Highlights from meetings Oct. 25 and Nov. 1
By Michael Turton
Cold Spring Mayor Dave Merandy is concerned for the safety of first responders involved in hiker rescues along the Route 9D–Breakneck Ridge corridor, spurred in part by a recent incident in which a volunteer firefighter was struck by a vehicle.
“We need to put some pressure on” regarding parking in the area, he said. “I don’t think we should wait for the Fjord Trail to be completed. Parking is dangerous there and it’s a miracle nobody has been killed.”
Merandy said he favors closing the road to parking and limiting parking to designated areas only. “It would definitely help if the cars weren’t there along the side of the road,” he said. “I think everyone agrees something needs to be done.”
The mayor suggested that the village reach out to other municipalities involved in the Fjord Trail project as well as Scenic Hudson and New York State Parks. Part of the board’s discussion included a suggestion that there should be a fee for parking and that illegally parked vehicles should be heavily ticketed.
In other business …
- The board increased the number of parking areas available to residents when street parking is banned due to snowfall. Trustees approved winter parking on the south side of New Street adjacent to the Cold Spring Boat Club entrance and on the west side of Fair Street at Mayor’s Park. Winter parking is also available on Kemble Avenue south of The Boulevard, along the south side of The Boulevard and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. without charge at the municipal lot on Fair Street.
- Laura Kaufman, who lives on Pine Street, submitted correspondence complaining that the street was “a mess” on the day after Halloween and that Cold Spring Police didn’t inform residents that the street would be closed during the late afternoon and evening. “I am asking the village to address how this once manageable tradition has become a destination for the region,” Kaufman wrote. “We need to help to keep this runaway pumpkin contained.” Mayor Merandy said he would speak to Officer-in-Charge George Kane about actions taken by the police and the need for better communication. Trustee Lynn Miller said she had spoken to the Kaufman and had invited her and others in that area to address the village board about their concerns. The letter concluded with a statement that Halloween is “sweet …until it stinks.”
- Residents continue to pursue purchasing the village-owned property on which front porches and stoops have been built over the years. The owner of 66 Main Street is the latest to request such a purchase from the village.
- Ethan Timm said he intends to resign from the Code Update Committee due to family and professional obligations. He said he will continue to serve until a replacement is found.
- An agreement was approved with Stephen Tilly, the Dobbs Ferry architect who will provide services in updating the Historic District Advisory Board’s Design Standards. That project and an update of the review board’s section of the Village Code are being funded through grants from the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
- The Rev. Thom Kiely informed the village that plans are underway to complete major improvements to the exterior of Our Lady of Loretto on Fair Street. Sullivan Engineering and Aramark Facilities Planning and Project Management will head the project.
- Village accountant Michelle Ascolillo provided a financial summary, her first since returning from maternity leave. She succeeded Ellen Mageean in that position in May.