BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin writes a weekly column. It is being reprinted by The Daily Voice.
The continued spate of mild weather has thankfully reawakened the village after our long hibernation. Sidewalks are busy, bicycles are out, projects are starting and flowers are finally popping.
Traditionally, this time of year is the busiest and prettiest in our village. Our outdoor farmers market opens this Saturday on Stone Place and Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s 40 vendors are a record number, including 15 new vendors whose wares include grass fed meat, hand crafted ice cream, vegan snacks, pies, spices and cold brewed coffees and teas. To read more about all of our vendors, visit the market’s new website at www.bronxvillefarmersmarket.com.
The Green Committee has arranged a Take Back Day on May 10 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Bronxville Elementary School parking lot on Midland Avenue. The Westchester County shredder will be there, and all electronic products can be dropped-off for safe and responsible recycling. Old linens, sheets and towels can also be donated to be recycled to area animal shelters.
If your spring cleaning unearths any unwanted non-electronic items, for just $20, our DPW will come and collect these items curbside. This special pickup can be arranged by stopping by our Building and Public Works departments or calling 914337-7338.
Once again the village placed in the top three of the 45 Westchester communities in the amount of garbage we recycle. The county average is 51 percent, and the village again recycled more than 70 percent of our garbage.
Recycling is not only about the environment, it also translates into real savings for the village. The cost of dumping non-recycled garbage into landfills or burn facilities is extremely high in Westchester County. In contrast, when we deliver our recyclables to the recovery center in Yonkers, we receive a portion of the resale monies made by selling to manufacturers.
The Bronxville Beautification Committee will collaborate with our post office to refurbish and beautify its grounds. The BBC’s prior project was the beautification of the entire area of banks near the railroad station and essentially almost every planted pot, flower basket and flower grouping is the result of BBC’s effort, not tax payer dollars. Their only source of funding is an upcoming spring solicitation letter this month.
Continuing on the “new and exciting” theme, the baseball field at Scout Field was formally opened this past Saturday. It was the result of a sustained partnership between county government, Eastchester town leaders and the Bronxville School and village.
The recent traffic in our Building Department is another indication that many residents are sprucing up their homes or their properties now that the nice weather is upon us. To ensure a high standard of work, be sure to employ only those plumbers, electricians and contractors who are licensed by Westchester County. Licensed contractors display a green bumper sticker on all company vehicles.
Prior to starting any project, it is advisable to call the village Building Department at 337-7338 to ascertain the need for permits. Even exclusively indoor work, such as plumbing and heating repairs, require a permit if the work includes the extension or modification of any pipes or wiring.
If permits are not secured at the onset of a project, fees are automatically doubled and contractors may be required to open walls for inspection and remove un-permitted work.
In addition, un-permitted work will not receive a certificate of occupancy which is required when a residence is bought or sold, causing great difficulty in the transfer of property.
Besides the obvious permits required for full-scale renovations, permits are needed for smaller projects, including window and siding replacement, removal of fuel oil tanks, installation of pools, hot tubs, sheds, decks, emergency generators and the installation of central air conditioning.