Town Administrator’s Report, Town Board Meeting 2/26/13
- This evening the Town Board will be conducting a Public Hearing on the formation of two sewer districts: Riverwoods Northern 1A and Yeshiva Farm Settlement 1B.
Town representatives have been meeting with DEP and the County working towards a Term Sheet and an Intermunicipal Agreement, which would lay out the agreed upon funding for the project. Town representatives will be meeting next on March 28th to continue these discussions.
The Town’s consulting Engineer for the project is 85% finished with the design and expects to be completed by June 2013.
- Also on tonight’s agenda is the creation of the Croton Avenue-High Ridge Road Water District. Almost ten years ago, we began hearing from many of our residents from this area about their very high water rates. These New Castle residents, those living in the High Ridge Road area, were getting their water from Mt. Kisco.
The significant water rate increases were implemented by the Village of Mt. Kisco to pay for the design and construction of their new WTP. Their plant went on line in July 2004 and resulted in our residents on High Ridge paying in excess of $140 per k.c.f. versus their Village neighbors, on the same street, paying ½ that!
Former Supervisor Wells began to address this by examining the various options for “rate-relief” for our residents on High Ridge Road. In November 2007, staff approached our Town Board with several options to help our residents. In December 2007 a letter was sent to the Mayor of Mt. Kisco suggesting possible solutions. There was no response to the letter.
Several years later another attempt was made. Former Supervisor Gerrard sent another letter to Mt. Kisco’s Mayor and no response was received back. At that time, Gerry Moerschell, our Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, met with the residents of High Ridge who were interested in moving a project forward for “rate relief”.
During the summer and fall of 2011, I directed the Town staff to study, to have our engineers design, and implement an action plan to bring New Castle water to our residents. During this time, we received copies of sets of water bills from 15 families in the area. We analyzed them and prepared an Excel spreadsheet to show the neighbors the impact of creating a water district. After the numbers were analyzed, we presented the proposed construction plan to the neighbors and the worst and best case cost scenarios based upon the amount of water used per household per year. Many discussions ensued and questions were responded to.
Finally, in October of 2012, the Town received County Health Department approval for staff’s engineering plans. In January 2013 we received construction bids and used these numbers to create a budget of $240,000 for bonding the project, creating the petition to establish the district, and circulating the petition to the neighborhood. The petition was filed with the Town Clerk on February 8th and submitted to the Town Board on February 12th. Tonight the Board is being asked to act on the creation of this District. It is staff’s and the residents of the Croton Avenue-High Ridge Road area’s hope that the Board will approve this district tonight.
- Tonight is the night for catching up. In 2007 the Town applied for a Multi-Modal matching Grant with NYS Department of Transportation for a sidewalk along Route 117. We had informal approval of this grant about two years ago but had not received formal word. This past Friday we received word that we have been awarded $500,000 towards that project. Our match is $1,185,567. We already borrowed our portion. On the agenda tonight staff is asking the Board to sign the Agreement with NYSDOT.
- On Friday February 15th I attended a meeting that was called by Craig Ivey, President of Con Ed in Rye. He and his staff updated us on what Con Ed has been doing since our last meeting, which was right after Storm Sandy. Subjects discussed included: More liaison training; feeder maps being made available to the municipalities; new technology being installed; more repairs being made to the system; con ed wires being marked so that we can tell which wires we can move when trees are down; better information available to “foreign” crews, software being developed to better communicate with the Towns (we saw early prototypes) etc., and more information will be coming to us as time goes on.
- Staff has received quite a number of inquires about the proposals the Board received regarding the train station “restaurants”. To get everyone on the same page, the Board has not had a chance to come together to review these proposals but will do so shortly. No timeline has been decided yet. However, there is structural work to be done in the train station and staff will have to see how this affects that process.
- Two weeks ago, I announced the Master Plan update Steering Committee. It is scheduled to have its first meeting in late March. There have been some questions raised by residents who would like to participate. The Steering Committee is not issue driven, it is process oriented. The subcommittees will be issue driven. I think this is very important to keep in mind. The subcommittees will be the place for the residents who have particular issues they are interested in to participate and to be heard. I will be providing update to you as this Committee moves along its path.
- As many of you know, staff has been working on collecting outstanding tax liens. These liens are in the amount of approximately $2.2M (plus $500,000 in interest). According to our Tax Receiver, by going after these liens, we have collected 27% of these liens so far. Today, staff received payment for one very large piece of property on Rt. 120 in the amount of almost $722,000.
- Late this afternoon, staff received Chappaqua Crossing’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). At the closure of tonight’s meeting, I will be providing this document to the Town Board. In due course, this will be posted on the Town’s website.
That’s it for tonight.
Penelle M. Paderewski
Town of New Castle