Village Manager’s Friday Letter
18 October 2019
From the Village Manager:
Pocantico River Bridge. Tuesday’s condensed, single night road closure to facilitate the placement and setting of the final series of bridge arches was a success coming hours before the Nor’easter that hit us. Allowing 2 days for the Pocantico River to recede, the WC contractor was able to set and secure the wing-walls. Today ELQ started the water proofing of the north side and forming out of next week’s pour. Thereafter they will be back filling and grading the site. Again, I personally wish to thank you for your tolerance and understanding enabling the accelerated placement of the arches. No additional nighttime Pleasantville Road closures are either scheduled or contemplated. We anticipate holding a mid-November completion with both lanes open as well as Todd Lane and Ash Road.
Law Park Drainage Basin (LPDB). The Law Park Pond dredging project is nearing completion. Additional work where the invasive reeds took over the south east section of the pond will continue. The water-based slurry is secured in both porous bladders 100’ x 20’ to allow for the water to filter out and return to the pond from now ... through the Winter ... and into early Spring 2020.This is to maximize the dry-out of the material. This Spring the sediment will then be transported by our DPW to a NYSDEC approved location. Full restoration of the disturbed areas will be undertaken in early Spring 2020.
Standard & Poors Bond Rating Upgrade. You all take credit: significant strategic planning together with hard work and a financial discipline championed with the support of elected officials, staff and especially our resident taxpayers has enabled the VBM to achieve a major credit upgrade to AAA. Thanks to our Village Treasurer and his staff and the work of so many others. S&P’s release is attached.
Route 9A x 100 Bridge / Route 9A x North State Road.
- From the NYSDOT (regarding Route 9A Railings): “ ... we’re still on track for our November 2019 letting for our bridge painting contract. The bridge will receive full containment sand blasting down to bare metal and repainted. Railings will be sand blasted and repainted. Repair items will be included for deteriorated rail elements. We don’t anticipate construction activity would start until Spring 2020 ...” We have requested project specs in advance. Site visit for other topics to be nailed down.
- Sidewalk and Wall Rehabilitation @ CSI. WCDOH has finally approved the WCDOT’s plans for the relocation of our water main: will push for a 2019 completion ... which is holding up the rebuilding of the wall.
- Con Ed Issues/Requests: We are awaiting feedback from Con Ed resulting from our downtown “walk-about”. This was to alert and physical indicate to Con Ed of future Village streetscape plans encouraging them to update their own facilities BEFORE we start.
- UV (Delaware) Connection. VBM heads up and leads the UV Connector at the Catskill Aqueduct meter building in Elmsford off of Route 100C. We are awaiting final testing and approval to open the new tap between the WCDEF and the NYCDEP ... not an easy task.
- B-Zone ... Traffic Counts. Before you ask, the traffic monitors around the village is part of the overall traffic study regarding the B-Zone. The actual traffic counts are being conducted this weekend and through the week. The final results will be an integral part of the M/BOT’s decision-making on this important topic.
VBM Code and Regulation Update.
Last week we reported that the several chapters were approved/adopted by the M/BOT. The adopted codes are found at this link: https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/village-clerk/pages/approved-local-laws-2019
The M/BOT carried over the Public Hearing to Amend Chapter 146 – Noise - to the 22 October 2019, M/BOT Hearing. The link up is https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/village-clerk/pages/local-law-chapter-146-noise
The M/BOT thereafter set a Public Hearing for 22 October 2019 at 7:30pm at the WJV Community Center to Repeal and Replace Chapter 179 with Chapter 125, Garbage Collection and Recycling. Go to https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/sites/briarcliffmanorny/files/pages/chapter_179_rewrite.pdf
A separate Public Hearing is now scheduled for 5 November 2019 at 7:30pm at WJV Community Center to Amend Chapter 220-9 Solar Energy Collectors. You can view the code by visiting: https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/sites/briarcliffmanorny/files/pages/chapter_220-9-1_solar_collectors_10-2-2019.pdf
Remember ... All residents and parties of interest are encouraged to attend our Public Hearings to share your thoughts, concerns and recommend changes to these proposed codes/laws. Share your thoughts directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
VBM Departmental Reports.
Village Treasurer/Finance and Building and Engineering Department. N/C.
From the Village Clerk. The Mayor and Board of Trustees recently amended and adopted Chapter 157 - Peddling and Soliciting to include a section entitled “Do Not Solicit Properties”. Any resident who does not wish to allow solicitors onto their property may enroll their address onto the Village of Briarcliff Manor’s “Do Not Solicit List” by going directly to a new link at: https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/home/webforms/village-briarcliff-manor-do-not-solicit-list. Please note that ONLY ONE RESIDENT per household should be subscribing their address.
From the Department of Public Works and Water (DPW). 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 any water laying in low of the 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 Briarcliff Manor Police Department. The Police Department will be launching a “SecureCam” Program which will encourage both private residents and commercial businesses to register their security cameras with the Police Department. Participation in the program is voluntary and free, but by registering, Detectives can expedite their investigations. If interested, please contact the Detective Division at 941-2130.
From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). The annual BMFD Inspection will be held at the Central Headquarters tomorrow, Saturday, 19 October, commencing at 6:00 PM.
Also… the Fire Chief is looking for a few good Men and Women. Have you ever wondered who responds when there is a 9-11 fire or medical emergency? The answer is: its people just like you. If you’re interested in any or all of the following:
- serving the community
- experiencing something different
- participating in meaningful, team-oriented activities
- using your personal skills
- experiencing physical and mental challenges
- participating in special and complicated jobs
making new friends and enjoying a sense of "family"
Then, Please consider becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT. We need men and women, we need you, to assist in answering emergency calls 24/7. We provide all the necessary required training and you provide the time. Any amount of time you can give will be greatly appreciated, and the rewards are incomparable! Simply, Ctrl + click the link https://join.bmfd.org/ complete the form and it will be sent to the Fire Chief. He will get back to you within a day or two. Thank You for considering becoming a member of the BMFD. You can follow us on Facebook (Ctrl + click to follow link) www.facebook.com/briarcliffmanorfd and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/briarcliffmanorfiredept.
From the Library and Community Center. Spice up your Autumn menu with a spice-themed lunchtime meetup for foodies and a Sunday afternoon demonstration of Indian instant pot cooking. Browse the “640s” on the second floor for our great collection of new and classic cookbooks.
- Casual Chess Club (3rd – 6th graders), Tuesdays, 22 October – 26 November at 5 – 6 PM. Contact Amy Kaplan at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months with caregivers), Wednesdays, 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, 10:30 – 11:00 AM. Enjoy songs, movement and books together. No registration required.
- Teen Advisory Board (9th – 12th graders), Thursdays (except never on first Thursday of the month, meetings held at BHS), through 19 December at 2:20 – 2:50 PM. Please contact Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a way to include you and incorporate your ideas. New members can join up at any time!
- Exhibit-Original Hand-Drawn Artworks in Pen, Ink & Paint, by Renee Edleman. Month of October.
- Alan Sklar Reads “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Sunday, 20 October, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.
- Cookbook Meetup: Spices, Tuesday, 22 October, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. All are welcome. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at email@example.com or call the Library at 941-7072.
- Drop-In Technology Time, Tuesdays, 6:45 to 7:45 PM, starting 22 October. For more information, please contact Shelley Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Drop-In Knitting Help. Thursdays, 24 October, 7, 21 November and 5, 19 December, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Benny Gerwitz who has taught knitting classes will be available to help you get started or complete a project. You must provide your own materials. No registration is required.
- Instant Indian: Author Talk and Cooking Demonstration. Sunday, 27 October, 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Award-winning Indian cookbook author, Rinku Bhattacharya, will discuss her latest cookbook, Instant Indian: Classic Foods from every region of India made easy for the Instant Pot, and do a cooking demonstration during this presentation. Rinku Bhattacharya is a Gourmand Award-winning cookbook author, blogger, and cooking instructor. She is author of Bengali Five Spices Chronicles and Spices & Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors. Copies of her cookbooks, signed by the author, will be available for sale with 10% of the proceeds going to the Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Our Fall Season Program Brochure is available for viewing and downloading from the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org. Registration is still open for many programs, but don’t delay … take a look at our offerings and try something new this Fall!
- Platform Tennis Update: Please be advised that the planned and promised court resurfacing work will commence this weekend, with Court #1 being taken out of service first thing Saturday morning for required prep work. Court #2 will be open and available for play on Saturday and Sunday, but both courts will be closed Monday, 21 October through Friday, 25 October. If the weather cooperates next week, both courts will be fully cured and ready for play again on Saturday, 26 October. All players are reminded to support the program and get your permits! Players are welcome and encouraged to purchase or renew their permits by calling the Recreation Office at 941-6560. This is a great year to give this wonderful cool weather sport a try!
- Tennis Reminder: Tennis players are required to have permits for play on all Village courts. Please carry your Permit Photo ID Card with you to the courts to help streamline our permit checking procedures. The Village’s clay courts will remain open into late October, so if you haven’t purchased a tennis permit this year, please contact the Recreation Office to inquire about our special Fall rate.
- Mark your Calendars … This year’s Halloween Window Painting program for children in grades 2-5 will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 19 October, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Central Business District. Our Annual Ragamuffin Parade, co-sponsored by the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday, 26 October.
- 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 Greater Briarcliff Manor Community.
From the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation (BMEF). The BMEF will be having an Oktoberfest tonight, Friday, 18 October from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at the Law Park Pavilion. To purchase tickets and for more information, please go to https://thebmef.org/event/oktoberfest/.
Edith Macy Center’s Fall Festival. There will be a Fall Festival tomorrow, Saturday, 19 October, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Edith Macy Conference Center, 550 Chappaqua Road. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine!
Briarcliff Manor Garden Club (BMGC). The BMGC will be having a Fall Fundraiser Luncheon on Monday, 23 October at the Mount Kisco Country Club, 10 Taylor Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Tickets are $60.00 which includes gratuity. Please make checks payable to Briarcliff Manor Garden Club and mail by 16 October 2019 to Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, PO Box 210, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. For more information, email us at BriGardenClub@gmail.com.
From the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce. Harvest Fest will be taking place on Saturday, 26 October, from 11:00 – 2:00 PM on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff Manor. Harvest Fest follows the popular "Ragamuffin Parade," so we are anticipating a good crowd. There will be a bubble station, balloons, face painting, shopping, giveaways, treats and more! Come out and enjoy this great event!
From the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club. The Harlem Magic Masters will be returning to Briarcliff for another wonderful fundraising Basketball Event! On Friday, 8 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 BRIARCLIFF RESIDENTS and LOCAL TALENT. 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 6:00 PM, so get there early to get your seats. Advance sale tickets are $18.00 each at the Briarcliff Recreation Department, Weldon's Stationery, or by filling out the flyer that will go home from Todd. Tickets are $20.00 the night of the event. ALL proceeds go toward Briarcliff Rotary High School Scholarships and other charities and organizations supported by the Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor. If you would like to place a personal or business advertisement in the journal, please see the attached flyer or contact Eric Lebenson at 914-924-3596 for more information.
The next M/BOT meeting is set for Tuesday, 22 October, with a
W/S at 6:00 PM followed by a BOT Meeting at 7:30 PM.
All meetings are held at the WJV Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
Report 405C – 18 October 2019