April 12th, 2016- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/ Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
pdf 4-12-2016 Agenda (47 KB) (Updated 4/12)
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.
As we continue to hear from many of our residents about the impact notices they’ve received this month, we wanted to share some feedback we’ve gotten from Tyler Technologies and from our Town Assessor.
Once you’ve scheduled an appointment to meet with Tyler (if you haven’t done so already and feel that Tyler didn’t accurately assess your property, you may call 800-273-8605 by Friday, April 8th), it is important that you keep that appointment. There are many folks waiting to see a Tyler representative, and we are asking that if you have scheduled and won’t be able to make it, that you please call and cancel/ reschedule so that your neighbors may get an appointment sooner.
Secondly, as you prepare for your appointment, we want to remind our residents that bringing backup to substantiate your home’s value will be crucial. Our Assessor suggests any of the following: internal photographs of the property, cost estimates of any work in progress or recently completed, an appraisal performed within the last three years (only if you already have one), a market analysis conducted by a realtor, comparable sales, and most importantly, proof of factors that you think negatively impact the value in a way Tyler may have missed. Some examples of these factors may be a wet basement, cracked foundation, proximity to high traffic areas, outdated kitchens/ bathrooms, or any lot/land value information you think is important, such as easements, contamination, restrictions, etc.
We want to get this right. Please bring any and all information that you believe will strengthen your case.
More information can be found on Tyler's website for the Consortium at http://mmrc.tylertech.com.
We have heard from some residents that they have received a mailer from ConEdison Solutions and have questions about what it’s all about. This process has been going on for nearly two years before the Town Board, but we haven’t talked about it in a few weeks, so here’s some background.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program brought to Ossining by Sustainable Westchester. CCA, which aims to save consumers money on their energy costs, allows all of us to benefit from economies of scale when it comes to buying power, and allows everyone who is currently serviced by Con Edison to receive this more favorable rate.
So when might you have heard about this? On May 12th, 2015, the Town Board held a public hearing on this topic, and 2 months later, passed a local law to duly enact this mechanism for energy supply. You can read more about CCA pdf here (203 KB) , or check out the pdf Powerpoint Presentation (449 KB) that was presented by Sustainable Westchester in April of 2015.
The mailer you should see this week, which the Town of Ossining approved, is meant to explain the program and show you your new rates. The best part is that our residents who currently use Con Edison don’t have to lift a finger to benefit from this savings-- property owners who don’t wish to participate may opt out, but this less expensive solution becomes the default for everyone who is currently with Con Edison. If you use an ESCO instead of Con Edison and you want in on this savings too, you will have to contact your ESCO and get the details about leaving your contract with them. You can opt in or opt out of CCA at any time.
The sitting Town Board was asked to make only one decision on this agreement, which was to decide whether the default rate should be 100% renewable energy, or whether it should be a mix, also called the “Basic Supply Option”. We decided that we should go green, in the spirit of sustainability, and make the default 100% renewable energy. Our residents save money from the standard Con Edison rate even at 100% renewable, but should your household wish to save even more, you may “opt down” to the Basic Supply Option for an even greater savings in your energy bill.
|Rate Comparison||Trailing 12 month price from Consolidated Edison Company of New York**||
100% Renewable Energy Supply
|Basic Supply Option|
|Small Commercial (EL2)||$0.0968||$0.0965||$0.0961|
|**Weighted average supply price for 12 months ending Feb 2016 for customer taking supply from Con Edison Company of New York|
Please keep in mind that this change only covers the supply side of the equation-- your delivery rate for energy will not be affected by this process, nor will your service-- in the case of an outage or any issues with your service, you will still call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED. The only change you’ll notice is a smaller electric bill later this quarter.
The last week of March was a slow one in the Town of Ossining... April Fools!
Even though we had a 5th Tuesday, which generally means no Tuesday night meeting for our Board, we packed the work of several weeks into this one.
We continue to hear from many of you about the impact notices you've received from Tyler Technologies. if you have questions, please call Tyler to schedule an appointment-- they can be reached at (800) 273-8605.
One of the most interesting parts of our week was a demonstration by GovPilot, a company that provides a cloud-based solution to producing municipal forms based on geographic location. In addition to staff from the Town Buildings department and our Town Clerk, we were also joined by the Village Manager and Town Comptroller/ Village Treasurer. We are going to look closely at how this package may assist both the Town and Village to streamline and simplify our permitting process to the benefit of our staff and our residents.
Instead of a Town meeting, on Tuesday night, I attended a meeting of the Indian Brook/Croton Gorge Task Force, hosted by the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton. This group, which also includes several engaged citizens of Ossining, has been working together for years to ensure that the watershed areas around the reservoir remain safe and pristine. We have some homework to do for the next meeting, much of which involves reporting back on our stormwater protection plan, which we will revisit as a Board during the month of May before our annual submission is due to New York State.
One of the most important things we accomplished this week was the finalization of a survey that our staff has been working on for a long time. Do you use our Town Parks? Why or why not? What would you like to see in our parks that doesn’t currently exist? Your feedback could win you a $100 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. Follow this link to get started—you have until May 2nd and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Don’t have computer access? We will have hard copies in the Town Supervisor’s Office at 16 Croton Avenue too. Please share generously with your neighbors, but remember, this survey (and the prizes!) are for Ossining residents only.