The Town of Mamaroneck Board has approved a 2.5 percent increase in water water bills, effective immediately. A representative from the Westchester Joint Water Works explained that the increase was due to the need of infrastructure improvements which include new computer systems and security improvements. An average home, now paying $800/year, will see a $20 increase. The Board also approved a resolution to end the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in the town. Board members discussed the excessive labor required to process the permits, while pointing out how little revenue was actually generated. It was also noted that there are several other options for obtaining a permit, including local shops and the State of New York.
This past Monday, at the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting, plans for the pilot bike program were confirmed. The proposed project is expected to start in the spring of 2017, with talk of beginning the program on Larchmont Avenue using “sparrows”, a marking system with indications as to where the bikes should travel. The majority of the trustees and Larchmont families alike were supportive of the program with residents pointing out the environmental and safety benefits that the trial program would bring.
The Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission or HCZMC, led by Chair Cindy Goldstein, held a meeting on Wednesday that lasted over five hours. The meeting was devoted to going over the consistency review from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Flood Mitigation Plan with the Local Waterfront Rehabilitation Plan or LWRP. The project, which has been in development since the 1950’s, is targeted at finding solutions to reduce flooding from the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers. The project started gaining traction in March 2010 after the efforts of US Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and State Senator George Latimer. The cost of the project was agreed to be financed federally by 75 percent of funding and non-federally by 25 percent coming from the NY Department State of Conservation, the county and the Village of Mamaroneck. The LWRP is a document that consists of 44 policies, which is aimed to promote a balance between economic development and preservation of our coastal resources.
By federal mandate, every city that is surrounded by water must be regulated by an LWRP. The Army Corps Flood Mitigation Plan for the Sheldrake and Mamaroneck Rivers would have a direct impact on the residents of our community, the ecosystem and surrounding waters, but before the project can move ahead, it is mandatory that the HCZMC has to recommend whether the project is consistent with the LWRP. However, the Department of State performs the final consistency review. During the meeting, the Army Corps presented the reasons why their plan is consistent with the LWRP. Residents were given opportunities to ask questions about the preservation. Following the questions from the residents, consultants hired by the HCZMC, gave a presentation that highlighted their recommendations. Despite the criticism toward the project, the Army Corps confirmed their position. The meeting which ended at 12:40 a.m., without yielding a yes or no decision. HCZMC Chair Cindy Goldstein was in agreement with members of the board in the use of the words “potentially consistent” in their recommendations with seven policies pertaining to the environment and the ecosystem.
In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Richard Slingerland, Village of Mamaroneck Manager; Tony Gelber, Village of Mamaroneck Chair of the Advisory Flood Mitigation Committee to get an update on the flood mitigation plan.
Last week, twenty Argentinian students who are currently studying at Iona College joined The Local Live production team. The students and three of their teachers were part part of a media camp that focuses on mass communications. The Local Live’s Mike Witsch spoke with some of the students at Iona’s TV studio.
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