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Message from the Mayor: Deer, DPW, Elections, Memorial Day
Fellow residents -

Dodged a bullet, for a change, with the dusting we got this morning instead of the pelting we've received over the last two months. (We have salt on hand for a couple of storms at least, thanks to some deliveries, so our DPW is not worried, at least for now.) A number of things percolating worthy of mention:

1)  Deer Immunocontraception Project underway
The Humane Society team has arrived in town and gone promptly to work. They have set up one feeding station in Hillside Woods and are likely to set up another in the next few days elsewhere. They are ranging throughout the village, getting a sense of where there is activity - and they have seen plenty of it. They plan to begin to try to dart deer starting tomorrow, Tuesday. (You will know if a doe has been successfully darted if it is sporting a yellow ear tag.) People are reminded to leash their dogs while in Hillside Park. If the darting is occurring in the Park tomorrow, you will be restricted from accessing the area where darting is underway. Darting may also occur on private property in the Village. For more information, please go here. (We've added a link with a slide show of photos associated with the project - starting with the feeder deployment. More will be added as the project unfolds.)

2) DPW Consolidation Study to start
The DPW Consolidation Study project also begins this month. We are planning for a public session on Thursday, March 27th in the evening where the study protocol will be described by our consulting outfit to the public. A separate email focused entirely on this topic will follow later shortly.  This study will progress over several months and examine a range of consolidation options for Hastings and Dobbs Ferry's DPWs, from just facilities to all-out consolidation.  There will be several points for public review and response in both communities along the way.

3) Village Elections
Trustees Niki Armacost and Marge Apel are up for re-election.  While uncontested, they certainly deserve your support for the work they do so well on our village’s behalf.  Election Day is March 18th.

4) Memorial Day Parade
Early, I know, to think about this but the Fire Department, which is coordinating this, have been informed that we will have a military contingent from the US Navy in this year’s parade.  One of the government shutdowns precluded this from happening last year, but the Memorial Day in 2012 was one of the most memorable in a couple of decades because of the young men of our military who joined us in the parade and down on the waterfront in a party few of us will ever forget. Should be another great event.

Stay warm, drive safely, and see you around town.


Peter Swiderski

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York