That headline is not a misprint. At this Thursday’s Village Board meeting (July 18, 8pm–Village Hall) the Mayor and Board will consider allowing residents to bury human remains on their property with little more than an application to the Planning Board, such as you might submit for putting up a shed on your property.
The following letter was sent out by CUPON explaining the proposed change to the municipal law and also recent controversies created by local school buses.“From CUPON Chestnut Ridge
Hello Chestnut Ridge residents. Our next Village Board meeting will be Thursday, July 18th at 8PM in Village Hall. I encourage all who are able, to attend. There are issues that are beginning to present themselves that require our constant attention and comment.
- The Village Board and the mayor introduced a resolution that will probably become law if we are unable to sway the Board and mayor. It is entitled Proposed Local Law regarding the Burial of Human Remains in Residential districts.
While I cannot be sure why this matter is being brought before the Board for consideration, I can say that it concerns me greatly to think that with the approval of the Planning Board going forward someone could be buried on my neighbor’s property. While this may be the extreme, we must consider this issue when it comes to the environment and water supply. Many or our residents have streams on their property or use private wells as their source of water!
I for one, believe this issue should not be left to the Planning Board to provide approval for such a request.
I have taken the time to forward the proposed law to the Rockland County Health Department and am awaiting their response.
I encourage all to attend the meeting and voice your concerns. And, if you have any other suggestions about agencies or avenues we can pursue to have this matter examined more thoroughly, please take the liberty of doing just that.
- Many residents have voiced their concerns about their safety in reference to the private school buses that ride up and down streets, make illegal U turns, back up and simply drive the buses with disregard for the safety of the residents or the children on the buses.
The Village government offers us no support, the Town of Ramapo Police Department does not seem to have any interest in protecting our residents or has no authority to act.
The state law that governs school buses is weak. It does not penalize drivers who back up or make U-turns. I have learned that while Chestnut Ridge Transportation does NOT allow drivers to travel in cul de sacs, make U-turns, or back up, these actions are not illegal, they are dangerous.
I believe that we should start collecting names on petitions and then present as many signed petitions as we can collect to our Assembly person, Ellen Jaffee and State Senator, David Carlucci and pressure them to author legislation to strengthen the laws and penalties for such irresponsible driving.
This will be an agenda item at our next CUPON meeting set for 8/6/19. If any resident wants to help with this endeavor, please let us know.
- AGAIN, the Village Board meeting is 7/18/19 at 8PM in Village hall. Come, listen, participate! “
CUPON Chestnut Ridge
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