Tonight is a big night in Ossining- the Village's "Light the Downtown" kicks off at 7:45PM.
The Village Board, in concert with the Downtown Development Committee, put together this great project to add LED lights to 50 trees in the downtown area, as well as hired a contractor to craft iron fences to contain each tree well. I hope you'll go for a stroll downtown tonight and check out the result of all of this hard work. The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will provide the tunes, and all restaurants who will be offering specials related to the event will be marked with balloons, so head down and grab some delicious bites and cool off with a drink to kick off the long weekend in style! (And, if you want to adopt a tree well, there are still a few available- you can get more information here.)
Meanwhile, in the Town, we have a ton of work going on in our Town Parks to get ready for the season. While the weather has been up and down this week, our Parks crew used the one sunny day on Wednesday to get the Briarcliff Field at Ryder Park ready for action. You might recall that earlier this year, the Briarcliff Little League approached the Town Board about expanding the field, which originally was only suitable for 60' x 40' play, to also accommodate play on a 50' x 70' diamond. In addition, the Little League offered to pay for the appropriate amount of clay and a second set of bases. While the Town agreed and received this check several months ago, the clay was just delivered last week and here are the results in a "Before" and "After" set.
Regular Meeting/ Public Hearings
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street
Ossining, NY 10562
pdf 5-23-2017 Agenda (57 KB) (Updated 5/23)
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What a beautiful day! While the weather is a little warm for May, it is so energizing to see the sun shining bright as we move into the weekend.
This week, we received more good news on some of our grants-- the Department of Environmental Conservation notified us that the Town has been awarded an additional $32,000 for two more electric vehicle charging stations in our parks! That brings us to a total of $53,000 in funding from the Zero-Emissions Vehicle Rebate program, which will fund charging stations at Engel Park, Cedar Lane Park, and Ryder Park, as well as the first year of lease payments for Town's new Nissan Leaf. Extra special thanks (once again) to Ron Kamen with Sustainable Westchester for helping us secure this funding. We have been working very hard to make Ossining a more green community, and this is just one of many steps we will take towards that goal.
Speaking of making Ossining more green, Maddi, Victoria, and I met with a subcontractor from NYSERDA last week about ironing out the details of our Clean Energy Communities proposal, which we have to submit to NYSERDA in July. The Town is eligible to receive $50,000 in funding due to the "high impact actions" we completed recently, including Community Choice Aggregation, Energize NY financing, introducing an electric vehicle to our fleet, and committing to benchmarking the Town's energy usage. The $50,000 from NYSERDA will hopefully contribute greatly to improving the bike-ability of neighborhoods in the Town, and we will have more details on this proposal very soon.
Our Work Session this week also brought about some movement on a project that has been on the back burner for some time, which pertains to our beloved Spray Park at Louis Engel Park. The spray park is a destination for many local families on hot summer days, and in 2014, the Town began a conversation about installing a UV recirculation system for the water, which would result in both an environmental and financial benefit for Ossining. The designs were engineered and the Department of Health signed off, and the Town went out to bid for the equipment and installation. Much to everyone's surprise, the bid came in at over $500K and the project was shelved. However, thanks to some creative thinking by our Engineering team, we have figured out a way to completed the work for nearly $200K less than that bid back in 2015 by using one of our annual bidders for the work. Based on our calculations, by using 90% less money on water, the system will have paid for itself within 10 years of its installation and is expected to last many times that long. Also, as our Water Superintendent Andy Tiess pointed out, the Water Department has been hard at work this past year using leak-detection equipment all over the Town and Village to ensure that not a drop is wasted, and implementing this project will help increase available water for all Ossining residents. We see this as a win-win, and the Board has agreed to get the ball rolling. The plan is to start on the installation this fall-- we will keep you posted on our progress. Also, don't forget-- the Spray Park will be open beginning Memorial Day weekend! Check the Town website for information about hours of operation.
A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:30 P.M. at the
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Parth Knolls, LLC, 87 Hawkes Ave., Construction Sequence Review
Butler Subdivision, 2 Hillcrest Dr., Briarcliff 2 Lot Subdivision
Please visit the Planning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for May 17th.
I am heading to Teatown's PlantFest for First Picks-- this event is going on tonight until 7PM; the $20 admission buys you first dibs on the incredible selection of plants, along with some small bites from Rivermarket Kitchen, local craft beer and wine. Not able to attend tonight? Be sure not to miss it tomorrow from 9AM to 3PM, admission is free! Before I leave for PlantFest, I want to share some information with you about what we've been up to this week, and what lies ahead in Ossining in the coming days.
May is the fifth month of the Ossining Basics Program, a collective impact campaign aimed at getting children aged 0-3 as ready to learn as possible. and this month's principle is "Read and Discuss Books." This week I attended a meeting to discuss how to promote this principle throughout Ossining. Encouraging parents to engage in behavior s that promote literacy for our youngest community members is essential a child's growth and development, and one of the best ways to do this is to read and discuss books with our young children, grandchildren, family members, and neighbors. Check out this video for more information about this priniciple, and take a trip to the Ossining Public Library for books to share with the children in your life. The Ossining Basics program has highlighted the importance of community support to raising the next generation, and ensuring their future success in school. Thank you to Ossining Schools' Superintendent Ray Sanchez and Carrieann Sipos, Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning, for spearheading this campaign. There will be an end of year Ossining Basics celebration on Friday, June 16th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Louis Engel Park. All families are invited, and there will be music, raffles, prizes, games, books, and so much more. Pack up a picnic dinner for your family, and join in the fun at the riverfront!
Also, please don't forget to vote in the 2017-2018 Ossining School District and Ossining Public Library Budget Vote/ Board of Education and Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees Election on Tuesday, May 16th. The vote will be held in the Ossining High School Gym between 7AM and 9PM. Also, for residents of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, the Briarcliff School District Budget Vote is also on Tuesday, May 16th, and will be held in the cafeteria at the Todd School.