GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Town Board recently heard a very interesting presentation from emergency response professionals, including representatives of Con Ed, the Police Chief, state emergency officials and the Deputy Director of National Center for Disaster Preparedness Center at a Town Board meeting on May 8 (which is streamed on our website: www.greenburghny.com).
The Police Chief discussed the purchase of new software which will enable the town to provide improved communication services to residents after a storm. We will now be able to notify residents , via cell phones, of future emergencies. People will be able to sign up to receive up to date information as to how the town is dealing with emergencies. This notification system differs from the e list and will only be used in the event of emergencies. The Chief indicated that the town will be taking steps to place generators at traffic light locations -to keep the lights on. He is also recommending that a generator be placed at the Theodore Young Community Center, a location that has been used as an emergency shelter. Con Ed is adding about 170 new fuses and switches to the Greenburgh system. If there is an outage the impact will be felt by fewer people. They are also working with industry consultants and trying to address infrastructure problems. They are considering using licensed electricians to help expedite power restorations after storms. NYS is considering the possibility of requiring generators in some gas stations- especially stations on well travelled roads (to reduce the problem we had last year when stations were unable to sell gas.
NYS is planning training programs for emergency responders and wants to improve the tracking of people who have major medical needs. In addition to being proactive dealing with possible power outages and emergencies – the Town Board will be devoting significant attention during the month of May addressing some big issues. Among them:
- Finalizing a lease with MRH . They will be leasing the WESTHELP property from the town. The town expects to receive 9 million dollars over the next 18 years (the time the town has rights to the WESTHELP property). MRH will be converting the abandoned homeless shelter into affordable housing—targetting adults who are over 55 years of age.
- Reassessment—The Town Board will approve a capital budget during the month of May that will provide initial funding for reassessment of town properties. This will be the first reassessment in about 60 years and should reduce the bleeding (certiorari actions), tax grievances. The appropriation: $1,5 million.
- We expect, during the month of May to authorize the purchase of a new sanitation truck (one arm bandit) that will pick up garbage with an automatic refuse collection system. The truck will use one employee instead of three. There will be fewer workers compensation cases, disabilities since garbage will be picked up by a machine.
- We hope to close on the waterwheel property in Ardsley –the property will be sold for 1.2 million dollars. The property will be converted into affordable housing.
- We hope to make a decision re: sale of Frank’s nursery for a sports related facility.
Feel free to call me anytime if you have any concerns about the town. My cell phone is 438 1343 and my office is 993 1545.
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