Column: Pot holes don’t stand a chance now

belmontAs this year’s seasonal temperatures have been at a record low, I would like to bring your attention to a new piece of equipment purchased by the town.

Recently, our municipality acquired an asphalt hot box that will improve and prolong our road repair system. In the past, our Department of Public Works used only cold asphalt patch to temporarily fill pot holes and repair our municipal roadways. The asphalt hot box is designed to maintain the asphalt temperature for a prolonged period of time, thereby making any repairs permanent.

DPW crews have recently received training from the hot box manufacturer and will now be employing this new method of repair. Due to the number of pot holes on our roadways, DPW will continue to use cold patch as a supplement. If you have any concerns regarding potholes, please direct your calls to the Department of Public Works main number at 670-3100. For additional information, visit Harrison’s website at www.harrison-ny.gov.

In other news from our Dep-artment of Public Works, the first phase of automated sanitation is underway. Our DPW will be delivering carts to selected residents—who have been previously notified—on Jan. 22. The following week, sanitation collection, using the automated sanitation truck, will commence. Please be advised additional neighborhoods will be added to the roll-out of this new sanitation collection program.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act. State representatives and local elected officials were invited to attend this event held at MasterCard Worldwide’s Global Headquarters in Pur-chase. The Family Act would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program designed to help ensure American workers no longer have to choose between a paycheck and caring for a family member.

Sen. Gillibrand was joined by Working Mother Media Pres-ident/CEO Carol Evans for this announcement. It was a very informative presentation and, as more details become available, I will be sure to include them in future emails.

In closing, I would like to recognize our local cheerleading teams. This past weekend, Harrison students competed at the Mahopac High School Cheerleading Invitational. Twe-nty teams participated in this year’s event. The Harrison Recreation Cheer Team, sixth through eighth grade girls, placed first in their division. Junior varsity placed second and the varsity team placed first with an additional win in the Grand Championship with the highest score for the day, in any division. I applaud their efforts and am impressed with their sprit and athleticism. Congratulations to all participants for a job well done.

Please make note of the sanitation schedule change for the week of Jan. 20, 2014. Monday, Jan. 20 is a holiday and town offices will be closed. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, Jan. 20 will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Tuesday, Jan. 21 will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 22. There will be no bulk trash pickup on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The normal collection schedule for household trash and recycling will resume on Thursday, Jan. 23.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Jan. 17 and I will be at Jewel of Himalaya, located at 385 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison. On Friday, Jan. 24, I will be at Delfino’s, located at 60 Halstead Ave. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.