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Rye Brook OKs United Water's 40-Foot Poles

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- The Rye Brook village board agreed Tuesday to let United Water of Westchester install automated water metering systems throughout the village.

Chris Graziano of United Water said the system will better help the company identify the cause of lost water, in turn saving village taxpayers money. The village board had been scheduled to vote on the proposal at its last meeting on Valentine's Day, but the matter was delayed because of residents' objections to the proposed locations of the 40-foot poles need to install the system.

On Tuesday, the board passed a resolution authorizing the project with a condition. The vote was 4-0. Trustee Jeffrey Rednick was not at the meeting.

Several residents from the neighborhood on Parkwood Place vehemently objected to placing a pole in the cul-de-sac. Parkwood Place resident Les Tolchin said the pole would compromise "the bucolic nature" of the neighborhood.

United Water said that to avoid putting a pole at Parkwood Place, it would need to install two other poles, one in the neighborhood of Fairlawn Parkway and another either on North Ridge Street or Rocking Horse Trail.

Ultimately the board passed the resolution with the condition that, instead of a pole on Parkwood, United Water would put one on Rocking Horse Trail and another on Fairlawn Parkway.

"I want to thank all the community members who've been here and spoken so well on the subject," Mayor Joan Feinstein said. "We appreciate your patience and your input."

Graziano said the equipment is already available, and the project should be completed in a few months.

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