DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - A new member was welcomed to the Dobbs Ferry Police Department on Tuesday night after the motion to appoint Michael Digilio an officer was approved by the Board of Trustees. Chief of Police Betsy Gelardi had been recommending the 24-year-old after retirements have left her department shorthanded.
Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett gave Digilio an official oath to appoint him as the newest police officer in the village. The appointment goes into effect June 29 starting at midnight.
In another matter, parking restrictions were waived at the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park on July 9 from 2-6 p.m. after a request by the Energy Taskforce to sell containers for rain water, kitchen and yard waste on that date was approved. Nina Orville was on hand to present the request to the board, describing the advantages of selling rain barrels and compost bins to local residents. The average household produces over 600 pounds of kitchen and yard waste a year, according to Orville and the compost bins help to reduce that.
"People start to notice the volume of trash goes down very quickly," Orville said.
The compost bins will be sold for $55 dollars compared to their retail value of $150 and rain barrels will be sold for $75. The board voted unanimously to waive the parking restrictions on that day so the Energy Taskforce can sell both items. Connett said more information on the sale of these items is available on the village website .
A proposal by the Downtown Business District was pushed back as Connett said he and the board would like more time to "digest" the information. Jennifer Ross and Fiona Galloway presented a plan that would help to boost business in the downtown area. This plan includes a landlord community outreach program, creation of a business packet for new merchants and the creation of a more in depth community calendar.
"We do have a calendar on the website right now, but its not terribly robust," Connett said.
The plan also included hosting more community events in the area, with Connett even suggesting a potential dog parade.
"[We're] looking to find out what might be desired downtown," Ross said.
The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
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