New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 5/23/2017
Supervisor, New Castle
The building permit for Chappaqua Crossing has been issued. The site contractor should be mobilized with the next 2-3 weeks. Horace Greeley High School entrance work is on track to be completed by August 31, 2017. Additional Roaring Brook Road paving is on track to be completed by September 1, 2017.
Memorial Day Parade
This Memorial Day, we will pay tribute to all the military men and women who have died fighting for our freedom. On that day, we will take the opportunity to reflect on the solemn nature of the holiday, and remember that those we honor represent all races, religions, backgrounds and viewpoints. We will also honor their sacrifice by reaffirming our community’s commitment to civility, respect and tolerance in our public discourse.
Our annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29th. I encourage all members of the community to bring signs that symbolize these values and quest for peace that those soldiers America lost had fought so valiantly to preserve. And, because we will have our armed forces and veterans join us, let’s show our honored guests what we stand for. The parade starts at 10:30am with memorial ceremonies at the victory corner monument (corner of King and Bedford Road by Talbots/across from Walgreens). The parade will then assemble at 10:40am at Ridgewood Terrace and step off at 11:00.
Workers Compensation Savings
I’m happy to report that we continue to save money on our workers compensation premium. In 2014, we started working with a new insurance broker, Foa & Son. We switched our workers compensation carrier and immediately saved $222,565. Besides saving money on our premium, Foa & Son offered safety training programs to town employees. As a result of this commitment to safety, we have drastically reduced our workers compensation claims. In fact, based on our safety record, we are now eligible for a program that provides an additional premium reduction. Although the full amount of our savings won’t be known until the end of the policy term we expect savings of $145,00.00 this year. Based on our premium in 2013-4 which was $772,967, over the past 4 years we have saved over $1,000,000!
- 2014-15: $550,402
- 2015-16: $520,672
- 2016-17: $560,178
- 2017-18: $415,021
I’m very happy to report that this Summer NYS DOT will be milling and paving a section of Route 120 beginning approximately at the Route 133/120 traffic signal and proceeding south on Route 120 for 1.6 miles.
Millwood West End Advisory Board
Last week Suzanne Kavic & Jim Pinto were unanimously appointed as co-chairs of the Millwood West End Advisory Board. I would like to thank Dianne Kleinmann & Mike Stern for their service, and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives. The Millwood-West End Advisory Board (“MWEAB”) monitors events in and represents the interest of Millwood and the West End of Town. If interested in joining, please complete this form and submit to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org
Our Sustainability Advisory Board is working on a composting program where residents drop their food scraps off at the recycling center, at no charge, which are then collected by Sanipro and delivered to a central composter. We are leveraging a program developed by Scarsdale that has been very successful. The cost of the program are offset by the savings on tipping fees. Food scraps account for approximately 15% of municipal solid waste. Composting is an important waste reduction strategy. Many school districts, including Chappaqua Central School District, are already doing it. We should follow the lead of our children!
Mandate Relief Committee
In 2014, the Town of New Castle established the Mandate Relief Committee. On Friday, May 12, the New Castle Mandate Relief Committee, Warren Gottlieb, Christian Hildenbrand and Judy McGrath met with Assemblyman David Buchwald at the Assemblyman’s office in Mt. Kisco. The purpose of the meeting was to review the work of the New Castle Mandate Relief Committee and to gain Assemblyman Buchwald’s perspective on the issue generally and with regard to the specific recommendations of the Committee. Here is their summary.
It looks like this project will be broken into two parts. Con Ed is in the process of replacing their gas mains. We don’t want Con Ed ripping up our brand new sidewalk. The good news is that by coordinating with Con Ed, we can share the cost of replacing the sidewalks, granite curbs & drainage improvements. Accordingly, this year the sidewalk by Grafflin to Ridgewood Terrace will be replaced after Con Ed replaces their gas mains. Next year, the sidewalk from Ridgewood Terrace to Elm Street will be replaced when Con Ed replaces those gas mains.
We’ve conducted our 5th & final public hearing last night. You can learn more about the project by clicking the link prominently displayed on the home page of the Town’s web site, or click here. Here are the video links for all 5 public hearings:
- Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:45pm (View)
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:45pm(View)
- Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at7:45pm (View)
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at @ 9am (View)
- Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:15pm (View)
Click here to read the document.Click here to view the presentation given at the first public hearing meeting on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.
Written comment about the draft 2017 Comprehensive Plan can be submitted at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org. The time for written comment has been extended to 12pm noon on Friday, June 2nd.
Hanging baskets are in! Thank you to the Chappaqua Garden Club for doing the planting.
The New Castle SAB has been studying our current streetlights and looking into the environmental and financial benefits of converting to LEDs. They are working with Scarsdale and the Westchester lighting consortium. Their plan is to have the new lamps up for 3 – 4 weeks and communicate it broadly to the town and ask for opinions. After that, assuming feedback is positive, they’ll select the lamps that work the best and work with the DPW to replace the old lamps (when they need replacing) with an LED. We’ll be saving greenhouse gases and money. Greener in every sense of the word!
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Thank you to our Health & Wellness Task Force for putting together a very informative educational presentation on tick and Lyme Disease prevention and awareness. It was taped and can be viewed on New Castle Community Media Center.Ticks are out in force this year, especially in our area. Learn how to protect yourself from tick bites, what to do when you find a tick, and what symptoms to look for with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases found in Westchester County. Lots resources have been updated to the Town’s website.
Last year we added a 5K to our grueling 10K run, This past weekend we introduced an additional two events – a Paws Walk & Kids Fun Run. Thank you to our sponsors! Platinum Drive Realty, New Castle Physical Therapy, Wags & Whiskers, Scattered Books and World Cup Gymnastics. I would also like to thank Chappaqua Hardware for their delicious Big Green Egg demonstration.
Chappaqua’s 4th Annual Thank a Volunteer First Responder Day
On Tues., May 30th, 7-8:30 p.m, please join Girl Scout Troop 1029 visiting the Chappaqua Ambulance Corps and/or the Chappaqua and Millwood Fire Departments to thank our volunteers for the amazing work they do. Bring a plate of cookies, a child’s drawing or a donation. Thank the volunteers who make our lives safer every day!
If interested in becoming a volunteer first Responder, you can find links on the home page of the Town’s web site for Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Mt. Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Chappaqua Fire Department, Millwood Fire Department & Mt. Kisco Fire Department.