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February 28, 2018 Edition

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See Something, Say Somehting

It's a phrase we would rather not need in American society. However, continued threats to public safety and private property call for vigilance in observing one's surroundings and alerting law enforcement officials. The Scarsdale Police Department encourages members of the community to contact the police directly when they believe they have information or observations that the police department should be made aware of. Scarsdale PD can be reached directly at 914-722-1200, or by using 911; use a landline for the fastest emergency response.

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Tree Ordinance Taking Root

Yesterday's Village Board meeting including the scheduling of a public hearing for proposed amendments to Chapter 281: Trees, Grass, Brush and Weeds. A staff memo relating the latest insights, accompanied by a track changes version of the proposed amendments, is available online, starting on page 120. The amendments are intended to promote a healthy, native tree canopy and to preserve Scarsdale's treasured Village in a Park character. Please take time to review the materials and participate in the March 13th public hearing.

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Assessor's Office Report Published

The Village's consultant, Management Partners, has completed its organizational analysis of the Assessor's Department and provided a public presentation of their recommendations at last night's Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting. Interested parties may view the report online, as well as a video recording of the presentation, once available. The consultants will also be delivering at a later date an implementation timeline and follow-up information pursuant to questions received at last night's meeting.

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Be Smart, Not Sorry

Home remodeling and construction is a major investment. The permits required for such work not only help to ensure that the project complies with applicable land use and building code requirements, but they also serve to help protect your investment. As a property owner, be sure that you not only establish with your contractor a clear payment schedule tied to proof of passed inspections, but also that you withhold final payment until you receive upon project completion a Certificate of Occupancy covering the full scope of work performed. 

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Village Board Meeting Update

The Village Board's Regular Meeting held on February 27, 2018, featured a couple of important items, including authorization to purchase a new Fire Department Quint Ladder Truck (p. 46) and scheduling of a public hearing for potential Tree Law Amendments (p. 120). Residents and other interested parties are encouraged to review the meeting calendar for important upcoming meetings, topics, & agendas. Among upcoming meetings is the Municipal Services Sanitation Operations Study Village Board working group discussion.

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