At its February 3 meeting, the Mamaroneck Town Board inched forward on two long-standing issues: a comprehensive revaluation of all property, last updated in 1968; and the renovation of the Duck Pond, under consideration for years.
A Step Toward Revaluation?
By unanimous vote, the Town Board resolved to develop a plan, in cooperation with the New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS), for the reassessment of all properties, to take effect by 2013.
The resolution follows previous board steps on revaluation, including the commissioning of a study (presented to the community in 2008) and decisions to requests proposals (RFPs) from firms that would conduct the reassessments.
The board was pleased to learn that ORPS could provide a basic template for revaluation and fine-tune it to the particular needs of Mamaroneck Town. In addition, ORPS would help with preparing the RFP and interviewing and evaluating the bidders.
ORPS’s services are free, but the ultimate decision – on hiring, spending, or accepting the reassessment – must be approved by the Town Board.
At least one board member was eager to get started. Councilman David Fishman asked if the revaluation could be completed before 2013.
However Town Administrator Steve Altieri said the projected time frame was reasonable, given that the board has called for the process to include both internal and external inspections of every commercial and residential property. Such inspections were part of the revaluation process in Pelham and Bronxville.
In addition, the board is expecting meetings to be held with property owners to discuss their proposed reassessments.
Also, despite the resolution, Supervisor O’Keeffe made clear that the board was voting only to pursue a plan and not to implement one.
The resolution “doesn’t say we voted to change anything,” she stressed. It is “a step toward the goal of revaluation of property in the Town of Mamaroneck,” she added. “We’ve been thinking about this for a long time and gotten ready to leap now.”
Duck Pond Restoration Moves Forward?
Responding to a Larchmont Gardens Civic Association representative’s plaintive “when?” Mr. Altieri said he anticipated a substantial number of bids on a project to restore Gardens Lake, aka Duck Pond.
Bids will be opened on February 22 and a contractor should be chosen by mid-March. Work will probably begin in April and be completed within 6 to 8 months.
In the interim, if weather permits and the signs indicate it’s okay, residents can enjoy ice skating on the pond.
West Brookside Drive Repaving Remains a Problem
On another Larchmont Gardens topic, Mr. Altieri said there has been no satisfactory resolution to problems regarding the 2009 repaving of a portion of W. Brookside Drive. (See: TOM Considers Cement – Poured & Crumbling.)
The original contract was awarded to Billotta Construction at a cost of $149,000. According to Mr. Altieri, there were problems with approximately 10% of the repaving, and these were not resolved by a recoating applied by the contractor.
The Town has been in touch with the performance bond company to obtain remediation. If that course does not resolve the matter, the Town might pursue litigation.