Monday, October 25, 2010

Ridgeway Watershed Committee

Here is an abridged version of the letter sent today to Mayor Bradley and the Common Council by the Ridgeway Watershed Committee. 

The Committee urges concerned citizens to attend the special Common Council meeting on Ridgeway, Tuesday, October 26, and to communicate their opinions to the Mayor and Council members by post and email.

Ridgeway Watershed Committee
3 Partridge Road
White Plains, New York 10605

24 October 2010

Mayor Adam Bradley
The White Plains Common Council
255 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601

Re:  Ridgeway Country Club

The Ridgeway Watershed Preservation Committee believes the Ridgeway Country Club property should be preserved as open and natural as possible in perpetuity.  To this end, we urge you to devise with all deliberate haste a practical and durable means to preserve the 128.6 Ridgeway acres.

Our urgent recommendation is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan of the City of White Plains which has as a goal the preservation of the Ridgeway Country Club as Open Space.  The goal is predicated on these facts:
•    The Ridgeway property runs through the watersheds of the Mamaroneck & Sheldrake Rivers.
•    Preservation of the property is important to regional water quality and flood control policy.
•    White Plains has a responsibility to act consistently with Federal, State and County water quality and flood control plans, and to consider the impact on other communities.

Given these facts, we recommend the re-zoning of the property to Recreational Use, and urge you to adopt an economic model for the use and upkeep of the property that is both responsible and sustainable.

We look forward to your response and stand ready to assist you in your efforts.

Bob Meyerson, Chair
Joel Rudikoff
Francis Jones
George Jones
Bice C. Wilson
Riena Kaplow
Louis J. Bruno
Alan Gassman
Dan Seidel

1 comment:

B. Rowe said...

Announcement that RCC was up for sale came in May of 2009. This letter comes a year later! And, in the interim there was no noticeable outreach to the residents of Gedney Farms. It seems all environmental groups were slow to react and so we now have the proposed FASNY. Instead of being contentious, environmental groups might work with the FASNY to make a bad situation better; for example, would the school consider establishing an arboretum? We have more to gain by working with them than against them and run the risk of the property being turned over to private developers who know which palms to grease to circumvent local development restrictions.