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Pay Parking Fines or Face Booting in New Castle

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The New Castle Town Board convenes four times monthly for scheduled board meetings or work sessions at Town Hall. Here are some of the top issues and announcements discussed at Tuesday's meeting:

Town Cleans Slate with Parking Tickets

New Castle will no longer be handling outstanding parking tickets prior to 2010. The town will be handing off the tickets to a third-party collection agency. “We start with a fresh slate and start accumulating them again,” said Town Administrator Penny Paderewski.

While the responsibility no longer lies with New Castle, there are still consequences for people who do not pay what they owe. Fines will increase with each failed payment, and cars may be booted, according to the board. According Paderewski, the majority of outstanding tickets are from out-of-town residents.

Town Selects Winning Bid for Amsterdam Carriage House

With a bid of $192,000, New Castle officials have chosen Timberline to carry out framing work on the Amsterdam Carriage House. Officials were surprised at the range of bids they received, with $693,000 being the highest, and Timberline’s bid being the lowest.

Following the framing work on the house to be carried out this year, electric work will be carried out by an in-house electrician. Insulation and sheet rock installation will also be performed by the town's maintenance staff.

Girl Scouts Permitted to Sell Cookies

The town board unanimously agreed to permit the sale of Girl Scout cookies in front of the Chappaqua train station.

WMPF Awards

Town officials will be submitting multiple projects for consideration for the Planning Achievement Award given by Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. The town previously won awards in 2010 for a Marion Place project and in 2008 for a Route 120 sidewalk project.

For 2012, the town will submit South Greeley Avenue parking lot and the Gazebo at Recreation Field for consideration. The bridge cannot be submitted since the project was not carried out by town workers.

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