Like a beaming first-time grandfather, village manager Rick Herbek rounded out last night’s whirlwind 45-minute board of trustees meeting with accolades galore over Croton’s hi-tech weather station mounted atop its DPW garage.
The instrumentation includes a live webcam pointed directly at the flood-prone lot’s sections G and H. An imposing installation of meteorological instruments measures weather conditions and reports live weather data to a public village web page.
Fancy stuff, to be sure. In addition to contacting parking lot customers by e-mail, the village purchased a solar-powered roadside alert sign to warn commuters of potential upcoming bad weather conditions. Apparently village officers pay no attention to the impending disasters regularly signaled by its own weather equipment.
One might think that the village would operate an asset that generates more than $1 million in revenue like a business. Handsomely-paid village treasurer Abraham Zambrano, responsible for operations of this lot, should be able to prevent a repetition of past disasters. After all, the village charges customers a stiff premium for the doubtful privilege of parking there.
If you thought this, you thought wrong. You also may have had faith in Mayor Schmidt and his most recent solemn campaign promises to fix the problems at the train station parking lot this year. Again, sorry, you’re wrong on that count too. If this lot were run in such sloppy fashion by a private operator, the village would have closed it down long ago.
And so this morning, frustrated and rain-soaked commuters were forced to catch a later train after sloshing their way from remote and unanticipated parking spaces. The message could be clearly read on their faces: “Enough already.” Somewhere in the back of their minds they must have been thinking, “Screw this. When the lot expansion in Cortlandt is completed next year, I’m going to sign up for one of those new 800 dry parking spaces, and I’m outta this swamp!”