RYE BROOK, N.Y. The Rye Brook Board of Trustees held a public hearing on the installation of automated water meter infrastructure by United Water of Westchester (UWW) on Tuesday, which ultimately resulted in the board tabling the resolution to approve the site plan application to the board's March 13 meeting.
The site plan application calls for the implementation of seven or eight utility poles throughout the village. According to Chris Graziano from UWW, the technology will allow the company to account for lost for water more accurately.
"We've done several studies with several engineering firms," Graziano said. "The Automatic Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in its basic form will allow us to read all the water meters in the system on the daily basis. This will allow us to better address where the water is being lost."
Graziano compared identifying water leaks with the current system to finding a needle in a haystack. Graziano, along with other representatives from UWW, were met with opposition from residents who were apprehensive about placing utility poles in their neighborhood.
Les Tolchin of Parkwood Place read a letter signed by the members of the neighborhood that vehemently advocates against this action.
"Granting UWW the approval to construct such an obvious monstrosity after members of the planning board have twice expressed strong objection to the Parkwood site would do a grave disservice to the streets homeowners," Tolchin said. "The presence of this eye sore on our street will do irreparable damage to the bucolic character of the neighborhood."
"I don't understand what the big deal is," resident and former board member Dean Stanton said. "Obviously no one wants a pole in front of their house, but if water is being wasted, forget who's paying for it, it's criminal."
Ultimately the board decided to table the resolution to approve the site plan application until it receives more information regarding potential alternatives.
"My feeling is that I'd like to revisit this at a later meeting after we get more feedback from Chris regarding other potential sites," Trustee Michael Brown said.
Trustee Paul Rosenberg acknowledged the need for the system but does not agree with placing the pole on Parkwood Place.
"I'm not in favor of putting it on Parkwood," Rosenberg said. "I recognize the need for the system, the fact that we're losing 35 percent of water here is disgraceful. The site on Parkwood to me is unacceptable."
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