We started the week off with a significant snowstorm, one of the biggest we've seen in awhile, and as always, the Town and Village crews did not disappoint. Although some estimates were calling for as much as two feet of the white stuff, we topped out at just over a foot in most places around Town with very little damage and fewer than 10 power outages. As such, we (the Town and Village) decided collectively not to call in a Con Ed liaison, and we managed all communication in house. I want to thank our Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and Police Lieutenant Jim Montague, along with the Village Administration and our Highway Foreman John Martin and his crew for their expertise and cooperation throughout this adventure.
While we had very few issues with the observation of snow ordinances during this weather event, I want to send out a few snow-related reminders, whether our next go-round is in December or this very weekend (a few more inches predicted tomorrow!) Firstly, please (please, please) do not shovel snow into the road, and ask your contractors not to do this either. When you push snow into the street, you not only make it harder for your neighbors and emergency responders to get around safely, you also make things very difficult for our plow trucks, who may not get back to your neighborhood until the snow piles are frozen to the road. This is not just courteous, it is New York State law. Also, please do not park your vehicle half in, half out of your driveway-- our plows try very hard not to plow you in after you are shoveled out, but parking the car half in the street makes their job much harder and more dangerous.
Finally, if you live in the Unincorporated Area and get your trash removal through Suburban Carting, we have some more information that could use repeating after this storm in particular. We ask that you have all of your trash/ recyclables out to the curb by 7AM on the day of your pickup. Even if your driver traditionally does not get to your home until much later, Suburban has a lot of new drivers and trucks and their schedules may not be as consistent going forward. Our Highway Department has gotten many calls this week saying that folks have missed the truck and are asking that the truck come back; Suburban does try to accommodate these requests when necessary, but generally speaking, they are not able to circle back around if you've missed them. We encourage you to make sure your trash is out by 7AM to ensure that you get picked up on your designated day.
Although a lot of this week was consumed by planning for snow, communicating about snow, and dealing with snow, we are still moving forward on a variety of projects. Between my office, the Office of the Assessor, and the Tax Office, we calculated the tax rates and created the bills for the Town/County collection this week, and those bills will hopefully be getting to your homes next week. Due to the added value on our tax roll as a result of the revaluation, many of the tax rates have gone down as compared to 2016 rates, and the Town of Ossining continues to be a great bargain for our taxpayers.
My office is continuing to work with our Parks Foreman, Mario Velardo, and his staff to ready the Cedar Lane Arts Center for the grand re-opening, scheduled for Friday, April 21st. (Have you seen the pdf Spring/ Summer Recreation brochure (2.92 MB) yet featuring our brand new pottery classes?) However, as the work inside the buildings is starting to wrap up, we are preparing for some paving in Cedar Lane Park-- the span between the entrance, through the triangle, and over towards the Cedar Lane Arts Center will be freshly paved, along with the entire parking lot. While our crew prepares the area for the contractors, we will be closing the entrance between Monday, March 20th and Friday, March 24th, between 7AM and 5:30PM. If it is possible to re-open the road earlier, we will let you know. Please bear with us as our crews get this important work underway-- I promise you will be pleased with the results.
There are many events going on around Town this weekend, but keep an eye on the weather and check before you go out-- although the predictions are for a total of four inches over a 24 hour period, some outdoor events may be subject to change. I hope many of you had a chance to sign up for the Teatown Pancake Brunch tomorrow, where I will join you for this annual Teatown tradition that celebrates one of the best parts of Winter: maple syrup! Although this event is sold out, Teatown regularly offers exceptional family programming throughout the year-- check out some of their upcoming events here.
There is still time to purchase tickets for "The Big Soiree" on Saturday, March 25th at 7:30PM to benefit Ossining Matters and help them reach their "One Million Dollar" milestone. This event will take place at The Briarcliff Manor on Studio Hill Road-- you can buy your tickets on the Ossining Matters website.
I hope you will join us at the Town Board Special Meeting/ Work Session on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30PM. As our meeting this past week was canceled, we have a lot to get done, including 3 Public Hearings and several presentations scheduled. We will be at 16 Croton Avenue for this meeting, but if you can't join us, we will also be streaming live.
Have a great weekend, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!