Village Manager's Report 5/14/21

Village Manager’s Friday Report

14 May 2021

From the Village Manager.

In the Public Interest:  

Mayor and Board of Trustee Sessions:  The following Public Hearings are scheduled and/or have been held over to our Tuesday, 18 May 2021 official meeting.  These hearings will be held at/or about 7:30 PM, as follows:

  1. Continued Public Hearings:
    1. Chapter 220-6, Special Permit Uses
    2. Chapter 220-10, Affordable Housing
    3. Chapter 186, Streets and Sidewalks
    4. Chapter 90, Article VI, Rapid Entry Systems
  2. Public Hearing:
    1. Amend a Special Use Permit – Sleepy Hollow Country Club

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Unclaimed Valet Spare Keys.  If you have an unclaimed spare key left at the Scarborough Train Station, please visit Juan next Tuesday, 18 May at the Valet booth between 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM to claim it.

Tuttle Road Rehabilitation Project.  Please take notice of schedule changes to our Tuttle Road Rehabilitation Project:

  • Monday, 17 May, and continuing until mid-October will include new drainage, curbing, sidewalks and a total roadway replacement.
  • Tuttle Road will be limited to one-way traffic from Long Hill Road East towards Elm Road for the duration of the project.

This project will be completed in four (4) phases in order to limit the disruption to residents; they are:

  • Phase 1: Tuttle Rd. (south-east) May, June with approximate work areas at house numbers 5, 33, 41, 49, 55, 71, 81; (Including Hawthorne Place)
  • Phase 2: Tuttle (south-west) June, July with approximate work areas at house numbers 10, 24, 42, 56, 70, 82, 90;
  • Phase 3: Tuttle Rd. (north-west) August, September with approximate work areas at house numbers 106, 120, 130, 144, 160, 184; and,
  • Phase 4: Tuttle Rd. (north-east) October with approximate work areas fronting 235 Elm Road. (Including Elm Road)

Please understand that when the contractor is working on the phase in front of your residence, expect major disruptions such as:

  • No vehicle access to your property;
  • Only pedestrian access to your home (6 feet wide); and
  • Roadside parking for your vehicles adjacent to the center grass median.

Due to numerous conditions such as weather, construction work is scheduled daily, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  No weekend work anticipated at this time.  All essential services will continue to be provided, such as: sanitation and recycling pick-up, mail delivery (including UPS & Amazon) and school busing. This is a major ... actually a total ... reconstruction of Tuttle Road and we appreciate your understanding during this complex project.

If you have any questions, please call the following contact numbers:

Working hours 8 AM – 4 PM: (914) 941-9105 DPW Office or (914) 557-0401 DPW duty cell

After hours and weekends emergencies – contact Briarcliff Police (914) 941-2130.

Volunteer / Advisory Board Vacancies.  If you are interested in getting involved in Village activities, we have vacancies, in particular, on the VBM Architectural Review Advisory Committee (ARAC), the Library Board, and as a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) representative.  This is a great time for you to think about serving our Village in a very meaningful and satisfying way.  Briarcliff Manor is a community of volunteers serving selflessly at so many levels.  Volunteering is the Briarcliff Manner of public service.  Contact us at: BOT@briarcliffmanor.org.

Village Hall Summer Hours. Regular VH/Administrative office hours will shift to Summer hours starting the Memorial Day weekend (Friday, 28 May to Friday, 10 September) ending the Labor Day week. Our current hours will be 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday and while Friday will be 8:00 AM until Noon. All Departments will be represented and all services will be in operation.

 

Village Department Reports.  

From the Village Treasurer.  Tax bills will be mailed by the end of this month.  The 1st installment is due by 1 July 2021 without penalty.  The 2nd installment is due by 3 January 2022 also without penalty.

Library/Community Center. Grab your Library card and come on in!  On 19 May, our hours are expanding as restrictions are lifting. Browse, pick up holds or use a computer Monday – Friday from 10 – 6 (Thursdays until 7) and Saturdays 10-2. (Call first to visit the Children's Room for the time being.)  Curbside will be offered by request.  Visit www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org for complete hours.

Adults

  • Library Board Position.  There is an opening on the Library Board of Trustees. The monthly meetings have been held via Zoom during Covid. For more information, please contact the Library Director at dpesce@wlsmail.org. To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to Phil at pzegarelli@briarcliffmanor.org.
  • Film Discussion with Frank: Nobody's Fool (1994). Saturday, 15 May, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, via Zoom. Please view the film and register to dpesce@wlsmail.org for the Zoom link. Happy viewing!

Children/Teens

  • Chess Club online.  Tuesday, 18 May, 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Meets weekly through 25 May. Please contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@wlsmail.org if you want to join the club!
  • Afterschool Stories on Zoom. Thursday, 20 May, 4:15 – 4:45 PM. For 5 years old through 2nd grade. Please email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com to register.
  • Virtual Teen Game Night (9th-12th graders). Friday, 21 May, 7:00 – 8:00 PM. These games will get you moving a bit and interacting with all participants.  Enjoy minute to win challenges, not-your-average scavenger hunt and more.  Email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@wlsmail.org to register and get the zoom link.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like remind you of how to remain safe while around the house.

Here are some safety tips to follow:

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street so we can see it.
  • Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10' around structures.
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring.
  • Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.
  • Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages. Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.
  • Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.
  • Check fuel containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
  • Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.
  • Remember open air burning is not allowed. 

Always DIAL 911 in an emergency!

You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/briarcliffmanorfiredept and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/briarcliffmanorfiredept. Consider becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT.  Simply, click the link https://join.bmfd.org/.

From the Department of Public Works and Parks: just about complete with the restoration work at Chilmark Park.  We anticipate the delivery of 21 trees as the next step in our replanting and diversification of the “Farm Road” side of the park. Our seasonal re-setting of our clay tennis courts have been completed and all clay courts are open. All playing fields are open and being cultivated on a regular basis.  Sorry for being repetitious ... but our ongoing efforts include the pick-up of your own clean-up work: remember that debris such as leaves, grass clippings, and any small, loose brush are to be placed in bags and tied for curbside pick-up on your recycle Wednesday.

From the Recreation Department.

  • Save the Dates:  The Recreation Advisory Committee and Rec staff are busy working on some new outdoor events for you to enjoy from Spring through Summer all in and around Law Park.  The first is a Kick-off Concert scheduled for Thursday evening 10 June, featuring “Phase 3”!  Look for more details soon, and also look for some new specialty nights at the pavilion this Summer with family activities like BINGO, and Trivia Contests, and adult activities like our first Village Cornhole Tournament!  Two additional dates to mark on your calendar are this year’s Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce Summer Concerts on two Thursday evenings, 8 July and 12 August!
  • Pool & Tennis Permits:  2021 Permit sales are now underway, and you can access information and print forms from the following links!

As always, please call the Recreation Office at 941-6560 if you have any questions!

  • Tennis Court Access:  Play on all Village Tennis Courts requires a seasonal permit.  Interested players may now purchase or renew their permits by completing the permit application and returning it with payment to the Recreation Department office at 3 Library Road.  Applications can also be mailed to the office, or they can be placed in our Recreation Dropbox, located at the top of the stairs leading down to the exterior entrance to the Rec Office near the Library circle.  All Village courts are locked, and the combination will be provided to all 2021 permit holders upon purchase or renewal of their permit.  Click here >>> 2021 TENNIS PERMIT APPLICATION
  • NEW online Court Reservations with SKEDDA!  Once you renew your permit, you will be provided a link to register for your free BMRD Skedda account for the 2021 Tennis Season.  Once you register, you will be able to check on court availability in real time, and book your own reservations up to 7 days in advance of your desired playing time.  We are completely abandoning the old system of morning phone calls and paper sheets being posted at the courts, so activate your account and enjoy the new system!  Here are a few parameters that we ask you to be aware of:
  • Bookings are restricted to no more than 7 days in advance, and no less than 1 hour in advance.
  • Bookings may be made for 1 hour (singles) or 1.5 hours (doubles), and the player must indicate which “play type” as part of the booking process.
  • All permit holders are limited to one (1) booking per day of either type. All permit holders are also limited to a total weekly booking cap of 4.5 hours within every 7-day week, starting each Sunday and running through the following Saturday.
  • Courts that are open and not reserved at the top of any given hour, may be utilized by any valid permit holder, even if they have already hit their maximum allowable booking quota.
  • PLEASE remove/delete your booking if you are unable to utilize the time slot you reserved! If the persons who have reserved a court do not appear on the court 10 minutes after the start time of their reservation, the booking is void and the remainder of the time slot can be used by anyone who has a valid permit. 
  • We’ll see how this goes, and if we find adjustments are needed, we’ll make them as we move forward!  The Skedda program is relatively straightforward and simple to use, but please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or issues. You’ll be able to access Skedda from any computer, device or phone that can connect to the internet, so we think this will be a huge improvement over having to make reservations over the phone or in-person at the courts.  Please note that Court #4 at Law Park, the hard court with the rebound wall, will also be locked and will be able to be reserved this season. 
  • Counselors still needed!  We continue to need a few more TEENAGERS & YOUNG ADULTS!  Applications for Summer employment are still available on our webpage under Job Opportunities.  To apply for a position at the Pool or one of our Day Camps, please print out the appropriate application, complete it and submit it to the Recreation Department Office.  New Lifeguard candidates should fill out the General Employment Application to apply, and returning Pool Staff Members will be receiving their 2021 agreements soon (no new application needed)!  Applications for Tree Camp and Super Camp should be submitted to Karen Kuzio, and applications for Camp Adventure should be submitted to Kyle Peterson.  If you have any questions, just give us a call at 941-6560!
  • Day Camp Registration:  Camp registration remains on a first-come, first-served, space available basis, and we still have a little room in most grade level groups.  Application forms for all day camps are available for download and printing from the Recreation page of the Village website, and here’s a convenient link! >>> Day Camp Information.  The 2021 season will run from Monday, 28 June through Friday, 30 July, and due to virus-related protocols, you have three registration choices this season; Full Season (all 5 weeks), Session 1 (first 3 weeks; 6/28-7/16), or Session 2 (last 2 weeks; 7/19-7/30).  Please call us at 941-6560 if you have questions, or to check on space availability.
  • NEW!  7th & 8th Grade Specialty Programs: We are pleased to announce a number of new Summer offerings geared specifically to students entering grades 7-8 in the Fall!  All of these specialty programs will take place between 28 June and 30 July … the same dates as our Day Camp programs for grades K-6.  We have Flag Football, Pickleball, Engineering, Bike Tours, Golf, Basketball and Tennis to name a few!  Registration begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, 26 April for all of these programs, and space is limited, so register early!  Click on the following link for the registration form and complete program information.  7th & 8th Grade Specialty Programs – Summer 2021.
  • Senior Transportation Services:  We are currently providing weekly local shopping trips to Shop Rite in Thornwood on Tuesdays, with Mall trips on Thursdays ... trips are limited to a maximum of six (6) people, and all participants are required to adhere to social distancing and face cover/mask requirements.  The bus is cleaned & common surface touchpoints are sanitized after each entry & exit. Please call the Recreation office at 941-6560 to sign up.  Riders will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis, and if demand warrants it, additional trips will be scheduled as needed.
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From the Greater Briarcliff Manor Community.   

From the Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club.  Our WYSL Travel teams and AYSO divisions season are underway. Below are some things to know:

Player Mask Policy:
AYSO: Masks must be worn by players during practice and games this Spring!
WYSL: Masks are encouraged but not mandatory during practice & games (away clubs may mandate masks based on local town policies).
We are not running a Pre-K soccer program Spring 2021 due to limited field availability and COVID protocols.  See our Schedule:

May 15-16         Regular soccer weekend

May 22-23         Regular soccer weekend

May 29-30         Memorial Day: No Soccer Activities

Jun 5-6              Regular soccer weekend

Jun 12-13          Regular soccer weekend

Jun 19-20          LAST Regular soccer weekend

 

For our Briarcliff Manor High School Seniors.

Senior Car Parade

 

Calling all students eager to play some bingo, jeopardy, and trivia with their friends… there will be prizes!  Please join us for a virtual game night in support of Habitat for Humanity New York City on any of the following evenings listed in the flyer below.  If your child is unable to participate in the game night, we hope that you would consider donating to our fundraiser also linked below.  If you have any questions please contact Stella Ross at stellaross2330@gmail.com or Katie Yip at kyip204@gmail.com. Google form: https://forms.gle/ZZfXLGtFTu4Xy1Au6. Donation page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/virtualgamenight.

Habitat Game Night

Community SolarGo Green, Save Green$ with Sustainable Westchester!  Find out how renters and homeowners can participate in Sustainable Westchester's Community Solar to save 10% on their monthly utility bills.  Get the scoop on heat pumps, clean heating and cooling and energy efficiency. You can sign up for Community Solar by visiting https://sustainablewestchester.org/solar/#benefits.

Energy Smart Homes: As previously reported, the Energy Smart Homes Ossining & Briarcliff Manor Campaign is underway. The Energy Smart Homes Campaign is the result of a partnership between Sustainable Westchester, the Town and Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, Green Ossining and the Briarcliff Sustainability Committee.  Our campaign involves educating residents on more efficient technologies and solutions that provide heating and cooling for their homes, without the use of fossil fuels.  If your home is in need of heating and cooling upgrades or if you prefer to transition off of fossil fuels, now is the time. You can sign up for Energy Smart Homes by visiting https://sustainablewestchester.org/energysmarthomes/residents/.

From the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber of Commerce Event

From the Briarcliff Manor School District.   The BMSD has asked that we post this informational newsletter.

BMSD School VoteSchool Board Vote

 

Enjoy what should be a great Weekend!

 

Philip E. Zegarelli

Village Manager

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