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Trustees OK Driveway Move, Firefighter Extension

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Board of Trustees voted to extend a Scarsdale firefighter's career by a year and allowed a resident to move a driveway several feet away from a neighbor's property line.

The driveway move became an issue when a neighbor requested conditions be attached to the approval, including erecting a barrier to keep debris from the removal of the old driveway from spilling onto his property, which is adjacent to the driveway; a sound barrier of bushes and shrubs be put in place to shield the home from the noise of the planned gravel driveway; and some assurance that the work would not add to water runoff problems.

The board voted to approve the driveway for Ilyse and Richard Tretter at 15A Richbell Road, and included a request for the bulding department to use its discretion about erecting a barrier during driveway removal. The board also noted that the application for the permit indicated the Tretters planned a foliage barrier. The drainage problem currently experineced by the neighbor, the board ruled, was not relevant to the driveway permit.

Firefighter William M. Ciraco's request to extend his service time for a year beyond the 30-year limit was approved with the condition that he pass physical examinations in 2012 and 2013.

Among other board actions were the approval of the placement of a creche in Boniface Circle from Dec.. 15 to Jan. 3, and the acceptance of a gift from Fox Meadow Elementary School of a tennis rebound wall.

Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser opened the meeting by bringing the board up to date on leaf and stoomr debris pickup, and urged residents to consider mulching their leaves instead of disposing on them.

" Remember that Scarsdale does encourage residents to keep their leaves in place, which both lowers costs and enriches the soil, by using mulching mowers and other equipment," Flisser reead from prepared remarks. "At the Village Board's scheduled Sustainability Committee Meeting (6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5), the Village Board will review recommendations for leaf mulching programs, and consider legislation to encourage this in our Village in a Park."

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