Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report July 17, 2018

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – July 17, 2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Sidewalk Sale


More than 40 Chappaqua merchants will be participating in this year’s Chappaqua Summer Sidewalk Sale, a three-day extravaganza taking place Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Featuring everything from jewelry and handbags to apparel and art, the event is a perfect opportunity for both residents and visitors to buy quality merchandise at incredible prices.

2018 Summer Concerts


Please join us at 7p at the Recreation Field / Gazebo in downtown Chappaqua for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. We’ll have multiple food trucks & fun activities for the kids. This week is Tramps Like Us – a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band!

  • Wed., 7/18 – Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen cover band)
  • Wed., 7/25 – Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart (country)
  • Wed., 8/1 – FDR Drive

 

Welcome Ibiza Kitchen!

This is the new restaurant coming to the Chappaqua Tavern location. They are hoping to open by 10/01. www.ibizatapas.net

Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

Sewer installation was completed. Storm drainage work continues. Storm drainage is expected to be completed by September. Installation of the new traffic signal at South Greeley Avenue and King Street is anticipated for October. Curbing and most sidewalk work is slated to be done in November. Underground electrical work will be done in January. The installation of new street lighting is set for March. Plantings will be done in the Spring. Permanent road paving will be done in the spring when the asphalt plants open. Merchants and residents will not be inconvenienced for a second consecutive holiday shopping season – we are shutting down most of the operation from Thanksgiving until after the first of the year. As far as tree removals, we are removing a total of 24 trees that would be subject to replacement. The current streetscape tree planting will be adding approximately 82 trees, plus additional landscaping that will take place throughout the Town. As far as the 82 new trees scheduled to be planted throughout the hamlet, the selection of new trees for the streetscape will include several varieties of trees that are known to perform well within streetscape areas – surrounded by a myriad of pipes, concrete and other structures, very little soil, minimal opportunity to spread its roots, and limited access to nutrients. These trees are also exposed to harsh conditions above ground, including intense weather changes, sunlight, air pollution, salt, variable moisture rates, limited growing space, and a host of other environmental contaminants. We plan on installing “Structural Soil” within the tree pits. This will allow the trees to spread its roots horizontally underneath the sidewalk & minimize the amount of sidewalk upheaval from tree roots. The streetscape trees consist of several species including red, sugar, hedge maple varieties, sweetgum, serviceberry, redbud, dogwood, little leaf linden, magnolia, elm, cherry varieties, zelkovia, and heritage birch to help create a vibrant and sustainable tree scape for the hamlet area. Each tree variety will also include a decorative plaque that highlights some interesting information about the tree. Thank you to Steve Coleman, the Town’s Environmental Coordinator & Arborist, for his guidance and work on the streetscape tree planting. Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me – RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org

Pedestrian signs

In order to improve pedestrian safety in downtown Chappaqua, we will be purchasing pedestrian crossing signs with flashing beacons. We are also looking to install a similar sign in Millwood on Route 133 / North County Trailway.

ChapLine

We appointed members to the ChapLine Committee. The ChapLine is essentially a “pathway” that connects downtown with “Chappaqua Crossing”. This path would connect over 400 households to downtown Chappaqua. It’s 100% consistent with the comp plan. Thank you to Daniel Googel, Dr. Stuart Beeber, Karen Taylor, Jack Mortell, Peter Izzo and Leonard Cristino for volunteering.

Sustainability

Our Electric Shuttle is ready to roll! As far as composting, you can pick up a composting kit at the Summer Concert. The kits cost $25 and consist of a kitchen collection bin, a locking transportation bin to take the waste to the Recycling Center and compostable bags for both bins. The kits will be for sale at the Farmer’s Market & the Recycling Center. For more information email Composting@MyNewCastle.org.

Electronic Sign

Foundation going in this week!!

Taxi contract

As many have noticed, two taxi companies have been temporarily providing taxi service at the station – Pleasantville Taxi (914-610-8668) & Chappacar (914-238-8294). They are filling the void as we review our responses to our Request For Proposals (“RFP”). The responses to the RFP were due on July 16th and the Town anticipates awarding contracts by July 30th. We realize how important cab service is to our residents and those who work in our community & we are working very hard to fill the void left by Greeley Taxi.

Sidewalks

As far as the Route 120 sidewalk, Con Ed has been working on their gas main replacement project from Ridgewood Terrace to Elm Street. They initially planned to finish by June. That obviously did not happen. Their delay is causing an inconvenience to our residents, and delaying our plans to replace the sidewalks in that location. We have encouraged them to increase their work hours, and they are doing just that. Con Ed expects to be completed by 7/31. Speaking of sidewalks, an engineering study for sidewalks on Douglas Road will be on our agenda on 08/10.

New Castle Police Officer Chad Golanec

I want to congratulate New Castle Police Officer Chad Golanec on his retirement and thank him for his 16 years of service to the Town of New Castle. Chad has many accomplishments of which to be proud, including being the President of the PBA. It was an honor to work with him on our distracted driving initiative in New Castle. New Castle is leading the effort to combat this dangerous epidemic on our roads. His efforts were recognized by US DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Automobile Association and the 2017 Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference. Chad also worked on legislation that would make New York the first state to attempt a distracted driving policy that enables police to examine phones at an accident site using the “Textalyzer”. Even in his retirement, Chad is making a HUGE difference. Last week he helped save someone’s life by administering CPR to a driver in cardiac arrest on I-287. Chad will be missed in New Castle!

Administrator’s Report

Jill Shapiro
New Castle, Town Administrator
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 18 kicks off the 2019 Budget Cycle. Rob Deary and I will start off the Budget preparation cycle by meeting with Department heads together after our Department head meeting and hand out work sheets as starting point to create the 2019 budget.Next Wednesday, July 25 Town Hall will be closed to the public for Records Retention Day. We will reopen on Thursday morning with regular hours 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.A warm welcome to my new assistant, Lauren Cascone. Lauren is working towards her MPA while working full time for us. We are so happy to have her join us. And a welcome to Tom DePole- our new building inspector!

Our next Town Board meeting is Friday, August 10 at 8 am.