New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 10/9/2018
Supervisor, New Castle
Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
The installation of the brand sidewalk on North Greeley from Bischoff Avenue to Maple Avenue has started. Drainage work on North Greeley from King to Maple is on hold as we continue to wait for Verizon to move their underground lines. The relocation of the Verizon lines are in conflict with our proposed drainage piping – almost 400’ – and that delays our curb & sidewalk work. Drainage work on South Greeley from lower King to the triangle is also on hold as we wait for existing overhead wires on the pole south of Starbucks to be relocated & the pole removed. The rain & tornado has not helped as Con Ed & Verizon resources were allocated elsewhere. We lose 1 or 2 days with every rain event. Excavation for curbing on Washington to Woodburn Ave on the library side has begun. We plan to install the granite curbing as follows:
- Bischoff going south towards the post office
- Washington Ave (Library side) and go North to Woodburn Ave
- Family Britches up King to Senter Street
- Washington Ave (Town Hall side) and go North towards Woodburn Ave
For the past few years, we have asked Beth Hungden from Whispering Pines to add some Halloween decorations around the triangle in Chappaqua & Millwood. This year – to help mitigate the construction – we are working with Beth to add some festive decoration all around downtown Chappaqua. 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
Due to preemption, we continue to work with NYS DOT on mitigation measures at the Saw Mill River Parkway intersection with Roaring Brook Road. For now, the green light has been increased by 10 seconds for traffic coming from Roaring Brook Road. MTA and DOT are actively looking into the issues and will eventually implement a long term solution. As far as the work on 117, Summit Greenfield will soon be installing new northbound and southbound turning lanes at intersection of Route 117 and Roaring Brook Road.
2019 Tentative Budget
The 2019 Tentative Budget marks the 8th straight year that New Castle will stay within the 2% tax cap. We are staying within the cap while managing the $14.1 million borrowing necessary to replace water, sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure in our downtown Chappaqua Hamlet. With carry-overs from prior years, the law allows us to raise taxes by more than one million dollars. Our tentative budget only proposes a tax increase of $484,336. This amounts to a $62 increase to the average resident.
We have maintained almost a million dollars for our paving budget. Last week, the Town Board met with the department heads over the course of those two days. Our public hearing will be scheduled for Nov. 27. Rob Deary will be attending the public hearing & will conduct his annual Budget Presentation. The Town Board will vote on the budget at our Dec 11th meeting. As always, I would like to thank Rob Deary, Jill Shapiro & our department heads for their assistance in preparing this budget. Click here to view the 2019 tentative budget.
We previously awarded our train station taxi contract to Pleasantville Taxi. The Town Board has now authorized Pleasantville Taxi the non-exclusive use of the taxi stand. The Town &/or the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce will also use the taxi stand to promote the town business districts.
Leaf Blower Legislation
As I mentioned back in June, our Sustainability Advisory Board (“SAB”) has proposed legislation setting forth seasonal limitations regarding the use of motorized leaf blowers. The noise, emissions of gases, and blowing of dust particles and other airborne pollutants into the air, and health hazards caused by leaf blowers, especially gas-powered, mandate some sort of action. Like many other towns, our SAB is recommending prohibiting the use of motorized blowers from May 15 through September 30. We scheduled the public hearing for October 23rd. Public comments and suggestions are encouraged and welcomed.
The plans for the Millwood sidewalk project are 90% complete. We expect the plans to be submitted to NYS for permitting and land acquisition approval before the end of the year. As soon as the State permits and approvals are secured, we’ll go out to bid. We have slated this project for 2019 construction.
Westchester County Airport
We are currently working with the New Castle Airport Advisory Board to address some airport related issues with Westchester County. First, we would like to repeat our request to be provided with notice re: changes to the current operations of the Westchester County Airport, as well as the plans for its future. Second, we will be providing input to the draft RFP for the Supplement to the Master Plan.
Please email any storm related issues to firstname.lastname@example.org. Such issues could include tree limbs in wires, trees leaning on wires & debris in the road. Thank you to Fuller Center for Housing (formerly known as Habitat for Humanity) helped to work on 10 homes without electricity. They provided generators and helped with debris removal. They also partnered with the Town on a number of projects with seniors in need. Their website is www.Fullercenterny.org. They can also be found on Facebook.