Tarrytown Village Notes, Part 2

The following notes are from joint Tarrytown Board of Trustees and Planning Board meetings over the past month and are intended to provide the reader with a summary of where major issues stand:

On Wednesday December 21 at Village Hall, the co-lead agencies for the Ferry Landings project, i.e., the Tarrytown Board of Trustees and the Planning Board, accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) as being complete.

The next step will be to circulate the final document to various interested parties and governmental agencies for their comments. Agencies such as the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, Westchester County authorities, Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper will be among those receiving the document. It will also be available for public review at the Village Hall, the Warner Library and will also be on the Village website. The next step will be for the Village to complete the SEQRA process by developing a “Findings” document which, in effect, will include all final directions that the developer, National ReSources, must follow as they prepare their Site Plan for the project. In a related step, the Village Trustees and Planning Board held a meeting on January 10, completing information on the final document while at the same time, providing the Public with an update.

At the December 21 meeting, the Board of Trustees also voted to accept a new agreement with National ReSources (see New Agreement in this issue). National ReSources will be making arrangements with the owner to remove the facility, and according to Village Administrator Steve McCabe, that will take place sometime prior to the estimated building date of late 2007 or early ’08. McCabe also noted that the entire project was first introduced to the lead agencies almost three years ago this month.

In another Board action in an earlier meeting, Charles Pateman Construction was given a waiver to the Loh Creek moratorium. At the same time Pateman was also asked to put up a $40,000 dollar escrow fee to help the Village take care of water runoff problems in the Benedict and Prospect Avenue area near the Christ Science Church pond. Pateman will also oversee the installation of a “draindown” valve in the pond and will also put in what is known as a “Weir”. A Weir is simply a concrete structure or wall that can hold and intermittently disperse large amounts of water under storm conditions to help prevent the serious flooding like that which occurred this past summer on June 29.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 has been set for the next Village Election. Candidate biographies will be included in a future issue.

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