Village Manager's Report 5/15/20

Village  Manager’s  End-of-Week  Report

Summary of Advisories and Updates

15 May 2020

 
First things first ...

Weather Alert.  Hopefully, not again this weekend.  Weather forecasts have us at the southern end of a west to east, massive weather pattern.  Late tonight, heavy rain and accompanying winds could hit us ending by mid Saturday morning. Just make sure you have taken some precautions in case this possible storm hits us.  Regardless, Saturday and Sunday look great.

Coyote Alert.  We have received an uptick in coyote sightings along the perimeter of the former Philips property and on Long Hill Road East.  We want to remind you that unaccompanied pets even in your fenced in backyard or walking your pets unleashed have the potential for a lethal confrontation.  Keep your pets leashed and under tight control. You should not confront coyotes but retreat to the safety of your home.

Tennis Courts.  All courts are open.  Depending on the forecasted weather ... with heavy rain possible, all clay courts may remain locked/closed to permit holders until the clay dries and the courts are groomed. View updates at:  https://www.briarcliffmanor.org/recreation-department/news/briarcliff-manor-tennis-update-red-clay-courts-open-wednesday.

Briarcliff Manners.  Our parks and trails remain open for people specifically to use and enjoy. People are still not adequately picking up after their pets. Be a good neighbor and live by the “golden rule”. Respect private property.

When will it be normal again?  Here’s an update:

  • Village Elections are still set for 15 September. Unfortunately, exact details are not available yet;
  • Westchester/Local Courts are now extended to Wednesday, 10 June,  starting with the backlog of criminal proceedings as further phase-ins court matters occur;
  • Memorial Day Ceremonies ... we are planning a modest, CDC compliant ceremony
  • We are awaiting decisions, including but not limited to phase-ins from the Governor and/or County Executive for the following:
  • Village Facilities: Village Hall, The Youth Center, Library, Senior Programs, playgrounds/several facilities and WJV Community Center remain closed.
  • Village Pool is primed to open but subject to NYS/WCDOH approvals.
  • Summer Camp remains a NYS/WCDOH issue and not to be resolved before Memorial Day. We will be summarizing our status early next week.
  • Specialty Summer programs and other events also ... subject to NYS/WCDOH approvals.

Regardless ... there will be restrictions and constrictions and probably everything in-between.  

Upcoming M/BOT Sessions.  Talk about the new normalcy ... the next session of the M/BOT is Tuesday, 19 May. Given the Coronavirus pandemic, we anticipate holding our sessions via ZOOM. So here we go ... Tuesday’s M/BOT has the following Public Hearings and/or associated topics:

Continuation of Public Hearings

  1. Amend Chapter 220-2, Zoning Definitions
  2. Amend Chapter 220-3, Zoning Districts and Maps
  3. Amend Chapter 195, Taxation

Public Hearings

  1. Amend Chapter 220-5, Planned Office and Laboratory B District
  2. Amend Chapter 220-6, Special Permit Uses
  3. Amend Chapter 220-3, Zoning Districts and Maps

Schedule a separate Public Hearing to Amend the Comprehensive Plan related to the B-Zone

Census 2020.  Keep pushing ... we are currently at 74.7%.  Our 2010 final count was a 77.9% return rate. We really need your help for another 2020 Census response rate push... a special e-blast is coming at you next week.  We are fifth overall in best response rates of a very tight field. Questions ... just visit my2020census.gov.

VBM Water Department Hydrant Flushing.  On Monday, 18 May 2020, flushing of individual hydrant areas and neighborhoods will continue.  This will run from Monday, 18 May to Friday, 22 May starting at or about 9:00 AM and continuing to 4:00 PM.  Crews will flush individual hydrants during this phase in specific areas.  Subject to daily events and conditions, the areas to be flushed are:

  • Albany Post Road, Country Club Lane, Country Club Lane South, Country Club Lane North, Ivanhoe Place, Union Street, Requa Street;
  • Long Hill Road East from Sleepy Hollow Road to South State Road, Elm Road, Alder Drive, Butternut Road, Plumwood Road, Tuttle Road, Hawthorne Place, Balsam Road, Cedar Drive East, Cedar Drive West, Frame Road, Hyatt Road, Tamarack Place, Austin Place.

As a result of this work, residents can expect discolored water at any time (but particularly) during the day starting from 9:00 AM and to 5:00 PM. Please understand that you may wish to alter such activities such as your laundry routine: avoiding these time periods in particular.  However, even if discolored, continuing laboratory testing has indicated that in the past the water has contained no harmful bacteria.

 

In the meantime ...

From the Village Treasurer.  Online payments for Water and Tax have temporarily been suspended as we prepare for the new tax year 20/21 beginning on 6/1/2020.  All payments for past due taxes and water bills due 4/30/2020 and later can continue to be paid via check through the post office mail or dropped off in the Village lock box located on the bottom of the employee parking lot at Village Hall (1111 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor NY 10510).  The Tax Online portal will be available on 6/1.  Online Water payment portal will be available the last week of May 2020.

Tree Plantings at Law Park Play Areas.  We expect to expand tree plantings along the buffer of Pleasantville Road and the downslope areas of the Law Park Tennis Courts and playground. Spring planting plans are about to be finalized.

Scarborough Park.  We are getting there ... our Scarborough Park lawn is growing in nicely.  The temptation is great to get into the park: we have posted signs for everyone to please keep out. Reports of violations should be forwarded to the BMPD at 914-941-2130.  Let nature take its course.

Library/Community Center:  Please visit www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org for the Library's full menu of online programs and services. Share recommendations on our Facebook page.

For Kids, Families & Teens:

  • Chat online with Ms. Amy
  • Family activities to get kids off their screens  
  • Storytime videos
  • Book Clubs, Chess and TAB continue online

    For Adults:

  • June 2020 Primary Election and School Budget Voting Information  
  • Adult Coloring and More online exhibit
  • Sharing recommendations on our Facebook page.  
  • Online art exhibit: Oils by Ken Okin
  • Poems, by Lorraine Joy McLeod
  • Remote book groups and favorite programs

    For all ages:

  • Streaming services for Movies and TV shows
  • Booklists to use with our eBook and eAudiobook collections
  • Sign up for Library cards and get reference help by emailing bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or, call the Library at 914-941-7072.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like to remind everyone of some important Grilling Safety Tips.  Fire in the grill with hot dogs and burgers is a welcome sight at the family cookout.  But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.  To keep you and your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines.

General Grilling Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

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

 

The next M/BOT scheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, 19 May 2020, commencing (at this time) with a W/S at 6:00 PM followed with our BOT Meeting at 7:30 PM.  Given the current CDC-related restrictions and NYS Executive Orders in effect, it is anticipated that all sessions will be via our ZOOM connection.

 

To Join Upcoming Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85753519371?pwd=OFVMb1lZbGZEa2NuZHp2Z1BxVWRPUT09

Meeting ID: 857 5351 9371   ///   Password: 009256

Dial by your location   +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

 

All changes to this notice are subject to change and will be duly noticed to the public.

 

Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 435 – 15 May 2020

 

Lastly ... from the Building Department.  We have received several questions about adding an above ground pool on a property.  Please see the following and review Village Code 90-12 B (2):  https://www.ecode360.com/7689090.

 

Village Code - Swimming Pools