Village Manager’s Friday Report
4 January 2019
From the Village Manager.
Village offices/services through next week. Next week ... we really should be back on a more normal routine.
Weather Alert. Current forecasts from our sources indicate we may again be hit with rain tonight and into Saturday. The saving factor is that temperatures should be more moderate for this time of the year and of course the absence of snow.
Manor Monthly. The 2019 Manor Monthly 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. Further updates to my previous report:
- The Old Briarcliff Road x Scarborough Road intersection work involving high-pressure gas transmission main connections and upgrades is to begin next week: Monday, 7 January, and run to Friday, 18 January. Once completed, this area is to be enclosed in and paved to grade with “binder” for the Winter: final road restoration would be in the late Spring. But please don’t hold your breath.
- No change here ... safety and mechanical updates to individual household gas connections in the “upper” Brick House Neighborhood are still set 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: nice job even if it took forever. We are working on getting assistance and/or pressure various agencies to address and fix the deteriorating railings.
- Con Ed’s other gas main work along Old Briarcliff Road and Pleasantville Road which straddles 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 as does the County’s portion of the sidewalk and retaining wall along Pleasantville Road, a separate project.
Ice Skating Rink. As predicted, no sooner than we set up and filled the rink, we get warmer weather and more rain.
Platform Tennis Warming Shed. The build-out of the warming shed for platform tennis members/players continues. There is always room for you to join in this great Winter season outdoor sport.
VBM Departmental News.
From the Village Clerk. New 2019 Railroad Station permits are in full effect and being enforced.
From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). The Fire Chief would like remind you of stove safety when using your wood burning stoves:
- Make sure the damper is open before starting a fire.
- Read the instructions for your wood burning stove and follow them carefully.
- Do not use flammable or combustible liquid (gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, etc.) to start a fire.
- Do not burn plastics, garbage or wood that has been painted or treated with chemicals. These materials can create toxic gases and can cause corrosion in the vent, chimney and heater.
- Burn wood or pellets recommended by the manufacturer only.
- Put ashes in a metal container with a metal lid. Then place this container onto a concrete surface away from combustible materials outside. These embers may still be hot for several days, so always dispose of them with caution.
- Place both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, and test these units regularly.
- Place a multi-purpose fire extinguisher near your wood burner.
- Inspect the firebrick liner in your stove, if you have one. Should the liner show signs of wear, replace it immediately and do not use the unit until the liner is replaced.
- Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace or wood burning stove. A closed damper will allow the fire to heat up which will, in turn, force toxic carbon monoxide into your house.
- Solid fuel units tend to require a lot more maintenance than other heating systems. Therefore, regular inspections and care are needed to protect your home and family against fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
From the VBM Police Department. Happy New Year!
From the Department of Public Works. The last Village-wide leaf pick-up loop was completed by year-end. As we previously noted, starting 2 January 2019, there are no further bulk leaf pick-ups: all leaves must be bagged and left at curbside as will Christmas Tree pick-ups. There will be no special pickups. No organic waste pick-ups will be made from 1 February to 1 April.
From the Library and Community Center. Share your thoughts about future Library offerings by joining the Library’s Strategic Planning Committee It’s just 3, one-hour sessions. Details are below!
- Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months with caregivers). Wednesdays, through 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, through 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). 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, 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, 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 today, 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 is underway. 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. Thanks go to our taxpayers for their consistent and timely payment of the second half Village’s property tax. If you HAVEN’T paid your taxes you are in the NYS directed penalty phase. If you have any questions, please contact the Village Tax Office at 914-944-2723.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. Due to anticipated timing conflicts, the next M/BOT series of meetings are set for TUESDAY, 15 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 364 – 4 January 2019