.
From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). The Fire Chief would like to share the following safety tips regarding Winter seasonal storms. Winter storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause us problems. Know what to do before, during and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a Winter fire. While home for the long weekend, take the time to:
- Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.
- Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walkway of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
- Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. When you need help, firefighters will be able to find your home more easily.
- Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand: have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
- Stay informed of pending Winter weather. Listen for television or radio updates. Watch for bulletins online.
- Check on neighbors and others who may need help (especially the elderly).
- Generators are to be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open.
- DIAL 911 immediately to report downed wires and remain indoors. Call Con Ed (1-800-75-CONED) to report outages or other power related problems.
- Be prepared if the heat stops working, use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm.
- If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away. Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or when you go to bed. Portable heaters should never be left unattended.
On behalf of the Fire Chiefs and all the Members of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department we wish you and your family joy, health and happiness in the New Year - 2019!
From the VBM Police Department. PBA President Sgt. Linda Salov wishes to thank the residents and all who have donated toys that went to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. She along with Det. Sgt. Doherty and Chris Buonanno Jr. dropped off all the toys escorted by Rescue 37. AND a special thank you goes to the residents and Girl Scout Troop 2283 for collecting and donating over half of the coats that were collected. Over 200 coats and large collections of socks all are going to the Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill.
Lastly, Drive Safely ... Happy New Year!
From the Department of Public Works. The last Village-wide leaf pick-up loop should be completed today. There are no further bulk leaf pick-ups. After 1 January 2019, all leaves must be bagged and left at curbside. There will be no special pickups. Christmas tree pick-up begins late next
week. Bagged leaves and Christmas trees will be picked up only during the month of January. No organic waste pick-ups will be made from 1 February to 1 April.
From the Library and Community Center. The Library is closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, 1 January.
Share your thoughts: Please join the Library’s Strategic Planning Committee. It plans on meeting for just 3, one-hour sessions. Share your thoughts about future Library offerings. Details are below!
- Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months with caregivers). Wednesdays, 2 January – 29 May 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Sing, read and dance with your baby. No registration required.
- Fun for Ones … and Young Two’s Too (15 – 30 months with caregivers). Wednesdays, 2 January – 29 May 10:30 – 11:00 AM. Enjoy songs, movement and book together. No registration required.
- Middle Boys Only Book Club (4th & 5th grade boys). 3 January at 4:00 – 4:45 PM, 26 February at 6:00 – 6:45 PM, 28 March at 4:00 – 4:45 PM, 7 May at 6:00 – 6:45 PM. Contact Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Middle School Critics (6th – 8th grades). First Thursdays of the month, 3 January, 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, and 6 June at 2:30 – 3:20 PM (Thursday meeting held at BMS) and one Tuesday a month, 22 January, 19 March, 9 April and 21 May at 6:30 – 7:15 PM (Tuesday meetings at BMPL, note no Tuesday meeting in February). Contact Amy Kaplan if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Hooked on Books (5 & 6 year olds). Wednesdays, 9 January – 13 February at 4:15 - 4:45 PM. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Teen Advisory Board (TAB for 9th – 12th graders). Thursdays (except never on first Thursday of the month, meetings held at BHS), 10 January – 30 May at 2:20 – 2:50 PM. Please contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members can join up at any time!
- Craft-a-Month, Junior (2.5 – 5 year olds with caregivers). 10 January, 10 February, 11 April, 23 May at 2:00 – 2:30 PM (note March craft for all ages below). A different fun-to-make craft project at each meeting. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Exhibit: Monoprints, by artist Barbara Lalicki will be on display during the month of January.
- Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (no session on 21 January & 18 February). Join our popular Adult Coloring & More Group! Come and explore your artistic side, meet new people, and have some fun, all while listening to soft relaxing music. Colored pencils, gel pens, coloring sheets and other materials 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.
- Brown Bag Lunchtime Book Discussion Group. The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth, 8 January, 12:30 - 2:00 PM. Bring your lunch and join our afternoon book discussion group at the Library. Books are available to borrow from the Library one month before the discussion. Discussion is led by Shelley Glick, Reference Librarian. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Library Strategic Planning Committee Meeting. Wednesdays, 9 January, 13 February, and 13 March, 6:30-7:30 PM. Share your thoughts and ideas for your Library. The January meeting will be devoted to going over the Library’s mission and goals. The February and March meeting will be to discuss and draft a plan to submit for Library Board approval. To sign up, please contact Donna Pesce at email@example.com.
- Library Board Meeting. Wednesday, 9 January, 7:30 PM. Library Board meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month and are open to the public. For more information, please contact Donna Pesce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- American Icons : A Mainstream Course for Adults 60 and Over. Four Thursdays - 10, 17, 24 & 31 January, 1:00 - 3:00 PM. David Fruci a history teacher and instructor at Westchester Community College presents this four-part course on four American icons: the Roosevelts - Eleanor and Franklin, Road to Women’s Rights, Roaring 20’s and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Registration is required for all four sessions. This program is free and is offered through the Mainstream Institute for Mature Adults at Westchester Community College and is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs. Registration is required by Friday, 4 January to email@example.com or call 941-6560.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Winter After School Program: Registration for the Winter session of the After School Program will begin online and in person on Thursday, 3 January at 9am. The Winter class offerings can be found on our webpage (or clicking the link) 2019 Winter After School Brochure
- The Recreation Department’s Winter Program Brochure is available on the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org. Winter program registration is underway so take a look and see if there’s a program you’d like to try in the New Year! Resolution season is coming …
- The Law Park Ice Rink is up and filled ... we only need a period of cold weather. But since we set it up we will probably get warmer weather just to frustrate all of us. Because we had several years of poor weather, permits from the past two seasons are to be honored for 2018-19. BUT if you’ve never purchased one, please contact the Recreation Office for details at 941-6560. Seasonal passes are still just $5 for Village residents and $10 for school district residents. Once we have ice, you can even rent the rink for a private skating party if you’d like!
- Platform Tennis season has begun, so remember to get your permits. Check the progress of the new warming shed in between our paddle tennis courts.
- Stay on top of things: subscribe to our “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website. We announce new offerings and use our 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 the Village Treasurer/Finance. Again, see above, but your second half VBM Village tax bill has a 1 December 2018 due date but payable by Monday, 31 December 2018. The second half “bill” was mailed in May when you received the original. If you have any questions, you can go on line or call the Tax Department at 914-944-2723. If you do not pay your VBM taxes in person by Monday, 31 December, you must have it postmarked the same day. Lastly, The Village’s drop box located in the VH parking lot will be sealed (by NYS regulation) at midnight, 31 December.
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community.
Red Cross Blood Drive. The American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, 2 January 2019, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center, lower level room. For more information, please see the attached flyer. Give the gift of life this holiday season and donate blood in the New Year!
Mayor and Board of Trustees. The next M/BOT series of meetings are set for Wednesday, 2 January 2019. We start with a Work Session at 6:30 PM followed by a BOT meeting at 7:30 PM all in the WJV Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 363 – 28 December 2018
Happy New Year ...
Please drive safely !