Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report June 26, 2018

 

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

2018 Summer Concert Series

Please join us for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. We will have beer & wine from DeCicco & Sons, multiple food trucks & fun activities for the kids.

  • Wed., 6/27 – Chappaqua Orchestra (DUE TO RAIN – THIS CONCERT will be at the CHAPPAQUA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER)
  • Wed., 7/11 – White Wedding (80’s tribute band)
  • Wed., 7/18 – Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen cover band)
  • Wed., 7/25 – Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart
  • Wed., 8/1 – FDR Drive

Find out more on the Facebook page.

Refuse Collection Schedule for Independence Day Week

Please be advised of refuse collection schedule changes for Independence Day week. Wednesday will be collected on Thursday. Thursday will be collected on Friday. Friday will be collected on Saturday. No change for Monday and Tuesday. I wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable Independence Day holiday. 

Taxi Service at the Chappaqua Train Station

As many know, Leros/Greeley Taxi will be vacating the Chappaqua train station at the end of the month. Leros has cited the scheduled increases in minimum wage & competition from Uber and Lyft as their reason for leaving. The town’s preference is to agree to terms with a single taxi to replicate the current service – 7 dedicated cabs with a dispatcher. We sent our Request for Proposals (RFP) to 67 taxi companies. Unfortunately, we received no responses with our current model. We are now issuing another RFP with a model used by other towns. We would lease dedicated individual spots to different cab companies. We have also contacted local cab companies to provide cab service come July 1st. 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. Read more here

Westchester County Airport

The last Westchester County Airport community input meeting was once again well attended by New Castle residents. Last night’s topic was “Operations and Noise”. Thank you to everyone who attended & voiced their concerns! As I mentioned last night, changes can take many forms – some small – some big – but they add up. Make no mistake about it, the sum of these changes is negatively impacting the quality of life for New Castle residents. Residents spoke eloquently about the noise, the environment, property values, and health impacts, just to name a few. New Castle is blessed with incredible natural resources – parks, trails and nature preserves – but they are being compromised by an increased number of low flying and loud aircraft. Whether you’re watching a ball game at one of our parks or relaxing in your backyard our enjoyment is being compromised. Thank you to County Executive Latimer for offering to come to New Castle to witness firsthand the impact on New Castle residents. Once again, I encourage residents to report airport noise using the following https://airport.westchestergov.com/about-us/environmental-management-system/noise-complaint-form. Click here to read the Town Board letter to County Executive George Latimer & County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz dated June 22, 2018. 

Millwood – Train Trestle Banner

We have received permission from Westchester County to hang a Welcome to Millwood Banner over the rusted train trestle on Route 100! 

School Security

As many know, Chappaqua Central School District has assembled a safety task force to review school security. The community has been advised that the task force will meet when school resumes in September and analyze, among other things, a School Resource Officer (“SRO”). I respect their process and look forward to the long term recommendations expected in January 2019 re: a SRO. In the interim, in my opinion, and much more importantly, the opinion of our Chief of Police, a New Castle Police Officer should be allowed into the schools come this fall while the task force conducts their review. Please keep in mind that New Castle police have been invited into the schools since 2012. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school murders then Superintendent Lynn McKay requested that New Castle Police have routine patrols in the schools. We have been in the schools on a daily basis ever since. After the Parkland shooting, we increased our presence at the high school and middle schools. One officer full time at the high school and one officer handling the 2 middle schools. By all accounts this was well received by students, parents, principals, teachers and administrative staff. In my opinion, and again, the opinion of the Chief, now more than ever, it would be irresponsible on the part of the district to go back to a pre-Sandy Hook security protocols. I will continue to let my feelings know and I encourage others to do the same. 

Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

Sewer work will be completed this week. Storm drainage work continues on the culvert near the Shell Station to Woodburn Ave. 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. Due to the delay caused by complications involving a Con Edison gas line at the beginning of the year and delays laying the new sewer line on lower King, we will not be done until the spring. Please keep in mind that certain type of work cannot be performed during the winter. 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. Rest assured that downtown 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. 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

Chappaqua Crossing

Here’s the Roaring Brook Road work schedule:

  • 6/25 – 6/29 Utility Installation (Water & Sewer)
  • 6/25 – 7/6 Road Widening
  • 7/9 – 7/20 Island Reconstruction/ Paving
  • 7/9 – 7/18 Mast Arm (Set Bases)
  • 7/18 -7/27 Traffic Signal Underground Work
  • 7/23 – 7/27 Mill & Overlay
  • 7/30 – 8/1 Landscaping/ Grading
  • 8/6 – 8/17 Install/ Complete Mast Arms and Signals
  • 8/20 – 9/3 Bagged/ Blinking Traffic Lights
  • 9/4 Traffic Lights Activated

 

Closing lower King

The Town Board is looking into turning lower King into a pedestrian plaza on a few Sundays during the summer. 

Con Ed

Last week, the Town Board met with 6 representatives of Con Ed to discuss the outages in March. We appreciate their willingness to listen to our concerns. 

Park Ranger / Animal Warden

At the Chief suggestion, the Town Board has approved the hiring of a part-time park warden. 

Cell Tower

Last night the Town Board approved a lease with Homeland Towers to allow a cell tower at the water treatment plant in Millwood. Their application will require a special permit from the Planning Board. The Planning Board will review the proposed site location, height limitations, visual impacts, as well as structural and safety concerns. With revenues from the cell tower, we plan on building a salt dome tower at the water treatment plant in Millwood. Homeland agreed to build the access road. This salt dome would benefit Millwood & the West End by reducing travel time for our snow plowers to restock salt. 

Celebrate the Start of Summer!

Our Start of Summer celebration was a big success. A new tradition! Thank you to our sponsor Camp Nabby.