Village Manager's Report 4/8/20

Village  Manager’s  Report

Advisories and Updates

8 April 2020


First things First ... With Passover and Easter converging, please note the following: While Village Hall, the Library and WJV Community Center and the Youth Center remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, VBM administrative and DPW services will not be available on Friday, 10 April, in observance of Good Friday.  However, regular sanitation pick-ups occur tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday: please plan ahead to have your garbage positioned for your routine pick-up.

 

Social Distancing.  Recent statements by the Governor and the County Executive focus on social distancing ... the need to have a 6 foot separation when out in the public, in particular. Fine levels have been increased and policing agencies have been directed to ratchet down on violations.  We ask you to focus on this important component of containing the coronavirus pandemic ... especially this week where the peak of the virus’s surge is anticipated to hit us in our metropolitan area.


Scarborough Park.  Scarborough Park remains closed and off limits to visitors.  The site is still a construction zone but in particular our DPW has reshaped the parkland itself and seeded virtually the entire area: let nature take its course.  During the last few days, visitors have congregated on site in violation of our notices and commonsense ... like social distancing ... and damaged the newly seeded lawns. We have directed the BMPD to police the area and cite violators.

 

Census 2020.  We are hitting a 61.0% return rate from the early mailings the Census Bureau sent you. VBM is in the top 5 WC communities ... so ... please look through your mail ... and if you have not responded make a determined effort by this weekend ... by internet (it’s really easy) or by mail.  Lost your mailing or haven’t received one in the mail?  Visit ... my2020census.gov ... TODAY!

 

Check your lawn sprinklers now ... As you reactivate your lawn sprinklers this Spring, be sure to check (or direct your plumber) your whole system with a test flow of all your zones.  This Winter had several freeze and warm periods causing heaving of the soil which could have cracked or split the sprinkler distribution system.  Basically check for leaks now for Winter damage ... this could save you a lot of agita or sorus (especially $$$’s) later.

 

Upcoming M/BOT Sessions.  The next session of the M/BOT is Tuesday, 14 April, with only a BOT session starting at 7:30 PM. This is a special meeting primarily dedicated to various hearings that had to be adjusted due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There will be no Work Session. Last night we held a second ZOOM based session. The primary hearing topic was a presentation of the 2020-2021 Tentative Budget. The following are a series of hearing topics for this Special Session: Public Hearings for four new Local Law changes were opened on 24 March and adjourned to Tuesday, 14 April at 7:30 PM ... these are:

a Local Law to amend Chapter 126, Fireworks; and,

a Local Law to amend Chapter 220-2, Zoning Definitions.

a Local Law to amend Chapter 220-3, Zoning Maps.

a Local Law to amend Chapter 195, Taxation.

 ... and a continuation of the 2020-2021 Tentative Budget. You can review last night’s session (once it is uploaded) by the normal channels on CableTV and/or VOD on our website. This document is also readily available on our website: www.briarcliffmanor.org.  As always, you are invited to review our proposed Local Laws and be familiar with the updated Village Codes using our hyperlink: https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/village-clerk/pages/2020-pending-local-l... To participate in our next ZOOM session, please follow the following procedures, use the following link or dial in Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/424885219?pwd=TkNDRlVJRzVJZE9XMk1mOE9UdDRiZz09   Our Meeting ID is: 424 885 219 ... with a Password of: 014872 ... Dial by your location    +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

 

In the meantime ... keeping up with the Coronavirus:
Village Hall Related.  We have rotating teams of staff meeting administrative and operational needs, responding to calls and carryout all levels of resident needs and services. Mail is picked-up, package delivery continues without interruption at our entrance, on-line payments are accepted and “night drop” use in the VH parking lot is checked every day.

 

Department of Public Works (DPW)

If you look around, the current favorable weather patterns and suspension of team sports, gives us the opportunity to accelerate and expand the weed/feed/super-seeding and aeration of our playing fields. In this case this should be good for our fields.

We are working on the McCrum Fields with new clay and sod in the infields and positioning to undertake the rehab of our clay courts in other locations ... all subject to weather conditions.

Scarborough Park is off limits as we look for the newly seeded areas to germinate. Let nature take charge

 

From the Recreation Department: A Reminder during the holidays ...

All Village Basketball Courts continue to be CLOSED. CDC rules regarding minimum 6-foot social distancing were not being followed: we have directed the BMPD to enforce these additional restrictions.

The following indoor facilities are closed until further notice.  This includes the Youth Center, the WJV Community Center, and the Recreation Department’s administrative offices. The best way to communicate with Recreation staff members is through eee-mail. 

All Village Playgrounds are closed until further notice. This includes the playground pieces at Law Park, Chilmark Park, Jackson Road Park and Neighborhood Park.  

All Village Athletic Fields are closed for Group Use until further notice. This includes the Club Field, McCrum Field, and the playing fields at Chilmark Park and Neighborhood Park.  No Permits have been issued for the Spring 2020 season to date.  

All hard surface TENNIS Courts are open. Meanwhile our DPW has started to rehab our clay courts. If we get a weather break, we hope to have the work completed by the end of this week.

Parkland and walking trails are open: get out and “Take a hike ... but keep your distance”.

Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading out to parks or trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not go out if you have symptoms of illness, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.

Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Maintain it as you walk, bike, hike or otherwise enjoy the outdoors.

Make sure other park visitors and trail users are aware of your presence as you pass to provide for proper distancing.  Step off trails to allow others to pass while keeping minimum distances at all times.

Not all parks have public restrooms and/or drinking fountains — be prepared before you leave and time your outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.  Bring water or drinks, as public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.

Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out with you: protect other visitors and our park workforce.

Our Recreation Department continues to respond to all calls to their office number, 941-6560, during regular business hours. Following these rules and restrictions is to protect you and minimize contact with other people.

 

Village Court.   Our Village Court is closed until Monday, 4 May 2020 but otherwise functioning remotely. If you have any questions or need to reach the court, you may leave a voicemail at 914-944-2788.  Voicemail will be checked periodically. Please send faxes to 914-944-4007.  You may also email the court clerk at [email protected].

 

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD). The Fire Chief would like you to watch a video (see below) and pass it on to your loved ones and friends. In the meantime, hand to face contact is how the majority of the people are infecting themselves.  You get it on your hands and then you touch your nose, eyes and mouth.  Please constantly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer overtime you leave and return to your home ... don’t touch your face ... keep a separate sanitizer in each  car.   Here’s the video:  "NYC front line doctor explains how easy it is to NOT get infected and to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19  on YouTube. It’s a bit long but well worth the time. Go to ... https://youtu.be/WxyH1rkuLaw ... and you can follow us on Facebook  (click to follow link) www.facebook.com/briarcliffmanorfd and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/briarcliffmanorfiredept.  Consider becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT. Simply, click the link https://join.bmfd.org/

 

Library/Community Center and Recreation:  The Library's "Connecting the Community: From Our Homes to Yours" web page is up at the same address, www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org, making it easier to access our remote offerings.  Booklists for all ages to use with our eBook collections have been added to our website.  We now offer Acorn TV, a streaming service for British TV shows, free to our cardholders. Residents can sign up for Library cards and get reference help by emailing [email protected].  Families can sign up for emails of activities to get kids off their screens by emailing Amy at [email protected].  In the works are remote book groups and an online art exhibit.  You can also reach the Library by phone at 914-941-7072. (We request that you do not return books and other items at this time.  There will be no charge on items returned after the due date.  Holds throughout the Westchester Library System have also been suspended and most other Libraries are closed).  The Recreation Department will be on site.  Program cancellations are on their website and sign-ups and payments for Spring and Summer programs can be made directly over the phone or on line.


Briarcliff Cares: VBM Senior Citizen Shopping Assistance.  The VBM normally provides a free, weekly grocery shopping trip for all interested resident Senior Citizens utilizing our 16 passenger Senior Bus.  In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, and with concern for the health and safety of our older residents, the Village's Senior Bus transportation program has now been postponed for the foreseeable future. In lieu of providing mass transportation type Senior Citizen bus service to the supermarket, we are now working to identify Senior residents who may need someone to do their essential weekly shopping for them.  As these Seniors are identified, we are pairing them up with volunteers who have already stepped forward to offer their assistance.  If you are a Senior, or you know of a Senior who could benefit from this service, please call the Recreation Department Office (914)-941-6560 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to request “Senior Shopping Assistance”.  You may also email Henry Jamin at [email protected] to be included as a participant or to check if any more volunteers are needed.  Thank you in advance for your assistance with this endeavor, and please feel free to share this information with anyone who may benefit! 

Current information is subject to change.  It goes without saying ... and we all are affected ... but please note that all policies, guidelines and recommendations are subject to change based upon further recommendations and/or directives that we receive or passed down from the Village Board of Trustees, County/State/National governmental entities and regulatory agencies.

 

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 430-B – 8 April

Lastly ... and through all of this I wish you

A Good Passover and Happy Easter !