A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 P.M. at the
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Butler Subdivision, 2 Hillcrest Dr., Briarcliff, 2 Lot Subdivision – PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
Martinelli Lots, 1 Roosa Lane & 64 Hawkes Avenue, Architectural Review
Happy Friday, Ossining! This last week absolutely flew by, it's hard to believe we are already done with our first week in October! It has been beautiful out and sometimes you just have to take a beat to stop and enjoy it-- check out this great sunset pic taken at 16 Croton this past Tuesday.
That picture was taken while we were on our way to the Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library. After a short Special Meeting (during which we adopted our Zoning Law, at long last,) we hard from the folks responsible for Scarsdale's Food Scrap Recycling Program. Michele Sterling and Ron Schulhof are volunteers who wanted to get a large-scale composting program going in their community. They walked us through the extensive research they have done to get it just right and gave us some advice on how it can be duplicated or possibly even improved upon right here in Ossining. The meeting video is available on Youtube (Michelle and Ron's presentation begins at the 30 minute mark) or you can check it out pdf here (1.41 MB) .
After hearing from Michelle and Ron, we had planned to move right into a short presentation on the Request for Proposal (RFP) that the Town will be putting out shortly for refuse and recycling services for the Unincorporated Town. However, we had many members of the audience who had expressed that they wished to hear an update from the Town Board on the Homestead Issue after the mailing that had been circulated by private residents a few weeks ago urging the Board to enact Homestead for 2018. Although Homestead was not a scheduled topic on the agenda, I shared the following statement:
"This board continues to question the supposed benefits of enacting homestead. We are not convinced that it would be fairer or better for our community to adopt this legislation because of the negative impact it has had on other communities throughout NY State that have adopted it. If it has a negative impact on the commercial tax rate, as it certainly has had elsewhere, and is irreversible, it could in fact be worse for taxpayers rather than better. Expanding our business community is the fastest most enduring way to hold down residential taxes, where as a shrinking commercial base costs everyone more. We have lined up some experts who have studied the impact of Homestead in other communities in New York State to discuss their findings with the greater Ossining Community. We have them tentatively scheduled to come to us on Monday, November 20th (stay tuned for final date and location) and look forward to seeing all of you again then. The location will be announced shortly."
Town Board Regular Meeting & Work Session
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017- 7:30PM
1st Floor Boardroom, 16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
pdf 10-10-2017 Agenda (29 KB) (Updated 10/10)
Work Session Agenda:
1) Ossining Boat and Canoe Club Siding: Tom Earle
2) MOGO Bike Lane Update
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings, or stream them LIVE here.
Here we go, full steam ahead into another beautiful Ossining weekend! I am looking forward to delicious apples at the Farmer's Market-- now is the time to get your hands on a wide variety and get chomping (or baking, now that the heat has broken.) You can also check out some great live music at the Ossining Elks Lodge tomorrow night (Saturday, September 30th) as part of the Second Saturday Jazz Series. Although food will be provided at the event, I am sure they won't mind if you sneak an apple or two in with you.
Work continues this week at the intersection of Route 9A/ 134. Yesterday, I took a drive to the job site and spoke with the foreman from the NYS DOT, who told me that they believe they will probably be on site for another two weeks. We have added some of the detour info to the Town's Homepage for easy access, and I will continue to keep you updated here when we hear about how the work is progressing.
Town Hall Meeting & Special Meeting/ Public Hearing
October 3rd, 2017
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
The Town Board will hold an Executive Session at 7PM.
The Town Hall Meeting will begin with a Special Meeting, including the re-opening of a Public Hearing on our pdf Zoning Law (61 KB) and several pressing resolutions. Once the Special Meeting has concluded, the Town Board will invite Michelle Sterling and Ron Schulhof to give a short presentation on Scarsdale's Food Scrap Recycling program, followed by a conversation about the upcoming Refuse and Recycling RFP for the Unincorporated Town.
However, assuming there is time after the meeting material has been discussed, the Town Board will be taking public comment (3 minutes per person, please) until 9:15PM at the latest (there is a time constraint when we hold meetings at the Library, which technically closes at 6PM on Tuesdays). Anyone who has not had a chance to address the Board will be encouraged to leave written comment for the Board to consider.
pdf 10-3-2017 Special Meeting Agenda (50 KB) (Updated 10/3)