Village Manager’s Report – March 1
Spring – Summer Recreation Brochure. We are finalizing the details for our Spring – Summer events. Expect the final copy to be available and posted next week. All information will be on our web-site: www.briarcliffmanor.org or call for information and inquires at the Recreation Offices: 941-6560.
Mid-Winter Recreation Hours. Youth Center: Friday – Saturday, 2 and 3 March: Regular Hours are 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Now that the snow has melted (for now) … avoid the temptation. All VBM playing fields remain closed. Please do not enter onto or use any of the fields since the frost line still exists and the top soil levels are muddy. Severe damage can be done to our fields causing delays for our Spring opening.
Board of Trustees (BOT): the BOT will hold a special work session on Monday, 4 March, at 6:45 PM to review the current status of the approved plans of The Club. A W/S and BOT meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 March, starting at 6:45 PM.
Question of the Week: What is the DPW doing at the Youth Center … and especially with all the trees? Hurricane Sandy exacted enormous damage to the dense stand of (mainly) mature Norway Spruce trees between the back/south side of Youth Center to Route 9A. Fully 38 trees were upended or so severely shattered, that they had to be taken down. The debris was fast becoming a potential fire hazard and shelter to wild animals to burrow into and make new homes. VBM Insurance and FEMA/SEMO reimbursements will be covering the clean-up. The Village will be planting many replacement trees to ensure appropriate buffers and bio-diversification of the now limited types of trees remaining. This is a sound
environmental practice. While we are planning, we are also reviewing the potential of converting the newly opened areas into a more park-like setting for walking trails and a common field environment for passive use. Separately, we are cleaning up the Youth Center itself and sprucing up the facility (no pun intended) so as to beautify the surroundings and extend the life of the building. As always, we are open to suggestions.
Philip E. Zegarelli, VM
Report 55 @ 1 March 2013