January 2019
News from Village Hall
Welcome to the Village of Mount Kisco e-newsletter. In addition to continued communication on Facebook, Twitter, enotify, and Nixle, we will be using this vehicle to summarize Village government activities and share news about upcoming events. (Photo Credit John Rhodes)
Dear Friends,

As we move into 2019, I hope you will allow me the opportunity to thank all who have done so much to positively impact our community in the past year. The Beautification Committee and DPW have worked with sponsor businesses to beautify areas throughout the Village. The Arts Council and Recreation Department have brought music and family events to our Village. Our Historical Society, Conservation Advisory Council, and Tree Preservation Board have provided opportunities for us to appreciate the environmental beauty in our Village through exhibits, events, and walking trails.  

The Economic Development Council facilitated a new business open house to promote Mount Kisco as a great place to invest. We welcomed many new businesses to the community thanks to our Building Department, Planning Board, Architectural Review Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals who have all moved applicants efficiently through the process. Our Marketing Committee helped to share all that has been happening in the community, garnering positive press about The Big Little Village. We have improved communications by launching a Facebook page, distributing an e-newsletter, and sending a quarterly letter with water bills.

Legislation
Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Amendments
On January 14th, the Village's Board of Trustees passed a r esolution to adopt the Findings Statement for the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) for the Comprehensive Plan Update and Zoning Code Amendments. We anticipate the Board of Trustees February 4th agenda will include a resolution to adopt the Comprehensive Plan. You can view the adopted findings, and the final version of the Comprehensive Plan, below:
Comprehensive Plan

The Village of Mount Kisco Comprehensive Plan establishes a vision, goals, and principles to guide both development and preservation in the Village.

Read more
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Cell Tower Conversation
Last year, the Village Board of Trustees began a conversation with Homeland Towers regarding the need for more consistent service in some southern areas of the Village. We began exploring the possibility of siting an additional cell phone tower. To provide a visual marker, balloons were floated in two locations that were initially identified as possible places for tower installations - at Leonard Park and on Rolling Ridge Court. Homeland Towers presented their findings to the Board of Trustees at the January 28th Board meeting. After analyzing the data and listening to public feedback, the Board of Trustees concluded that the two locations proposed would not be acceptable.

The need for greater cell coverage remains. As intensification of cellular use continues to grow, so will the gaps in service. We expect this conversation will continue until a solution can be found.
Building, Fire, & Zoning Code Enforcement Policy
On January 14th, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution to adopt a Building, Fire and Zoning Code Enforcement Policy. You can view the policy statement below:
Water Bills are Due February 28th
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Water bills were mailed on January 23, 2019 and payments are due by February 28, 2019. Please remember we only accept cash or check. 

You can now pay your bill online at  www.mountkiscony.gov . Please also note that we have changed the look of our water bills, but all account information has stayed the same. If you haven’t received your bill please call 914-864-0029 or email  aforzano@mountkiscony.gov
 
To sign up for E-Z Pay Automatic Debit on all future water/sewer bills, visit our website at  www.mountkiscony.gov  and click on the Water and Sewer Department tab. Please also note, in order to process this request, we will need a voided check.

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Is Your Toilet Running?

A 1.5 gallon toilet fills in 30 seconds. On that estimate, 3 gallons running a minute, 24 hours a day, for 90 days, results in 388,800 gallons of water being used - that's a quarterly water bill of $5,944.84, and a yearly bill of $23,779.36!
Parking
2019 Parking Permits are Available

Permits are also available at Village Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM, or online here. Please make sure you have all of the required documents.

Please note: the Dakin Lot is sold out and permits for Gatto Drive are sold out. The Carpenter lot has only a few spots remaining.
Parking Permits for Businesses
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Business owners and employees - which would you rather pay, $1,560 or $450?

If you feed the meter for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, you're paying $1,560 to park for the year. You can pay only $450 for a year-long parking permit, which has other benefits in addition to saving money:

  • metered spots in front of businesses will be freed up for customer parking
  • staff won't lose time running in and out of work to feed the meter or risk a ticket
  • permits can be shared among employees with different shifts

Please call us at (914) 864-0034 or e-mail parking@mountkiscony.gov to get started on a business permit today!
Infrastructure Construction Updates
The Village is working with the Town of Bedford and the New York State Department of Transportation on ensuring that ConEdision paves North Bedford Road. This will likely take place in the spring. The Village is continuing our work to install a new water main under the sidewalk on North Bedford Road. Sidewalks will be paved when the work is complete and weather permits.

The Mountain Avenue water main project is complete, with approval from the Westchester County Department of Health. The road, sidewalk, and curb will also be fully restored in the spring.

New York State Department of Transportation will continue their work to move the utility lines and sidewalk at the intersection by Northern Westchester Hospital. The project plan indicates that work on the roadway will begin in the Spring.
Municipal Meetings
January
28th - Board of Trustees (7PM)

February
4th - Board of Trustees (7PM)
12th - Planning Board (7:30PM)
13th - Recreation Commission (7:30PM), Architectural Review Board (7:30PM)
19th - Zoning Board of Appeals (7:30PM)
20th - Board of Trustees (7PM), Architectural Review Board (7:30PM)
26th - Planning Board Meeting (7:30PM)

For additional events and meetings, please see the Village calendar here.
Seniors
From the Village Assessor
The Assessment Department would like to remind all senior citizens who receive the Enhanced Star exemption to sign up for the Income Verification Program (IVP), if they have not done so already. The IVP forms were previously sent out to seniors. This is now required by New York State in order to continue to receive the exemption.
Mount Kisco Library Trustee Appointment
Welcome, Amy Kelley
On Monday, January 14th, Amy Kelley was was sworn in as a trustee for the Mount Kisco Public Library. Thank you Amy for volunteering your time and talent to our community.
Community Sign - Reserve a Spot!
The Village's Community Sign is Here!

This sign will serve as a focal point for those visiting Mount Kisco, and we welcome reservations for community events. Please note:

  • Reservations must be made at least a week in advance.
  • Signs can be posted for a maximum of 2 weeks.
  • Your organization is responsible for installing and removing sign. (Signs not removed will be discarded.)
  • Your organization will be assigned a slot/location (top is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 is bottom).
  • Mount Kisco based and Bedford Central School District groups will be given priority.
  • Political signs are not allowed.
  • Signs should be 16 x 96 inches.
Upcoming Photography Exhibition
News from the Library
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Come visit the library for great programs!
 
MONDAYS
Storytime - at 11:15AM - all ages with a caregiver

TUESDAYS
Music & Movement - at 11:15AM - ages 2-5 with a caregiver

WEDNESDAYS
Bilingual Storytime - at 11:15AM - all ages with a caregiver

THURSDAYS
Storytime - at 11:15AM - ages 18 months-5 years old with a caregiver
Read to Rover - at 5:00PM - ages 5 and up - Sponsored by the K9 Kids 4H Club
Snow-verview
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To keep residents informed and to ensure that our community is prepared during a snow storm, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

What contact numbers do I need?

In the event of life or property threatening emergencies, call 911.

If you do lose power, report outages at  conEd.com , or text OUT to 688243, or report with ConEd's mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).

To report downed trees or power lines, or for non-life threatening emergencies: Westchester County Police, Mount Kisco Division: (914) 241-1100.

How do I receive storm updates?

Updates will be sent as needed via enotify, Nixle, and on Facebook.

Which streets are plowed first?

Snow plows first clear primary and major artery streets, school streets, and streets serving emergency response facilities and heavy traffic. Other crews are simultaneously servicing other areas spread throughout the village.

During snow plowing operations, the snow from the street will end up in front of driveways and mailboxes. The property owner is responsible for access to his/her individual driveway or mailbox. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until the Public Works crews have done their final clean-up on the street.

What if there is a fire hydrant on my property?

Our fire department asks residents to clear hydrants near their homes throughout the storm (when safe to do so). It may save a life.

Is depositing snow upon the Village roadways prohibited?

Yes, Village Code indicates that snow should not be deposited into streets. Depositing snow onto the road causes a hazard and can cause a “narrowing” of the plowed width of the road.

Am I responsible for shoveling the sidewalk on my property?

Our code indicates the sidewalk shall be cleared within 24 hours of when the snow has stopped falling.
Recycling Right
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No plastic bags, please! Put recyclables loose in an open container, and this will ensure that all of your items can be processed at the Westchester County recycling facility after our DPW crew picks them up. Bags are currently preventing many items from being properly recycled. You can recycle your plastic bags at your local grocery store.
Village Services
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