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From the Mayor: Need for Smoke Alarms and Hiring Reputable Contractors Among Important Home Safety Recommendations at Building Safety Day PDF Print Email

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Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 22, 2019:  Led by our new building department supervisor, Paul Taft, the village instituted a Building Safety Day, which took place last Saturday on Palumbo Place. It was so well attended and residents found it so informative that we plan on making it an annual event.

Home safety, be it electrical, structural, water-related, or fireproofing, is critical not only to the well-being of your family but that of your neighbors. It is especially important in a village such as ours, where 40% of the residents live in multifamily units and one’s neighbor's unsafe remodeling could directly impact your home safety.

Some of the major takeaways from the event included:

  • The need for smoke alarms on every floor and inside each bedroom. They should be tested on a monthly basis.

  • Electrical cords should be regularly inspected and, if cracked or frayed, thrown away immediately. They should also never run under rugs or across doorways.

  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home and tested monthly.

  • All emergency numbers and medical needs for everyone in your family need to be posted in an obvious place such as a refrigerator door or a bulletin board. This also helps the EMTs should there be an emergency.

  • Plan a location away from your home in the event of any fire or gas emergencies. By meeting at a designated point, it will become quite clear who is or is not safely out of the house. Also, have a plan as to pet rescue.

The importance of hiring a very reputable and skilled contractor is paramount to ensure the safety of any construction project. Issues to clarify with a prospective contractor include: 

  • Verify that the contractor is properly licensed for the work to be undertaken.

  • Check how many building permits the contractor has obtained in the jurisdiction in the past two years. This is important, as contractors familiar with local building code requirements and permitting processes always have a better understanding of the requirements. 

  • Require proof of general liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance before signing documents.

  • Ask for a list of past clients.

  • Check whether subs will be involved and their competency, agree on a payment schedule, and designate a point person as the project supervisor.

  • Ask for a pre-project meeting with the building department so you are fully versed as to what building permits will be required. Permits are always needed, even for small projects if related to plumbing, electrical, and mechanical changes.

Aside from overseeing major construction or rehab projects, our building department also handles the day-to-day household needs as they arise.

The following were the most frequently asked questions at our Building Code Expo:

1. Do garbage and recycling need to be curbside? Garbage does not need to be at the curb but recycling does. The garbage men will come onto your property to pick up your regular garbage. Recycling needs to be brought to the curb by 7:00 am Wednesday morning. If you have scheduled a bulky waste pickup, the bulk items need to be curbside by 7:00 am on the day of your pickup (Thursday/Friday). 

2. What days do I schedule my bulky waste pick up? Bulky waste pickups are always scheduled for the second day of your garbage pickup. If you fall under the Monday/Thursday garbage pickup schedule, your bulk waste day is Thursday. If you fall under the Tuesday/Friday garbage pickup schedule, your bulk waste day is Friday.

3. Do you need a permit to take down a tree? If the tree is a privately owned tree, there is no permit needed to take down the tree. If the tree is a village tree and you think there is an issue, please contact the village.

4.  How do I report potholes/street lights that are out? Go to our website, www.villageofbronxville.comunder the public works link to report potholes and street light issues.

5.  Do I need to get a permit for a dumpster? If the dumpster is going on your own private property, no permit is needed. If the dumpster is going to be on village property, a permit is required. The application is on our website, www.villageofbronxville.com, under the public works link.

6.  Who is responsible to maintain sidewalks? As a homeowner, you are responsible to maintain your property from your house to the street, including the sidewalk.

7.  How do I dispose of yard waste? Yard waste should be placed in biodegradable bags and placed at the curb. Bags of leaves cannot be mixed in with sticks and twigs. The sticks and twigs must be bundled/tied and put out separately.

8. Does the village pick up paint cans? The village picks up paint cans as long as the cans are completely dried out and the lids are off of the cans.    

Paul Taft, our building department supervisor, asked me to reaffirm small things that can often mean life or death in building safety. He encourages us to spend those extra $40 and buy the proper quantity of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The potential benefits so far outweigh the costs. Last, put a number on your house and make it visible. When there is an emergency, time is of the essence and emergency vehicles are guided by the numbers.


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Bronxville Police Blotter: May 5 to May 13, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

May 22, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.  

May 5, 2019, 1:35 pm, White Plains Road: A 23-year-old woman of Mount Vernon was charged with suspended registration (misdemeanor) after an on-board license plate reader indicated to the officer that the registration to the 1998 Toyota Camry she was operating was suspended because of parking violations. The vehicle was impounded. The woman was processed and released on scene pending her next court appearance.

May 7, 2019, 3:43 pm, Pondfield Road: There was a motor vehicle accident, and an officer responded. The drivers involved elected to exchange information without police assistance.

May 7, 2019, 5:40 pm, New Rochelle Road: There was a two-vehicle accident. One driver was transported to NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital with a complaint of pain to her wrist.

May 9, 2019, 10:49 am, Alden Place: A found cell phone was turned over to police. The owner was contacted, and the phone was returned.

May 9, 2019, 3:40 pm: Officers assisted with a verbal dispute between family members.

May 10, 2019, 8:31 am, Studio Arcade: A village employee was bitten in the leg by a small dog that was being walked on a leash by its owner. All vaccination records were provided to the police department. Medical attention was not needed.

May 11, 2019, 11:09 am, Bronxville Library: A library patron complained about a car alarm going off in the parking lot. The alarm ceased on its own before the responding officer could locate the owner.

May 11, 2019, 1:43 pm, ACME Cedar Street: A woman reported that a male was being verbally abusive toward her. The man fled the scene when she threatened to call the police and was not located. No crime was committed.

May 13, 2019, 9:43 pm, Palmer Avenue: A 37-year-old woman of the Bronx was charged with suspended registration (misdemeanor) after an on-board license plate reader indicated to the officer that the registration to the 2004 Honda Pilot she was operating was suspended because of an insurance lapse. The vehicle was impounded. The woman was also cited for expired inspection and no insurance. She was processed and released on scene pending her next court appearance.



 
From the Mayor: Seeking Input on Textile Recycling PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 15, 2019:  I recently attended a Westchester County municipal officials presentation on decreasing a whole section of potentially recyclable waste by capturing the textile market. Most communities are doing a good job on the paper/plastic/bottle recycling, but presently, 85% of all the textiles we use are discarded as trash, and the number is growing.

According to the EPA, trash removal costs the US economy a staggering $384 billion yearly, and the cost of managing trash has risen 2.4 times the rate of inflation for decades now. The result is an ever-increasing cost to municipal budgets, diverting funds from parks, recreation, infrastructure repairs, etc.

At the village level, we spend one-half million dollars yearly on trash removal. This is only operating expenses and does not even factor in the costs of trucks, ancillary equipment, and vehicle repair. I can only imagine how we could improve the village if we just reduced costs in the 10 to 20% range.

The company Waste Zero, founded in 1991, saw a need to fill the gap re: textile recycling. A certified B corporation, they have partnered with more than 800 municipalities in reducing waste and saving money, serving over 4.5 million households weekly, including many in nearby central Connecticut.

To earn a B corporation certification, Waste Zero underwent investigation of its environmental impact, impact on the communities in which it operates, its governance, and its treatment of its work force.

The mechanics of the program are thus: 

  • Residents first receive pink recycling bags in the mail, which are to be placed out for collection on the normal recycling day next to the paper/can recycling bins. Bags are collected on that same day and replacement bags are placed in or tied on to the residents’ recycling bins.

Based on a mapped route, the only village involvement would be a button pressed by our recycling staff as they pass by a pink bag. Waste Zero’s truck, via GPS, would receive the transmission.

  • The benefits are first and foremost the recycling of used textiles such as sheets, frayed towels, and rags that all end up in the garbage stream.

  • There is no cost to a municipality and in addition to saving on municipal costs, a community receives $20 per ton for textiles collected.

  • While the primary focus is on textiles, the program will also accept small household items that can fit into the size of the pink bag. These include purses, drapes, tools, dishes, mirrors, toys, shoes, and pots and pans.

  • If a bag should get missed, the company can be notified and guarantee same-day pickup.

Of course, as in anything, there are potential downsides:

  • The program claims the impact on charitable drop-off programs is minimal. Documented behavior suggests people who donate to charities do so because they believe in the charity and/or appreciate the tax deduction. The program primarily is for those who normally don’t recycle textiles or find many of their goods too used to donate. The goal is to get these residents in the habit of adding textiles to their recycling stream.

  • There is no receipt given for tax deductions.

  • Concern over the possible interval between village recycling pickup and textile pickup, i.e., bags left on streets for hours.

I would love residents’ thoughts on this initiative and would appreciate an email reaction at  CLOAKING .

The village, in conjunction with our Green Committee, has been looking into a variety of energy-saving initiatives including a ban on plastic bags, food composting, and the use of solar panels. As to a plastic bag ban, we knew both the state and the county were ready to enact legislation, so we tabled it locally knowing the principle of pre-emption would dictate whose law would prevail.

The county is also actively pursuing a county-wide food compost program with a central composting location available to all participating county communities. This would so beneficially negate the need for our village to find a composting site in our densely populated village.

Many communities also have very open-ended solar panel regulations. But again, given our lot sizes and density, we must be cautious that the benefit to one home does not prove to be a detriment to a resident within feet of the installation.

We continue to be one of the top three Westchester communities, along with Bedford and Scarsdale, in recycling of papers and cans, bottles, and plastics, but there are so many more avenues of reclamation we must pursue. 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Take-Back Day is Coming: Donate Clothes and Furniture, Shred Documents, Toss Out Old Cell Phones, and More PDF Print Email

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By Mary Liz Mulligan, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

May 15, 2019:  The Bronxville Green Committee’s semi-annual take-back day is not far off. It is on June 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Palumbo Place. Please enter on Pondfield Road at the police department driveway.

We have a new collection category, which is a good thing for many reasons. We will be collecting clean, usable clothing (no shoes or purses, please) for the Vietnam Vets of America. I have been donating to this organization for years and they are very appreciative.

The timing is perfect to let you know of this new collection since we are all in swap-out mode for the heavy warm clothes to summer fare. Spring is here ... although it doesn’t seem like it.

We will have a total of five collection categories:

County Mobile Shredder. The truck will be with us to shred your sensitive paper documents. There is a limit of two cartons/shopping bags per car. No walk-ups, please, for safety and fairness reasons. There is always a lineup of cars for the shredder; walk-ups are put into harm’s way because of all the vehicle traffic on Palumbo during the event. The truck capacity is five tons, and once it is reached, the paper collection is ceased. We have often been able to continue collecting right to the final bell, but several times, it fills before 1:00 pm, so please try not to wait until 12:30 to head over because you may be disappointed. There is only one shredder truck for the entire county, and we have it scheduled for Bronxville two times a year. For your planning purposes, the next visit will be November 2.

Furniture Sharehouse. Furniture Sharehouse accepts used but still functional furniture for needy families in Westchester County. Please check here for guidelines and restrictions. This organization has helped thousands of our needy families.

E-Waste. E-waste includes computer monitors, keyboards, VCRs, printers, fax machines, cell phones, and more.

Animal Shelter. Clean towels and sheets are accepted for animal shelters; no dog beds, please.

Vietnam Vets of America. Clean, usable clothing (no shoes or purses, please). 

If you have any questions, please email Mary Liz Mulligan at CLOAKING  

Please check out the Bronxville Green Committee page on the Village of Bronxville website.

You can also access the Bronxville Giving Garden page on the site and become involved by digging and planting, weeding, harvesting, and delivering the freshest veggies to our needy neighbors.

Photo courtesy Green Committee


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Bronxville Police Blotter: April 30 to May 4, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

May 15, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.  

April 30, 2019, 2:20 pm, Pondfield Road: Officers responded to a call of a hit-and-run of a parked vehicle. Officers were able to use village surveillance cameras to identify the offending vehicle and contacted the owner. An accident report was completed.

May 2, 2019, 8:29 am, Midland Avenue: A 31-year-old man of Mount Vernon was charged with the misdemeanor suspended registration after an onboard license plate reader indicated to the officer that the registration to the 2003 Acura MDX he was operating was suspended because of an insurance lapse. The vehicle was impounded. The man was processed on scene and released pending his next court appearance.

May 3, 2019, 5:42 pm, Milburn Street: A resident reported a loud noise coming from an apartment above her. Officers responded and did not find any conditions that required police attention.

May 3, 2019, 8:31 pm, Tanglewylde Avenue: A homeowner reported a large group of youths causing a noise disturbance. Officers responded and interviewed a 16-year-old male who was in a physical altercation with another unknown male who fled the scene. The 16-year-old did not require medical attention; his parents were notified and responded to pick him up. The incident is being investigated.

May 4, 2019, 9:48 am, Police Headquarters: After an investigation by detectives, a 24-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with petit larceny for stealing items from a parked vehicle on April 23 at around 4:30 am. The man was processed and released on $50 bail pending his next court appearance.  

May 4, 2019, Valley Road: Officers responded to a report of a loud party at a residence and a large group of youths fled the scene on foot. Numerous beer cans were strewn about the property. The incident is being investigated by youth officers.

 
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