Perennial Chef Gets License to Work on Village-Owned Property
The Village Board of Trustees gave approval to KH Realty for a license to do work on municipal property adjacent to 130-132 Main St., which is intended to become a restaurant for the Perennial Chef, which is a catering business with stores in Bedford Hills and Ridgefield, CT. The site, which previously housed eateries such as Brass Horn, would have rooftop dining, among its amenities.
The purpose of the license, which covers property behind the building, will allow for the owner to do continuous landscaping between it and the restaurant. The owner already has approval from the Planning Board, which gave its backing at a May 10 meeting.
The trustees gave approval for a license last year, but plans for the restaurant were overhauled, which necessitated the second go around.
Could Mount Kisco Get a New Farmers Market?
Just a little more than two months after Community Markets departed, there is now talk about a possible replacement.
Mayor Michael Cindrich stated, in his board report, that he has been in talks with Brian Skanes, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, about a new operation coming in. He declined to reveal whom it would be, because the talks are ongoing.
Skanes could not be reached for comment as of publication of this story.
Regardless of the outcome for the talks, Cindrich still hopes to get a farmers market committee of local residents set up, which he proposed at July’s board meeting as a way of addressing the void. Its purpose would be to address problems with a farmers market before they escalate.
State Sen. Ball Makes Tour
As part of a tour across his district, state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) made a presentation before the board to outline what has taken place during the state legislature's recent session. He was also accompanied by the Raging Grannies, a liberal-leaning group that provided a critical jingle once he was finished. for our story for more details.
Highway Foreman Peter Scala to Retire
Peter Scala, who has worked for the village for more than three decades, is set to retire later this month.
He submitted his letter to Village Manager James Palmer, who read it to the board.
“I want to express my gratitude for all the benefits the Village of Mount Kisco brought to my life,” Scala wrote.
Trustees placed him for his role locally. He also received praise, from Palmer, for his work ethic as an employee.
Morreale Gets Parking Ticket, Urges Brief Grace Period After Expired Time
Trustee Joseph Morreale revealed, during his board report, that he got a parking ticket in the village, stating that he was a minute late after his parking time expired (he subsequently paid it).
Coupled with an anecdote he heard from a woman of her local parking experience, Morreale stated that there should be a biref grace period, five minutes, after the official time expiration, citing an example of people running out of time due to waiting in long lines for shopping. He felt that doing so would help shoppers.
In response, Trustee Anthony Markus noted that the board has recently been encouraging parking enforcement to be stepped up, although he understood Morreale's concern.
9/11 Memorial Comes Along, With Benches Planned to Honor People Who Perished on Planes
With the local 9/11 memorial coming closer to completion, firefighters organizing it are adding another element to the site.
Trustee Jean Farber, in a board report, noted that three benches, each honoring people who perished on the four planes, will be placed around the main fountain. One bench will honor people who died on the planes that hit the World Trade Center, the other for the flight that struck the Pentagon and the other for United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA.
In other developments, the pavers are done and a stone base to serve as a foundation for a Maltese cross is finished.
Trustees Approve 9/11 10th Anniversary Ceremony, With Traffic Logistics to Be Worked Out
The board gave the go ahead for the Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department to hold a parade and ceremony on Sept. 11, in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
However, trustees made the backing subject to getting logistical issues straightened out, such as which times certain parts of downtown would be closed. For example, a requested closure of an exit and entrance to the Village Centre Lot that would have run from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., drew some concern for its length of time.
Hoping to get the logistics resolved, Cindrich is hoping to have a meeting arranged with firefighters.
Fire Hydrant Markers Meant for Safety Raise Questions
Mount Kisco firefighters have painted Maltese crosses next to fire hydrants on several streets as a way to improve visibility in finding them during calls. The handling of the process, however, has drawn some concern from village officials.
In a letter to the village, Fire Chief Michael Boles gave a primer on the purpose of the markers and why they were painted. He also wrote that, with understanding of legal issues, the painting would be discontinued.
Cindrich explained that he was not intially aware of what the markers were for, citing his own anecdote. He also said that people have been calling he and Palmer about what the markings were for.
Despite disagreement with how the markings were handled, Cindrich noted that hydrant location and safety is a problem locally, citing an example of an existing hydrant that was obstructed by a newer stone wall, as an example.
To resolve the matter and come to an understanding with the fire department, the mayor hopes to have a work session with Boles.
East of Hudson By-Laws Approved
Trustees backed by-laws and a certificate of incorporation for Mount Kisco to join the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation, a group of several municipalities in northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. The purpose of the group is to help local governments that are situated in New York City’s Croton reservoir watershed more easily afford the costs of phosphorus removal from the water supply.
County IMA for Waste Transfer Approved
The board voted to have the village sign into an inter-municipal agreement (IMA) to join Westchester County’s organic yard waste transfer program, Unde the proposal, organic waste will be brought to the village’s existing composting yard. Some material will be taken disposed of at a rate of $15 per ton.
Interim Building Inspectors Approved
With Building Inspector Austin Cassidy taking a leave of absence due to illness, trustees approved the appoints of two officials to act in his place. The first, Richard Fon, is North Castle’s superintendent of public works. He will fill in until later this month. After that, former New Castle Building Inspector Ralph Tarchine will take on the work.