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SOUND &TOWN Serving Mamaroneck & Larchmont Vol. 15/Number 9 March 1, 2013 New home brings flood concerns By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER Junior defenseman Brian Schiff scores on a slapshot in the Feb. 22 semifinals against Lakeland Panas. Schiff will again anchor Mamaroneck’s defense next year. For more, see back page. Photo/Mike Smith Residents of Mamaroneck Village’s North Barry and Beach avenues are finding themselves with fewer and fewer places to turn for a solution to the flooding problem caused by a modular home constructed in close proximity to their neighborhood. After months without a resolution, an appeal for the approval of grading changes to the new property was brought before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Feb. 7. The newly constructed modular home, located at 418 North Barry Ave., caused significant concern among homeowners in the surrounding area who said their voices have not been heard by the Zoning Board. Grading, which measures the slope of a propertry, is done primarily in areas where flooding is a concern. In many cases, the slope may become too severe and dirt must be filled into the foundation to re-adjust the property's grade. The home at 418 North Barry had its grade increased significantly during construction, by anywhere from 12 to 30 inches, according to Carina McCabe, a resident who lives in a neighboring house. This increase in property grade, McCabe said, is a violation of village law and is also causing water to funnel down onto the properties of residents on North Barry and Beach avenues. FLOODING continued on page 6 Residents return after displacement Village finds compromise in meeting procedures By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER Residents of the apartments on 680 West Boston Post Road can finally re-enter their homes after a water pipe burst on Jan. 27 causing severe water damage to a large part of the building. After the pipe burst, several ceilings collapsed because of excess water, and the village fire department was forced to enter the building and knock down over 30 doors, which rendered the building temporarily condemned—a precaution that was met with harsh criticism from some residents. The village Building Department issued a temporary Certificate of Occupency on Feb 22, allowing residents to return, despite the building technically not being fully up to code. Electricity and water were turned off inside the building for a number of weeks and were restored on Feb. 5, but the delay in ordering replacement doors kept the building from complying with village code, and therefore made it uninhabitable. Until recently, residents were only allowed to enter the building under the supervision of the building manager to retrieve personal belongings, making the ability to finally re-enter a major relief to nearly 100 of the building's formerly displaced tenants. However, Village Manager Richard Slingerland revealed that six of the apartments have been excluded from those that can be reentered, because of sheetrock that sustained severe damage. There are The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees came to an agreement on the hotly debated issue of revising its meeting procedures. After weeks of discussion and disagreement, the board was able to settle the issue, albeit with some lingering dissent. Photo/Chris Gramuglia RETURN continued on page 3 PROCEDURES continued on page 14 By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER Proposed changes to the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees’ meeting procedures have caused tension to erupt between the mayor and the Democratic majority in recent weeks, but ultimately both sides reached a compromise at the board’s Feb 18 work session. Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said the end result represented a middle ground. “While I was, very honestly, quite opposed to this from the beginning, I would like to congratulate this board,” Rosenblum said. “I think we've reached a point where not everybody is particularly happy with the outcome, but certainly satisfied with it.” Inititally, Trustees Andres Bermudez Hallstrom, Leon Potok and Ilissa Miller completed a draft for a series of amendments to meeting procedures and brought it before the rest of the board. One of the most controversial proposed changes was the amendment that aimed to shift some of the mayor's authority over what can and cannot be added to the

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