Following a joyous swearing in ceremony and a sober State of the Town address by Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe, the Mamaroneck Town Board rounded out its January 7 meeting by approving two projects that have long been on the agenda: parking meters for Washington Square and an agreement with Westchester County for upgrades at the Duck Pond.
Parking Meters Approved for Washington Square
After a public hearing that featured only one public comment (in support of the proposed law by a property owner in the business district), the board enacted a law to allow installation of parking meters in the Washington Square area (on Myrtle Boulevard from North Chatsworth to Madison Avenue and on Madison Avenue ending at Fifth Avenue).
The meters will have a three hour limit. The charge will be 75 cents per hour or part payments for lesser periods of time, from 8 am-6 pm except Sunday and holidays. There will be no parking from 3 am-6 am.
The meters are aimed at providing short-term parking for shoppers and those using professional services in the local business district.
Rehabilitation of Gardens Lake (aka Duck Pond)
The board unanimously approved an inter-municipal agreement with Westchester County for the rehabilitation of Gardens Lake, a project first proposed in 2003. (See: Town Board Unveils Duck Pond Plans.)
Westchester County will provide $1 million of the $1.6 million total cost. In return, it will get a 30 year easement to allow for inspections to be sure the project goals are met. The Town will oversee construction and maintain the lake and flood valve once the project is completed.
Board members acknowledged their good fortune in obtaining this funding, given the tenor of recent fiscal concerns expressed by the new Westchester County executive.
Deputy Town Supervisor Appointed
Supervisor O’Keeffe announced that Councilwoman Phyllis Wittner will serve for another year as deputy town supervisor.
Environmental Committee Under CZMC Consideration: January 26
The Coastal Zone Management Commission will meet at 7:45 pm in the Town Courtroom on January 26. Under consideration is the formation of an environmental committee like the one in the Village of Larchmont. Also on hand will be members of the U.S. Department of State involved with issues such as sea level rise and global warming. Residents interested in joining an environmental committee should attend.