At their May 10 public meeting, the Larchmont Village Board pledged immediate action on the first two recommendations of the Tri-Municipal Report on Consolidation and Shared Services Task Force, which released its report in March.
- The board also heard about: possible reimbursement for storm damage, and fecal waste in storm water.
- On a more positive note, they honored former board members and long-time village volunteers Dick and Maryann Mumma and learned of new summer activities planned by the Recreation Committee.
- And they responded – both positively and less so – to requests for special events in the business district.
- In addition, Mayor Josh Mandell announced a number of Memorial Day activities and upcoming programs.
Getting Started on Consolidation
The first recommendation from the consolidation report was to create a Larchmont/Town of Mamaroneck Joint Detective Task Force. Mayor Mandell stated that the Larchmont Police Department has already begun working to bring this about.
“Crime doesn’t observe boundaries,” said the mayor. “This will result in cost savings as well as improved services through valuable communication.”
The second item concerned closer cooperation between the Larchmont and Town of Mamaroneck Fire Departments and a reduction in staff for Larchmont. The board has already decided not to hire a new chief and has reduced the number of firefighters from 16 to15 – which yielded a savings of around $300,000 in the 2010-2011 budget.
The two municipalities are also working on installing a dual pager system whereby both fire departments are simultaneously informed of each call. This will take about two months to complete. They are applying for grants to cover the $20,000 cost of the system. They are also beginning to share some equipment.
It may take several more months – and a lot of extra paper work – but Larchmont may get some federal and state compensation for the almost $300,000 in costs incurred in the March nor’easter. Manor Park may also be eligible to help with repairs estimated to cost $150,00-$200,000. However, Police Chief John Poleway reported that in his talks with representatives of FEMA and SEMA (federal and state emergency finance agencies) he has learned there will probably be no assistance available to businesses or homeowners who suffered damage in the storm.
Once eligibility has been determined, the recipient usually receives reimbursements as follows: 75% paid by FEMA, 12 1/2% by SEMA and the remaining 12 1/2% by the municipality.
“Hopefully we’ll receive some restitution from government,” Chief Poleway concluded.
Trustee Marlene Kolbert said that the most recent Storm Water report indicated a high level of fecal matter is going out into the Long Island Sound from Larchmont storm sewers. She said much of this is from dog waste. She urged residents to police themselves. Residents should refrain from tossing waste into the nearby sewers and instead take it home and place it in their garbage cans.
The board approved phase 2 of the water sampling which will cost $9,500. The consensus was that monitoring and maintaining the quality of the effluents is important to all residents of the area.
New outdoor summer activities were announced by Kate Verni, head of the Recreation Committee. In partnership with the Grove Music School, Larchmont will launch a music event for children in Flint Park on Saturday, June 12 at 3:30.
The committee will also resurrect an adult round-robin tennis event on Friday, June 18, calling it the Tennis Scramble. That will be followed on Saturday, June 19 from 3:30-5 with a kid’s tennis event.
Ms. Verni also outlined an ambitious plan for an overnight campout involving parents and children in Flint Park. The board tabled this idea for further discussion since the risk of damaging the sprinkler system in the park would preclude driving tent spikes into the ground there.
1. Memorial Day Parade – 5/27 at 7:00 PM.
Other Memorial Day events:
- 5/25 – Kemper Essay Contest Ceremony – 3:00 PM – Mamaroneck High School
- New: 5/29 – Memorial Ceremony at Memorial Park – 11:00 AM (In case of rain moves to American Legion in Flint Park.)
- 5/30 – Kemper Memorial Ceremony – 11:00 AM
- 5/30 – Village of Mamaroneck Memorial Day Parade – 5 PM
- 5/31 – Memorial Ceremony at Tompkins Square Park (near Applebee’s) – 9 AM
2. Chatsworth School Carnival – 5/23 – 12 Noon to 5 PM.
3. Leaf blower ban – June 1 to Sept. 30.
4. July 4th races in Flint Park – start at 10 AM
5. Concert series begins on July 4 – 7:15 PM. First concert is at Manor Park, with music by the Dixie Dandies. Other concerts will follow on Thursday nights in Flint Park for the month of July.
Next Village Board meeting – June 14.