Scarsdale Trustees Look For Input Following Sandy

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The Scarsdale Board of Trustees is gathering data after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the village. Photo Credit: File

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale officials are coming together for a fact-finding mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to see how the village can be better prepared if another natural disaster blows through the area.

The Village Board of Trustees is working on a study as a committee of the whole board that is chaired by Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser. The trustees are working to gather data and information in several areas.

Trustees Bob Steves and David Lee are addressing issues related to the safety and well being of residents during another disaster. Trustees Stacey Brodsky, Bob Harrison and Steves will examine communication issues after the problems at Village Hall during Sandy.

Public utilities are being investigated by Trustees Kay Eisenman and Jon Mark, and the village plans to look into the feasibility of burying utility lines. Eisenman and Brodsky are looking at existing tree laws and policies that could reduce future storm damage.

The fact-finding mission will afford residents many opportunities to provide input to the board. The Advisory Council on Technology has already met to consider recommendations for building in communication and website redundancy that could protect against major communication failures.

In addition, the village Planning Board has met and has recommended amendments to the local law regarding the installation of permanent emergency generators. The Law Committee will consider the changes at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

The trustees plan on continuing to work with other boards, councils and neighborhood organizations for insights into storm-related issues. Residents who wish to share suggestions or insights are invited to contact the mayor or any trustee individually.

When the fact-finding is finished, there will be public meetings to consider which changes should be adopted.

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