This is also a chance for residents to come up to the mike and voice their concerns, opinions and/or Village officials/ local organizations to announce important events. Each speaker is allotted five minutes with no limit to the number of speakers. These meetings and respective agenda are announced on the Village website Scarsdale.com as well as here Save-Scarsdale.org, this website- not the agendas, just meeting dates and time.
This past Tuesday night, was an interesting night as well. A young resident came up and suggested a survey should be taken to gauge public interest and priorities. I could not agree more.
The School Board sends surveys every five years to find out residents in each household to plan for school attendance.
In a similar manner, we could receive surveys asking us what our priorities are, whether we favor more buildings, or not, more trees or not, more preservation or not. The Village has already all the e-mail addresses I assume, since they mail the Village Newsletter, so this should not be a problem.
Survey Monkey to the rescue.
The Village sends out their newsletter about these meetings that take place, you can attend the meeting yourself, or watch it all on line live or in recorded form.
Main points from last Tuesday:
- There was again considerable reference to what apparently transpired at the last meeting with Bob Harrison's treatment at the mike. Apologies were suggested. None was heard by this soul - at least.
- Survey was suggested by myself, and the young resident.
- A look at the taxes collected was suggested to see changes if any in taxes collected since Tyler, Ryan revaluations, etc. Our taxes increased, but what about the services received ? Our roads are still full of uneven surfaces, our trees are leaving us along with our old houses. Our lots getting subdivided every which way imaginable... Just attend the latest ZBA meeting to observe the assault.
- We received a letter indicating a water rate increase along with notes on how to conserve water. And then noticed that excess water consumers get a reduction on their rate - presumably because the Village does not want their water revenue to decrease... This is not consistent policy. If water reduction is advocated it should be across the board.
- Such inconsistency is also apparent on Village Building laws and Tree Preservation law. If we want to maintain and even make our Village more beautiful, more of a heaven form the concrete jungles around us, we cannot enact a Tree Law that does not preserve our trees. Trees taken down are now getting replaced only at the rate of 20 %. That is clearly not feasible.
- We talk about neighborhood character, our Village-in-a-Park and yet regularly approve subdivisions, meet to demolish houses - even ones that belonged to prominent architects such as Andrew Thomas who designed and lived at 6 Fenimore Road. This has to stop without delay. A moratorium on real estate is advocated, so bulk and foot print of houses cannot be altered.
- Now that a Charitable Fund Law is passed, funds should be allocated to preserve old houses as well as acquire more land and to return to wildlife, to parks.
-More building raises tax revenue collected in the short term but has irreparable damage on our environment cultural or architectural - let alone making it less suitable for human life.