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Village Trustees Discuss Soil and Groundwater Contamination on School Campus PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold

Mar. 15, 2017:  A few hours ahead of a state of emergency, declared in advance of a predicted blizzard, the Bronxville Board of Trustees convened on March 13 for its regular workshop and meeting.

Mayor Mary Marvin, speaking for Village Administrator Jim Palmer, who was unable to attend the meeting, explained that declaring a state of emergency is a prerequisite to establishing village eligibility for any federal, state, and/or county funds available for post-blizzard cleanup.

Water and Soil Testing:  In other business, Marvin reported that independent environmental consultant Ecosystems Strategies, Inc. has issued a review of water and soil testing results conducted at The Bronxville School by Omega Environmental Services, Inc. The village hired Ecosystems in February primarily to help trustees understand, evaluate, and interpret testing results and data relating to the proposed Marriott Hotel site on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe.

"In essence, we asked Ecosystems to evaluate subsurface conditions, identify potential sources of vapor intrusion, and provide preliminary data on soil and groundwater integrity," Marvin said. Vapor intrusion is the movement of volatile chemicals from underground sources into the indoor air of buildings sitting above or adjacent to a site.

Ecosystems, in its summary review of work conducted by Omega Environmental Services, Inc. on the Federal Emergency Management Midland Valley Drainage Project construction site at the school campus, indicated that no compounds were identified in either groundwater or soil at concentrations requiring remedial action. Onsite reuse of the soil displaced for construction is appropriate, although Omega recommended that the soil be covered with a tarp.

Ecosystems also reported that Omega Environmental Services, Inc. stated that the substances detected in the groundwater are not the results of any contaminants migrating from groundwater at a different location. Soil tested showed concentrations of carbon and fuel due to the high level of traffic in the Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road area.

"We don't have absolutely clean 'anything' in our communities," Trustee Randy Mayer observed. "It's important to understand what levels can be acceptable and conform to them." He added that having to tolerate these types of environmental imperfections is not optimal, "but it's just the way life works."

Marvin told the trustees that Ecosystems Strategies, Inc. is currently working on reports generated from testing at the Marbledale Road site in Tuckahoe.

Pictured here: Hayes Field taken from the school playground.

Photo by A. Warner



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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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