From the Mayor and Town Hall
July 14, 2014
Infrastructure improvements continue to be a priority and several projects are currently underway. Harrison’s Engineering Department has initiated the design stage for roadway improvements which include road widening, curb installation and drainage infrastructure installation. Drainage improvements are necessary in order to repair infrastructure and alleviate water issues.
Westchester County had developed a response plan regarding incidents involving hazardous materials. County officials work with local governments and environmental groups to collect information on stored or manufactured chemicals. The information is reviewed and analyzed in order to assess the risk to the general public. As Harrison’s hazard mitigation plan expires next year, we are currently in the process of joining other municipalities, under a new County plan, and are currently working with consultants to formulate our portion of the plan in an effort to bring it up to date.
Congratulations to Harrison’s Pet Rescue on their recent Open House. Their dedication to improving the health and saving lives, of area dogs and cats, is admirable and I’m glad I was able to attend and observe the wonderful progress this local facility has made. New programs will be developed and I applaud Pet Rescue’s continued investment and commitment to at-risk animals in our area. These programs will directly impact the lives of many dogs and cats in need.
Please be aware of the following service advisory from the Department of Environmental Protection: DEP has received reports, from individual consumers, of metallic tasting water. We believe this is caused by the natural growth and biological degradation of certain algae in at least one of our reservoirs and is related to complaints we received earlier last month. The return of the metallic tasting water is likely due to temporary operational changes DEP is making at some of our upstate reservoirs. The taste and odor issues caused by algae are not uncommon to water utilities nationwide; however in the NYC system, over the last decade, our source water protection programs have significantly reduced the frequency of algae related impacts on the water supply system. We have done extensive testing, and investigation, of both our source waters in our upstate watersheds and in the City’s distribution system and the water is safe to drink. We are working to address this issue, as quickly as possible, and expect conditions to improve, during the next week, as we make additional operational adjustments. If you are experiencing metallic tasting water, please call 311.
In closing, I would like to take this time to recognize Harrison student, James Deutemeyer. James is a dedicated athlete and had an extremely successful senior year as a pole vaulter at Fordham Prep. Recently, James won the NYSPHAA Outdoor Track and Field Federation Championship with a clearance of 16'6". This is the second, all-time highest vault by a high school pole vaulter and is a New York State Catholic high school state record. He also made three attempts to set the new high school state record and barely missed. I would like to congratulate James and wish him great success as he competes at the college level and beyond.