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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Freightway Steering Committee walk through May 23rd, 2017

The steering committee met Tuesday morning for a guided walk to the project site.

 In attendance, in no particular order: Barbara Jaffe, Village Planner Elizabeth Marrinan, ZBA member Justin Arest, Frank Fish from BFJ Planning, Jonathan Martin also from BFJ Planning who led and organized the walk and the meeting, former BAR Chair and architect Farley Baker and member of the steering committee, Richard Pinto  (on behalf of the Overhill Board member Kristin Friedman who could not attend the meeting ), Bob Harrison, Heather Harrison, Chris Morin from the Board of Education, and Matthew Martin as Chair of SNAP. BK Mungia was in attendance as well. She said she was attending as a "concerned citizen". It was nice to see a good group of people interested in our Village.

Jonathan Martin, Project Manager and Senior Associate who lives on Garth Road handed each one of us a map of our walk, below as well as a map of the site on the other side of the map which was very helpful.

Here is the  walking map and then the project site.

Context Aerial Map
Project Site
We started our walk in front of Martine's on East Parkway and walked along East Parkway, across Ardsley Road, Popham Bridge to the Freightway parking lot on the ground floor. Then, we went up to the top floor of the Freightway Garage for an aerial view. Jonathan Mark commented it would be a nice place for a restaurant with a nice view.

Here below is Mr. Frank Fish addressing committee members former Mayor and current Committee Chair Jonathan Mark and current Trustees Marc Samwick and Jane Veron. Jonathan Martin is standing to the right.

Later on in the morning walking on East 56th Street in Manhattan, I took these pictures wishing as much green, if not more on our Freightway site.

As I have previously put on my post published in April here, I wish for a site with the following features among others:

1. A circular plaza, 

                        2.  A fountain with lots of plants, 

                                                                  3. A quarter moon amphitheater for people to sit and enjoy, ( check Internet )

                                                        4. A quarter moon garden of wildflowers for wildlife, ( birds, butterflies, hummingbirds )

                                                                  5. A quarter moon sprinkler plaza like the one at the plaza at AMNH for kids in the summer or an ice rink in the winter. That leaves a quarter moon of empty space.

Here are some pictures to which I will add as inspiration dictates:

Fountain in the UK

Fountains lit at night in Switzerland circulating water with pool basins.

Former mayor Bloomberg's  street garden in Manhattan on May 24, 2017

BK Mungia attending as concerned citizen also thought there had to be some public space.

Last revision 8:26 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 25th 2017.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Planning Board Agenda for May 24, 2017


BAR meeting Monday May 22, 2017

Corner of Garden and Mamaroneck Roads

A plaque in the stone at the corner there:

Last line:

Erected by the Westchester County Historical Society Scarsdale Chapter 1925.

First revision 5:37 a.m. EDT, Friday May 20, 2017.

Meetings week of May 22, 2017

For more information on any of these meetings log on to Scarsdale. com

Note this important public workshop coming up:

First revision 5:12 a.m. Friday May 19th EDT.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CHP Agenda and Decisions May 16, 2017 meeting

Red Fox seen this morning May 18, 2017

Well, I had seen or thought I had seen one years before in the semi-darkness of the night, but this one was in plain daylight at about 5:30 a.m. this morning in and around Lockwood Road in Scarsdale.

Unfortunately it had a little brownish animal, with dangling feet in his mouth. I hate to think, but it could well have been a rabbit. The fox was happily sauntering, triumphant as it were with its catch and thoughts of a meal to be savored soon.

Just because we do not see it, does not mean it is not there.

We have wild-life that call this place their home too. Respect for them should be utmost. They enrich our lives in ways not to be imagined. At least, they certainly enrich mine.

To the red fox and the wild rabbits, as well as the squirrels !

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Compost give back day, Saturday May 6, 2017

Very busy Saturday morning at Secor Road Recycling Center as compost was given away to the community that so diligently had been gathering its food scraps now for about four months or since January, 2017. People came in with their containers, filled them up and drove away.

This was the scene at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. I brought in my pail, realized people had come in with much bigger containers. I was preparing to get hold of a shovel, when a gentleman sensing my ineptitude offered his help and with two full swoops filled up my pail. Off I went and he resumed his chore... Black gold !

It was nice to see our Village manager Steve Pappalardo as well as Benny Salanitro on the scene.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Contaminated drinking water in Scarsdale...

Once again, we received our water bill and with it, information that our water is not safe to drink.

Only in Scarsdale, in the same envelope we received news that our water rate was going up, and adding insult to the injury that our water remained contaminated ! Isn't that great ?...

Hopefully by 2018 we will have safe water. 

This directly from the letter enclosed:

The January 24, February 14 and March 7, 2017 results indicate minor presence of giardia, less than 0.06 cysts/liter. 

The water you have received from WCWD#1 is in violation of the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and, therefore, we are required to include the following statement in this notice:
*Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.* 

Why did the County fail to address this ? I think the County should reimburse us for the drinking water we have to buy ( to the tune of $100 per month for a household of 2 )  instead of giving us rain barrels to collect water...

We are supposed to have the best tasting water and now, we can't drink it because it is contaminated ! 

Too bad.

Last revised  Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. EDT.

BAR Meeting agenda for Monday, May 8th 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

R.I.P. OPEC and Company...

Great news for Earth Day, from DEC New York State:

DEC Celebrates Earth Day With Opening of Solar PoweredElectric Car Charging Station at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

New Station Helps Drivers use Sunshine for Fuel

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and partners celebrated Earth Day with the opening of a new solar-powered electric car charging station at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Depew, Erie County.
"Together with our partners, we're making it easier for drivers in western New York to use sunshine for fuel with the installation of a new solar carport," said DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder. "The station provides us with a way to use the sun to fuel an electric vehicle without connecting to the energy grid, helping us lead by example and engaging our visitors to explore how our transportation needs can be met with clean energy."
"I am thrilled to see the installation of solar powered electric vehicle charging stations at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve," said NYS Assemblymember Monica Wallace. "Families from across Western New York have long enjoyed having Reinstein Woods as a place to spend an afternoon to observe and learn more about the environment right here in our community. This new feature will go a long way to attracting more families to visit this beautiful nature preserve and learn more about how we can protect and preserve our environment."
"We want to help people realize that electric cars are the future, but that doesn't mean that travel has to be limited," said Reinstein Woods Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green. "Innovations like this charging station demonstrates how solar power can be harnessed anywhere."
Friends of Reinstein Woods' president Terrence Boyle said, "This charging station can serve as a conversation-starter to engage visitors to Reinstein Woods in exploring how we can all lower our carbon footprints. In light of Governor Cuomo's recently announced Drive Clean Initiative offering rebates for electric car purchases, the timing couldn't be better."
"We are delighted to see New York State get so much value from the EV ARC by charging NEVs and EVs from nothing but sunshine and providing USB and 120v outlets for other charging and emergency power needs," said Envision Solar CEO Desmond Wheatley. "The digital information screen rounds out a fantastic value proposition and ensures that visitors and staff in the park get the most robust solution the industry has to offer."
Invented and manufactured in California by a company called Envision Solar, the electric vehicle (EV) charging station, or EV ARC™ carport generates enough clean, solar electricity to power up to 150 miles of EV driving each day. The system consists of a solar panel that will power a battery that dispenses energy to vehicles, providing solar energy even when the sun isn't shining. The system can charge two vehicles simultaneously and will lower our collective carbon footprint.
Reinstein Woods will be using the station to power a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) that is used to support education programs on the trails at Reinstein Woods, as well as to power a new electric scooter. The scooter is available for visitors with limited mobility to borrow and explore Reinstein Woods' trails, increasing accessibility to this beautiful natural site. The charging station also features a USB port and a regular electrical outlet, enabling DEC to charge a variety of smaller electronics using only the sun's power.
A state-of-the-art television screen attached to the charging station provides information on the station's performance and also broadcasts information about upcoming Reinstein Woods' events. The screen is set to operate 12 hours per day, advertising to visitors even when the education center is closed. The station was paid for by a private donation from the Julia Boyer Reinstein Trust.
Through Governor's Cuomo's nation-leading Reforming the Energy Vision strategy, New York State is committed to protecting the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and helping the state transition to renewable energy. The newly installed EV ARC charging unit is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew. For more information about Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, visit DEC's website.

ZBA- Zoning Board of Appeals Agenda for May 10, 2017

      Three more pools, less space for Rufus and family.

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, May 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at which time and place the Board of Appeals will consider the following:
  1. The application of Copper Beech Tree LLC for a Special Use Permit, pursuant to Chapter 310- 88 of the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool at 3 Sherbrooke Road, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 13, Blk. 3, Lot 2.

  2. The application of 28 Garden LLC for a Special Use Permit, pursuant to Chapter 310-88 of the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool at 28 Garden Road, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 16, Blk. 1, Lot 21A2.

  3. The application of Alan and Corey Meizlik for variances from Chapters 310-35, 310-67 and 310-100 of the Village Code to construct additions which would expand the existing intrusion into the front yard setback and exceed the maximum permitted floor area ratio and at 262 Nelson Road, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 11, Blk. 06, Lot 36.

  4. The application of Brite Avenue Development Corporation, as contract vendee, for a variance from Chapter 310-19 of the Village Code to allow for the creation of a lot at a distance from the street, or a flag lot, at 19 Griffen Avenue, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 24, Blk. 1, Lot 4A.

  5. The application of Rena Schwartzbaum for a Special Use Permit pursuant to Chapter 310-74 of the Village Code to conduct a home occupation at 50 Black Birch Lane, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 19, Blk. 2, Lot 632.

  6. The application of Scott and Sharon Prince for a variance from Chapter 310-22 of the Village Code to legalize the existing non-conforming lot coverage at 11 Birchall Drive, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 18, Blk. 1, Lot 26.

  7. The application of Michael Fisher for a Special Use Permit, pursuant to Chapter 310-88 of the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool at 60 Penn Boulevard, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 23, Blk. 1, Lot 78.
Copies of the above applications 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 Meto subscribe.
By Order of the Board of Appeals, Scarsdale, New York, dated April 25, 2017. Elizabeth Marrinan, AICP, Village Planner

Meetings week of Monday May 8th, 2017

Not much going on week of May 1st, but see the following week:

For more information see Scarsdale.com

First revision 7:52 a.m. EDT Monday May 1st, 2017.