Village Board Prepares Tentative Budget, Discusses Building Code

The Pawling Village Board met on Monday, April 2, for their first of two monthly meetings. On the evening’s agenda were the presentation of the tentative budget for the 2019 fiscal year, a discussion of the Village Code concerning mixed-use buildings, and the approval of several upcoming events within the Village.

Village officials announced that the tentative budget for 2019 will be $1,569,339 and will come in below the annual state tax levy. For the past several years, the Village Board has been mindful of staying under budget, and has avoided exceeding the mandated tax cap. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 16, at Village Hall before the Board will formally approve the budget. The proposed budget is available for review at the Office of the Village Clerk at Village Hall, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Next, the Board would approve the application for a Village Green and Public Assembly Events Permit for the Pawling Triathlon. The annual athletic contest will be held for the 31st year, and is scheduled for Saturday, June 2. Officials would also set the date for Bulk Clean Up Day for Village residents for Thursday, April 26.

Finally, Village officials would discuss Village Code regulations with several concerned citizens. Specifically, the Board held a discussion concerning mixed-use buildings. These structures typically feature commercial installations on the first floor and residential on upper floors. The Village of Pawling features many older buildings where commercial properties have street frontage, while ground-floor residential dwellings face the rear of the building. As such, there is a concern that these existing structures do not adhere to current Village Code. There was also a discussion regarding the site plan for a senior housing building proposed at 68 Charles Colman Boulevard.

Officials stressed that the Village Code and corresponding regulations regarding mixed-use buildings are determined on an individual basis, in accordance with the Village Master Plan. Certain existing buildings may also be grandfathered in despite existing regulations. In addition, there are several properties wishing to renovate and add apartments at locations on West Main Street, Memorial Avenue, East Main Street, and Charles Colman Boulevard. These projects will be subject to review by Village officials in accordance with the Master Plan, and with considerations to aesthetics and available parking.

On the subject of the parking shortage within the village, officials also addressed several possible solutions. Among the ideas being considered are possible alternate-side-of-the-street parking in certain areas as well as the acquisition of a property on Dutcher Avenue located within walking distance from the village. Residents in attendance also spoke regarding the possibility of constructing a parking garage in the current Metro North Lot. Considerations on the matter will be ongoing.

The next Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 9 Memorial Ave.