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November 2020

Security of Larchmont Temple Assessed at Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


Opening a Zoom Work Session on Monday, October 19th, Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh introduced Larchmont Temple Executive Director Jane Sable-Friedman, who discussed security measures taken at their shul, considering the October 27, 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.


Following that incident, the Larchmont Temple Security Task Force decided to assess the security of the synagogue, particularly on the Larchmont Avenue side according to Friedman.


It was decided to introduce planters outside the shul, utilizing grants from Federal Homeland Security and State Communities Against Hate Crimes. Temple Lay Leader Ed Jacobson showed renderings of seven concrete planters measuring four feet long, two feet high and 18-inches wide, maintained by a landscape contractor.


Since the street and sidewalk are Village property, a License Agreement will be concluded with  Village Attorney James Staudt.


Next, Treasurer Kimberly Gutwein discussed potential budget cuts in the Second Quarter, including Capital Projects Computer Equipment; Police Cruiser; In-Car Mobile Computers; Body Armor Replacement; Rescue Ropes; Road Resurfacing and Storm Sewer Drainage Installation Trouble Location.


Projected Program Cuts encompass Youth Programs; Band Concerts; Tree Pruning/Planting; Celebrations; Fire Inspection Dinner and Elections.  Justice Court: Parking Collections (complus); Justice Court Fee. Gutwein emphasized that no judgements have been made.


Employee Retirement System (ERS) is slated to increase by 11% next year; Police, 20%.  Gutwein said that many municipalities are not budgeting for Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) in 2020; CHIPS funding decreases by 80%.   This will be discussed at the Monday, December 14th Work Session.  Bond Resolution is slated for Monday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.


At the Regular Meeting, Trustee Carol Casazza Herman announced the appointments of Brooke Brandt and Alexandra Gatti to the Parks and Trees Committee.  The Board approved Local Law Number 7, regulating Leaf Blowers under Chapter 180. Noise limits: from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 70 decibels; 62 decibels from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.