Administrator's Report 08.13.13
Good Evening Madam Supervisor and Town Board Members:
1. We are getting close to storm season. As I have reported, we have been working with Con Ed in various ways to improve communications and have to better response from them during storms. I have a few more items to report on these efforts. First, last week we saw a demonstration of a software product they have produced called "dashboard". This software will allow us and eventually residents to see exactly where the outages are, when they are expected to come back on line, what resources have been sent out to resolve the issue, and when they can expect to power to be restored. It will allow us to provide much better information to our residents when they call us. It will also allow us to get out better information to our residents as well via CodeRED.
Residents who have not yet signed up for CodeRED should do so now before the storm season starts. Please go to the Town's website: mynewcastle.org. It is on the home page and is very easy to do. I encourage you to do this to get up to the minute alerts during storms.
Next, we expect some Con Ed training of our DPW crews to take place shortly. Con Ed intends to train local municipal crews in identifying non-live wires so that we can help with clearing so that restoration can start more quickly after storms. We look forward to that training and are waiting for notification as to when this will begin.
Yesterday we learned via LoHud that New Castle along with Greenburgh and Clarkstown in Rockland will be able to hook up the traffic signals to generators during storms. DOT will be providing the switches to allow this to happen. We have to buy the generators to power this. This will help with safety during the storms. The Chief has been working on this for some time. Kudos to the Chief for getting this on its way.
2. Construction at the Chappaqua Train Station is on its way to repair structural underpinnings of the building. Temporary bathroom facilities have been set up outside the building, which includes a washing station. Construction is expected to be completed by October 15th. The building is closed but the coffee shop remains open throughout this period.
3. You may have seen some construction going on outside of Town Hall by the Police Department. A long overdue storage shed is being constructed for the Police Department to help with their space issues. The shed was included in the Capital Budget and has an estimated cost of $20,000. It will hold the Town's motorcycles and other items that are currently in the one Police garage. The Police garage will be converted into much needed office space.
4. It's budget time. We are starting to get into gear. The tax levy cap was just announced and it has been reduced from 2% to 1.66%. This will make our task even harder this year. We start the process tomorrow. Department Heads will be receiving their schedules and then we are off. Meetings with the Town Board do not occur until later and those will be made available when scheduled.
5. An announcement went out from the Police Department today (8/13) that Grace Lane will be closed tomorrow due to the Department of Public Works replacing a culvert near the S curve. However, Grace Lane will be open between Route 134 and Maria Lane. Grace Lane will be closed at Pinesbridge Road but local residents will still have access between Pinesbridge Road and the S curve. The road will close at 6:30 a.m. and is expected to be reopened by 5 p.m.
That's my report for this evening.
Penelle M. Paderewski