Water rates are going up and some residents are complaining about parking rates, which have already gone up. These were among the items addressed at the April 21 meeting of the Mamaroneck Town Board.
Other items on the agenda included:
One Ambulance: The board conducted a public hearing and then approved a resolution to borrow up to $120,000 for purchase and lease of an ambulance for the Mamaroneck Village Ambulance Service (MEMS). Normally such equipment is purchased through public donations, but since donations have been insufficient, the Town of Mamaroneck is stepping in. Later in the meeting, the board accepted a bid of $99,943 for a Type III ambulance (with life support equipment) for MEMS.
Three Senior Contracts: The board authorized renewal of three contracts for 2010 with Westchester County. They provide funding for Senior Center meals, Meals-on-Wheels and transportation. Both the County and Town provide funds for each of these services: for meals, the Town provides a third of what the County contributes; for transportation, the Town contributes about half of what the County provides. The program provides 6400 meals per year at the Senior Center and 7,250 Meals-on-Wheels. The contract includes a financial incentive for the Town if more meals are provided.
Curbs Coming: The board approved the low bid for curb installation and restoration on 11 streets that will be resurfaced this year. Mamaroneck Town Administrator Steve Altieri said the Town is currently in talks with the Gardens Lake contractor over replacing cement on sidewalks inadequately repaired last summer. (See: Mamaroneck Considers Cement Poured & Crumbling.)
Water Rates Rising: The board is considering a proposed rate increase of 18%, to start after June 1. A public discussion and full explanation of the issue will take place at the May 5 board meeting.
Affordable and Fair Housing Requirement Set for Westchester County: Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe and Mr. Altieri have met with teams of consultants who are visiting the municipalities to see what, if any, impediments there are to fair housing units being built in their communities. Supervisor O’Keeffe commented that she doesn’t “think we have any impediments.”
No News on Hampshire: The Town has made a bid to purchase the Hampshire Country Club but has still not received a response from the club’s board.
Parking Lots and Rates: Supervisor O’Keeffe said she received some telephone calls complaining about the new parking rates. Though rates are higher, it has become more convenient to pay the meters: credit cards (Mastercard/Visa only) may now be used for metered parking in Parking Lot #1.
The supervisor reminded residents that cars parked at meters on Maxwell Avenue must have a permit for the space or they will be ticketed (as some have already learned).
Newsletter Now a Collector’s Item: The lavender-colored Town Newsletter residents just received is the last of its kind to be sent town-wide. In the future, newsletters will be published online. Residents unable to download the letter will be able to receive a hard copy by request.