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For the Good of Safety: North Castle Ranks #6

January 1, 2016
The home security company Safewise has identified the safest cities in the country using statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime records and each municipality’s 2013 population reports. Based on the number of reported violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and motor vehicle theft, the calculations are the likelihood of crimes that occurred for each 1,000 residents of the different municipalities.

Out of the 25 top safest New York townships ranked, North Castle placed #6 with .25 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 5.63 property crimes per 1,000 people.

A review of North Castle’s demographics may give some insight into the town’s high safety ranking. The Westchester County Department of Planning’s survey of 2005 to 2009 shows that North Castle’s population was 12,079 residents. There were 5,536 civilians in the work force of 3,916 households. The survey says the average household income was $139,508. About 30% of the town’s population is 17 years old and younger and over 10% of the population is 65-years-old and over.

If budget spending is an indication of safety precaution, North Castle takes its protection seriously. In the 2016 budget, $8.2 million was allocated to the police department’s budget, which is equal to 26% of the 2016 town’s budget of $31.6.

Safewise ranked New Castle #2 in safety with .11 violent crimes per 1,000 and 4.31 property crimes per 1,000. Other Westchester towns that appeared on the top 25 safest places in New York were #11 Croton-on-Hudson, #12 Sleepy Hollow, #18 Harrison, and #23 Mount Pleasant.

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Windmill Farms

Water Problems Plague Windmill

June 13, 2012
Residents of Windmill Incorporated (ROWI) called a meeting to discuss deteriorating conditions with the infrastructure of the water main lines of Water District No. 2 in Windmill Farm.


About 80 people attended the meeting at Whippoorwill Hall this past Tuesday night.

A study of Water District No. 2 was commissioned last year by the Town Board and was presented to them about four weeks ago. Supervisor Howard Arden explained that the Town Board realized during the final stages of paving North Lake Road (part of the Town's $2.3 bonded project) that Windmill has water main problems that may necessitate tearing up the road. As a result, the paving of North Lake Road has been suspended and the start of repaving the other roads in Windmill has been delayed.

Jan Salzman, Project Engineer of GHD Stearns & Wheler, presented a preliminary study of the water distribution system. The study revealed problems in the water main lines that have reached the end of their projected service life of approximately 50 years. Salzman presented the options for replacing the water pipelines in three phases as Priority l, ll or lll, or possibly replacing the entire underground system of 48,000 linear feet. Salzman said the estimated cost to replace the entire system is between $9 and $13 million, depending on how much rock is encountered when laying down the new lines. Water District No. 2 is financially responsible for the infrastructure.

The Water District No. 2 supplies water from a new 600,000-gallon water tank pumped from four functional wells. It services 377 homes in Windmill Farm and supplies water to out-of-district users: Armonk Tennis Club, Coman Hill Elementary School and Brynwood Golf & Country Club. The school and the two clubs pay double the residential water rate. Town Attorney Roland Baroni said the water district could retroactively charge the out-of-district users a capital contribution fee to recapture the fees for the privilege of being part of the water system and its improvements over the years. The fees would defray the borrowing costs of the district's future improvements.

The estimated cost of the repairs was said to be $181 in interest and principle annually per home in the Water District for each million dollars borrowed. This would amount to approximately $2000 each year per household for the life of a 20-year bond. A quick show of hands in the room demonstrated a majority were in favor of bonding the entire project as soon as possible, especially considering the low interest rate to borrow money currently.

North Castle Water Quality report from 2011 indicates that the district's water quality meets all of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. As was the case prior to 1983, construction of all the United States’ water mains involved asbestos cement water lines; this represented a total of approximately 15 percent of the different materials used in the water distribution pipelines in Water District No. 2. The safest and most economical way to replace the system’s water main lines would be to lay the new lines next to the old lines and leave the old lines intact. This would also eventually involve shutting down the old lines.

Coincidently, during the meeting a water main break occurred in Windmill at the Mill Pond and the Pond Lane location, temporarily cutting off water to 18 homes in the area, according to Sal Misiti, Assistant Supervisor of North Castle's Water and Sewer Districts.

Baroni said the members of the Town Board are the Board of Commissioners of the town's water districts. They have asked ROWI for input on how they would like to handle refurbishing the water main lines of Water District No. 2. The commissioners will abide by the opinion of the majority of Windmill residents, said Baroni.

The Town Board's agenda for their June 13 meeting will include consideration of the following, in connection with Water District No. 2 (Windmill) water system improvements:

"1. Receipt and approval of GHD proposal.

2. Receipt of EAF from GHD and adoption of Notice of Intent for Town Board to declare Lead Agency.

3. Scheduling a Public Hearing to consider improvements to Water District No. 2 and adoption of bond resolution.

4. Adoption of resolution to fund advanced soft costs for Water District No 2."

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North Castle

NC4 Host Citizen Preparedness Training
By Louise T Gantress

December 15, 2014
The American Red Cross selected the North Castle Citizen Corps Council (NC4) hosted a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training on December 13 at the Hergenhan Recreation Center. This two hour program, “Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to Do When Disaster Strikes,” provided an overview to assist residents to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters, and how to respond and recover from them.

The course covered preparation as an individual, a family and a community member. Information was provided about natural disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy. This comprehensive training was held across New York State in partnership with the American Red Cross and Governor Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Training program.

The mission of the North Castle Citizen Corps Council (NC4) is to ensure our communities are ready and prepared for disasters. NC4 was founded after 9-11 under the Department of Homeland Security.


North Castle's Facebook Page Provides Useful Information
By Alison Simon

October 18, 2013
The Town of North Castle Facebook page was created to promote North Castle in a format that allows human interest stories, community events and photos to be shared with visitors to the site. Facebook is a useful tool to promote the Town of North Castle to anyone interested in learning more about our area and an equally useful tool to disseminate information quickly and accurately to our Town residents.

The Town’s Facebook page will provide links to useful community resources such as the North Castle Library, the Recycling and Sustainability site, and NC4, North Castle’s emergency preparedness program. The community calendar will be a go to site for residents and non-residents alike to find fun and informative things to do in Town and the Police Department will use Facebook to post important emergency information. Each posting will be pushed out to the Town’s Facebook friends immediately.

Facebook is a more fluid and less formal format than the Town’s website, photos and information may be added on a continuous basis. Our goal is to show off the local community and share information regarding Town programs, events, public safety and history.

https://www.facebook.com/NorthCastleNY

The 2010 Census Data

Posted April 18, 2011
The population of North Castle grew from 10,849 to 11,841, as reported in the U.S. 2000 and 2010 census bureau population estimates, respectively. Although it is a moderate gain of only 9 percent, it is the third largest increase in Westchester County, just behind Somers and Harrison. It was noted that Harrisonís population increased about 14 percent, but the approximate 2,500 students of SUNY Purchase were not included in the 2000 Census.

According to Adam Kaufman, North Castle's Director of Planning, North Castle's population grew 13.2 percent from 1990 to 2000. Kaufman said that from 1950 to 1960, North Castle experienced the largest population growth, realizing a 76 percent increase.

North Castle's housing data from the 2000 census records 3,706 housing units. In 2010, there were a reported 4,135 housing units, representing an increase of 11.6 percent, with 429 additional units. Kaufman said a significant number of those increased housing units is attributable to the 128 units that were developed in Whippoorwill Hills; these units were unoccupied and not counted in the 2000 Census.  

The 2010 Census reports North Castle's race profile as 89 percent Caucasian, 5 percent Asian and 8 percent Hispanic. This represents a change from the 2000 profile of 93.5 percent Caucasian, 4.5 percent Asian and 4.1 percent Hispanic.

In the 2010 Census, Westchester's population grew to 949,113, the largest population of New York's counties north of the Bronx. The states northern areas of Erie County and Monroe County are the second and third largest behind Westchester County. Of New York's 62 counties, New York City's five boroughs and Long Islandís Nassau County and Suffolk County are the most populated counties of New York State.

New York Stateís population increased 2.1 percent from 2000 to 2010. The 2010 Census reported New York Stateís population as 19.39 million. New York City is the most populous metropolitan area in the nation, while Los Angeles is second; both cities maintained the same rankings as in 2000. Approximately one- quarter of the U.S. population lives in the largest states of California, Texas and New York.

The 2010 Census reported the United States population as 308.7 million, a 9.7 percent increase from the 2000 Census population of 281.4 million.  

The national participation rate of the census is 74 percent, while the New York participation rate is estimated to be 69 percent.

The census information affects the number of seats occupied in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census data also determines how federally funded dollars are allocated toward states' infrastructure.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 and 2010.