NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The City Council of New Rochelle will hold a series of hearings on Tuesday April 8th at 7:30 p.m. Citizens To Be Heard immediately follows the Public Hearings. The City Council COW Meeting will begin at 3:45 PM.
The Public Hearings include a Proposed Amendment to the Zoning for Motor Vehicle Dealerships, a Proposed Amendment for Separation & Preparation of Recyclables and a Proposed Change to Streets and Highways.
The first hearing will address a variety of new restrictions proposed for Motor Vehicle Dealerships, the second a plan to eliminate leaf pick up and a third to reduce the speed limit on Pinebrook Boulevard.
The first two hearings address subjects that have been previously discussed during City Council meetings, the third is a recommendation from staff to reduce the speed limit on Pinebrook Boulevard to 15 mph.
"There is no requirement to hold a Public Hearing on speed reductions on local roads," said City Manager Chuck Strome. "But we felt the public should be afforded an opportunity to weigh in before the planned change goes into effect on May 1st."
Strome explained that with the rough winters over the past few years it has become almost impossible to keep up with pothole repair on Pinebrook Boulevard, one of five primary roads in New Rochelle.
"There will be a one time expense for new speed limit signs on the north and south lanes of Pinebrook between Stratton Road and Beechmont Avenue," said Strome. "But the total cost for new signs is less than repairing just one quarter mile stretch of Pinebrook Boulevard."
Mayor Noam Bramson, who lives on Pinebrook Boulevard, declined to answer emails from Talk of the Sound but sources tell Talk of the Sound that Bramson pushed the initiative after his children were exposed to loud shouting and cursing as drivers bounced past his home near Forest Avenue.
The hearing on Motor Vehicle Dealerships comes as welcome news to East End residents who have long complained about intrusive practices of dealerships and their impact on residential neighborhoods. The zoning change is expected to pass.
It is less clear how the public will react to the proposed end of loose leaf pick up but Mayor Bramson has been a strong proponent of the plan as a cost-cutting measure and a way to encourage mulching.