After the Village of Pleasantville received a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to install solar panels on the Department of Public Works roof, the village board looked to spend part of the funds on panels on another village-owned building.
The bid the village received to install the panels at the totaled $173,250, Deputy Mayor Jonathan Cunningham said Monday night, "well below" the $236,880 total of the grant. The board passed a resolution for a change order during its regular meeting for additional work at the DPW building totaling $13,950.
This amount, "reflects no additional cost to the Village of Pleasantville," said Cunningham.
While the village had considered installing solar panels on the former Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) building on Marble Avenue—which it eventually hopes to transform into the Recreation Department headquarters—but studies showed "the structure is inadequate," and would be unable to support the additional weight, said Mayor Peter Scherer.
"That piece of the plan had to be scrapped," he said.
Date Set for Music Festival
The village is optimistic for for the 8th annual .
The festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, announced Scherer.
The board will be "chatting about [the festival] over the next several work sessions," he said, along with continuing to collaborate with the festival's Co-Executive Directors Rich Sarfaty and Sol Skolnick and 107.1 The Peak.
iPads for Trustees?
The board informally discussed possbilities for going digital during its work session Monday.
Each trustee receives a paper packet prior to each session with materials for the meeting.
"I find this paper to actually be cumbersome," stated Cunningham, who suggested each member be given an iPad 3.
Village Clerk Judy Weintraub said it might be possible for each trustee to have a screen, which would be connected to a single hard drive during the meetings.
"As long as you don't mind reading it [off a screen]," she suggested.
Scherer said the eventual solution should be "simple and low cost as it can be."
Trustee Stephen Lopez said, "The dumbed down system would be to email us packets every week," but Scherer said that solution might make it difficult to retrieve the materials in the future.
The board members agreed to continue discussions down the road.
"We will get there," Scherer said. "That's a goal for the year."
The board tackled affordable housing zoning ordinance options during its work session. Read more .
The board will next meet on Monday, Jan. 30 for a work session at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include an administrative update from DPW Superintendent , an interview with a potential Architectural Review Board member, discussion of the 50/50 tree planting program and further review of the Fair Housing Ordinances.
An executive session will follow with discussions about the search for a new DPW superintendent, review of benefits and update on 207C cases.