Village of Chester board briefs

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By Ginny Privitar

— The following business took place at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Village of Chester trustees.


The Chester Farmers Market — Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 26 in downtown Chester, between the Erie Station and Winkler Place. Vendors do not have to commit long-term. For information, call Kerri-Ann Lynch at 845-476-6241.
Outdoor movie night — Aug. 22 at dusk at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center. Bring a blanket or chair.

Board vacancy — The planning board is seeking to fill a vacancy, preferably before the next village board meeting on Sept. 8. The next planning board meeting is Aug. 26. Zoning board members may apply.

More pools and solar panels — Building inspector John Orr issued numerous permits for fenced pools as well as seven permits for residential solar systems.

Sewage spills ease — Joe Battiato asked about progress at Renee Gardens, whose sewage had spilled onto his property in the past. Orr said they excavated, cleaned up and seeded the area between the properties, and there is nothing further to clean up. The sewer system has been in for more than six months, he said, and he did not see any residue there.

Back to school safety — Police Chief Pete Graziano reminds residents that school opens Sept. 3. Parents are asked to review safety procedures with children before they wait at bus stops, walk, or bike to school. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution in and around school zones and to adhere to speed limits.

Parking enforcement — Options to time-limit parking in the village were discussed, including the use of license plate scanners and parking pay stations. Some car owners abuse parking spaces by remaining in the same spot all day, limiting spaces for others to shop or do business downtown, trustees say. Mayor Philip Valastro said he didn’t want to initiate paid parking and noted the unused parking spots behind Main Street. Battiato quipped: “They won’t park back there but they’ll get up and go to the gym in the morning.”

Greycourt accidents — Bono said he spoke to a railroad representative about the increase in traffic on Greycourt Avenue and the accidents at the low-clearance railroad bridge. Despite a sign indicating the height of the bridge underpass, a box truck attempted to go under on July 31 and ripped off its rooftop. Bono asked if anything could be done to make the bridge stand out more, such as reflective paint. Chief Graziano noted there have been three such accidents in the last five years, including one that involved an out-of-county school bus.

Another power surge — A power surge on Aug. 4 at the filtration plant was the second power surge in three months. Becker spoke with village engineer Mark Edsall about getting protection for the whole building on the main feed coming in from outside. Before this, there were no power surges in his 29 years on the job. Mayor Valastro suggested it may be a bad transformer and that the source needs to be found.

Movies move — Outdoor movie night has been moved to the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.

Sealing success — The slurry sealing project was completed in two days. Superintendent Charlie Bono thanked the village police and water departments for their assistance, the Village of Florida DPW Superintendant Timothy Brunswick for the use of his workers, and Chester water department employees Joe Grassi, Gary Green and Commissioner Tommy Becker and the downtown businesses for their cooperation.

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