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Riverwoods Residents Claim Error In Sewer District Fee

The New Castle Town Board adjourned a public hearing for Riverwoods and Yeshiva's sewer districts after Riverwoods residents claimed there was an error in the maintenance charges.
The New Castle Town Board adjourned a public hearing for Riverwoods and Yeshiva's sewer districts after Riverwoods residents claimed there was an error in the maintenance charges. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A hearing on three new sewer districts was adjourned Tuesday night when Riverwoods residents pointed out  apparent errors in the proposals to the New Castle Town Board.

The establishment of the Riverwoods Northern 1A and Yeshiva Farm 1B sewer districts was not expected to be a contested matter on the Town Board’s agenda.

However, Riverwoods residents spotted what appeared to be a significant error that would put the community on the hook for 40 percent of the maintenance costs when its 20,000 gallons per day of water flow would represent only 21.05 percent of the three communities.

The other numbers for the other two communities are Yeshiva,  33,000 gallons per day and 34.74 percent flow, and Random Farms, 42,000 gallons per day and 44.21 percent flow.

“These numbers do not seem fair and are not what we agreed upon,” said Riverwoods resident Don Mahaney, a member of the Riverwoods condo complex’s homeowners’ association.

Riverswoods resident John Miller pointed out the error and said that if someone punched the wrong numbers into a calculator, it would “be improper to charge us 40 percent” and that “every resident of Riverwoods would be unhappy.”

New Castle Town Counsel Clinton Smith first said, “The math is the math,” then admitted he was “not sure how we derived these numbers.”

“I’m not trying to say I did not make a mistake,” said Smith. “It’s possible somewhere along the line a calculation error was made.”

After deciding the public hearing had to be adjourned, the Town Board realized it only has until March 1 to approve the sewer district and include it on the town’s property assessment rolls for taxing purposes. For this reason, the public hearing will pick up Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

While Random Farms already has its sewer district, the Yeshiva Farm 1B sewer district's approval was also been postponed to Thursday morning, given its relation to Riverwoods.

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