New Castle Supervisor’s Report: 2/27/2019
Supervisor, New Castle
Rotary Club’s annual Charter Night
Chappaqua Rotary is proud to announce that they have named their annual community service award after Joan Corwin. Joan, owner of the Chappaqua Bus Company, was a beloved Rotarian. Joan’s generosity, energy, and kindness helped countless people and inspired us all. This year the Joan Corwin Community Service Award will be presented to Ben and Debbie Lieberman in recognition of their extraordinary efforts to promote awareness of distracted driving and enact legislation “Evan’s Law” designed to save lives. In keeping with this year’s motto, “Be the Good”, the Rotary will also honor two Horace Greeley High School seniors for their service to the community with a “Be the Good” Award. The award presentation will be part of the Rotary Club’s annual Charter Night celebration and dinner to be held at Crabtree’s Kittle House on Saturday, March 2, 2019 starting at 6:00 pm. The cost is $75. Click here to purchase tickets.
Con Ed Gas Moratorium
On January 18, 2019, Con Edison announced the demand for natural gas is outpacing their ability to meet that demand. Infrastructure improvements (i.e. additional pipeline) would be needed to expand their ability to deliver natural gas. Instead of investing in pipelines – which is a significant long term investment – alternative sources of efficiency and renewable energy are actively being pursued. As a result, Con Edison announced that beginning March 15, 2019, it will no longer be accepting applications for new customers. The moratorium would apply to the following:
- New residential, and commercial and industrial customer gas service connections.
- Incremental gas load on existing residential, and commercial and industrial customer gas accounts
- New gas usage for heating, hot water, laundry, and cooking.
Con Edison advises that requests for natural gas connections for emergency generators are not affected by the moratorium. Applications for new gas service must be filed with Con Edison by March 15, 2019 on a first come, first-served basis. New buildings will be allowed up to 24 months to complete their projects. The moratorium will not affect the most northern part of Westchester County nor the NYC area since these areas are served by a different pipeline. We held an information session with Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals & Architectural Review Board to discuss the gas moratorium. Click here for the Keane & Beane presentation. More information can be found on Con Ed’s website.
Reusable Bag Initiative
Governor Cuomo is addressing single-use plastic bag. The Town Board & our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board support his efforts to ban single-use plastic bags however we are requesting modifications to the current proposal. Like we have here in New Castle, which has been followed by numerous other municipalities, our preference is to support a ban on single-use plastic bags and a fee on all other carryout bags. We are also concerned that the state legislation does not upend existing and effective bag statutes in jurisdictions like New Castle.
Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
Work will resume on the Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project on April 1st. Our traffic consultant will be studying and will provide an opinion regarding making lower King into a two-way street. Based on their initial research, lower King Street can accommodate two-way traffic flow if the 16 angled parking are converted to 6 parallel parking spots – a loss of 10 spots. However, with Allen Place also becoming a two-way street, the current 23 angled parking spaces can be changed to 33 perpendicular spots – a gain of 10 spots. So the ten (10) additional spaces on Allen Place would offset the loss of ten (10) spots on lower King. Our traffic engineer will provide further analysis regarding the impact of changing the traffic pattern in the commuter lot. They will analyze the impact on the current exits, the added traffic to lower King and study the necessary signal adjustments to the new traffic light coming to the King & Greeley intersection. Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates.
Road work on 117 resumed this past week. As I mentioned a few weeks back, Summit Development has agreed to concentrate much of their road work during the February & April school breaks. They will be maintaining north and south bound traffic lanes for much of the construction. Work will continue this week with the installation of drainage & the road base for road widening on 117.
North County Trailway – Millwood Replica Train Station
I was happy to read that Westchester County approved a $8.7M capital improvement project for the North County Trailway. For years, we have been working on building a replica of the former Millwood train station on the North County Trailway. NYS owns the North County Trailway, and they lease it to Westchester County. That lease expired on December 31, 2018. Neither NYS nor Westchester County wanted to approve our replica train station until the lease was extended. As well, Westchester County could not proceed with their planned capital project to rehabilitate and reconstruct major portions of the North County Trailway until the lease was extended. Well, it appears that the lease was extended (awaiting confirmation). Westchester County is now undertaking the needed improvements to the North County Trailway. As well, we will, once again, try to obtain permission to build our replica train station!
Sunshine Children’s Home
Sunshine Children’s Home is currently expanding their facility to accommodate an increased number of sick children. Sunshine Children’s Home is located on a 33-acre property in Ossining, on the west side of the Town of New Castle. Sunshine presently provides pediatric care for children with the most serious, and often terminal, medical conditions. Their patients are literally the sickest of the sick. A public information session will be held on March 6, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at Town Hall regarding the status/progress of the Offsite Well Monitoring Program being conducted by the Sunshine Children’s Home. The Town’s consulting the hydrogeologist, William Canavan, PG, LSRP, will be in attendance to answer questions regarding the Well Monitoring Program and explain the Town’s role in the process. For construction updates, please visit the Sunshine Children’s Home website.
Joan Corwin Way
Over the past several months, the Town Board has been thinking of a way to honor Joan Corwin. It was recently suggested that we rename Hunt’s Lane – Joan Corwin Way? Thank you Nancy Laun for this incredible suggestion! We have set a public hearing for 03/12 to consider the street name change.
Pooper Scooper Law
We have set a public hearing for 3/12 to consider a pooper scooper law here in New Castle. This law would apply to any common thoroughfare. sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any other property. These restriction shall also apply to private property. It’s unfortunate that it’s necessary but hopefully this will encourage people to clean up after their dogs.
We previously passed a new rule prohibiting smoking in our public parks. We also passed a local law raising the age to purchase tobacco & vape product from 18 to 21. As well, we passed a local law regulating the location of vape shop. We prohibited vape shops within 2,000 feet of the lot line of any school, 500 feet of any park, playground, library or religious institution & no more than one vape shall be located on any lot or within 1,000 feet of any other vape shop. We are now considering amending our vape law to include the same restrictions for the retail distribution, sale or offer for consumption of recreation marijuana.
Aaron Wolk – NYS Wrestling Champion
Congratulation to Aaron Wolk – NYS wrestling champion at 170lbs! Aaron is also a student member of our Sustainability Advisory Board. A champion wrestler & champion of the environment – winning combo! Congrats, Aaron.