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Scarsdale Board To Consider Standby Generators

Updated 12:26 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, with reaction from West Quaker Ridge Neighborhood Association.

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Standby power generators may not be out of reach for Scarsdale residents with smaller lots.

Scarsdale Board of Trustees member Jonathan Mark announced Tuesday night that the board would examine the issue to see if there is a way to make the emergency power generators work despite village code restrictions that seem to preclude them from smaller lots. Mark and Trustee Bob Steves attended a meeting of the West Quaker Ridge and Hill neighborhood associations that drew a standing-room-only crowd at the Crossways fire house to discuss the generators.

"In light of the level of interest, the board has had a discussion among themselves," Mark said, " and decided we will be scheduling a committee, likely the law committee, to look into this matter further, to hear from residents both pro and con on the issue, and we expect to do this in the next month or so."

On Thursday, West Quaker Ridge Neighborhood Association President Janet Bell commented, "The West Quaker Ridge Neighborhood Association is appreciative thatMayor (Miriam Levitt-) Flisser and the Board of Trustees will work with the community and review the Village Code as it relates to home generators. We know that this issue is of importance to many Scarsdale residents and look forward to providing additional input on this issue."

Code regulations require standby generators, which are permanent structures, to be located at least 20 feet from the property line or inside a building, and to emit no more than 55 decibels at the nearest property line. There currently is no equipment on the market that meets that specification, according to experts at the neighborhood meeting.

The code does not apply to portable generators, which are gasoline fired and require someone to set them up and start them when power goes out. Standby generators run on natural or propane gas and are wired into the electric system so then turn on when the power goes out, and stop when it goes back on.

In other business at the Tuesday night meeting, the board:

  • Approved a request from Chabad Lubavitch to place a menorah at Chase Park from Dec. 20-25;
  • Okayed amendments to the village code chapters 77, 171 and 310 fixing language regarding freshwater wetlands;
  • Authorized an amendment to the lease agreement with New Cingular Wireless for the Freightway Garage site allowing for new 4G technology and three additional antenna panels;
  • Approved a special use permit application for a retail space in the Christie Place project;
  • Approved resolutions authorizing to review the letter of engagement to provide independent auditing services and for adoption of internal control and investment policies;
  • Approved a resolution supporting an effort to encourage in-place leaf mulching as an alternative to removing them and taking them to the recycling center. The resolution included a plan to mulch leaves in place at Chase and de Lima parks next November;
  • Okayed a settlement with Talt Electric for additional payments for contract delays on the Public Safety Building;
  • Approved a resolution to execute a supplemental agreement with Stantec Consulting Services for the Popham Road Bridge project. The bridge is 13 months behind schedule because of unforeseen structural problems and delays. The additional amount to be paid to Stantec is nearly $1 million, which the village expects to recover from the state and federal governments.

Also,, the Town of Scarsdale appointed Marie Louise McClure as custodian of taxes for the statutory term of two years, and she appointed Maria Colotti a deputy custodian of taxes.

Donna Conkling was appointed town clerk for two years. Conkling was not at the meeting, so Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser acted as her surrogate and appointed Veronica Regazzi as deputy town clerk.

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