By Stephen E. Lipken
Two significant Consent Agenda items were passed during the Thursday, September 20th New Rochelle City Council Regular Legislative Meeting (RLM), a proposed amendment to 2018 Budget regarding proposed use of Fair Share Mitigation Funds for Sewer and Fire House Studies; and an Ordinance accepting a $35,000 grant from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) 2017 Municipal Zero-Emission-Vehicle (ZEV) and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program.
To keep up with the Downtown Overlay Zone (DOZ) development, the City is seeking to utilize the Fair Share Mitigation Funds to conduct a Sewer Capacity Study ($136,600) and Firehouse Study ($54,500) to ensure sufficient services are provided.
The NYSDEC ZEV Program offers rebates up to $5,000 per vehicle to municipalities purchasing or leasing a 50-mile-plus all battery electric range ZEV.
Shortly before the RLM, a reception was held to celebrate the installation of fifteen 3D “Stacked” sculptures of the City’s “Ideally Yours” NRNY logo at various downtown street corners. Thirteen winning artists received $300, awarded by a jury from the Municipal Arts Commission and Department of Development.
Photographs of the downtown sculptures included Charles Fazzino; Daughter, Heather Fazzino (not contestants); Roseann Consolo, Phyllis Pacifico-Cohen, Patti Ettinger; Lance Johnson; Stephanie Lombardo; Bob Parucci; Oshi Rabin; Noelia Abrev; Carolyn Frawley; Patrick Bancel; Daisy Rossetti; Lindsey Francis; Deanna Lee; Andrea Ross; and Susan Rowe Harrison.
The pieces are equipped with Otocast, a mobile audio app describing each sculpture.
“I facilitated this sculpture project with the Municipal Arts Commission of the City of New Rochelle,” artist Jesse Sanchez said. “I had…something to do with it in selecting the artists and presenting the entries to the Commission.
“I think that the project came out really nicely with great follow-through from the City. ”