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Pleasantville Trustees Make Cost Saving Moves

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pleasantville Village Board of Trustees held a regular meeting Monday night at Village Hall with multiple resolutions on the agenda that will save money for not only the village, but also its residents.

One resolution that could especially be of interest to local shoppers is the temporary suspension of short-term parking meters.

“We want people in the area to come to Pleasantville for their holiday shopping and be able to park here without having to search through their cars and pockets for change to put in the meters,” Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer said.  “It’s all about economic development.”

Dwyer said the village, as they do every year, will be temporarily suspending the meters starting Dec. 10 through Jan. 2.  The parking spots include on-street parking and also parking lots that require meters.  The exception to this resolution will be long-term 12 hour parking meters, which will still require payment.  Dwyer said that although the meters will not require payment, drivers should remain conscience of the time-limits as they will continue to be enforced.

In order to save money within the village Monday, the board passed a resolution to hire a temporary crossing guard.  James Moore, of Pleasantville, will be hired as a part-time backup guard who will be on standby should another hired guard be unable to work.

“What happens is that we provide this service to the people and if one guard isn’t able to go to work one day, we’re required to fill that by some means,” Dwyer said.

In the past, Dwyer said the village would pay an off-duty Pleasantville police officer to fill in the position, which requires overtime payment to the officer.

“We have the money to pay someone to fill in the position but we just don’t have the money to pay an officer,” Dwyer said.  “We’re saving a lot of money this way.”

Moore will be paid roughly $20 per hour of work, the board said.

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