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Friday, August 28, 2015      
                
Emergency Notification/Storm Central


Village News
Saxon Woods Rd Closed
Saxon Woods Road, will be closed at the City of White Plains line for final paving on Wednesday 8/26 and Thursday 8/27 (weather permitting). This section of roadway from Black Birch Lane to Mamaroneck Avenue will be closed from 7 AM to 7 PM, and will be open to traffic at the end of each work day. Please use an alternate route during this time.

While this is a temporary inconvenience, we ask that you please remain patient during this time to allow the final phase of this project to be completed.
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GET YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATIONS PROCESSED @ BONIFACE CIRCLE
The Westchester County Clerk’s Mobile Office will be visiting Chase Road at Boniface Circle, on Monday, August 31st to process passport applications from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Passports have always been a necessary document for those who traveled outside of the North American continent, but now a U.S. Passport will be required for travel even closer to home.  So as you are planning your next vacation or business trip, here are some things to keep in mind:
  • Do not wait until the last minute:  Apply now.  Routine passport applications generally take approximately four to six weeks.  For an additional charge, expedited service will result in your obtaining your passport in no more than three weeks.  But only in emergency circumstances can a passport application be processed more quickly, so do not delay.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  You will need a passport to enter the United States by air, by land or by sea unless you are a child under the age of 16 entering by land or sea with proof of U.S. citizenship or an adult with another travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Be sure to bring the proper documentation:  You will need proof that you are a United States citizen such as a previous unexpired U.S. Passport, an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a consular report of birth abroad or a naturalization certificate.  You will also need proof of your identity such as a current valid driver’s license or a government issued identification card.  For minors under the age of 16, both parents should appear together and sign the application of the child. However, if only one parent appears and signs, that parent must submit the other parent's notarized Statement of Consent form (DS-3053) and a photocopy of their identification. The Statement of Consent form can be found at www.WestchesterClerk.com
  • Fees: The fee for an adult passport is $110.00 and for a child’s passport is $80.00. Fees can be paid by money order or check, only.  There is an additional $25.00 service fee that can be paid by money order, check or credit card. Applications will also be accepted for the U.S. Passport Card for land and sea border travel, only. The fee for adults is $30.00 and for children, the fee is $15.00 with an additional $25.00 service fee. Be sure to bring original documents with raised seals to avoid having to make a second trip.  If you have questions about whether you have what you need to apply, do not hesitate to call the Westchester County Clerk’s office at 995-3082 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit our website atwww.westchesterclerk.com.  

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NYS Public Service Commission-Telecommunications Report
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) recently completed a study to determine if the current telecommunication regulatory system is sufficient to protect the interests and meet the demands of customers and whether current laws or regulations should be changed to strengthen oversight of the changing telecommunication industry.  To this end, the PSC has scheduled a series of regional meetings to solicit comments from stakeholders.  The forums are open to the public and will consist of two parts; an information section consisting of presentations by PSC staff regarding the telecommunications study, and a public statement section where the public is invited to comment on the proceeding... read more ...

Cable TV Live Streaming and Online Board Meetings
Online live streaming of the Scarsdale Cable Channel, and archived Board of Trustees Meetings, are now available online! read more ...

Volunteers Needed for Boards and Councils
CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL VACANCIES ANNOUNCED:

The Personnel Committee of the Village Board of Trustees has announced two (2) vacancies on the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC).

The Conservation Advisory Council's (CAC) mission is to advise the Board of Trustees on issues affecting the Village's environment and the maintenance of its natural character.  In recent years the CAC has undertaken a review of the Village's tree ordinance, explored leaf collection alternatives and it is now reviewing municipal storm water strategies and policies.

The CAC's approach is to carefully research and discuss policy alternatives and to craft recommendations that attempt to respect the legitimate concerns of all stakeholders. The CAC meets once monthly for lively and often creative discussion. To insure independence of thought, it relies on diversity and is an ideal entry into Village government.  If you care about your local environment and beyond, joining the CAC is one of the best ways you can help.

All interested residents may apply online at the Village website, www.scarsdale.com, under “Village News, Volunteers Needed for Boards and Councils” or submit their resume directly to the attention of the Personnel Committee Chair, Trustee Carl Finger, Scarsdale Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583.   For further information contact the Village Clerk’s office at 914-722-1175.

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Homeseeker
Are you interested in learning more about affordable housing opportunities in Westchester?

Information is available on http://www.westchestergov.com/homeseeker 

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Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service

Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service, whose mission is to strengthen family and community life byproviding individual, family and group therapy; outreach to youth; services toolder adults; and public programs relating to family life issues, islocated in the Harwood Building in downtown Scarsdale. Since 1920, its door hasbeen open providing family and couple therapy, individual psychotherapy,outreach to youth, support for the elderly and family life education.

For more information visit www.sfcsinc.org

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Sheldrake River Drainage Basin Project

A flood mitigation project in the Sheldrake River Drainage Basin in the neighborhood containing Catherine, Canterbury, Cayuga, Seneca and Oneida Roads, has been discussed at many public meetings over the last several years. The Village has worked toward developing a project that both the neighborhood and the Village agree will provide a cost-effective benefit. The project scope of work has been modified a number of times as the Village seeks to find a beneficial plan relative to flood mitigation and certain legal and financial issues.

Earlier this year, the Village Board formed a working group including Board members, residents, Village staff and the Village’s consulting engineer from Dvirka and Bartilucci (D&B). Based on discussions amongst this working group, D&B revised the project scope of work to include the following:

1.       Construction of new culvert crossings at Cayuga Road and Canterbury Road. These culverts will eliminate the road infrastructure and provide for open grating, similar to many bridge decks, to allow for ease of access and maintenance and perhaps additional flow capacity;

2.       Construction of a connector culvert to the south side of Canterbury Road that will assist in balancing the current flows that enter the storm drain piping on Canterbury Road;

3.       Removal of accumulated silt through the open watercourse that abuts the properties of 6 Cayuga Road and 14 and 18 Canterbury Road; and

4.       Hydraulic analysis to determine if existing Cayuga Pond orifice opening modifications are required.

The Village Board at its August 13, 2013 meeting appropriated $600,000 from the General Fund, Fund Balance for the Sheldrake River Drainage Basin Modified Project as well as authorizing a professional services agreement with D&B to design the project. As part of this contract, D&B performed hydraulic modeling for the proposed improvements both upstream and downstream to ensure that the design meets all requirements and to identify other pathways for flood mitigation via storage or conveyance. D&B has completed this modeling presented the findings and potential changes to the project as a result of the modeling to the Municipal Services Committee on December 4, 2013.

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Westchester County Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF)
Westchester County has opened a Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) located on the Grasslands Campus; 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY. Residents may bring various household materials for disposal by appointment only. Click the links above for more information.

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Community Preservation Fund
The Finance Committee of the Village Board of Trustee's discussed the potential establishment of a Community Preservation Fund based upon a November 5, 2010 report.  read more ...

Leaf Mulching Resolution
On-Site leaf mulching and composting of leaves in the Village of Scarsdale. read more ...

Stormwater Management
Public education and outrach questionnaire, stormwater projects, stormwater management reports. read more ...

Online Payment - Water Bills
You may now pay your water bill online!  Please click here to enter the water bill payment portal. read more ...

SVAC - Learn CPR, the use of AED, and choking rescue
Learn CPR, the use of an AED, and choking rescue for adults, children, and infants in a one session, four hour long course. Click here to find out more. read more ...

New York State’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program

New York State has announced that the first storm-impacted businesses have been approved for grants through New York State’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program and that they are ready to assist with a streamlined application process so you may quickly receive the grants for which they may be eligible.  

Through this program, businesses are eligible for grants of $50,000 or more to help replace physical items such as machinery, moveable equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures, as well as help with the day to day expenses entrepreneurs need to run their businesses.  Further, the Program is able to provide grants to reimburse businesses that already purchased these physical items to get their business back up and running.  In both cases, the grants would cover “uncompensated costs” above and beyond those covered by insurance proceeds, grant programs and other government resources.

As a first step, businesses should contact their local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office, where an SBDC business advisor will provide free assistance with completing the application process.  For a list of SBDC locations in your community, please refer to http://www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/businesscenterlocations.pdf.

New York State representatives are already reaching out to business owners in your community to encourage them to apply for grants and low-interest loans available through this program.  To build on these initial outreach efforts, please forward to your constituents as soon as possible a summary of the available grant and loan programs (see http://www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/smallbusiness-factsheet_rev_4-25-13.pdf), as well as the list of SBDC locations.

Please keep in mind that funds will also be available in the near future for real property repair and rehabilitation; and that application and receipt of funds for any of the above items does not exclude businesses from applying for repair or rehabilitation funding in the future. 

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Important Tax Notice
Postdated checks cannot be accepted by the Treasurer’s Office. Effective immediately, any postdated check will be returned to the issuer. If you will be away during the tax collection period, you may pay your taxes online through the Village website at Scarsdale.com... read more ...

   
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