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Roberts, Winn look ahead to 2013


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI

Bedford officials say they are optimistic for what 2013 has to bring after the turbulent end of 2012, a year that brought storm damage, political uncertainty and tragedy to the area.

Bedford officials also expect to have a new water project, the Bedford Consolidated water filtration plant, which would serve Katonah and Bedford Hills’ downtown areas, up and running in 2013.

Public works commissioner Kevin Winn said the plant is almost ready for its testing phase.

“The plant construction is completed, and we’re currently modifying a couple operation issues. Then we’ll go into performance testing of the plant for two weeks testing water quality and making sure everything’s functioning as intended,” he said. “I expect that to happen by the end of this month.”

Mr. Winn said after the testing phase the water district would make use of the plant and well water while the town seeks approval from the county health department for automated use of the facility. He said he expects this phase to begin in February and that water rates are scheduled to increase in April.

Mr. Winn said Bedford officials met up with power companies New York State Electric & Gas and Consolidated Edison for a post-Hurricane Sandy meeting to further coordinate efforts between the entities.

“I think that in general we’ve gotten much better,” he said. “We definitely fine-tuned our response to this type of event.”

Mr. Winn said working with NYSEG proved problematic, as the company did not communicate well with its customers or their municipalities, especially with identifying downed power lines.

“The difference between NYSEG and Con Ed in this recent storm is that Con Ed was able to supply us with dedicated liaisons, basically people that knew the operations of Con Ed and had good operational context during the storm,” he said. “It really made the difference to be able to determine the status of areas as far as being able to clear roads.”

Mr. Winn said the town would continue its practice of trimming trees to prevent power outages into 2013. He also said that despite discussions within the town board last month, services such as leaf removal and sidewalk snow plowing would not be cut.

Town supervisor Lee Roberts said in addition to strengthening storm preparations, the town is also exploring avenues of generating revenue through environment-friendly measures. Ms. Roberts said the town has received a grant from the Department of Energy for $2.5 million, which has been used to fund the town’s Energy Improvement Corp. She said Bedford 2020, an environmental group working with Bedford, is working on ways the town can improve its policy as well.

“We’re going to look at single-stream recycling, which will really ramp up our recycling efforts,” she said.

Single-stream recycling involves the use of complex machinery that meticulously sorts through materials. This allows residents to place all of their recycling, whether paper, metal or plastic, into the same container for proper disposal. Ms. Roberts said this can provide a boost in revenue and that the town is looking to contract out to a waste-carting company to have more control over waste management.

Ms. Roberts also said the town’s planning and zoning boards will be chaired by new members in 2013. Deirdre Courtney-Batson replaced Dr. Donald J. Coe as the head of the planning board after Dr. Coe’s nearly 40-year tenure on the board. Peter Michaelis became the chairman of the zoning board after David A. Menken was sworn in as one of Bedford’s town justices after winning the position in November’s election.

“I think he’ll do a great job,” Ms. Roberts said about Mr. Menken. “He’s a very intelligent guy.”



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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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