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Tarrytown Board: More Parking Woes Ahead

In a short Tarrytown Board of Trustees meeting, repaving of parking lots and streets were the biggest news.

Mayor Drew Fixell began the meeting with a moment of silence for Elizabeth "Libby" Scarborough Mascia, the founder of the child-care center in Tarrytown that now bears her name, who died Sept. 15. She was 91.

Village Administrator's Report

Michael Blau reported that the largest of the commuter parking lots across from the train station will be repaved. The work is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 21. 

"The village is working on creating alternate locations for parking and a flyer designating temporary commuter parking areas will be provided to all cars in the commuter lots," said Blau. 

Information about alternate parking during the repaving project will also be noted on signs and on the village web site.

"It had to be done sooner or later," said Blau. "I'll take the hit," he said in reaction to the pained look on the faces of some Trustees who obviously anticipated more backlash from commuters already frustrated with the disruption of parking.

Blau went on to say that the repaving of village streets began last Thursday. The following streets have or will be repaved: Walnut, Browning, Embree, Front, and portions of High Street, Benedict from Loh to Martling, and Altamont from Rosehill to Fairview. 

"Cooperative bidding with the five villages in the Town of Greenburgh for the repaving of village streets has significantly reduced our paving cost and enabled the village to pave more streets," said Blau. 

As a result funds now exist to also pave Hanford Place.

Public Hearing - Alarm User Permits

No one spoke during the public hearing to change residential and commercial security alarm permits from one to two years. The Board quickly passed the measure along with a change to the alarm fee schedule for a two year permit, instead of one. Fees did not increase. 

Resolutions

The Board voted to hire RBC Wealth Management to provide investment services for the Length of Service Award Program for the fire department.

The Board awarded a contract to a Connecticut company to repair a "piped stream" under Central Ave. The culvert is part of the storm sewer system. Bids ranged from $112,000 to $197,000. The project was awarded to the lowest bidder.

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Gargamel September 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM
no report about the water problems?
joy September 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I wonder if they will include sidewalks and crosswalks in the repaving. It is trecharous for wallkers in that lot, especially when trying to walk south from the base of the H Bridge.
Patricia September 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I am guessing that sidewalks are not included, though I could be wrong. It has been my experience that they do not ask for input on major projects from those people who are actually impacted by the projects.
wanda September 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
How many times can Mr.Blau screw up and mislead the Board and the people before he is REPLACED ? He will take the HIT ONE DAY!
michael September 19, 2012 at 04:20 PM
FIRE BLAU NOW !!
Wonderboy September 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Blau is not going anywhere, he sucks, but he's not going anywhere. Tarrytown is becoming more like a bad episode of pufnstuf everyday..
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Answer re: sidewalks from Blau: "There is a sidewalk on the north side of West Main Street that leads to the river. When the entire project is complete, not just the parking lot repaving project, there will be many more walking paths in the area. We will certainly paint crosswalks where they are necessary and there are some crosswalks being created in the parking lot as part of the project. "
Truth Revealed September 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Mike Blau is just the Trustees fall boy... He's just a blame buffer... The fish stinks from the head down.
Rich September 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM
No information posted anywhere this morning about the commuter lot being affected tomorrow.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
That's surprising, considering the flak from the last time! I'm asking...
Patricia September 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
You are absolutely correct about Mike Blau being the fall boy. He has to deal with the decisions of the trustees and try and make them look good, and that is hard to do when you have a few trustees who make poor decisions on a regular basis. One of the trustees who lives or works on South Broadway is continually harassing the businesses on Broadway and Main st.
Cloudwriter September 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
What idiots decided to build a tennis court in the middle of the commuter parking lot and then building a new parking lot in an open field next to the marina. Are the folks running this village on drugs? We now have fewer parking spaces than we had before. Plus, the new lot was not engineered properly. It floods when it rains. Are they going to fix that? Blau, Fixell and all the trustees should be held accountable to this latest screwup. Finally, where is our swimming pool?
joy September 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Not a sidewalk leading to the River, but a sidewalk in the lot parallel to the tracks for people walking to the train. Walkers walking south -- from the H Bridge, West Main, or from the cars they just parked -- have to walk in traffic to get to the stairs leading to the tracks. Essentially the only spot to walk is between parked cars and oncoming traffic. It is difficult for walkers and parkers. It is difficult for walkers and parkers.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
They haven't posted signs because all the information isn't in place yet, so paving Will Not Start Tomorrow. Here's the update from Blau: "We are now shooting for Monday. Will be placing flyers on cars tomorrow. Am meeting with a property owner tomorrow about temporary parking during the repaving project and that is the last piece I need to complete the flyer."
Truth Revealed September 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Due to poor decision making there is no money left for the pool... However, the village has agreed to let us swim in the Hudson River (at our own risk of course). You just need a permit which will be sold for just $100.00 per swimmer. 1% discount for residents. Trustees swim for free.
wanda September 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Krista Are you saying they will not be paving on Friday ? If Blau said it, they properly will be paving Friday . He will screw it up.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Of course many elements to this project and not all about Village Administrator but many players, but so far it looks like probable Monday.

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