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.
Although this was a short week in the Town of Ossining, we managed to get quite a bit done.
Tyler Technologies has begun their first week of informal assessment hearings, many of which have taken place at 16 Croton Avenue. We continue to hear from many residents who have questions- please call Tyler at 800-273-8605, or visit the Consortium website (http://mmrc.tylertech.com) to take a look at how they determined your new value. There is a lot of information on the site that can help you, including the comparables used to derive your property's value. If you check the website and still believe Tyler missed something, please make an appointment to go over it with them.
We held our regular Legislative Meeting on Tuesday where the Town Board passed what is now Local Law #3 of 2016, which adjusts the Veteran's Exemptions to a higher level, consistent with the new values brought about by the Town-wide revaluation. This important law was necessary to ensure that our veterans continue to be granted the same level of exemption on their homes that they have had in years past, and we thank Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez for bringing this important issue to the Board's attention.
We also announced at this meeting that, effective April 30th, 2016, we will be disabling the 762-6007 phone number, which had been used to contact the Town Police at 507 North State Road prior to the sale of the building. Since that sale, we had been forwarding calls from that number to the County Police in Hawthorne, and now to the Ossining Police on Spring Street. We will be sharing this information in a variety of formats, and the Ossining Police will also be helping us to spread the news through their Facebook page, but please remind your neighbors that for non-emergencies, the number to call is (914) 941-4099. In an emergency, please call 911.
Maddi from my office attended the Croton/Cortlandt Task Force Meeting last night at Croton Village Hall. These meetings have been ongoing for several years, focused on the topic of the Croton Gorge Unique Area, a space along the Croton River that abuts properties in the Town of Ossining and the Village of Croton. Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced that the DEC has agreed to consider regulations limiting specific activities within the Unique Area, including bonfires/ cooking fires, charcoal and gas grills, and alcohol consumption. One of the final steps in the process of approving these new regulations is a public meeting, which will be held at the Ossining Public Library on Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM. I encourage you to join us and voice your support for this legislation-- the Unique Area is a beautiful, pristine area that deserves our care and our respect, and these new rules will help us to preserve those special qualities while still allowing the public to enjoy it.
I want to remind everyone that the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, March 29th, which is the fifth Tuesday in March. The next time we see you will be on Tuesday, April 5th, at 16 Croton Avenue for our Work Session.
Wishing all who celebrate a very happy Easter- the weather forecast looks clear and warm, great for some outdoor activities. See you at the Farmer's Market.
Spring is coming in like a lion (and that’s not just because many of us have received upward corrections to our home values!) This Sunday into Monday, the weather gurus are predicting somewhere between 3-10” of snow, so do not take your snow tires off quite yet, make sure to keep driveways clear, clear off fire hydrants in front of your property, and please do not shovel or plow snow into the street. Our excellent Highway Department will be poised and ready to keep our roads cleared and safe, and your help can make it easier for them.
If you are ready for spring to be here already, make sure to check out the new Ossining Recreation Brochure, available online here.
We have been hearing a lot about the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos. The state and county will be distributing tablets to put in standing water, which we typically do annually. However, there are other ways you can help protect yourself and your loved ones- please be aware of how best to avoid helping mosquitos breed and learn about other steps you can take by following this link.
Impact notices from our Assessor’s office and Tyler Technologies went out in the mail this week. We have already been hearing from many of you whose assessments have gone up. Please take the opportunity to make an appointment with Tyler and bring any supporting documentation with you if you feel you have been improperly assessed. They will meet with everyone between now and April 8th. More information is included in your notice, which you should have with you when you call. Here is the number: 800‐273‐8605. Also, be sure to look at the project’s website to find out how Tyler calculated the value for your property: mmrc.tylertech.com.
In more good news, the Tax Receiver’s office will be mailing your Town/County bill in the next week or so (before Easter). Payments are due by April 30 to avoid a penalty! Please remember you have multiple options to pay – through the mail to Receiver of Taxes, 16 Croton Avenue, in person during business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, or online at http://www.townofossining.com/cms/resources/tax-bill-online-payment. After all tax deadlines, we receive many complaints about the post office not delivering tax payments in a timely fashion. Please consider one of our alternative options for paying your taxes, or reach out to the tax office to ensure that your payment makes it to us. Also, the Tax Office will take in post dated checks before the deadline.
We have been taking a hard look at our parks and the needs we have in many of them. As you know, Shinehouse is being prepped to open in April, if all goes well, and we are hopeful that we will be able to offer some pottery classes through the Recreation Department. Planting in our community garden will also be getting underway, and there will be beautiful new space in the building for multiple uses, including updated bathrooms. Our Teamsters have been working hard to get everything ship shape for all to make use of and enjoy.
At this past Tuesday's Town Hall Meeting, we had an excellent presentation from Pelham natives Dennis and Julie Roche, who have brought Burbio to Ossining. Take a moment to sign up so you can get all the local news from our various organizations coordinated in one place. You can tailor it to your own needs and even choose to have certain events placed directly on your personal calendar if you like. There is no charge.
If Burbio’s style doesn’t suit you, but you would like to keep up to date with events around town, please sign up for the various eblasts available through the villages and town.
Finally, there are several events coming up this Spring that are still looking for vendors, volunteers, and sponsors!
Green Ossining’s 6th Annual Earth Day Festival, Saturday, April 16th – Vendor Deadline is 4/6 – visit http://www.greenossining.org/earth-day-festival/ for more information.
2016 Ossining Village Fair, Saturday, June 11th (rain date June 12th) – please visit http://www.ossiningchamber.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104&Itemid=119 for more information about being a vendor or sponsor.
Enjoy your first weekend of spring (maybe indoor spring cleaning on Sunday). We look forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday night at our regular meeting, or maybe tomorrow at Egg-Stravaganza- 10AM at Ryder Park and 12PM at Nelson Park.