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Scarsdale Spending Plan Includes Reval, Drainage

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Revaluation and drainage projects are in, village hall renovations are out – for now – and some other projects are in flux. That was the message from the Scarsdale Village Manager's office Thursday night at its annual capital budget and plan presentation.

The presentation was made by Justin Datino of the village manager's office, along with Deputy Village manager Steve Pappalardo. Also on hand were several members of the board of trustees and Treasurer Mary Lou McClure.

Proposed spending in the capital budget for 2012-2013 is $10,283,350, slightly less than was budgeted in the current year.

Trustee Bob Harrison, as in past meetings, voiced concern over the amount of money dedicated to road resurfacing. The budget calls for $762,500, with more money likely to be moved from the general fund surplus after the 2011-2012 budget is closed out.

Harrison said there are more than 2 miles of village roads classified to be in poor shape, and 50-plus miles in "fair" shape, and the current funding won't allow many of those miles to be resurfaced.

Storm drainage projects have been fully funded in the 2012-2013 budget, with money coming from the capital surplus. Also in the budget is $2.5 million for the Sheldrake River drainage basin project.

There is $200,000 budgeted for work on the sanitary sewer system, with similar funding earmarked for the remainder of the five-year plan.

Property revaluation is in the plan, with $1 million to be borrowed and repaid within five years by state law.

Funding has been put into the budget to replace three police cruisers at $22,000 each, and to replace some village pool vehicles. Funding for a new fire department pumper, however, was pushed out a year to the 2013-2014 budget. That truck is expected to cost $550,000. An additional $252,000 for highway department equipment and vehicles will be borrowed, with payback spread over the next five years.

Village hall renovation projects have been put on hold and have tentatively been scheduled over the next two years.

Included is $240,000 for Fire Station No. 1 repairs that Pappalardo said have been put off in the past but must be done over the next year.

One major project that is contingent on a county grant is the design and construction of a synthetic turf athletic field at the Crossway complex. The project is budgeted at $2.5 million dollars and, according to Pappalardo, was close to becoming reality until the county administration changed. "This is on life support," he said, "but we haven't given up on it." Pappalardo said the county grant would require Scarsdale to make the field available for countywide sporting events.

Budget figures for 2012-2013 released last week placed the increase to the average Scarsdale homeowner at around $250 for the year. The budget is still in flux, however, and the figures will likely change before the document is formally presented by Village Manager Alfred Gatta to the board March 20.

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