Village Manager's Report 5/22/20

Village  Manager’s  End-of-Week  Report

Summary of Advisories and Updates

22  May 2020


From the Village Manager.

Memorial Day ... Monday, 25 May. Notwithstanding the Coronavirus effects and CDC regulations, all VBM services are suspended for the day. Monday’s garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, 26 May, and Tuesday and Wednesday’s garbage will be picked up on Wednesday, 27 May, together with West side recycling. 

From the Briarcliff Manor American Legion Post 1054.  Our traditional Memorial Day celebration is not possible this year because of the current coronavirus pandemic and the limitation of groupings of no more than 10 people.  The parade itself is cancelled.  However, the Legion will be conducting a virtual ceremony on Monday, 25 May, beginning at 10:00 AM. Please join with the Mayor and Board of Trustees, Fire Department and Police Department representations by watching the ceremony in the safety of your home. Support the American Legion in honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military to protect our freedoms. The ceremony will be live streamed at the following link:

Village Pool and Summer Camp Status:

  • Absent NYS and WCDOH approvals, procedures and guidelines, our Village Pool is ready to open.  The issue is that we have to await guidance from the DOH which may also include phase-ins (see METRICS !, below). Traditionally we open the pool this coming Memorial Day Weekend. Obviously that will not happen.  Our estimate is that most of June may be lost.
  • Summer Camp ... honestly, we are at our wits end. Every effort has been taken to hold onto and provide our wide range of Summer Camp programs.  Our problem is that we are literally running out of time to make a commitment to you that we can deliver. We do not have a determination from the regulatory agencies that approves our programs.  Separately, we are working on modifying our annual programs in the event some form of approval is issued.  We are trying.

Coyote Alert.  We have at least 3 active coyote sightings in the VBM. These are along the perimeter of the former Philips property and on areas along Long Hill Road East.  Please be aware 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. Young children should not be left unaccompanied in your back yard. You should not confront coyotes but retreat to the safety of your home.  We are utilizing our NYSDEC licensed animal control officer, “Trapper Dan Maguire”, to review and make recommendations.

Census 2020.  Keep pushing ... recent returns indicate that VBM is at 75.5%, the best is only 75.9%.  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

Getting back to normal?  Here’s an update:

  • METRICS !!!   NYS’s route to normalcy is based on meeting a series of METRICS applied on a regional basis.  Several upstate regions have hit the target to initiate a phase-in of getting back to normal: the orderly opening of services, facilities, businesses, pools/camps/gyms and everything else.  The link: is from one of our municipal insurance companies ... their Risk Control Team ... recently forwarded to me. It is generalized ... and perhaps not totally oriented to a municipality... but points in only one direction: a lot of preparation before we return to “normal”. We will be meeting on a departmental basis to review these recommendations. I just wanted to share this with you. There are similar profiles for our Library and separately more DOH details to come for our pool and Summer Camp.  This will be a major effort ... and we will do it ... but it is not some overnight event.  More to follow.
  • Village Elections are still set for 15 September. Our Village Clerk will be formulating procedures and timeframes as we approach the current scheduled date.
  • Westchester/Local Court opening is now extended to Wednesday, 10 June, at the earliest. Criminal proceedings will be the first of phase-ins followed by other court matters;
  • Village Facilities: Village Hall, The Youth Center, Library, Senior Programs, playgrounds/several facilities and WJV Community Center remain closed.  The Library’s opening will be based on a separate series of guidelines, restrictions and phase-ins yet to be finalized.

Restarting Open Projects.  Now that it appears that some return to normalcy will be coming, we are pushing to get various agencies to re-start projects ... and especially to get them completed. These include but are not limited to milling and paving of Pleasantville Road from the “bump-out” to Ash Road, which may begin on Tuesday, 26 May.  Unfortunately we do not have a fixed date: the “remobilization” is not overnight . Verizon’s new fiber optic line will continue in the Central Business District next week. As previously reported, the NYSDOT approved Route 100 Bridge railings painted is now a September event.

Tennis Courts.  All courts are open.  View updates at:

Village Treasurer.    With the budget passed, we are in the final stages of mailing out 2020 Village Tax bills.  The tax bill contains the first half due as of 1 June but payable by 1 July and the second half due as of 1 December but payable by 31 December.  We are also working on our 2020 Capital Projects program.  A first draft available by early June.

VBM Water Department Hydrant Flushing.  On Tuesday, 26 May 2020, flushing of individual hydrant areas and neighborhoods will continue. This will run from Tuesday, 26 May 2020, to Friday, 29 May 2020 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:

  • Long Hill Road East from Sleepy Hollow Road to South State Road, Elm Road, Alder Drive, Butternut Road, Plumwood Road , Tuttle Road, Hawthorn 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 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 ...

Indian Point Siren Test.  There will be a test of the Indian Point sirens in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties on Wednesday, 27 May at approximately 10:30 AM. This sounding is only a test.  If there were an emergency at the nuclear power plants, the sirens would be sounded continuously at full volume for 4 minutes, followed by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on radio and television stations to broadcast important information and instructions. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate, rather they are intended to alert the public to tune to this or another EAS radio or TV station for important information. The siren sounding is ONLY A TEST. No action by the public is necessary.

Tree Plantings at Law Park Play Areas.  We have a purchase order open to trigger our 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. Anticipating a start time next week.

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. (when to open?)

Library/Community Center:  Please visit 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 or, call the Library at 914-941-7072.

Please do not return items at this time.  All Westchester Library System Library buildings are closed, holds are suspended and fines are being waived.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like to remind you of Electrical Safety around swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas!  For many of us, water activities equal fun.  But it’s important to be aware of electrical hazards while enjoying the water.  Know how to be safe around swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.

  • If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be kept at least 6 feet away from the water. When possible, use battery operated appliances and equipment, such as televisions, radios, and stereos.
  • Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.
  • Make sure that any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a diving board. If unsure, contact a qualified electrician or your local utility company to make sure power lines are a safe distance away.
  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Have a qualified electrician periodically inspect and— where necessary—replace or upgrade the electrical devices or equipment that keep your pool, spa, or hot tub electrically safe.
  • Have a qualified electrician show you how to turn off all power in case of an emergency

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The next M/BOT scheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, 2 June 2020, commencing

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.


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


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

22 May 2020


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