Here's a look at what happened during Wednesday's work session of the Tarrytown Board of Trustees.
Parking Lot at Fire Training Center Discussed
The board mulled a couple parking lot configurations for Green Street near the Fire Training center. Currently, designs are for 172 spaces at the site, however, trustees felt there could be a few more spaces squeezed in, and the addition of some trees to reduce parking lot visibility.
Trustee Doug Zollo wanted to know when potholes in the village would be filled. Although the village has embarked on a pot-hole filling program Zollo noted there were some major areas that have yet to be addressed by Department of Public Works crews.
"It's May, get them to fill in potholes," Zollo said.
Specifically mentioned were areas on Benedict Avenue, and on Neperan Road.
Village Engineer Michael McGarvey said that DPW crews were understaffed and that workers had a safety course to finish this week, but that work could begin next week. He also noted that hot asphalt just became available two weeks ago.
Riverside Hose Engine Discussed
The issue of the new Riverside Hose Engine was raised again by trustees who wanted to know how the truck would get into the Riverside Hose Company headquarters.
The new engine currently does not fit into the firehouse due to the angle the truck approaches from.
McGarvey said he would be able to get the truck inside, likely by partially raising a portion of the road in front of Riverside, and by lowering the engine's height by a half inch. But, McGarvey warned that if there were to be a pileup of snow, that could create the same problem all over again.
"I can get that truck in there, but if there is six inches of snow, we're back where we started," McGarvey said.
That likely means the village will have to pay to lower the firehouse floor sometime in the future.
Dogs in Patriots Park Discussed
Trustees debated a request to make a fenced-off portion of Patriots Park, which could begin construction next month, a dog-free area.
The concern came to the board by a resident who said she worried about people using the fenced-in playground as an off-leash area for pets.
Board members raised issues about families that bring pets to the park, and people who would ignore the rules anyway. They opted for signage that would strictly state that leash rules would be fully enforced and prosecuted if disobeyed.
Sewer Fund Coming to Residents
The village will likely begin to charge residents for sewer usage. The sewer rate will be directly tied to the water consumption rate of a residence or business.
The purpose of the fund would be to pay for sewer capital projects and repairs such as the recent sewer collapse at Wildey and Storm Street, which cost the village about $140,000.
For the average water bill of $500, the proposed sewer rate would result in an additional fee between $10 and $20. The fee will show up on the water bill, and could be adjusted each year by trustees based on capital needs and sewer upkeep.
Board Receives Bids on Video Equipment
The village is one step closer to purchasing new equipment for the filming of government meetings. Bids went out to eight companies, with only two legitimate bids coming back. Trustees will likely opt for services provided by Electrosonic, which proposed a package for under $41,000.
The new system will be remote controlled and is being paid for with PEG grant funds.