Village Manager’s Report – 20 October 2017
From the Village Manager: Just what is going on here ?!?!
Village Hall Construction. The next and hopefully final phase of VH HVAC work is underway. The ventilation work on the second floor will cause us to have limited access to our own work space today and into early next week. Unfortunately: this may extend to our ability to serve the public. To accelerate its completion, the contractor will be in over the weekend in order to speed up the replacement of the system. Office furniture and files are being moved to provide unfettered space for the workmen service: especially with the building department. As an additional part of this work, a crane will be on the VH site in order to reposition the HVAC, Radio, and electrical arrays on the roof. The fire siren/tone out has been taken out of service into early next week as part of this work.
Pleasantville X North State Road Intersection (AKA Birrettella’s Corner). The County has marked-out the area for new sidewalks and curbs for the future “right-turn-on red” lane at the North State and Pleasantville Road intersection. Separately, the contractor who will be installing new traffic signalization is mobilizing to start his portion of the new work.
“Northern” Pleasantville Road to Chilmark Shopping Center. The WCDOT work continues in the roadbed between North State and the Chappaqua Road locational turn. This is to provide for new concrete curbing, modest widening of the road which will be fully repaved in the future. Please drive slowly and with caution since there are road grade drop offs as the excavation moves north. The curbing is expected to occur late next week and into the Halloween week. Repaving with binder comes later.
Van Lu Van/Youth Center Staging Area. The soil is the top soil from the Mrs. Green’s ADA sidewalk construction and will be used for future landscaping. The other equipment and construction containers are positioned there in anticipation of the traffic signal work to be started at Birrettella’s Corner. We had to set it up to keep that intersection as clear of construction equipment as possible for my sanity … safety purposes.
Route 9A x North State Intersection Project marries up with the project, noted above. The work you see is for the ADA compliant sidewalk and cross walk on the “Mrs. Green’s” side of the intersection that will eventually cross North Sate Road to the Squires-side of the road.
Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) the separate project on Pleasantville Road from Ash to Horsechestnut will be mobilizing soon. We had a pre-construction meeting this week and anticipate that the curbing and sidewalk on Horsechestnut road will be the first phase of work, on or about 1 November. A flier is being drafted for the area residents since this road is a hard road to navigate WITHOUT construction.
Streetscape Study: Downtown Business Zone Report. The Ad Hoc Citizens Report was presented to the M/BOT on Wednesday, 18 October. It was televised and is available on demand throughout our web-site at www.briarcliffmanor.org. We thank Committee Chairman, Lou Wachtel, Brad Manganello and Trustee Liaison Bryan Zirman for their hardworking team for their significant contribution to the village. A copy of the report and presentation are available on our website:
Holbrook Road Lift Station. We anticipated that repaving of this road would start this coming Monday. A delay to facilitate literal connections and upgrades is being done today and probably into Tuesday. Thereafter we expect to jump in and have the Holbrook Road prepped for repaving.
Noise Ordinance Update. M/BOT is devoting a full W/S for the review of, in essence, a full rewrite of our existing ordinance. Village Counsel together with Village Staff has been directed to draft the proposed local legislation. We have targeted the W/S of Wednesday, 25 October: W/S begins at 6:30 PM. Likewise, a copy of the proposed “new” noise ordinance will be noticed and posted in advance of any discussion.
From our Village Departments
From the Department of Public Works (DPW).
- Prepping for road work and paving for our OWN annual street paving projects (let alone assisting in other projects) continues.
- Very few leaves have dropped as yet but we have been jumping from place to place as we see piles before we our traditional first “loop” pickup. We expect a hectic period between now and the Christmas holiday. Mother Nature is being fickle this year. Whenever the leaves do drop, you are reminded that no leaf piles should be placed in the street or on sidewalks. Tell you landscapers that violations will be issued and for those with prior violations heightened scrutiny.
- Lawn Sprinklers … as you prepare for winterizing your lawn sprinkler layout, be sure they are fully drained. Have your plumber pump air through the lines to push out water in low spots from your system. Have this done with the “saddle” or hub for your various lines. The Winter freeze can cause costly breaks in your lines … especially water losses not realized until you get the quarterly water bill.
From the Library and Community Center
- Friday Night at the Movies - The Big Sick(R). TONIGHT at 7:00 PM in the Community Center. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gordon fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter star as Emily’s parents in this romantic comedy. You may bring your own snacks.
- Special Event - M&M Performing Arts Presents: “Marriage Is Murder” a play by Nick Hall. Saturday, 21 October at 2:00 PM in Community Center. M&M Performing Arts brings Marriage is Murder, a murderously funny comedy by Nick Hall, to the Library. Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul’s apartment: poison, knives, guns, alibis and fingerprints all contribute to the hilarity. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. Directed by Maureen Howard and featuring the talents of Carol Eagen, Dick Smith and Janet Tinari. This program is made possible by The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
- Alan Sklar Reads Two Tales by Poe: A Halloween Event. Sunday, 29 October, at 2:00 PM. Get ready for Halloween by listening to two scary stories by Edgar Allan Poe: “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Telltale Heart”. Alan Sklar has been a voice actor for over thirty years, voicing commercials and recording over 200 audiobooks.
- Drop in Halloween Crafts will be offered on Monday, 30 October, from 1:00 - 5:30 PM. Children of all ages can stop in anytime during this period and create a Halloween craft. There will be examples and materials provided in the children’s program room. Children must be supervised at all times.
- Adult Coloring. Mondays from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. 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.
- Preschoolers Storytime & Art Series. Tuesday, 14 November at 3:00 PM for almost 3s - 5 year olds with caregivers. Registration is required. Enjoy an interactive storytime that always concludes with an art-inspiring book and a “process art” creative experience.
- New Program! Young Artists Series. ~Mondays, 23 October, 27 November and 18 December from 4:15 - 5:15 PM for 4th graders and up. Registration is required. Participants will view the rotating art exhibit on the second floor of the Library and then use the same medium to create their own art in the same style.
- Hooked on Books. Wednesdays, 25 October, 1, 8, 15 November from 4:15 - 4:45 PM for 5 & 6 year olds. Registration is required.~ This group focuses on developing a love for stories and comprehension skills via book extension activities, games, and crafts. ~Each meeting will focus on one or two stories with a related activity.
- Reflections of Memories Past: Paintings by Donna Faranda will be on display on the second floor of the Library until 30 October.
- Children’s Programs … email Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- The 2017 Fall Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children is posted on our website at http://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/brochure.pdf. Print brochures are available in the Library. Also, please sign up for Library News at
http://www.briarcliffmanor.org/subscriberlib and “like” our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/briarclifflibrary to find out about everything that’s happening at the Library.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Our Annual Ragamuffin Parade, co-sponsored by the Recreation Department and the Fire Department, is also scheduled for TOMORROW, Saturday, 21 October. The parade will kick off in front of the Engineer's Building located at 1360 Pleasantville Road (in between Bella Maiya Day Spa and St. Theresa's church) at 9:30 AM. Costumed marchers will proceed down Pleasantville Road through the village ending in the parking lot next to the firehouse where everyone will be treated to entertainment, refreshments and goody bags!
- This year’s Halloween Window Painting event (we are fully booked) will be taking place TOMORROW, Saturday, 21 October, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Pleasantville Road.
- The Recreation Department’s Fall Season Program Brochure is available for viewing and downloading from the Village website: registration is underway. Visit the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org for further information on Fall season offerings.
- 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
From our extended Briarcliff Manor Community
The Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.~ The Harlem Magic Masters will return back to Briarcliff for another fundraising Basketball Event! On Friday, 3 November, at 7:00 PM in the Briarcliff High School Gym, enjoy the great play and funny routines of the Magic Masters as they take on LOCAL TALENT. There will be some surprise appearances this year!~ The special half time show will give kids a chance to get out on the court and enjoy the humor of the Magic Masters with tricks and giveaways. Don't be late! Tip-off at 7:00 PM -doors open at 6:30 PM, so get there early to get your seats.~ Advance sale tickets for $15.00 each at the Briarcliff Recreation Department and Weldon's Stationery; Tickets are $18.00 the night of
the event. ALL proceeds go toward Briarcliff Rotary High School Scholarships and other Briarcliff student-related activities & benefits. Please contact Eric Lebenson at 914-924-3596 for more information.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. There will be a W/S on Wednesday, 25 October, starting at 6:30 PM with a notice for a potential Executive Session, if necessary. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 300 - 20 October 2017
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