1. The Town applied for and has been chosen to be honored with a Commendation for Outstanding Planning Achievement by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation in its annual planning awards competition for the Carriage House at Amsterdam Park for the renovation and rehabilitation of our historic carriage house. The Town will be receiving the award at WMPF's Annual Dinner on June 6th.
2. The Town-Wide Clean Up Day held on Saturday, April 27th was most successful. If you don't know what the Town-Wide Clean Up is—it is an opportunity for neighbors to either clean up parts of their local streets or come to Town Hall to get an assignment to find out what areas need attending to. Gloves and bags are provided. Coffee and bagels, muffins, etc., were provided by Villarina! Three tree companies donated their time to the Town for the entire day: Westchester Tree Life, Almstead and Save a Tree. 1.8 tons of litter/debris was collected. This is an increase from the 1.5 tons that was collected in 2012. This project could not come together each year without the leadership of the Town's Beautification Advisory Board and its co-chairs Monica DeJanosi and Phyllis Furnari. Both of these resourceful and energetic women worked to make this day the success it was. Kudos to them.
3. What's been happening with the Downtown Hamlet plans? The Planning and Engineering Department, along with the Department of Public Works, has been collaborating on the development of a Request for Proposal to design the infrastructure (water, sewer and storm water) and surface improvements (sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, etc.) associated with the Chappaqua Hamlet. The Town is expecting to release the Downtown RFP in June and expects to have responses back in July with the hopes of having the design work completed by the end of this year or in early 2014. The Town Board will play an integral role in determining the final project design as well as the construction phasing. Stakeholders will be called in for input on the design as well. The first phase of construction is planned for 2014. The Town is specifically looking for a large engineering firm with a great deal of experience in infrastructure and landscape (hard scape) design.
4. A quick update on Old Roaring Brook Road and proposed plans to improve the road and its drainage. We are on track so far. Based on the conceptual design, the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation Executive Director is moving forward to hire a design engineer to bring the project up to 30% design stage. This would allow us to know which landowners would be affected by the project so that we know how much land would be needed if any and would let us know the best time to contact those homeowners affected by the proposed project. If all goes smoothly, construction awards could occur by Labor Day and some construction can start thereafter. Stay tuned.
5. Regarding Chappaqua Crossing—The DSEIS comment period was extended by one week to May 17th. The Town Board has received letters and those are being forwarded to the applicant for formal response. The applicant must respond to the letters. If the Town Board is not satisfied with responses, it will sent it back to the applicant or redraft it in a way that is satisfactory.
6. The Town received information from Westchester County's Department of Health that the 2013 West Nile Virus Prevention efforts started May 13th. The County's Health Department begins evaluating catch basins throughout the County for standing water and will apply larvicide as needed. These efforts are intended to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. For further information, go to www.westchestergov.com/health.
7. If you have time, please check out the new walkway along Gedney Pond. It was completed about a week ago. The landscapers have planted trees. Please enjoy the Park and take a stroll along this new walkway!
8. The Horace Greeley Statue has recently been cleaned and rewaxed. The statue was last cleaned in April of 2009 and it was due according to Gray Williams, our Town Historian. The work was done by Steve Roy who is an authority on the restoration of bronze statues. He has worked on statues for the Smithonian.
9. The windows in the Community Center have been replaced with energy efficient windows. This was a capital budget project.
10. Staff has met with members of the Millwood Task Force and Merchants from the Millwood Town Plaza to try to work out some solutions for better signage for the Plaza. Staff plans to contact NYS DOT with some of the ideas that the group came up with to see if the ideas would be acceptable.
11. Staff has also been working with the Task Force in getting areas owned by Con Ed cleared up from brush and debris. Con Ed was out this week doing some of this clean up. We are checking to see if all the areas we asked to be cleaned up have been finished up.
12. The Memorial Day Parade is this Monday. My Secretary, Carolina Bruschi, has been working with Grand Marshal James McCauley to make this an extra special event this year. For information about the parade, please do not hesitate to call us at 238-4774.
13. Last but certainly not least is the topic of Coyotes. There has been a great deal of concern about coyotes and what to do about them. New Castle even made the News. Coyotes are a serious matter. However, they are controlled by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. They are the authority concerning wildlife safety issues. They can be reached at 845-256-3012. The Town's website: mynewcastle.org has information about what residents can do. Please go to the NEWS tab. Click on Latest News. Go to the bottom of the page and click on #2. This will bring you to an article prepared by the Town of New Castle Conservation Board entitled The Eastern Coyote in New Castle-Co-Existing Strategies. There are also other sources of information on the website.
If you did not get any of the email addresses or phone numbers, this report will be on the Town's website tomorrow morning.
That's it for tonight.
Penelle M. Paderewski, Town Administrator
Town of New Castle
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