Birdsall Disseminates Cost of WJWW
Water at Town Council Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken



Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW) Business Director David Birdsall (in photo) appeared at the Wednesday, August 17th Mamaroneck Town Council meeting, disseminating the cost of WJWW Water, stating that the average retail cost of a gallon of WJWW Finished Water in 2021 was Nine Tenths of One Cent ($0.00944).


Birdsall went on to say that Cost Drivers including NYC Purchased Water Cost (Expected 2022 Cost–$11.0 million). While the 2022 mid-year base water rate increased only 1.4% the surcharge rate increased 4.9%. NYC water rates have increased at an average of 7.7% per year over the past 15 years. Water System Operational and Other Costs: expected 2022 Cost–$15.5 million.  Current Five-Year Plan Total is $132,204,000; Town of Mamaroneck’s share: $24,979,944. The Board voted for a 12.75% Water Rate Increase.


Next, Angela Peterno was appointed as Office Assistant in Comptroller’s Office at a salary of $65,638. 


An Improvement Project for Hommocks Pool site was initiated, including the Spray Pad.


Cost is $298,500; a $250,000 System for Award Management Grant (SAM) lowers the cost to $48,500.


Waterproofing and Rehabilitation of Myrtle Boulevard Parking Deck B was discussed, the winning bid Structural Contracting Services, Inc., totaling $341,715. Permit holders will be allowed to park on Bond Street, Myrtle Boulevard, Washington Square, Madison Avenue and New Jefferson Street.  Project will run from August 29th to October 14th.


Supervisor Jaine Elkind Eney mentioned a new road resurfacing project which will include New Harmon Drive; Revere Road; Fifth Avenue; Madison Avenue; Jefferson Street; Lafayette Road; Huguenot Drive; North Chatsworth and Washington Square, starting at the end of August.

 A Public Hearing, “Update in the Regulation of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Law” is set for Wednesday, September 7th.  This establishes regulations for location and design of wireless telecommunication facilities. 


Last Agenda item was extension of a Collective Bargaining Agreement with PBA for $60,000 with annual increments of 3%.