Tuesday, September 16, 2008

SHOULD THE TOWN HAVE PAVED YOUR STREET INSTEAD OF THE STREET A FEW BLOCKS DOWN?

Do you ever wonder why Greenburgh repaved certain streets this year –but not your own? Do you think that the town did not base the decision on the merits (road conditions) but on favoritism?
Thanks to a new GIS database the town is using – you’ll never feel that again. The town (and five of the six villages within Greenburgh: Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Tarrytown) contracted with TRANSmap to take images of every street in Greenburgh. We are the first locality in Westchester to take advantage of this amazing new technology.

Pavements, curbs, ramps, bridges, crosswalks, drainage structures, fire hydrants, manholes, pavement markings, roadway lighting, signals, street signs, street trees, water valves, fencing, guardrails, medians, lanes, sidewalks, school zones, surface types, catch basins has been collected for the town of Greenburgh by Transmap.

This new technology provides the town with the opportunity to inventory our assets. All this information will be posted on the town web site (www.greenburghny.com) by October 1st, 2008.

According to a presentation made by TRANSmap to the Town Board on Tuesday, September 16th – every road in the town is assigned a different color: failed, very poor, poor, fair, good, very good, excellent. The Commissioner of Public Works will use the ratings to determine which streets are being paved. Residents who live on streets that were not paved can compare their streets with the streets that are being paved ---by visiting the web site.

The town will be able to use the Transmap program for planning purposes (sign regulation, code enforcement); storm water initiatives (maintenance, stormwater, permitting, mapping), safety (mobility management, incident reports, street lighting dispatch, 911, accident locations, safety audits, access management, etc..) and for many other purposes.

We believe that the program will pay for itself. Communities across the nation that have used this technology have been able to receive additional funding from FEMA after storms because municipal inventories have been documented. Hillsborough County, Florida saved over a million dollars in savings on sign management in the first year. They project between $5 and $10 million in savings a year.

If you are interested in watching the presentation that was made to the Town Board by Transmap on Tuesday, September 16th please watch the archives of the Town Board work session (September 16, 2008) on the town web site: www.greenburghny.com (check archives: Town Board meetings).

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

You forgot to tell us how much this will cost the taxpayers.
The DPW did nothing before and they will continue to do the same.
You know that the town is looking at double diget taxes for next year and you still insist in spending money.
Could it be possible that you smell defeat at the polls in the next election and you want to give and continue to give us a screwing.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to simply to see street cleaning and weed-wacking done.

Anonymous said...

Until we get Central Ave. clean etc., STOP WITH THE TOYS.

Anonymous said...

How about some basics like replacing the bulbs in street lights when they go out?
I have called the "automated" number and it's exactly like speaking to a brick wall. No response.
This is another Feiner idea - all for show without followup.
The Town has a wonderful way of knowing which streets need to be paved - ask your policemen to report streets in poor repair - or will that violate yet another sweetheart labor contract? The cops should be travelling over almost every street almost everyday - why not ask them to report bad streets and note non-working streetlights?

Anonymous said...

Central Ave is a state road like many others in the town,call the N.Y.S.D.O.T.do your homework

Anonymous said...

5;12

You are full of it. Central Ave looks great in Yonkers, you can tell when you hit the border. Maybe the state paves it, but why does the median look great in Yonkers and terrible in Greenburgh????

the answer said...

why? because it doesnt vote and is not in a village.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if it's a town road or a state road. It's a quality of life issue for the town that the town must address.

The town can clean the road and sewer grates and medians on a simple scheduled basis like other municipalities do for their state roads because they care about their town and because it's such a simple task. (Doesn't need to be nice like Yonkers; just clean.) Or the town can complete a simple work order with the NYSDOT and follow up with the state on a scheduled basis. (Same with Tarrytown Road; so nasty around the 100A area.)

Either way, it's the town that must initiate the steps to show that it cares for the basics.

Similar with Ardsley Road between CPA and the Scarsdale line, a neglected county road that is not maintained for cleanliness, weeds, sewer grates, etc. It is the town that must initiate either the actual work or a submit county work order to get it cleaned.

Unfortunately, though, the supervisor chooses not to supervise, so I doubt any action will be taken.

Anonymous said...

This toy is a farce.
How many residents have call the DPW for different problems and nothing was done.
\What makes you think that this toy will make them work.
You have to spend more and more money into a project especially made for lazy people.
That money can be used to lower next years tax hike but no the man who walks on water says he needs this toy to do a better job.
Pray tell what is a better job when he does nothing.
You know Paul I often wonder if this was your money would you spend it this foolishley.
So the police could use it too.What for.
The only time you see a cop is if he or she is called.So what do they have to track down.
At this moment you should not be thinking about spending taxpayers money.
Do you love your job or have you come to hate it.
If you hate it please get out but do not keep coming up with ideas that will cost the residents more and more money.
Be a man and step down .We won't get mad.Everything happens for a reason.
You cannot keep spending .
By the way have you come up with some sort of a budget.
I suggest don't spend until we see what is coming down.
.

Anonymous said...

Why are optional services like this and the science program paid for, when all the baseline essentials aren't even supervised properly?

Anonymous said...

To the second 9/17 5:12AM Blogger -
The Town of Greenburgh contracted with the State DOT to maintain Central Avenue several years ago.
In return for Greenburgh's promise to maintain Central Avenue in perpetuity, the State DOT made a one-time payment to Greenburgh. Sort of like buying a cemetery plot with perpetual care - the money should have been placed in a reserve and the annual interest received from the investment would then be used for maintenance. Instead, your Town Supervisor and cronies put the money directly into the "A" budget and spent all of it the year it was received. It lowered the Town-wide taxes that year, but has left us with an obligation that must be funded every year. It was yet another feiner idea, not a better one.

Anonymous said...

Tell me was this done by the DPW commissioner.
There is nothing new about when money passes his hands as to where it goes.
To think Feiner praises him for doing a bang up job.
Well let's see what else we will be finding out about this man but you know and I know Feiner will not believe it.
Talk to his men Paul and they will give you a great history lesson going way way back.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Feiner: Is Anon 09/18 9:43am correct? I know that that's why the Yonkers section looks so nice. But you've stated in the past that 119 and 100 are neglected by the town because they are state roads. As supervisor, you need to find out the answer. Either way, it is your supervisory responsibility to make sure we have clean roadways - to supervise the town operation or to supervise the state work order submission and follow-through.

hal samis said...

Original "My Fair Lady" version/
REVISED VERSION//


I have often walked down this street before/
I HAVE OFTEN SCROLLED YOUR WEB PAGE BEFORE//
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before/
BUT THE GIGABYTES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOO MUCH TO STORE//
All at once am I several stories high/
ALL AT ONCE HAVE I SEVERAL DOWNLOADS TRIED//
Knowing I'm on the street where you live/
KNOWING I'M ON THE GIS DATABASE
WHERE YOU ARCHIVE//


Are there lilac trees in the heart of town/
ARE THEIR POTHOLES, CURBS AND RAMPS IN THE HEART OF TOWN//
Can you hear a lark in any other part of town/
CAN YOU SEE A CROSSWALK OR CATCH BASIN IN ANY OTHER PART OF TOWN//
And, oh the towering feeling/
AND, OH THE FLOODING AND DRAINING//
Just to know somehow you are near/
JUST TO KNOW WHENEVER IT RAINS//
Oh, the over powering feeling/
OH, THE OVER POWERING CONCEALING//
That any second you may suddenly appear/
THAT ANY SECOND YOU MAY MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT DISAPPEAR//

People stop and stare; they don't bother me/
PEOPLE STOP AND GLARE; THEY'VE NO SUPERVISOR DESIRER//
For there's no place I would rather be/
FOR THERE'S NO ONE RUNNING WHO CAN REZONE FEINER//
Let the time go by, I won't care if/
LET THE TIME GO BY,
I WON'T BLOG NO MORE IF//
I can be here on the street where you live/
I CAN TRANSMAP THE STREET WHERE MY NEIGHBOR LIVES//

Anonymous said...

TDY TEMPORARY COMMISSIONER ALLOWED TO CONTINUE SIX FIGURE JOB WHILE UNDER POLICE INVESTIGATION

To Supervisor Feiner and the Members of the Town Council:

As there is an official police investigation currently underway regarding Ms. Whitehead, why are my tax dollars subsidizing her salary? As she is alleged to have hired "No-Show" jobs, including her nephew (who is a convicted felon), why is she allowed to remain in that position?

At the very least shouldn't Ms. Whitehead be placed on Administrative Absence until the completion of the investigation?

Does it serve the public interest of tax payers to have her continue in a job like nothing happened? What example does this set for our young people and honest employees who are working their 9-5 jobs everyday? It's apparent that she had much to hide, because when the police entered the building, she ran out and didn't show up until five days later. These actions do not point to innocence. I feel sorry for all the employees of that center who work every day, who are dedicated, and wouldn't dream of being paid for more than one minute for which they worked. She has brought embarrassment and shame to that center. A cover up, or lack of response by Supervisor Feiner is unacceptable. The people of Greenburgh deserve an explanation about the current goings on at the center.

Is our Town Comptroller asleep at his desk while all this is happening?

Anonymous said...

Why does the center need a person in office that most of the Fairview area dosen't want.
Gee I would think that anyone in a high position would be investigated as to family ties ,
It seems that an investigation has not been done not only for the director but also for some of the employees.
Kapica what's up with this picture.
Is it all hearsay or are these people telling the truth.
The ball is in your court.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's the truth. The police have been at the Theodore D. Young Center everyday since Wednesday, September 17th. Yesterday, they were there 3 times - what going on?? Whitehead is hidding out-why are we paying her? Put her on administrative leave without pay until the investigation is over or leave with pay.Just get a new commissioner NOW!!!! So the cleaning up can be done and so can the heling of all the damage she's done to the residents of Greenburgh.

Chris said...

At least the blogs don't go off point. That would be annoying and ridiculous.

Hal, I always appreciate your posts. This was one of the more "interesting" ones though. You feeling ok?

This sounds like an nice feature and I can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

Regula, why is it that people still put uncovered garbage pails at curbside?
Why is it that all that is put curbside is picked up?
Garbage days are twice a week.why do some people have garbage picked up four days a week because they put everything curbside.
Why is it that building contractors bring their garbage to be picked up by our sanitation rather than leave the debris where they are working?
Why are some homeowners allowed to mix garbge with garden waste ,tree branches,four times a week.
Have you driven thru the roadways to see what is picked up for that day.
You would be surprised at what you would find.
It is not fair that some of us have to keep our garbage over a few days when these households get pick ups four days a week.
If you were doing your job this would have stopped some time ago because it was reported to you some time ago.
If your men don't know the rules get them together and start preaching the do's and don'ts.
We should all take pictures of the debris that is put curbside and picked up four days a week.