From adopting a local law regarding the amended FEMA flood maps to buying a street sweeper, everything in the village of North Haven takes an amount of measured planning. To the North Haven board of trustees, hosting a benefit event — as the Perlman Music Program is seeking to do at a North Haven resident in August — is no exception. Rachel L. Coker, manager of membership and special events for the program, visited the board on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss the event to be held at the Dusenberry residence on Ferry Road. The board was chiefly concerned with hiring an appropriate security company to deal with traffic and creating an adequate plan for parking for the some 200 guests expected to attend the bash.
North Haven Village Attorney Anthony Tohill asked Coker to revisit the board with a survey showing were the cars will be situated.
“Show us how you will accommodate the cars … So [you] can describe how if guest 98 and his wife wants to leave at 7:30 [before the event ends] his car won’t be sandwiched in,” Tohill asked Coker. Tohill added that the board felt it was necessary to hire security familiar with the local roadways and knowledgeable of emergency services available in the area.
Coker said previously the program was planning to use a security firm to deal with on-site problems, while the program staff would handle traffic calming and parking.
“You might want to rethink that … if an emergency occurs you need somebody who is better [prepared] than lay people,” responded Tohill.
Tohill used the example of a two car accident occurring in front of the house right before the starting time of the benefit, saying this is an example of a situation best handled by seasoned security professionals. On behalf of the board, he said it is imperative for the program to hire a licensed, and preferably locally-well-versed, security team.
Village Clerk Georgia Welch added that there is a certain amount of pedestrian foot traffic along Route 114/Ferry Road in the summertime, and Village Mayor Laura Nolan chimed in, saying there is a lack of streetlights along this busy road.
Coker seemed receptive to the board and answered their concerns saying, “We will try to do this as thoroughly as possible.” Coker was asked to return on May 5 with a copy of the survey and parking plan.
Tohill also updated the board on the recent FEMA flood maps. He said the village is required to submit an amended local law to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on the limits of the moderate wave action (LIMWA)- found in the new flood maps — by June 25.
In addition, the village is also seeking to purchase a street sweeper. Mayor Nolan said many residents have complained to her about the state of the streets, but trustee James Morrissey said the small sweeper the village is looking to buy would only push debris and materials to the side of the street and do little to clean out the village catch basins. As the board couldn’t reach a consensus on the sweeper, they decided to do a little more research before making a purchase.