PUBLIC WORKS (AKA “DPW” OR “HIGHWAY”)
The Village of Edgemont would have favorable options for highway services including potentially contracting with the Town of Greenburgh, developing its own, Edgemont-focused Department of Public Works, sharing services and facilities with other villages and/or Westchester County, contracting for certain services with private entities, or some combination thereof.
Edgemont currently receives public works services from the Town of Greenburgh, which include:
- Snow and ice removal and hauling;
- Construction, repair, and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and other public properties, including parks;
- Street sweeping;
- Vehicle and equipment repair (for DPW and other departments, if and where applicable);
- Street lighting;
- Planting and care of street trees; and
- Right-of-way or median mowing/brush removal; drainage.
Post-incorporation, and after the transition period of no more than 18 months, the Village would be responsible for the provision of public works services through any or all of the means listed above.
Because the Town of Greenburgh has significant fixed costs embedded in its public works department, continuing to service to Edgemont as a village on a contractual basis would, we believe, be attractive to and motivate Greenburgh to consider negotiating with Edgemont. However, we cannot predict with certainty whether Greenburgh would be willing to enter into an acceptable inter-municipal agreement for DPW services with the Village of Edgemont.
Chapter 6 of the Edgemont financial feasibility study provides a detailed analysis demonstrating that the Village could afford a 10-person public works department, modeled largely based on Rye Brook’s staffing level, which would allow for a high level of services (including snow removal) without an increase in taxes. Further, a Village-focused DPW would be wholly focused on Edgemont properties and infrastructure, including road resurfacing, sidewalks, and community beautification. Click here to watch video of Greenburgh DPW Commissioner Victor Carosi comment on the sufficiency of the EIC’s public works department cost and staffing projections.
The Village would not be responsible for water and sewer system maintenance and improvements as that infrastructure is funded by taxes and fees imposed and collected by the independent water and sewer districts that currently serve Edgemont and would continue to do so post-incorporation.
Most public land in Edgemont is owned by the Edgemont School District ant the maintenance thereof is funded via the separate school budget/tax. There is minimal parkland in Edgemont that would require day-to-day maintenance by the Village.