Jan. 22, 2020: The Bronxville Village Board of Trustees was back at work on Monday, January 13, with their first board meeting in 2020.
After wishing everyone a Happy New Year, Mayor Mary Marvin introduced Helen Knapp as the newly appointed board member to fill the unexpired term of Randy Mayer. Mayer recently stepped down from the Board because he is moving away from Bronxville.
Knapp has served on the Village's Planning Board since 2018. Mayor Marvin noted that "Helen has a great combination of corporate background, education, and frankly has a real pulse on a lot of different groups in the community."
The Mayor continued to recognize and thank the many volunteers who sit on the Village's Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Design Review Committee, noting that over 60 individuals give their time to the Village at no compensation.
Also included in the Mayor's report was the announcement that the Governor's office recently awarded over $400,000 to the Village of Bronxville under the auspices of the Environmental Facilities Committee. These funds have been allocated to support the current program of sanitary sewer cleaning and lining.
It was also announced that the Village's Tax Assessor has reviewed all of the properties in the Village this year and that all residents will be receiving a new valuation of their property in the first week of February. Mindful of the current trends and changes in the real estate market, Mayor Marvin expects most residents' assessments to drop by some percentage. The Mayor reminds residents that if they do not think that the new value in their assessment is correct, they have the option of appearing before the Grievance Board.
Eastchester Town Councilman, Glenn D. Belitto presented a check to Linda Nagle, Chairwoman of the Senior Citizen Council ("SCC"), in support of the SCC's work with Bronxville and Tuckahoe seniors. Linda announced that the Senior Citizens Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary this Spring with a "Cheers to Fifty Years" celebration at the Bronxville Field Club on April 23, 6:30-9:00 pm.
Village Administrator, James Palmer, reported that most of the Village's current public works projects are running on schedule due to the winter's mild conditions.
These projects include the following:
-installation of additional westside lighting and increased lighting at the intersection of Pondfield and Midland
-installation of new parking kiosks in the Kraft Avenue parking lot to replace 185 coin meters
-installation of two electric car charging stations in the Parkway Road lot, and
-the library HVAC system improvement project.
The trustees approved six resolutions which included the following:
an amendment of the Rules of Procedure for Village Board of Trustee meetings to ensure a courteous and civil meeting environment
-the authorization for Administrator Palmer to execute a water usage and data sharing security agreement with Suez Water
-the authorization for the establishment of a capital project for the construction of dual-port electric car charging stations in the Villa BXV garage, and
-the designation of Village Administrator Palmer to serve as Budget Officer for the 2020-21 fiscal year responsible for preparing the Village's operating budget.
The next Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting is on Monday, February 10, at 8:00 pm in the trustee's room at Bronxville Village Hall.
Photo by A. Warner