I hope everyone has enjoyed the last few days of their summer holidays. Ossining students and teachers had some beautiful weather to welcome everyone back to a great school year. Briarcliff students start this Tuesday. Please remember to drive carefully, be mindful of crosswalks, and always stop for school buses.
Unfortunately, the weather is not to remain as pleasant. Tropical Storm Hermine which is currently impacting our neighbors to the south, may cause some trouble in this area for Labor Day weekend. Although it is expected that the storm will significantly weaken over land, Tropical Storm Hermine's track looks like it is heading our way, and could result in heavy rain and wind late Sunday night into Monday. If you plan on heading to the beach for Labor Day, please be cautious of rip currents and rough surf conditions as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine. For the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, please visit their website. Con Edison is also making preparations to respond to any power outages as a result of the impending storm. To report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status, visit Con Edison's website or call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, please make sure to have your Con Edison account number available, and if possible, report whether your neighbors have also lost power. Con Edison also offers the following tips about being prepared in the event of a storm:
If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.
Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
Next week, we get back into our normal Town Board meeting schedule, starting with Tuesday's Work Session. At this meeting, we will be joined by Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor who will give a presentation on upcoming paving projects. Next, the Board will consider a one-year extension to our contract with CPI-HR, the company that handles the Town's Affordable Care Act reporting. Receiver of Taxes Gloria Fried will give a presentation with an update on the recent foreclosure auction and the operations of the Receiver's Office. Additionally, David Stolman, from F.P. Clark Associates, the Town's planning consultant, will also join us at Tuesday's meeting to discuss the local law he has been working on based on Planning and Zoning analysis. Finally, Tuesday's meeting will end with an executive session to receive advice of counsel and to discuss contracts.
The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
*Please Note The Alternate Location*
Ossining Community Center
Ossining, NY 10562
Preliminary Agenda Revised 9/2/16
- Artis Senior Living, Memory Care Facility, 553 North State Road – Site Plan
- Parth Knolls, Multi-Family Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue – Site Plan
Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road - Site Plan **Added 9/2/16**
In the Supervisor’s Update published Friday afternoon, we shared an announcement from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that the DEC had contracted with a vendor to apply aquatic herbicide to the Croton River to stop the spread of hydrilla verticillata, an invasive species, and that the herbicide application would take place on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st.
Yesterday, we were informed by the DEC that this herbicide application will not be taking place. The water restrictions for the Croton River have been lifted. Please see the letter below for more information. If you would like to learn more about hydrilla verticillata, please visit this link.
As we head into the last week of Summer 2016, I hope everyone had a chance to take advantage of some of the drier days earlier this week-- and hopefully, this weekend. Our final Waterfront Concert of the season kicks off tonight at 6PM, where students from the Mike Risko Music School will be showcased before turning the stage over to The Old Mill Singers, who will be performing some contemporary favorites. We are ending the night with our Party in the Park, a DJ dance party by our very own DJ Johnny G, which kicks off at 8:30PM-- it promises to be a great night, so please come down and say goodbye to this great Ossining summer in style!
We also want to share that the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will be postponing Lobsterfest, which was scheduled for this Saturday, August 27th. We will update you on the new date when it is rescheduled. However, why not check out some other events this weekend? Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining has two events scheduled, starting with Cuerpaso, a fusion of Latin dance and soccer, on Saturday, August 27th. Meet at Nelson Park at 9AM for this creative and fun workout hosted by Lori-Beth Patsey-Villalobos of Open Door; all you need to bring is a soccer ball (but they will have a few to spare). On Sunday, August 28th, Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training will lead one of his famous "Sunday Fun-Day" workouts at Engel Park at 9:30AM. Come on down and get in a quick workout with an awesome view!
The Town Board met on Tuesday evening for a combined Regular Meeting and Work Session, during which we discussed a variety of topics, including capital planning in our Parks. However, we also discussed the US Coast Guard's proposed anchorage sites throughout the Hudson River, and the Town Board passed a resolution opposing the request, while also asking for a 90 day extension of the public comment period. We want everyone's voice to be heard on this complex and important issue, and we have joined many other surrounding municipalities to form the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance through which we can come together to support to the "Ban the Barges" campaign. To learn more, you can click here, or follow the link in the banner of the Town's homepage. (As an aside, the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, but will be back for a Work Session at 16 Croton Avenue on Tuesday, September 6th at 7:30PM.)
We have a special announcement to share from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC has contracted with a vendor who will be applying aquatic herbicide to stop the spread of hydrilla verticillata, an invasive plant species that has been increasingly present in the Croton River. The herbicide application will begin on Tuesday, August 30th at noon and will last for 24 hours (until noon on Wednesday the 31st).
The following water use restrictions will apply during the time of treatment (August 30th – August 31st, 2016)
- Swimming and bathing are prohibited for 24 hours after treatment ends
- Fishing and/or fish consumption is not prohibited-- but the Town does not advise consuming fish at this time
- Livestock watering is prohibited for 14 days after treatment ends
- Irrigation or spraying of agricultural crops is prohibited for 7 days after treatment ends
- This section of the Croton River is not designated as a potable water source and should not be used as drinking water. If the water is used as potable water the endothall concentration should be less than 50 ppb.
If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Catherine McGlynn, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, NYSDEC, at 518-408-0436 or SŌLitude Lake Management at 908-850-0303 during business hours.
Another important event coming up will be Senior Law Day, hosted by the Ossining Public Library in the Budarz Theater on Monday, September 12th. Seminars for seniors and their adult caregivers will be offered between 10AM and 1PM on a variety of topics, including Medicare benefits and estate planning (in Spanish) and housing options for seniors and how to avoid scams and frauds (in English). Come a little early, a light breakfast will be served between 9:15AM and 9:45AM. This program is free, but registration is required. Please call Linda Levine at (914) 941-2416 ext. 317 to register or with any questions.
We have gotten a heads up that the "live feed" from the Courthouse may not be working properly for this evening's Town Board meeting. In the event that you cannot stream the meeting live, please look for the video posted on Youtube over the coming days. Sorry for any inconvenience!