MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Residents voted in the Nov. 8 election to keep the same Village Board of Trustees, which Mayor Norman Rosenblum hopes will work toward several positive changes in 2012, including more community events.
The one service change to take effect when the ball drops and the New Year arrives will be in garbage collection. The village has decided to reduce the number of routes from six to five. However, the board emphasizes this will not reduce services.
"Something for the residents to understand is that it will not result in any loss of service," said Dan Sarnoff, assistant village manager. "You will still be receiving twice-weekly garbage collection and weekly recycling collection. However, what will change for some residents is the days of your collection."
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Monday and Thursday garbage collection may change to Tuesday and Friday, and vice versa. The reduction in routes has already saved the village $100,000 by eliminating a previously vacant position. No employees will be fired, but as they retire, some positions will also be abolished, resulting in future savings.
Rosenblum said the board will strive to avoid layoffs or cuts to services 2012, a goal tempered by the 2 percent tax cap. To achieve that goal, Rosenblum and the board plan to look into alternative sources of revenue, such as additional parking fees.
"Near term, I would like to emphasize increasing revenue to the village, other than real estate tax," said Rosenblum, who pointed to installing parking meters where there are none now as well as introducing tiered parking behind CVS and Spencer Place. "I think that's imperative to the continued viability and success of the village."
The village will also have a new parade in 2012. The board approved the first Sound Shore St. Patricks Day Parade at its Dec. 19 meeting after a lengthy exchange over the sale of alcohol to marchers in Harbor Island - where the parade ends. The board approved the parade on the condition that only beer be sold and that it be sold only to those marching in the parade, to be denoted by a wrist band.
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