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Pleasantville Trustees Alter Refuse Rates

In a combined work session and regularly scheduled meeting, the Pleasantville Board of Trustees discussed a number of topics, and by the end of the night, the Board chose to raise the rates that condominium residents pay for refuse removal.

A public hearing was held to discuss the change of the garbabe rates, in hopes of making them more “equal.” The board chose to lower rates by $20 yearly for one-family homeowners and increase rates by $80 annually for those in condos and co-ops.

"We're trying to equalize the taxation process," Trustee Brian Skarstad said. "This board is always looking for new and creative ways to help our budget and reduce costs."

Also during the regular meeting, the board honored retiring Pleasantville police chief Anthony Charlitti after 31 years on the force and 19 as the Police Chief.

"Thank you for letting me serve for these 31 years, in a great community like Pleasantville," Charlitti said.

In the work session portion of the meeting, the board discussed a request from Josephine and Dominick Surace about repaving at 27 Madison Avenue where the right-of-way has been worn due to off-street parking on public property. A zoning request from LaDuca Auto Service was also handled to request the approval of used auto sales in the set zoning district. LaDuca requested a public hearing on the zoning law but the issue will need to be discussed with the Planning Commission for zoning specifications.

In other news, construction bids on the renovation project at the Pleasantville Ambulance Corps building. The bids received were deemed "too low" and failed to include handicap accessibility at the location. Therefore, the board decided to reject the bids and start over.

The final item on the work session agenda concerned Steve Strauss, the owner of 2-18 Washington Avenue where Dunkin' Donuts, Glass Onion Originals, Inc. and The Village Bookstore is located. He is planning on make aesthetic improvements to the rear of his property and will be a fixture at future meetings this month.

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