By Stephen E. Lipken
Village Administrator James Palmer reported that he submitted the mandatory Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Report (MS 4) to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Albany at the Monday, May 8 Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting.
The 2016-17 MS 4 Annual Stormwater Report can be found on website, www.villageofbronxville.com under Village Government, “Public Works.”
The Report consists of six Minimum Control Measures (MCM): 1) Public Education and Outreach; 2) Public Involvement and Participation; 3) Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination; 4) Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control; 5) Post-Construction Stormwater Management; 6) Pollution Prevention.
Palmer added that he observed Bronxville High School students under Biology Teacher Justine McClellan studying toxins in the Bronx River; elementary students taking clear or cloudy water samples, Community Based Learning according to Mayor Mary C. Marvin. He noted that the pupils also set up an aquarium lab to test which insects were capable of destroying the invasive Asian Knotweed.
In the Mayor’s Report, Marvin mentioned organizing a new Retail Mix and Marketing Committee, bringing together landlords, merchants, residents and Chamber of Commerce members to address storefront vacancies, “looking for parking opportunities, zoning codes and street cleaning, streamlining things to make it easier to open a business.”
Palmer disseminated merchant requests for “Change of Use;” i.e. adding an office on the first floor of a currently retail store. “Change of Use has to go before the Planning Board, requiring a minimum $5,000 escrow,” Palmer stated. “Part of the escrow goes for parking studies. The $5,000 can go to a ‘sliver store’ dress shop versus a larger store…There should be some tie-in to store size,” Marvin stressed.
Also discussed were a sewer line project, street resurfacing/ asphalt repairs and Westchester County Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) with Cablevision Lightpath “that we can ‘piggyback’ on bids. We are getting a new telephone system this summer,” Palmer said.