Although the weather outside was frightful (special thanks to the Town crew and the Village DPW for making sure the parking lot at 16 Croton was thoroughly salted!), our Town Board met on Tuesday night for a Special Meeting and Work Session, which included the continuance of the Public Hearing on Local Law #1 of 2017. Our Planning Consulant David Stolman walked us through a pdf presentation (1.44 MB) that clearly outlined the proposed changes contained in the law. After a few short resolutions, we moved into a Work Session to discuss the comments entered into the Public Hearing record thus far, and gave Mr. Stolman a bit of direction as to how we intend to proceed. As the Town Board will not be meeting on Tuesday, January 31st, our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 7th, where we will begin with a Special Meeting to continue this Public Hearing with some new information from Mr. Stolman.
We will also hold several other Public Hearings that night, including two Cabaret license renewals (one at Maya Riviera and one at Ballroom Studio of Westchester, both on North State Road), and on proposed Local Law #2, which would extend the development moratorium in order to allow for completion of the dialogue related to Local Law #1 as described earlier. Once we move into Work Session, we will have several department heads join us for a discussion of Alarm Billing in the Town of Ossining, and our Building Inspector will discuss some fee schedule items related to Certificates of Occupancy. Next, Recreation Superintendent Chris Soi and Town Parks Foreman Mario Velardo will speak with us about some questions from the Board on the new Pavilion and Picnic Area Rental application, and will stay to discuss the 2017 Capital Project for our open spaces. It is sure to be a jam packed meeting, so I hope you will join us at 16 Croton Avenue or tune in live to hear what we've been working on lately.
We are finishing up the final quotes on our capital work for the Town Parks and Dale Cemetery. This is a project we first brought to the Board in the Fall, and we have been working with our Parks Foreman and Superintendent of Cemeteries to get real-time pricing for the equipment, the supplies, and the labor we need to contract out. In the meanwhile, work continues at the Shine House, which is set for its grand re-opening in April. We did a walkthrough on Wednesday and I know the community will be pleased with the new space. Here's a sneak preview.
While the final floor coat dries, the Parks crew is making their way across the street to finish the last pieces of the project at the Ice House, which will house the kilns that will fire the pottery created in the Shine House. As we speak, they are working on dropping the door to the inside so that the entrance is flush with the floor level-- we are working on this both to make the building more accessible, but also to avoid building a ramp for the pottery carts to enter and exit the building. This is such an incredible building, and I am looking forward to sharing all of our hard work with you at the Grand Re-Opening. Stay tuned for details.
The weather forecast for the weekend is looking good, so why not enjoy one of the many events in Ossining? One particular event of interest will be on Sunday, January 29th at 2PM, when the Ossining Arts Council will present "Art Speaks" at the Steamer Firehouse. This Sunday's program will be "A Matter of Time" with Rob Niosi; check out something different this weekend at this great community event.
Also, there may still be a few tickets left for this event. If you already purchased tickets, don't forget to enjoy yourself for a great cause!
Get ready for Valentine's Day, which will be here before we know it!
I have heard this band play before and they are phenomenal. Don't miss their return to Ossining next Saturday.
Lots more fun just around the corner.
As a final note, we got some very sad news yesterday, when we were informed that Justice Edwin Shapiro of Briarcliff had passed away. Judge Shapiro honorably served the Town of Ossining Court for over 30 years, and my office has received many phone calls from Town and Village employees and residents who remember him fondly. Our deepest condolences go out to Judge Shapiro's family, especially his lovely wife Sandy; I am confident that his legacy in Ossining will be powerful and long lasting.