Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report May 8, 2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle
 

Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

This past Thursday we paved lower King and a portion of Greeley. Please keep in mind this is temporary paving. We still have lots of work to do. Last night we continued the installation of the new sanitary system. We crossed South Greeley Avenue to the sidewalk on the east side of the street and we will continue down the sidewalk for the rest of the week. We hope to have the sewer system fully installed in the next 3-4 weeks. Con Ed is expected to start installing new utility poles next week. Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates. http://mynewcastle.org/chappaqua-infrastructure-and-streetscape-project/construction-information/. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me – RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org

Raising the Age for Tobacco & Vape Product Purchases

Last night we adopted a local law to prohibit the sale of tobacco, liquid nicotine products and electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 21. Hopefully Westchester County will follow our lead. Our new law will complement our previously passed local law which regulates the location of vape shops. We are committed to protecting young people from all nicotine delivery systems. 

120 Sidewalk

As far as the 120 sidewalk, Con Ed is on site now starting their gas main replacement project from Ridgewood Terrace to Elm Street. They plan to finish by June. Then we will start the phase 2 of new 120 sidewalk and hope to complete by Sept. 

2017 Comprehensive Plan

Last week, the Town Board held a joint meeting with the Planning Board to discuss Goal 26 in the Comprehensive Plan. This goal calls for creation of “a sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses within the hamlets.” That was a very common theme in the public outreach. We have received our 2nd award for the 2017 Comprehensive Plan – a Commendation for Outstanding Planning Achievement by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. We previously received the American Planning Association Meritorious Service or Achievement Award. Congratulations to everyone who worked on it, especially Sabrina D. Charney Hull, our Director of Planning. 

Chappaqua Crossing – Life Time Fitness

Many people are asking when Life Time Fitness is opening – they are planning for an October opening. They’ve had a very strong response to their web site. They say the strongest response for a new suburban club anywhere. Feel free to join their waitlist to receive pricing information, club updates and exclusive information about their Founding Membership offer. 

National Police Week

May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day – a day to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The week in which that date falls – May 13th to May 19th – is National Police Week. Every day our officers here in New Castle put their lives on the line to protect us. They deserve our thanks and support every week, but especially next week. If you see them, please thank them for everything they do to keep our community safe. 

New Castle Town Board are streamed on-line by NCCMC

Just a reminder that our Town Board meetings are streamed on-line by NCCMC and is interactive. Our goal is to keep residents informed and involved through the use of technology. We want an active community where people want to participate in government. Before the meeting, you can email your questions to ask@mynewcastle.org. Residents can just click on the Town Board meeting pane to view and chat. (Don’t frustrate yourself by trying to sign up too early: the meeting has to begin before you can register. Once you register, however, you won’t have to do it ever again. Also, Town meetings are now being indexed and are searchable by agenda items. This is a feature that has often been requested by the public and board members. This feature has the added bonus of being searchable by words spoken at meetings. “Chicken” is a good test of the search – try it in the search field and you will see occasions when it was on the agenda or spoken. 

Chappaqua Firehouse

The demolition permit & filling and grading permit was issued by the Building Department on April 24th. If all goes well and weather permitting, the actual demolition of the building should commence next week. 

Sustainability Advisory Board

Great showing last week at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center for a free screening of Before The Flood. Thank you to our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board for organizing this free screening, and to the students of S.T.O.P. (Greeley’s Environmental Group) for their presentation. I HIGHLY recommend this movie for anyone who cares about our planet! Really proud to live in a town with such an incredible Sustainability Advisory Board! 

Electronic Message Board

You might have noticed some activity where our new electronic message board will be installed (across from the Shell). They are digging for the foundation, and confirming no old gas mains. Last night the Town Board approved a proposal for the installation of the sign. 

Chappaqua Farmers Market

The Chappaqua Farmers Market will be back at the Chappaqua Train Station on May 12th from 8:30am to 1pm. 

Thank You Girl Scouts

Thank you Girl Scouts for putting fresh plants into the flower bed by the Chappaqua Train Station today in anticipation of our Memorial Day Parade. And thank you to William Raveis for generously sponsoring the plantings.