Village Board Reviews Heathcote Bridge Rehabilitation, Sidewalk Cafes and the Potential for Cannabis Sales
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A lively Village Board meeting on Tuesday November 9, 2021 included an update on the rehabilitation of the Heathcote Bridge, a hearing on Sidewalk Cafes in the Village, a response to the demolition of a historic Fox Meadow Tudor home and lengthy public comments urging the Village to opt out of cannabis dispensaries and lounges before December 31, 2021.
Demolition at 41 Hampton Road
The Mayor, Village Manager and Deputy Village Manager all commented on the demolition of a good portion of a historic Tudor style home on Hampton Road in Fox Meadow. An application to demolish the home was before the Committee for Historic Preservation, who appeared poised to preserve it based on the expert opinion of architectural historian Andrew Dolkart. However, before the committee could vote to preserve it, the homeowner filed an application with the Board of Architectural Review to demolish 50% of it, received approval and proceeded.
The Village received many inquiries about the home and Mayor Jane Veron said that since the Board of Trustees serves as the appeals authority for cases decided by the Committee for Historic Preservation, they could not comment. However she said, “We are listening and [the board will then] take the appropriate steps to understand the issue being raised and craft any solutions our examination of the issue may determine necessary.”
Village Manager Rob Cole said they are “investigating, listening to the facts and will chart a path forward.” He said, “ We will see if changes to our policies are necessary.” Justin Arest, Deputy Mayor, said, “There are times when we realize that we need to change or strengthen our code.” He related this history of a change made to the historic preservation law a few years ago to allow the Committee for Historic Preservation to preserve historic properties.
Heathcote Bridge Rehabilitation
The Board received an update on plans for the rehabilitation of the Heathcote Bridge, which was built in 1910 and includes three traffic lanes and sidewalks on both sides. The 140 foot long bridge that traverses the Heathcote Bypass, currently has a 3 out of 7 structural rating, and is inspected every year. Two red flags, currently inactive, highlight the importance of repairs. The flags are for the south abutment, where four girders are supported by a temporary structure and the piers load rating resulting in load posting of 8 tons.
In 2018, the Village received a federal grant of $1.68mm to repair the bridge. The Village is required to match this funding by paying an additional 5%,
At the meeting on November 9, 2021, Jeremy Bordeaux, an engineer with Barton and Loguidice, was invited to provide an overview and status update of the work. The project’s priorities are to address the structural issues, however superstructure repairs and additional repairs (including cleaning and painting the whole structure (which are not feasible under current BridgeNY funding) are lower priorities.
The repair work will bring the bridge to a rating of 5. In order to reach the highest rating, 7, the bridge woud need to be fully replaced. The bridge will remain open to traffic and pedestrians during the work.
Questions and concerns were raised on the durability of the repairs, the limits of the budget and the potential adverse impact, ranging from construction noise to air pollution, on the neighboring community during the construction.
The schedule aims for construction to begin in June 2022, with a completion by the end of that year, pending final design approval in February 2022 and bidding in April of that year.
Sidewalk Cafes and the Dining Tent
Two resolutions were presented for public hearing together, the first - a local law amending Chapter 245 of the Scarsdale Village Code entitled Sidewalk Cafes, allowing the outdoor dining tent in Scarsdale Village to be maintained year round, and a local law amending Chapter 256 of the Scarsdale Village Code, entitled streets, sidewalks and public places. This amendment would allow businesses to display and or sell goods, wares and merchandise on or directly above Village-owned rights of way. These resolutions will be voted on at the next Village Board Meeting , on November 23rd, at 8:00 p.m.
Susan Douglass, who is the Vice President of the Scarsdale Forum, and Chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee whose objective is to “make downtown a destination” spoke in support of the amendments. Ms. Douglas stressed that sidewalk cafes and outdoor display wares “gives people more interest to come to the downtown and to stay in the downtown and spend time there.”
A significant portion of comments were focused on the proposal to opt out of the new state Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). If the Village does not opt out, cannabis retail sales and smoking lounges will be permitted. Most comments passionately pushed to opt out. Listen to the comments here:
Anne Hintermeister, commenting “as a resident and not on behalf of the Scarsdale Forum,” raised concerns over what “state regulatory and licensing regime looks like, to see to what extent local governments will have any control before making a decision to have a cannabis store.” She said, “the interests of the state Cannabis Board do not necessarily align with ours,” and that the Village’s local governance may not have as much control. She warned, “Is there any benefit we would lose by opting out now and opting in later?”
Susan Douglass, highlighting the Scarsdale Forum’s position to opt out, underlined concerns over retail appearance. She spoke on behalf of DJ Petta, a landlord owning about 80% of commercial space, and quoted him: “We believe the Village should take the position of opting out at this time.” Ms. Douglass voiced her concern over how cannabis would be marketed, “trying to rack up sales by luring in children, precisely what happened in the vaping industry.”
Darlene LeFrancois Haber, a doctor and internist, spoke at length about the negative health impacts of recreational usage of marijuana. She emphasized the health issues, that “long term risks are mainly concentrated in adolescents,” and urged the Village Board to opt out.
Abby Fine, adding her voice to the opt out option, shared her concern “about pollution and safe disposal of any, you know, objects that may be used from these cannabis stores.”
Weinberg Nature Center
Brian Rosenthal spoke about the Weinberg Nature Center, praising its role in his children’s life, and the “magnetic personality” of Executive Director Sam Weinstock. Mr. Rosenthal pushed for Mr. Weinstock’s role to be made full time, adding that the Forest Preschool program doubled the revenue for the center, even though Mr. Weinstock is part time. Mr. Rosenthal’s comments and wishes were supported by several other speakers who asked for additional fiscal support for the center.
Eugenie Rosenthal called the center “a critical respite,” and “an excellent counterpoint to a community of “competition, materialism and consumerism.” She called it a “healthy, healthy, healthy” place that “makes Scarsdale a destination.” She said, “programs like this are the reason some of the people moved here.”
Janice Montefiore also supported increasing Mr. Weinstock's salary.
Scarsdale Village Ambulance Corps
David Raizen, President of the Scarsdale Village Ambulance Corps, detailed the extensive work done this year including vaccines for homebound residents, COVID tests, and a paramedicine program to treat people at home. He appealed for more volunteer members and offers EMT training. He also asked for residents to support the fund drive as it is thanks to “the generosity of residents and corporations that we're able to do what we do without tax dollars being put to use directly.” His work was met with extensive gratitude by the Village Board.
Bob Harrison highlighted many letters on repairing the Scarsdale Pool, stating we need to “modernize the municipal pool … the pool is one our community's greatest assets and we don't need to change it and change its design.”
Noise from Fenway Golf Club
Lisa Singer from Hazelton Drive, the final speaker, brought up noise complaints against Fenway Golf Club, claiming they have “parties every weekend, sometimes even on Sundays, it's all outside. It reverberates through the neighborhood. We hear it.... I don't know what to do. I can hear what the DJ says in my master bedroom. ... maybe you can do a decibel test? It's just not fair."
Deputy Mayor Justin K. Arest introduced two resolutions, on the placement of a Menorah in Chase Park and a lighting ceremony, and the placement of Menorah in Boniface Circle. Both resolutions were approved.
Trustee Randall B. Whitestone introduced two resolutions regarding an intermunicipal agreements with Westchester County for youth programs. The first resolution would provide a positive youth development program, entitled “Youth Sports Program,” and the second resolution would provide a positive youth development program, entitled “Community Youth Service Project.” Both resolutions were adopted.
Mr. Whitestone introduced a final resolution for a professional services agreement with the Humane Society of Westchester, Inc. D/B/A New Rochelle Humane Society, to provide “proper care for all animals for the village.” The resolution was adopted.
Light the ‘Dale
The Village will hold their annual Light the “Dale celebration in Scarsdale Village on Friday December 3rd from 5-7 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Comments from Mayor Jane Veron
Here are opening comments from Mayor Jane Veron that shed light on the issues above and more, including continued work to find a location for a dog park:
You’ve heard our board speak regularly about improvements to Village strategic and financial planning and the new framework to guide the process. We are thrilled tonight that after articulating where we want to head, we reach another important milestone. Earlier this evening in our public work session, we met with our auditor, as we do annually. But this year was different. Instead of a review of the financial statements in the format we have historically used, we examined our financials as an Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. To those not close to these matters, you might think it semantics; but in fact, our new approach enables us to forecast and manage capital spending in a way that affords much greater transparency. You will also hear, in just a few minutes, an overview of the reengineered budget process. Please join us in upcoming work sessions as we engage with department heads well before they finalize their plans. We will collaborate on goals and objectives, have constructive give and take, and align on resource requirements.
Work sessions through year-end will include not only our pre-budget meetings but also matters that we’ve been previously discussing.
First, there are legal matters:
On Tuesday, November 16, we will again be reviewing our telecom code. We have gone back to our attorneys with board and community feedback from our October work session. We will review revised language that affords Scarsdale the maximum amount of permissible control. Our goal is to update our code in short order. Thereafter, we will seek to close coverage gaps as they impede public safety and resident convenience.
We have two other pressing legal matters this month. With the Board’s consent, we plan to hold public hearings on November 23 to discuss whether Scarsdale should opt out of permitting two types of cannabis businesses, retail dispensaries and/or consumption lounges, within Scarsdale’s borders. This issue has generated a lot of community interest, and the Board has received many emails, reports, statements, and calls from individuals and community groups. The public hearing will provide the community an additional opportunity to express views before the December 14 Board vote. On Nov 23, I will also ask the Board to share their preliminary thoughts having had the time to digest materials from both prior work sessions. The Board must take action by December 31 in order to have any possibility of opting out. The decision to opt out now does not preclude the ability to opt back in later.
The Board is also proposing a related law that will restrict smoking of both tobacco and cannabis products in Village facilities, recreation spaces such as fields, playgrounds, parks and Village parking lots, Village vehicles and also in Village business districts. In these places, we seek a smoke-free environment for members of the public and for Village employees.
Finally, tonight, we offer you the opportunity to comment on proposed code changes to make permanent sidewalk cafes and to extend the selling of wares on sidewalks in Scarsdale retail hubs. One of COVID’s silver linings was our ability to offer creative solutions for outdoor dining, and the community embraced our efforts. Thank you for taking this leap of faith with us, and now we have the chance to codify it. We will also continue to test the use of sidewalks for selling wares and evaluate for the next calendar year.
In addition to legal matters, Quality of Life and Infrastructure initiatives keep percolating. Next week, it is our hope that we continue our dog park conversation. We know many residents are eager for us to provide a place for dogs to run and for dog owners to congregate. The biggest issue is location. Staff have persisted in exploring options, and they will update the board and community. In subsequent weeks, we also plan to discuss the Ida After Action Report, Water Rate Study and signs.
This is the time of year for remembrance and celebration. We will be honoring our veterans this Thursday, November 11 at Veteran Memorial Park at 10:30 am. Please join us to pay tribute. And please mark your calendar for the return of Light the ‘Dale, in person, on Friday Dec 3 from 5-7 pm. We look forward to a decorated, spirited and fun-filled community-building event.
Before I conclude, there has been community talk regarding a land use matter, specifically related to 41 Hampton. As some of you may be aware, the Village Board serves as the appeals authority for cases decided by the Committee for Historic Preservation. As such, we must refrain from making comments that could be viewed as an effort to influence the CHP’s review process. That said, the Village Board and staff also have a responsibility to be responsive to public concerns – to let our community know that we are listening, and then to take the appropriate steps to understand the issue being raised and craft any solutions our examination of the issue may determine necessary. We take these responsibilities quite seriously.
Even when we cannot speak specifically, I do find it helpful to share the process used to investigate and resolve matters of public concern. This process relates to matters such as those I highlighted earlier, such as telecom regulations or marijuana establishments, this particular land use issue and a myriad other examples.
Recycle Your Pumpkins—It’s Easy
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All those pumpkins and gourds that have been sitting on your front steps or that will decorate your Thanksgiving table can have another valuable use after the holidays--being turned into compost! There are several easy ways Scarsdale residents can recycle pumpkins and gourds:
• Place them in, on or next to your food scrap recycling bin (Need one? Email email@example.com or register here
• Bring them directly to the Food Scrap Drop-off Site at the Recycling Center, 110 Secor Road (Please put them on or in front of the wall behind the food scrap collection bins.)
• Place them with your yard waste or leaf pile
By sending our pumpkins and gourds to be composted, we are helping nature recycle her bounty and returning nutrients to our earth!
Find Out Where to Vote Today
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Below is information from the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale on how to vote in the updoming election on November 2nd.
The November 2nd general election is fast approaching! Below is important information about the three ways voters can cast their ballots, information about the five state-wide proposals and the one county-wide proposal that will be on the ballots, the races on which Scarsdale residents will vote, and important dates to keep in mind.
There are three ways to vote in the November 2nd General Election: (1) by absentee ballot; (2) in person during Early Voting; and (3) in person on Election Day.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
All New York registered voters fearful of contracting Covid-19 may apply for, and vote by, absentee ballot using “temporary illness” as the reason for their absentee ballot request. The Westchester Board of Elections website details the variety of ways that you can apply for an absentee ballot, including through an online portal. The last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot is October 18th, but voters are encouraged to apply NOW. Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 2nd and received by the Board of Elections by November 9th. [Please note that mailed absentee ballots without a postmark must be received by Wednesday, November 3rd to be counted]. Those not comfortable with the delivery of mail service but wishing to avoid the possibility of long lines at the polls may return their completed absentee ballots to drop boxes which will be stationed at the Board of Elections, early voting polling locations, and election day polling locations.
Voting in Person during Early Voting
Early voting will take place between October 23rd and 31st. Westchester voters can vote at any early polling site in the county. Be sure to check early voting locations and times. Westchester voters may also place absentee ballots in drop boxes at any early voting polling locations.
Voting in Person on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2nd
Election Day is November 2nd, and you can vote only at your assigned polling location on November 2nd. You may also place your absentee ballot in the drop box at any Election Day polling location.
You can check your Election District or polling place here.
The Five State Proposals on the November 2nd Ballot
1. Amending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process
2. Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment
3. Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement
4. Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting
5. Increasing the Jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court
The Westchester County Proposition on the November 2nd Ballot
1. Enacting a New Westchester County-Wide Code of Ethics
A full description of each state proposal and the question as it will appear on the ballot may be found at The League of Women Voters of New York State’s Voter Guide. The League of Women Voters of Westchester County has issued a statement supporting the County proposal.
Four Races on the Ballot
During the General Election, Scarsdale residents will also vote on four races:
1. Westchester County Clerk
2. Westchester County Executive
3. Westchester County Legislator District 5
4. NY Supreme Court Justice - 9th Judicial District
Important Dates To Calendar
● 10/18 (Monday): Last day for your absentee ballot application to be postmarked.
● 10/23 (Saturday): Early Voting Period begins. Voters may vote in person at any of the Early Voting polling locations.
● 10/31 (Sunday): Last day of Early Voting.
● 11/1 (Monday): Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot.
● 11/2 (Tuesday): General Election Day: In-person voters must vote at their assigned polling location only.
● Last day for your absentee ballot to be postmarked. [Absentee ballots must be received by November 9th. Absentee ballots without a postmark must be received by November 3rd].
● Last day to deliver an absentee ballot in person to the Board of Elections.
Democracy is not a spectator sport! The League urges all voters to exercise their right to make their voices heard. Updates regarding voting can be found at www.lwvs.org/voter-information/. You may also visit the NYS League of Women Voters website at My.lwv.org/new-york-state.
If you have any questions regarding voting, contact the Scarsdale League of Women Voters, Voter Service chairs here.
Lauren Hertzog Fields, Beatrice Sevcik, and Jessica Zellner
Scarsdale Democrats Urge You to Get Out and Vote
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The Scarsdale Democrats urge you to vote early or on election day. Here are letters from Scarsdale Democrats Michelle Lichtenberg, Myra Saul, Mark Lewis and BK Munguia.
This letter was written by Scarsdale’s Michelle Lichtenberg
Just because it’s an “off” election year, doesn't mean that this is not an important election. We need Democrats to show up at the polls and vote.
The Republicans are running a stealth campaign. They are not engaging with Democrats, for example, they refused to participate in debates. Instead, they are laser focused on turning out their base with scary arguments about critical race theory in the schools and the flights of immigrant children into Westchester airports during early morning hours. Of course, critical race theory is not an academic subject in our schools and the flights of immigrant children into Westchester to re-join their family is determined by federal authorities.
It is critical for us to get our fellow Democrats to vote. Many do not even know that there is an election. Please reach out to your neighbors and friends to encourage them to vote. And of course, exercise your right and privilege to VOTE.
Be sure to vote for the Democratic ticket – Row A all the way. Also be sure to flip your ballot over and vote yes on all the propositions on the ballot. There are five statewide propositions and one county proposition.
Want more information? Below is a letter from by Scarsdale Democratic Chair Myra Saul regarding Latimer, Idoni and Boykin and another letter from Mark Lewis and BK Munguia regarding judges and the propositions.
Here are three ways you can vote and support our Democratic candidates:
1.) Early voting locations and hours--Can be found at voteearlyny.org Voters can cast their ballots at any early voting location in the County. The closest are the Eastchester Library and the Board of Elections in White Plains.
2.) Voters must vote at their assigned polling place on election day. If the voter does not vote at the assigned location, THAT VOTE DOES NOT COUNT. To find out an assigned polling location, go to https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov
3.) Want to vote absentee? It is too late to send in a request. BUT, you may go in person to the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, and ask for an absentee ballot, complete it and give it back to them in one transaction. Call the Board of Elections for more information about hours and days of operation--914-995-5700.
Got ideas or questions? I want to hear from you.
Let’s stay strong and VOTE,
Letter from Myra Saul
Elections are important at all levels of government, especially local elections where the winners directly affect residents’ quality of life. The Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee urges voters to cast their ballots for the entire Democratic slate of candidates on Row A.
Early voting started Saturday, October 23 and lasts through October 31. Any Westchester resident may vote at any early voting location in the county during the early voting period. For a complete list of early voting locations and hours, see the non-partisan site voteearlyny.org.
If you vote on Election Day, November 2, you must vote at your assigned polling location for your current address. Your vote will not be counted if you do not cast it at your assigned polling place on Election Day.
Vote for George Latimer for County Executive.
What a breath of fresh air! As compared to his predecessor, George Latimer understands that elected officials have a duty to actually govern, not grandstand with budget gimmicks and stalled projects. The Latimer administration exudes a competent, steady hand. Once one of the earliest sites of the pandemic, Westchester is now managing the pandemic with some of the highest vaccination rates in the country. County Executive Latimer stopped the privatization policy for county communal assets such as the Westchester County airport. He reinstituted surveillance of dangerous chemicals at the airport, which sits adjacent to the Kensico Reservoir. He does not believe in the Republican “starve the beast” mentality for government that inevitably shortchanges everyone in the county. All this with two successive cuts in county taxes!
Vote for Tim Idoni for County Clerk.
Tim Idoni is another elected official that is committed to doing his job for the benefit of the public. He is the master of administrative detail. With the help of technology, Idoni made a dramatic cut in personnel even as the workload of the office increased.
Vote for Ben Boykin for County Legislator.
Ben Boykin is currently our county legislator and deserves to be re-elected. He is also the chair of the county legislature. Working with the County Executive, Boykin and the County Board made sure that Westchester had sufficient protective equipment in the early stages of the pandemic. County Legislator Boykin, who has a financial background, is also mindful of costs to taxpayers.
Chair, Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee
Letter from Mark Lewis and BK Munguia
To the Editor:
There is an important election this November! The Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee encourages all voters to cast their ballots for the Democratic ticket and “yes” on all five State Constitutional propositions and the one Westchester County proposition. To help educate voters, this letter will describe the credentials of each of the five Democratic judicial candidates and the propositions and why each deserves your vote.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote on five (5) State Supreme Court judges. The State Supreme Court is the state’s trial court with general jurisdiction, which means that judges hear a variety of civil and criminal cases.
The five Democratic candidates all are qualified to serve as Supreme Court judges, have the requisite judicial temperament and are pro-choice.
Justice Robert M. Berliner currently serves as a Supreme Court Justice and has served in this capacity since 2008.
Judge Christie L. D’Alessio is currently the town judge in neighboring Greenburgh. She is an Acting Justice in several other nearby areas as well. Judge D’Alessio is the current Principal Law Clerk for a Westchester County Court judge and previously served as an attorney in the Westchester County Attorney’s office.
Thomas R. Davis has practiced law for over 29 years, primarily as a litigator. He is a well-known advocate for the disabled community and has been involved with organizations to support the disabled community.
James L. Hyer is the current President of the Westchester Bar Association. He is a human rights advocate and is the Administrative Law Judge for the Westchester Human Rights Commission. He is a seasoned litigator. He is also the Corporation Counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County.
Judge Thomas Quinones is a City Court Judge in Yonkers. He previously served as a Support Magistrate in the Manhattan Family Court and as the Executive Associate General Counsel in the New York City Human Resources Administration, Office of Legal Affairs, Office of the General Counsel.
The Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee endorses the passage of all five New York State Constitutional propositions.
Proposition 1 amends the Apportionment and Redistricting Process. This proposition would change many of the technical details of this process. For example, incarcerated people must be counted as residents of their last place of residence, not their place of incarceration. Most significantly, the legislature’s vote to approve maps submitted by the Independent Redistricting Commission can change from a two-thirds supermajority to a simple majority.
Proposition 2 establishes the rights of New Yorkers to Clean Air, Clean Water and a Healthful Environment.
Proposition 3 eliminates the requirement to register to vote 10 days in advance of an election. Consequently, if passed, this proposition permits ‘same day as the election’ voter registration. The legislature will have to enact legislation for this to become law.
Proposition 4 authorizes “no excuse” absentee ballot voting.
Proposition 5 increases the jurisdiction of the New York Civil Court from $25,000 to $50,000.
The Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee also endorses the passage of the Westchester proposition which requires the County to create a new and comprehensive code of ethics and disclosure requirements.
Mark Lewis, Vice Chair
B. Kathleen Munguia, Vice President
Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee
Village Issues RFP for Traffic Calming Study
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With more people working from home, Scarsdale’s streets are abuzz with pedestrians, cyclists and even scooters. Everyone seems to be fighting for their fair share of the roadway, and some feel that our roads are becoming more perilous.
How can the Village improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and scooters? Do we need more sidewalks, bike lanes, warning lights and stop signs?
In response to concerns about dangerous intersections and crosswalks Village Trustees held a work session on October 5, 2021 to announce an RFP for a traffic study. Mayor Jane Veron announced that the Village will seeks out firms who can take a holistic approach to Village traffic and look for innovative and creative solutions for traffic calming.
The work was led by Village Planner Greg Cutler and Assistant Village Planner Rosie Dowd. They have defined the area of concern as the Village Center and roads leading out of the Village including Fox Meadow, Crane and Popham Roads. Due to a recent petition to improve safety on Sprague Road, it will be included in the study as well.
Cutler explained the goals of the study which are:
-Improved pedestrian and cyclist safety
-Analysis of crosswalks
-Implementation of micro-mobility like scooters and bikes
-Improved mobility for people for all ages and modes of transportation
-Improved ADA compliance
-Identification of opportunities to increase neighborhood connectivity.
-Analysis of traffic flow
The work should keep sustainability in mind and propose low maintenance solutions, sustainable elements and green infrastructure.
Other elements of the assignment include “Placemaking,” including:
-Evaluate design standards and branding
-Consider how best to implement streetscape improvements
-Consider most efficient uses of the public right of way.
-Identify way to activate public spaces through sidewalk café, public space programming and design improvement.
The firm will be tasked with gathering information by meeting with village staff, conducting site visits, reviewing existing report, conducting public outreach, collecting traffic data, analyzing previous accident report and creating a user friendly website to elicit public input.
Once all the data has been gathered, they will conduct an analysis of their findings and prepare recommendations for improvements. As an outcome of the work, the Village is requesting three conceptual improvement plans along with time estimates for immediate, intermediate and distant interventions.
Commenting on the RFP, Trustee Randy Whitestone said that federal transportation grants might be available to fund this work. He endorsed the use of consultants to find solutions to these problem and said he was pleased that Sprague Road is included. He hoped interim steps could be taken to improve conditions on Sprague Road, before the study comes out.
Trustee Crandall expressed concern about the upkeep and maintenance of any of these new initiatives saying that our Department of Public Works is already overburdened.
Trustee Ahuja asked that outreach include young residents who use the streets all day long. He said, “The kids are here all day.” He added, “I am proud that the Village staff is able to move this forward during a time of transition.”
Trustee Brew said that this project might influence the outcome of the Freightway Project as well.
Village Manager Rob Cole said that most errands in Scarsdale require a car and the Village “walk score” is poor. He hoped that this type of project would help to improve that.