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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A closer look at their applications:
When Jessica Kourakos applied to serve on the BAR in March of 2014, her application states length of residence as 1. Not clear if it is one year, one day or one hour.
Same for Lawrence Diamond. His length of residence when he applied in April of 2013, also states 1...
Mera Faddoul applied on April of 2013, in her application also under length of residence, 1.
Jessica started serving on April of 2015, Mera on August of 2013 and Larry Diamond on April of 2015.
They are the three voting members of the BAR, who had a combined residency of less than four years at the time they applied. Clearly not acceptable and not good for our Village.
They should recuse themselves until such time that they are more familiar with our town. All three are welcome to submit their applications in March of 2018. Until then I advise an adjournment of the BAR, a committee that has been the cause of much unwanted, ugly houses in our midst. No more !
Further, I made a recommendation for five years' residency to serve on the BAR.
It was three weeks' accumulation since Village Hall was closed last Monday due to the Presidents' Day holiday. I think they should not allow more than 10 applications per evening. It is just too much and one looses the capacity to judge or absorb any more information after about nine of these...No, since they are volunteers, pile on. Well, these volunteers also do not show up.
Stone veneer, bluestone surfacing...
Monday, February 27, 2017
Tonight a meeting of the BAR with 24 items, more on that in a separate post later.
The Village Board hired consultants to investigate organizational aspects of the Assessor's office.
The problem is volunteers, or nolunteers - volunteers who do nothing. How do you let go of volunteers who do nothing ? Who are not responsive to residents' pleas year after year, term after term ? They just sit there.
The resident gets up, talks, complains. She or he has a genuine complaint. They just shuffle paper, sit there until the next election. Some make politically correct statements, but say nothing. They just want the vote, the power, to be able to say "I was trustee in Scarsdale". We become a line on their resume...
Little will others know, they delivered nothing. I agree, it is a big job. But don't accept it, if you have accepted it, deliver. If not, make provisions for others to deliver. To do nothing in 2017 is to go backwards. The world is spinning at a rate it has never done before. This is the age of global competition in everything. Our VB thinks it is still 1908... Houston we have a problem ! No, we have many problems !!!
Another year, another wife and husband team. One goes another grows.
I will remember not to vote.
Last revised 1:50 p.m. EST Friday, March 3rd 2017.
This below, is a perfect example what should not be allowed... And yet...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Below, the agenda for February 27th, Monday.
This time Jessica will need a truck load of chocolate chip cookies. I hope she is prepared. Maybe she is taking some art courses this weekend... A trip to Florence will help.
This is what she said in her Boards and Councils Application. Reason she is applying: " A love of architecture which is one of the primary reasons we came to Scarsdale"...
She is destroying the very reason she came to Scarsdale for. Synthetic slate and styrofoam stucco should be banned in Scarsdale forever.
Due to platform incompatibility, I had to printout the schedule as follows. Not every pretty, but I hope you can read all that is on the agenda.
Note the new houses, being proposed. If you are at all concerned about your streetscape, you should look at the plans of these new houses especially. It is amazing how these architects lack imagination or artistic abilities...They are in desperate need of any input !
First revised on Sunday, February 26th at 7:05 a.m.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Appeals of the Village of Scarsdale in Rutherford Hall in Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale NY 10583 on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at which time and place the Board of Appeals will consider the following:
The application of 14 Reimer Rd. LLC for a Special Use Permit, pursuant to Chapter 310-88 of
the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool at 14 Reimer Road, identified on the Village
tax map as Sec. 14, Blk. 3, Lot 18.
The application of Bilane Holdings LLC for a Special Use Permit, pursuant to Chapter 310-88
of the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool at 9 Birch Lane, identified on the Village
tax map as Sec. 14, Blk. 6, Lot 37.
The application of 96 Morris La. LLC for Special Use Permits, pursuant to Chapter 310-88 of
the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool and a tennis court at 96 Morris Lane,
identified on the Village tax map as, Sec. 14, Blk. 5, Lot 14.
By Order of the Board of Appeals, Scarsdale, New York, dated February 22, 2017. Elizabeth Marrinan, AICP, Village Planner
If our system is so great, why this ?
Assessment number 1: 1969 ( Per Deputy Assessor Patrick McEvily )
Assessment number 2: 2014
Assessment number 3: 2016.
The Assessment of 2016 triggered a law-suit petitioned by 150 residents.
The Village Attorney will not disclose how many Article 78 proceedings the Village has currently pending... I do not know much, but I know of at least three including this last one.
Thank you Non-Partisan system.
Thank you our volunteer residents serving our Village part-time.
We are getting served court papers... Tax payer money going to fix problems that should not have been there in the first place.
We get water we cannot drink since November 15, 2015. We are informed the new UV facility to treat the cryptosporidium is scheduled for completion by March 15, 2018, in fall 2016 water bill insert.
We have to drive on roads full of pot-holes.
Even though our resident volunteers perform the jobs that at other municipalities professionals do, still we have higher taxes than most. Go figure ...
They tell us to vote, but there is no voting... On and on.. Enough for today, right ?
Parts of the Non-Partisan system, is good. The fact that there is no political affiliation. But volunteers serving part-time has to change.
Past Sunday's ( February 19th ) warm weather brought out this honeybee from its winter slumber. Here it is on top of our garbage dumpster:
This is an Eranthis Hyemalis or winter aconite photographed on Monday February 20th, coming out in the Spring weather we have had in front of a Galanthus Nivalis or Common Snowdrop bulb.
Last revision 6:41 p.m. EST, Monday February 27, 2017.
First four weeks' total is 3,520 lbs.
The next two weeks' total is 3,600 lbs. Definitely picking up !!!
Thursday, February 23, 2017
They would rather renovate, restore, reclaim.
If there are any other renovations going on in and around Scarsdale that you think I should mention here, please let me know at Lika@Save-Scarsdale.org or (914) 722-0004.
We are going to win this war, one house at a time.
Thank you !
First revision 7:12 a.m. EST on February 23, 2017.
More lots, two new lots, more congestion. Instead of less congestion, more green space.
When is our dear elected resident volunteer VB going to wake up from its slumber and do something for us ? No, they are like the ostrich with its head buried in deep sand. Unaware of anything and everything. They have ceased to be relevant let alone beneficial.
Our system has not been working for us or for them for a very long time. Marc Samwick was still asking for help at the last VB meeting....
LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC HEARTING PLANNING BOARD VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Planning Board of the Village of Scarsdale in Rutherford Hall in Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale NY 10583, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at which time and place the Planning Board will consider the following:
1. A recommendation to the Village Board regarding the amount of the recreation fee to be assessed to the applicant, the Estate of Hazel Golenbock, for the three lot subdivision which resulted in two new lots at 18 and 0 Cornell Street and 19 Griffen Avenue, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 24, Blk. 1, Lots 4, 5 and 4A.
Copies of the above application are on file in the Coordinating Office at Village Hall and may be viewed by interested parties at any time during usual business hours. To receive meeting agendas by e-mail, visit www.scarsdale.com and click on “Notify Me” to subscribe.
By Order of the Planning Board, Scarsdale, New York, dated February 7, 2017. Elizabeth Marrinan AICP, Village Planner.
Last revision 6:07 a.m. EST Friday, February 24, 2017.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Once again, as I delve into Village land use issues, we are facing "development" on our street, just like in July of 2013.
The owners who had lived at 5 Lockwood Road, Jean and Kenneth Wentworth for more than 50 years or so moved away and sold the house this past summer. We were told the new owners would not tear down the house. Early winter we received a letter stating they were planning on an addition. It did not look too egregious, I did not attend the BAR meeting.
A week or so later we received another letter stating they wanted an even bigger addition. This time hand delivered the night of January 30th for the meting on February 6th. There is no end to what people want...
See what is going on and try to keep calm.
Look at the displaced soil, mountain loads of it.
I took this picture on the right on February 1st.
5 Lockwood looked like this on February 6th at 12:58 p.m. :
The two pictures below were taken around 1:00 p.m., the right most at 4:52 p.m. when I returned to take some more pictures. Look how congested the area is becoming.
Our building code is allowing this. The architects and the new tenants are taking advantage of all this. Grab all you can, while you can. Our planner thinks our FAR laws are "fine"... What if everyone expanded to the maximum allowable square footage ? No, they refuse to think, to legislate, to plan.
The pictures below were sent with the notice for the BAR. The front view and then the back view of the house.
Looks like the Best Buy logo, don't you agree ?
It does not belong here and yet it was what the BAR approved despite my objections on Monday February 6th evening at the 11th hour literally. Very late at night after hearing thirteen other applications. This was number 14.
Their very kind words full of compassion: "Well, you are lucky they did not tear down the house"... Instead of saying "Yeah, we should change the building laws, cannot allow this to continue". No, she took one more bite of her chocolate chip cookie, the only sign she was still a human being and not a Ninja or something...She is more familiar with IMAX and plastic dinosaurs than she is mullions or melons...Toy Story to the rescue !
Look what they are doing to the side of the house where there is hardly any room:
House next door 7 Lockwood Road below, and 16 Lockwood Road house across the street, underneath: