Village Manager's Report 9/3/21

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Report.

 3 September 2021

 

In the Public Interest.
From the Village Manager:   


Monday, 6 September, is Labor Day.  As a Federal and NYS holiday, all Village offices will be closed. Weather permitting, our pool will be open. Monday’s garbage collection will be shifted to Tuesday.  Tuesday and Wednesday’s garbage collection will be on Wednesday ... combined with the scheduled recycling zone.


Storm Recovery Update.  Our average, Tropical Storm Ida’s, rainfall calculations are pegged at 6.4 inches. Send me your rain gauge results. Law Park pool and our tennis courts are open.  The clay courts at Chilmark Park have been severely damaged and a soil “slump” occurred behind our old Recreation offices.  Water damage to our Historical Society (BMSHS) and current Recreation offices (housed in the Library basement level) are being cleaned up.  What you may not know is that due to Ida, NYCDEP’s Delaware and Catskill reservoirs had huge water inflows triggering their turbidity alert: that discolored water may be present in our own distribution system.  Our advanced technology and electronic readings at our Nepperhan (Tarrytown Lakes) pump station provided our Water Department our own alert in advance. We were able to shut down our pump station and “float” off of our own 4 MM gallon storage tanks (reservoirs). We were able to avoid the “turbidity slug” and resumed pumping after it had cleared our section of NYSDEP transmission line.

Streetscape Update.  In the remote possibility that you didn’t realize another VBM project has begun … the First Phase of our Downtown Streetscape project has begun. The span of this phase is essentially from North State Road at Pleasantville Road to Pleasantville Road at Poplar Road. As the initial phase starts, we will describe various components of the overall program. Construction restarts on Tuesday.

Tuttle Road Rehabilitation Project.  Elm Road top coat should be done today. Phase III’s drainage segment is about 80% complete while the curbs and sidewalks are about 60%. Road restoration follows. Beginning Tuesday, 7 September, Hawthorn Place and Hawthorn to Long Hill Road will re-open. Construction restarts on Tuesday.

Zoom is coming back.  One of Governor Hochul’s first actions was to restore the ability of local governments to utilize (return to) the Zoom-type of official sessions.  We currently have a “hybrid” style wherein the elected officials have to meet in person but have added a Zoom feature where residents and parties of interest could attend remotely.  The M/BOT is to review under what circumstances and reasons to revert to the full Zoom feature we utilized for about 15 months.  Regardless, just having the option is an important component to public access to our governmental roles.

Cell Tree at the Club.   Antenna arrays are in place and in the process of being hard wired and tested. This includes commercial service vendors being transferred and utilizing only state of the art equipment. After testing and the facility going active, the water tank will be “dismantled and removed” (you may be surprised how … guess?) as soon as practical, thereafter.

Scarborough Station Valet Service. We have urged you to retrieve your valet car “keys”. As of next week, we will box up the keys and place them in our vault.    

Village Hall outdoor and facility ADA Project. The Fire Department “apron” cure period is complete. Despite of or maybe in spite of the weather, our contractor has completed the foundation pouring for the VH entrance, in preparation of the next phase.

Village Department Reports.

From the Department of Public Works.  While ongoing end of Summer work continues and our annual paving schedules and locations are in the offing, the clean-up, repair and recovery due to Tropical Storm Ida has been our focus and will extend into next week.   

Police Department.  In order to better serve Briarcliff Manor, the BMPD is asking for community member’s input on any issues they have in their respective communities.  To facilitate this we have divided the Village into 6 sectors.  We anticipate meeting in late September with the community members of each section and forming committees within each.  Our goals are but not limited to:

  1. Provide a public forum for gathering information about public safety concerns in the community.
  2. Work with the Department to develop strategies to solve public safety problems.
  3. Generate plans for improving the relationship between the Department and the community.
  4. Participate in community outreach to solicit input from community members, including youth from the community.

Anyone interested please email:

Chief Dominick Bueti:     dbueti@briarcliffmanor.org

Lt. John Wynne:            jwynne@briarcliffmanor.org

Sgt. Linda Salov:           lsalov@briarcliffmanor.org

The sectors of the Village are:

A:  Pleasantville Road east of Horsechestnut Road (including Horsechestnut), The “Tree Streets” (you know who you are), Todd and Dogwood Lane, Washburn, Ingham and Buckhout Roads and Dogwood Close.

B:   North State Road, Dunn Lane, Matthes Road, Hazleton Circle, Schrade Road, Hungerford Roads, Bishop Lane, Fuller Road, Whitson Road, Burns Place, Chappaqua Road, Pine Court, Parkway Road, Edgewood Lane, Woodside Avenue, Stafford Street, Winterberry Lane, Olde Willow Way, Deertree Lane.

C:   Pleasantville Road north of Poplar, Poplar Road, Central Drives, Dalmeny Road, Cherry Hill Court, Fountain Road, Spruce Road, Hickory Road, Willow Drive, Locust Road, Cypress Lane, Lodge Road, Rose Valley Road, Old Briarcliff Road.

D – CBD:   Pleasantville Road from 9A – Poplar, Colby Lane, South State Road, Elm Road, Pine Road, Balsam Road, Tuttle Road, Plumwood Road, Butternut Road, Alder Drive, Cedar Drives, Long Hill Road East, Austin Road, Fee Court, Juniper Place, Walnut Place.

     E:  Chilmark section.

F.  Sleepy Hollow Road and all roads intersecting it, Long Hill Road West and all roads off of it, Scarborough Road   area, Route 9 area and roads intersecting it.

Please don’t ask to be a part of a committee through our social media … eee-mail us only.

From the Recreation Department.

Pool Update:  Our pool hours for this final weekend season are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM through Monday’s Labor Day holiday.  This Sunday’s Poolside Acoustic Concert features Tim Fee and Jeffrey Taylor performing from 3:00-5:00 PM.  This live musical entertainment is free for permit holders, and residents without permits are also welcome to enjoy the show & the entire pool facility beginning at 2:00 PM as "Concert Guests" by paying our standard guest fee of $10 per person at the gate.  Please click on the following link for the complete series line-up >>> 2021 Poolside Acoustic Concert Series

Office Update/Fall Programs:  The Recreation Office in the lower level of the Library will be out of commission for a while for flood remediation activities, so we are attempting to relocate to the 2nd floor of the Community Center on a temporary basis.  Unfortunately, we are having difficulty restoring access to our server, so we are being delayed in releasing all Fall program information.  We are hoping to be able to do that today, but we shall see.  Fall registration is scheduled to begin on Thursday, 9 September, but our flood and office issues may also wind up pushing that date out … please be patient and we will do our best to get back up and running soon!

Pickleball Permits – Half Season/Half Price Offer:  If you haven’t checked out the new Pickleball Courts at Chilmark Park yet, you can now catch the last half of the season, with half price permits covering play in September, October and November.  We are also relaxing the Pickleball guest fee requirements, and encouraging our permit holders to bring friends and family to give the sport a try!  Speaking of which … We have a Free, Introductory Clinic scheduled for Sunday, 19 September, from 9-11 AM.  This clinic is open to all interested Village and School District residents and permits are not required!  To reserve your spot, please email hjamin@briarcliffmanor.org.  You can access information and print forms from the following link:  PICKLEBALL INFORMATION – Permits, Rules & Guidelines.  As always, please call the Recreation Office at 941-6560 if you have any questions!

COMMUNITY DAY is Sunday, 12 September:  Save the date and plan to join your friends and neighbors at this celebration of our great community!  We are once again bringing in some interesting and delicious Food Truck Vendors to spice up the party, and this year you can look forward to Annie’s American Dogs, Westchester Burger Company, Crazy Taco-Mex, Three Little Pigs BBQ, Wanna Empanada and Jimmy’s Soft Serve Ice Cream!  Our traditional games, inflatable activities and organization/business information tables will be on the field between 4-7 PM, followed by the annual DJ Dance party in the pavilion until 8:30 PM, after which we’ll light up the sky with our fireworks display to end the night.  Any community-based groups/local businesses still interested in participating are encouraged to contact Henry Jamin at hjamin@briarcliffmanor.org for details! 

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 eight (8) 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.

Recreation News: Stay informed through our Recreation e-mail system available through the Village website.  Our e-mail blasts keep you informed of such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events.  It’s easy: click on the following link and follow the prompts >>> Subscribe to News.

Library/Community Center. Library hours are: Friday until 6 PM; Saturday from 10 to 2; but closed on Monday (Labor Day).  Masks, please. Sign up to visit the children’s room. Visit www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org for details.

Adults

  • Film Discussion with Frank. Saturday, 11 September, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, via Zoom. Join Frank Erlanger to discuss a film from Kanopy, on our Library website.  The film selection this month is Juliet, Naked, a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Jesse Peretz based on Nick Hornby's 2009 novel of the same name.  Please email dpesce@wlsmail.org for the Zoom link.
  • Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick Mobile Office Hours, Monday, 13 September, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, drop-in.  A representative from the Senator’s constituent service team will be on hand.  The community is invited to attend.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn how the Senator's office can help you, discuss legislative initiatives and proposals, or to alert the Senator to community issues.

Children/Teens

  • Book Clubs on Zoom:  2nd - 4th Graders. Wednesday, 22 September, 4:00 PM.  Enjoy a short trivia game and discussion about the book at each meeting. Meetings are virtual via Zoom.  Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@wlsmail.org to register.  The book for this month is: Ben's Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill, by Nathaniel Philbrick.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like to share some Safety Tips regarding Smoke Detectors.  Smoke Detectors are a key part of a home fire escape plan.  When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.  Working smoke detectors give you an early warning so you can get outside quickly.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.  Install smoke detectors in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
  • Install detectors on every level of the home including the basement.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke detectors.  When one smoke detector sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke detectors at least once a month.  If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • A smoke detector should be located on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • Keep smoke detectors away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.  They should be at least 10 feet from the stove or oven.
  • People who are hard of hearing can use special detectors.  These detectors have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke detectors when they are 10 years old or earlier when specified by the manufacturer.

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

The Fire Chiefs and all Members of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department would like to wish you a very relaxing Labor Day weekend.

With the opening of the 2021-2022 school year on 9 September, the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department would like to remind motorists to be extra careful when driving on Village streets.  As students end their Summer vacations and return to school, drivers should be extra cautious in school areas.  Please remain alert and keep speeds at or below posted speed limits.  Watch for children getting on and off of school buses!

BMFD Volunteer Flyer

From the Greater Briarcliff Manor Community.

From the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce.  Come and join us for a fun evening of Speed Networking on Wednesday, 22 September, at 5:30 PM at The Club at Briarcliff Manor, 25 Scarborough Road.  This unique networking opportunity will be available to all Briarcliff Chamber Members, as well as perspective members looking to expand their network.  The Club will host this event in their outdoor patio space.  For more information and to register please click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/briarcliff-manor-chamber-of-commerce-speed-networking-tickets-168278007049.

 

Philip E. Zegarelli

Village Manager

Report 507C

 

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend ...

and relax !

 

Rosh Hashanah begins on sundown, Monday …

Good Holiday !