- Last Updated: 03 August 2016 03 August 2016
For those of you who, like us, have been frequently "refreshing" your Accuweather screen, you're in luck: the weather for tonight is looking good, and Timbawah will hit the Louis Engel Park stage at 7PM as scheduled. I hope you'll join us for some Latin jazz and maybe a stop at the Kona Ice truck. Take a break from the oppressive weather we've had all week-- we've earned it!
Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend is not looking as good, with lots of rain and even some thunderstorms expected for Saturday AND Sunday. Check Facebook for any updates on cancellations, but if the weather is looking rough, be smart and stay put.
If the bad weather doesn't materialize after all, we have a ton of great events lined up for the weekend, so check those out later in this update.
The Town Board has been on a reduced meeting schedule this summer, so our combined Legislative Session/ Work Session this week was lengthy. One of the most important topics we covered was the Public Hearing on Local Law #8 of 2016, which allows the Town to permit an exemption for eligible homeowners who will see an increase of 25% or more as a result of the Town-wide revalution. Due to tight time constraints in the Assessor's Office and no outstanding concerns from the Board or the public, we adopted the local law as well. The application is available at 16 Croton Avenue in the Office of the Town Assessor, and is also available on the Town's website. If you feel that you qualify based on the criteria listed on the application, please pick up or download an application and return it to the Assessor's Office no later than September 15th, 2016.
After we moved into our Work Session, we were visited from Rob Daniele from O'Connor Davies, the Town's independent auditors, for some information on our 2015 financials. I am glad to say the news is good, and that we even managed to add to our Fund Balances in several funds at year end. The Town is in good shape, and that result only comes from a lot of hard work and tough choices. I want to thank former Town Supervisor Sue Donnelly and the prior Board for leavng us in such a strong financial condition. We pledge to keep the progress going while continuing to provide exceptional service to our residents.
We had asked our Town Parks Foreman Mario Velardo to make a presentation on the work that needs to be done in our parks. Like most other Towns and Villages in New York, we have struggled under several years of a slow economy and the tax cap, and our parks and cemeteries show a lot of physical evidence of the cuts we've had to make to continue providing mandated services. The Board was presented with 14 park projects, along with a short list of equipment that will make the work easier, and a rough dollar figure associated with each project. There were also several smaller requests from Dale Cemetery along the same lines. The Town Board will revisit this project soon, but boy, do we have our work cut out for us. It is important, however, for our residents to know that we recognize that our open spaces should be better, and that we are working on a plan to address those needs in the coming years.
As a reminder, the Town Board will not be meeting next week, and will be holding a short meeting on Monday, August 8th at 8:30AM in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at 16 Croton Avenue to pay bills, appoint a seasonal laborer to Dale Cemetery, and approve the Cabaret License Renewal for The Briarcliff Manor. Our next full meeting will be another combined Legislative/ Work Session, and will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:30PM at the Courthouse on Spring Street, where we will re-open the Public Hearing on the Cabaret License for Westchester Ballroom, and will also hear from our Planning Consultant David Stolman about next steps in our ongoing Zoning and Planning Analysis.
Later dring the week of August 8th, on Wednesday, August 10th, the Town will be holding our 2016 Foreclosure Auction at 1PM at 16 Croton Avenue. There will be four properties auctioned, with three of the original seven having redeemed their properties over the past month. We certainly do not relish holding foreclosure auctions and do everything possible to allow people to keep their homes, but going through with a foreclosure is the only way we can ultimately protect the rest of our taxpayers. If you are interested in details on any of the remaining properties, you can download the auction packets here.
We also wrapped up a grant application today through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to create bike lanes and streetscaping on North State Road, and to identify ways to create an interconnected system of bike and pedestrian paths within our area. Making a more walkable/ bikeable Ossining will undoubtedly improve access to open space for all of our residents, while easing our impact on the environment by decreasing our reliance on cars. We will be sure to keep you posted on the outcome when we hear from the State!
So, onto the weekend! We have a Mind, Body, Spirit event scheduled for Sunday, where Enrique Rosario from ICU Fit Training will be hosting one of his famous "Sunday Fun-Day" workouts at Louis Engel Park at 9:30AM. Enrique has offered to post on the Town of Ossining Facebook if the event is cancelled due to bad weather, so make sure to check before you head out.
Also on Sunday is the Shattemuc Ladies Kayak Day, beginning at 10AM. Come on down with your kayak or canoe and a $10 suggested donation, all proceeds will go to the SPCA of Westchester. Lunch will be provided after the paddle. This is a great way to get to know some of your neighbors and make some new friends while enjoying our beautiful Hudson River. I hope the rain holds off!
Finally, next weekend is Summerfest, hosted by the Ossining Chamber of Commerce. Are you interested in being a vendor? You can find the application here, or go to the Chamber's website for more information.