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Monday, May 21, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
I am not the only one:
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Can you believe it ?
Maybe there is an end to redundant meetings...
I asked a couple days ago what happened to the Freightway "urgent" issue...
Advisors were hurriedly found, committees organized, meetings held, studies done and then...
Advisers were paid ( I assume... ) and left town and we do not hear about about Freightway any more... Repaired itself I guess...
First revision 4:17 a.m. EDT, Thursday April 26th, 2018.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
After 26 years here, I can still drive around and come across a house that deserves a "Kodak Moment", if you know what I mean...
Here is one I came across last week in the Greenacres section on Greenacres Avenue:
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Once again. No reply either...
So for you my readers all over the world, here is my letter to the Inquirer with minor modifications:
To the Editor,
This is a piece I wrote in 2017 that is featured on my website below.In response to Mayra’s letter this week.This has eluded me for a long time before it was finally clear. I could not solve the Scarsdale riddle.
We have very high taxes in Scarsdale, right ? We also have volunteers performing many of the job(s) that in other municipalities hired professionals cover. Imagine everyone from the Mayor to the Village Board members to the CHP, BAR, Planning Board, etc. is a paid professional in other towns.
Imagine how much the payroll would then be if we had to pay competitive salaries to all...Millions of dollars in our budget. Imagine how high our taxes would be with this additional cost ? But we do not have this this additional cost, volunteers do not get paid. Our taxes should be lower than other towns' taxes, right ? Wrong. Our taxes are higher. So, what is going on ?
Are these so called not-paid residents sitting on all those boards providing us a service or are we providing them a service ?
A free internship. They get to make decisions, learn how a town functions at our expense. We pay for their tuition. They look like they are "serving". We are paying for their tuition, they are learning at our expense. Dearly. No wonder this was formulated by lawyers, no wonder there is no other town like this. Only in Scarsdale.
No wonder most who serve are lawyers as well, no wonder lawyers have such a bad reputation in the US.
This has to STOP !
Paid professionals should serve, who do their job not volunteers who learn on the job and use and abuse this community. They "serve", we become a line on their resume, they get a better professional position because of their Scarsdale experience... There are of course a minor number of exceptions to this...
They have sugar coated their formula with words like civic-duty, volunteerism, community service, etc. But what they are doing is selfish and self-serving all the while appearing altruistic. The job is daunting. On top of their regular day jobs they moonlight trying to " serve"...
They are crushed. They cannot follow all the nuances and ramifications. At the end they nod to the Staff, they sign and move on. Unless there is finally someone like Trustee Callaghan who can see the light, who dissents. But laws still move on, the majority nods. No, most are like sheep following other sheep. " Les moutons de Panurge"...
There is no free lunch - once again. The ones who " serve" are hurting themselves too. They are passing laws that do a disservice to the community. They know they have to deal with this real-estate issue, the preservation issue, but they don't, they can't. They are hurting, we are hurting.
Time to say " Enough".
( The above entry was sent to both the Scarsdale Inquirer and Scarsdale10583.com. Neither published it so far, wonder why... )
The BAR even though its mission statement states the following:
Responsibilities & Duties
The mission of the Board of Architectural Review is to preserve and promote the character and appearance of buildings within the Village of Scarsdale.
The Board of Architectural Review meets twice per month to consider applications for exterior alteration of existing buildings, exterior appearance of new buildings, signage and some fencing and impose design conditions to ensure that buildings are designed in harmony with the neighboring community.
Regularly and consistently approves buildings in disharmony with their surroundings.Here is just two samples in construction now:
The above two in construction now on Tisdale and Crane Roads.
The one below view of backyard from the 9 Crane Road property.
Close to the train station, and houses are getting jam packed.
Lika L. Levi
26 year resident, almost 27… in May 2018.
Last revision 8:11 a.m. EDT, Friday April 20th, 2018.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
It was finally posted as such this morning on the Scarsdale.comwebsite.
Cheers, again !
Agenda is MIA as of this writing.
There is no agenda posted on the Village site: Scarsdale.com
I will post the agenda here, when and if it appears...
First revision Tuesday 10:08 a.m. EDT, April 17th, 2018.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tisdale Road below, new construction and another addition to an existing house, below:
Cut trees next to the house, evidence of betrayal of Mother Nature.
This house is getting its second addition, no end to expansion...
Here below an elegant beauty at 26 Brite Avenue one of few remaining.
An extinct species in Scarsdale.
First revision Saturday April 14th, 10:43 a.m. EDT.
Hope other months will follow suit, but unfortunately there is 23 Butler Road, built in 1962 already on the list for May.
Last revised Thursday 6:02 a.m. April 19th, 2018.
In an hour-long programme to be broadcast on ITV1 on April 16, the Queen, who is also 91, unveils her ambitious plans for a global environmental project to plant and protect forests in Commonwealth countries in the hope of reversing the impact of climate change.
When shall we stop cutting down trees, and starting planting them ?
How about starting now, buying lots with houses and converting them to tree lots ?
For inspiration, leave you with a piece from Rembrandt as it were, but no, now from Scarsdale with cut flowers...
Monday, April 9, 2018
Here is his e-mail to my questions:
1.How much is this composting costing the village ? Who is providing the compost kits ? Are we making money from their sale ?
- The drop-off site cost the Village approximately $5,500 to run in 2017. This cost is mainly from the weekly pickup and hauling of the food scraps. The Village provides the starter kits. The Village buys the kits and bags in bulk and resells them to residents. This is done as a service to residents and the kits are sold at cost (the village is not making money on selling the kits). This is the same for the compostable bags participants purchase - the bags are purchased and resold at cost by the Village2. I know we have to have the compost taken off site. How much has this cost so far ?
- The cost for the food scraps to be picked up from the drop-off site each week and brought to the compost facility is approximately $5,000 per year.3. Are you planning on providing free compost again this year ? Will it be our own ? Or will you buy compost again ?…
- Yes - the Village will be holding another compost giveback day later in April. A press release should be going out to the community soon with all the details. I'll send you all the info once it's finalized and announced. The Village purchases the compost and provides it free to residents.4. When could we switch to composting on site ?Best
- As part of the initial research and proposal for the food scrap recycling program, the sustainability committee along with the Village explored a number of on-site composting options. However at this time composting on-site (in Scarsdale) is not feasible. There are a number of constraints related to space, equipment, personnel and other operating aspects. We are continually options on how the food scraps get recycled. However at the moment an on-site option wasn't recommended.5. How much savings has the compost program provided the Village, given that is garbage that does not have to be taken out… Is there savings in that, garbage versus compost ? Other than the feel-good effect of not wasting our food scraps…
- In 2017 the Village saved approximately $2,200 from the reduced trash tipping fees by diverting the 160,000 lbs of food scraps to the food scrap recycling program.
A couple of points from the DEP, NYC:
1. if in doubt whether or not to put that dirty yoghurt cup in the recycling bin or not, the official from the DEP says, they would rather have a dirty cup, than no cup at all.
2. Plastic or glass bottles, you can leave the caps on or off, in most cases caps are also recyclable.
3. Hair off of your brushes, needs to go in the garbage.
4.Oil, grease is best frozen and then disposed of in garbage.
For more on any of this:
First revision Monday April 9. 2018 7:58 p.m. EDT.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
I don't remember signing up for their newsletter, but that is another story.
I admire Bob and his team's energy, but they seem to be a little wet behind the ears as they say. After 27 years here, and his 16, I think I see things differently.
Don't bother attending the Trustees' meeting, unless you like puppet shows or free entertainment as my late neighbor Norma Roberts used to say.
They don't listen, they just act on a predetermined script. Why leave the comfort of your home, you can watch it all online, see previous versions: https://scarsdaleny.swagit.com/play/03272018-1699 See ?...
Government here is by the volunteers for the volunteers. Our taxes pay their tuition. It is called learning by mistakes...After two or four years of "service", we become a line on their C.V.
Last revision 9:40 a.m. EDT Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
- Approximately 800 kits have been purchased
- 46,180 lbs. of food scraps have been recycled in 2018 (as of 3/27/18)
- During the same period in 2017, 15,180 lbs. of food scraps were recycled
For answers to my questions to Ron, please see Monday April 9th's post.
Last revised Monday, April 9th 7:56 p.m. EDT.