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Taxes are due the same time every year:
For more information on tax bills, amounts, and late penalties, please contact the Receiver of Taxes' office at 914-742-2348.
It depends. Generally, any improvement that increases the market value of your home should increase your assessment. However, each project is reviewed individually and sometimes an increase isn't warranted.
If you are contemplating an improvement/renovation and want to obtain an estimate on whether your assessment will change and to what extent, this office can help you.
We will reply by letter with an estimate of the change, if any, to your assessment, which is good for one year from the date of the written response and subject to our inspection and verification of the work done upon completion of the same.
Please call the Assessor's office at 914-742-2345 if you have questions.
The Assessor's Office will, upon request, provide an informal review of your assessment if you believe the equalized value exceeds the current market value of your property.
To determine your equalized market value, divide the total assessment of your property by the latest residential assessment ratio. If the result is higher than the current market value of your property, you may be over-assessed.
Informal review requests (which may be made by the property owner, contract vendee, or a real estate agent authorized by the owner) must be made in writing and include the following:
Please be advised that the deadline for filing an Informal Review request is the last business day in March for consideration on the June 1st Tentative Assessment Roll. If the assessment is reduced, you will receive a letter to that effect on or around June 1st. Taxes based on this assessment start with the town/county tax bill issued in April of the following year.
If your assessment is not reduced, you will be advised. If you choose, you may file a grievance with the Board of Assessment Review by the third Tuesday in June.
Assessed Value divided by Residential Assessment Ratio = Assessor's Estimate Market Value
Note: It is not possible to offer this service between April 1st and August 1st in any given year as the appropriate time is not available to devote to each case.
The Assessor's office will upon request, provide an informal review of your assessment. There is no need to hire an attorney or representative. The Assessor's office can only address the value of your property through its assessment; we have no control over tax rates. View more information on the informal review process.
Virtually all owner-occupied primary residences are eligible for exemptions. Some exemptions are STAR, Senior Citizens, Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, and Volunteer Firefighter/Ambulance Workers. On this site, you will find most of the exemptions offered with requirements and applications. The deadline for all exemption applications is June 1. If you have any further questions you can call the Assessor's office at 914-742-2345.
Grievance Day is the third Tuesday of June.
Find Grievance details and forms in the Assessor department. If you have any further questions you can call the Assessor's Office at 914-742-2345.
Many of the Town's historical records, including photos, are stored at the Westchester County Records Center 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, New York 10523, 914-231-1500. The records center can be visited and files can be searched after signing up.
Please email Jim Maxwell, Town Historian.
You can file a complaint by filling out a Building Department Complaint Form (PDF) (online form coming soon!) and delivering it in person to the Building Department at Town Hall or fax it to 914-769-3155.
Any oil tank that is 1,100 gallons or above needs to be registered with Westchester County at the Westchester County Department of Health located in New Rochelle.
For the removal of any oil tank, a building permit and plumbing permits are required. The Building Inspector also requires inspections when the tank is removed. To apply for the building permit for an oil tank, please complete a building permit application in-person or online. A plumbing permit must also be filed by an oil tank company or licensed plumber.
All elevators require a Building Permit and yearly inspections. For elevator information contact the Building Department.
At this time, all zoning questions require an in-office visit. If you have a complaint concerning zoning or construction on a neighbor's property, please file a formal complaint via email, mail or in person with the Building Department. Please be sure to include the address of the property and a detailed description of the complaint.
A Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance will be issued after a permit is issued, applicable fees are paid, a final inspection is complete, and an Affidavit of Final Cost (notarized) is filed with the Building Department. If electrical work was done, an electrical certificate is needed.
Permits can take up to 4 to 6 weeks. Commercial structures can take one month or longer to complete the review, depending on the size and detail of the plans.
A permit is a formal document authorizing the commencement of some action or work on your home or property that is subject to Code regulations. Any structure or new construction added to the property and any work requiring electric and plumbing revision or replacement requires a permit as follows:
Plumbing permits are required for all plumbing work performed in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Plumbers must be licensed by Westchester County. A letter from your plumber should be sent to the Building Department stating that all plumbing operations are in order at your premises and were performed in accordance with New York State Building code (current edition). For Plumbing information contact the Plumbing Inspector.
You will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. The law provides that a Stop Work Order must be issued and fines may be imposed.
Yes, construction inspections are required during the various phases of construction.
Large-scale construction projects may also require approval from the Town Board, Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Appeals, Engineering Department, Fire Department, New York State Department of Transportation, and Westchester County Department of Planning. For further information concerning zoning requirements, call the Building Department.
The Architectural Review Board reviews:
What do I need for an Architectural Review Board Application?
Please note: For reference, you can see a copy of these forms on the Forms and Applications page. These forms are carbonized and the original form must be picked up in the Building Department.
The Wetlands Ordinance and application for a permit is available on the Forms and Applications page of this department. Maps showing certain wetlands are available for review in the Engineering Department. Land parcels may contain wetlands that are not shown on these "general" maps. Each site is unique and must be on a site inspection basis.
Yes. Town Zoning maps are available in Town Hall for a fee of $10 (large) and $5 (small).
Yes. Topographic maps for the Town are available in either hard copy or disk.
In most instances, the as-built plans are available to homeowners and contractors to assist in finding the lateral. Permits are issued by the Building Department to hook up to the sewer. Permits for curb cuts are issued by the Highway Department.
Paper streets are parcels of land shown on a field map to be available for road construction. The Town does not "own" paper streets, therefore the Town cannot sell a paper street. However, the Town has certain rights and powers over a paper street. Each situation is different. Specific cases will be handled individually. Your private attorney should be contacted in these matters. The Town Board has final decision-making powers in this matter.
In the Town of Mt. Pleasant yard waste will be picked up from April 1st through October 31st. Normal conditions require 3 to 5 days to complete each section. Leaves, grass, clippings and garden debris must be in paper biodegradable bags. Branches must be no longer than 4 feet in length and stacked at the curb neatly. A maximum of 15 minutes will be spent at any one residence in order to maintain the town-wide schedule. No stumps or logs will be collected - homeowners must make their own arrangements. Brush will not be collected for homeowners or contractors clearing land.
Brush will not be collected after October 31st.
Questions about brush pickup should be directed to the Highway Department at 914-769-1045, or refer to the yard waste collection schedule on this website and/or collection schedule guide that is mailed to residents annually. Please call the Highway Department at 914-769-1045 if you need a copy.
Christmas trees will be picked up curbside by CRP Sanitation during regular garbage collection or by the Highway Department at some point during the month of January.
Recycling bins and/or leaf bags are no longer available for purchase at the the Highway Department.
Recycling bins and/or leaf bags can be purchased at most local hardware stores or home improvement centers.
The Town of Mount Pleasant's drop-off point for televisions, air conditioners and computers is the Household Material Recovery Facility located on the Grasslands Campus at 15 Woods Road in Valhalla.
Days of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm by appointment only.
To schedule appointments call the Recycling Hotline at 914-813-5425 or go to Household Material Recovery Facility website.
Westchester County has opened a Household Material Recovery Facility on the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla. The address is 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, New York 10595. The days of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm by appointment only. Please visit their website to make an appointment, or call the Recycling HelpLine at 914-813-5425.
Check the Westchester County website.
Bags and brush must be placed at the curb according to the dates listed on the most current version of the brush schedule. Please refer to the most current "Highway Department Brush Collection Schedule" chart to identify when your brush should be placed at the curb for its monthly pick up. Please note that normal conditions require 3-5 working days to complete each section, weather permitting.
All brush must be cut into no more than 4 feet lengths and placed at the curb no later than 7 am on the morning of the first scheduled pickup day for your area. Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags. Plastic bags are not acceptable. No single item, bundle of brush, bag, etc. can weigh more than 50 pounds. Bundles of brush/bags must be capable of being handled by one person. Dirt, rocks or other items should not be placed in the leaf bags. Should any other items be placed in the leaf bags, the bags will not be collected, no exceptions!
Brush will be picked up at private residences only. It will not be picked up for contractors or owners clearing land.
Stumps, logs and large uncut leaders will not be collected.
Should our trucks appear in your area before the scheduled start date due to a lighter load in a previous area, the truck will still return to your area on the scheduled start day. Brush and bags Must Not be mixed with materials left at the curb for sanitation pickup.
Please Note: A maximum of Fifteen Minutes will be spent at any one location so that the town wide schedule can be maintained. No exceptions!
Brush cannot be collected after October 31st, no exceptions! The entire work force begins its fall leaf collection program on November 1st (weather permitting), and continues until the winter weather curtails operations. The brush schedule resumes April 1st, weather permitting.
Should you miss a scheduled pick up in your area, trucks will not return until the next month's scheduled pick up date in order to maintain the town wide schedule, No exceptions!
Brush collection is a service provided to Mount Pleasant residents whereby the Highway Department collects and disposes of the following yard waste material ONLY:
Starting February 1st of each year, residents may call the Highway Department to place an order for compost.
The Highway Department will need your full name, address, and phone number. You will be asked if you would like a small load (1-2 yards) or a large load (3-4 yards) of compost, and you will be asked to put a marker out for the first or second week of April to indicate where you would like the compost placed. A marker can be anything from a tarp, to a cone, or even just a sign that simply says "compost" on it, as long as it is visible to the driver upon delivery.
Compost will be delivered beginning around the first or second week of April, weather permitting.
Compost is free of charge to the residents but please note that it is given out on a first come, first served basis meaning that the earlier you call to place your order the earlier you will receive it once deliveries begin.
The Highway Department is not responsible for picking up building and/or construction material.
Homeowners must contact CRP Sanitation at 914-592-4129 to schedule an appointment or make their own arrangements.
Leaves are collected by the Town of Mount Pleasant Highway Department commencing around October 15th and continuing until the winter weather curtails the operations. Loose leaves should be raked to the curb in a pile; however, they should not be left in the roadway seeing as that is a safety hazard as well as a violation of Town Code Section 166-7 Yard Waste. Loose leaves should not be mixed with any other materials as they will not be collected. Loose leaves will be collected about every 25 working days depending on weather conditions. This basically means that there will be approximately two leaf vacuum pickups at each residence for the fall season starting October 15th until December 1st. Please be aware that any leaves put out at the curb after December 1st, Must Be Bagged, no exceptions.
As specified above, loose leaves left in the roadway are a violation of Town Code. Wet leaves can cause a slipping hazard to drivers and pedestrians; they can clog catch basins that can cause a flooding condition and will be an issue in the event of an early snowstorm. The Town of Mount Pleasant is not looking to fine anyone but in the interest of safety, if the violation continues, we will have no choice then to institute a fine to property owners. If you have a landscaper, please advise them of the Town Code.
Please feel free to contact the Highway Department at any time should you have any further questions and/or concerns 914-769-1045.
Items Not accepted are:
Holidays are New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Questions about garbage and recycling pickup should be directed to CRP Sanitation at 914-592-4129.
Please refer to the most current Sanitation and Recycling Schedule booklet for more information. This booklet is mailed to all residents annually; however, if for some reason you did not receive it in the mail, a copy of the most current booklet is uploaded to this website and is accessible at any time.
The Highway Department no longer accepts propane tanks.
Propane tanks can be returned to most locations that sell propane.
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Online payments are handled by Ncourt. For assistance, please call 914-742-8806.
The court is in session every Thursday starting at 9:30 am for criminal matters. Vehicle and Traffic matters are held two Tuesdays a month. Jury trials and civil trials are held various days during the week. The trials are scheduled and all parties are notified in advance.
You may bring a claim in the court most convenient to you but it must be in the town or village where the party being sued lives, works, or has a place of business. For example, a business firm has an office in Town A but transact business in Town B. It can only be sued in Town A, and not in Town B. Similarly, a person who lives in Town A but owns rental property in Town B must be sued in the court of Town A and not Town B. A summer resident of Town A can be sued in Town A while he is residing there but not after he moves back to the winter residence.
You can sue any person or corporation who owes you money if that person or corporation lives, has an office for the transaction of business, or works within the village or town in which court you file your claim.
The following entities may not bring claims in this part of the court, although claims may be brought against them in it:
Also, Small Claims Court in not to be used to oppress or harass the defendant, e.g. you have already sued the same defendant on the same claim and lost. If the court clerk believes you may be doing so, he may compel you to seek permission from the judge to file the claim.
Any person over 18 years of age may bring an action for money in the small claims part of the court.
Even a non-resident of New York can bring a Small Claims Court action here. He cannot be required to place any security to reimburse the cost should the defendant be successful.
A minor may file a claim by having a parent or person in whose custody he/she resides go with him/her to make the claim and appear at trial.
A small claim is a claim for money only, not exceeding $3000 at the present time, where the person you wish to sue either lives, works or has a place of business within the town or village in which you file your claim.
Provided are examples of tax exemptions. For more information on these exemptions and how to apply, please contact the Assessor's office at 914-742-2345.
If you are 65 years of age or older, and your gross income is limited, you may be eligible for Senior Citizen tax exemptions, in addition to the STAR program. Applications are available in the Assessor's office.
In compliance with Section 458-a of the Real Property Tax Law, we are informing you that you may be eligible for a Veteran's exemption on your legal residence if you served during a qualifying period of War.
Welcome to the Town of Mount Pleasant! If you are a new homeowner, please contact us at 914-742-2348 so we discuss your property information to ensure proper billing.
Please note that taxes are due at the same time every year:
Please also visit our New Residents and Businesses page.
The Mt. Pleasant Receiver of Taxes collects all town and county taxes for Sleepy Hollow, Pleasantville, Hawthorne, Valhalla, Thornwood, and parts of Chappaqua and Briarcliff Manor that are located in the Town of Mt. Pleasant.
Town/County Tax is due by April 30th. Taxes can be paid at the Town of Mt. Pleasant Town Hall at 1 Town Hall Plaza in Valhalla. As of May 1st, all unpaid County/Town tax amounts are subject to a penalty. For questions call Grace Papa at 914-742-2348.
Bills are mailed the last week of March. If you do not receive your bill, you must contact us.
Please note: In order to avoid any tax penalty, your envelope must carry a United States Postmark no later than April 30th.
If paying in person bring the entire bill.
To avoid penalties, if you pay your taxes by mail during the last days of the month, you must witness a timely U.S. postmark being affixed to the envelope. Pitney Bowes (corporate meters) and foreign postmarks are not acceptable. If you choose to pay electronically through your bank, please allow 7 days for mailing as typically the banks do not have U.S. postmark.
As a convenience to our taxpayers, the Town of Mount Pleasant offers the option of paying taxes online. There is a 2.25% service fee for paying by credit/debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or Amex), however, there is no fee for paying by electronic check (ACH). Access the Online Tax Payment page to get started. Please be advised, you will need to have your bill number and amount of the original billing to complete the payment transaction.
Please note: To access a copy of your bill, please visit the Tax Status Information page. Please note you will have to accept the terms of the site > enter your name, address, or section/block/lot. When your property details display, select "Bill Detail" for the current tax bill to obtain your bill number and the full amount due.
The Receiver of Taxes Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
If you are interested in receiving your tax bill, receipts, and reminders via email, please visit the Sign-Up page to get started.
Should you experience difficulty or have any questions, please contact the Receiver of Taxes Department at 914-742-2348.
June to July
August to September
October to December
January to April
May 1 to Date of Foreclosure
1% per month on unpaid delinquent tax (12% per annum)
There is a $25 charge for returned checks - Payments in cash must be the exact amount.
In addition, New York State Law provides that the Tax Receiver cannot waive penalties on real estate taxes after the due date for any reason.
Properties with taxes remaining unpaid after 21 months will go into foreclosure. Receipts will be furnished upon request.
School taxes are collected for the Union Free School District of the Tarrytown, Mount Pleasant CSD, Pocantico Hills, Pleasantville UFSD, Valhalla UFSD, Chappaqua UFSD, Byram Hills UFSD, and Briarcliff Manor UFSD for those properties that are located in the Town of Mt. Pleasant.
Please note only one bill is sent out during the last week of August. If at any time you do not receive your bill, please call the Receiver of Taxes office for a duplicate at 914-742-2348.
Please note: If your property is sold after the September payment, but prior to the payment of the second half of this school tax bill, you must notify the new owner of the January tax lien payment due.
December to January
February to March
There is a $25 charge for returned checks.
Please be advised that payments in cash must be in exact amounts.
In addition, New York State Law provides that the Tax Receiver cannot waive penalties on real estate taxes after the due date for any reason.
Where an envelope containing payment of local taxes contains no U.S. postmark date, payment of such taxes is deemed to have been made on the date the payment is received. Also, New York State law provides that a property owner is not relieved of the responsibility for payment of taxes or interest prescribed by law despite the failure to receive notice of such taxes due.
Tax Payment Receipts will be furnished upon request.
Properties with taxes remaining unpaid after 21 months will go into foreclosure.
The towns in Westchester County are fiscal agents for the collection of school taxes. Budgets are prepared and adopted for a public referendum and are not the function of the Town Government. All inquiries concerning budget matters or expenditures should be directed to your School District or School Board.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Please note: New York State Law provides that the Tax Receiver CANNOT waive penalties on real estate taxes after the due date for any reason.
Tax payment receipts will be furnished upon request.
If you are 65 years of age or older, or disabled, or you own and occupy a 1, 2, or 3-family residence, you may designate a concerning adult third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bill or delinquent notice. Applications are available from the tax office and must be filed prior to February 10th for County/Town taxes and prior to July 10th for School taxes.
If you are no longer escrowing your taxes, please contact us immediately at 914-742-2348.
All persons using the pool complex must either have a valid pool pass or attend as a paying guest of a pass holder. Children under 2 are free but must present the Under 2 Pass.
There is a 25% discount for adult programs only for Town of Mt. Pleasant Resident Senior Citizens unless noted differently for specific Senior events, trips, special Town events, etc.
Photo I.D. pool passes are required for use of the pool. Individuals and families may register and obtain the photo I.D. passes at the Recreation and Parks Department Office in Town Hall on weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Two Proofs of residence will be required from all persons purchasing pool passes.
Note: Owning property does not necessarily qualify a person as a resident. Tax Bills are not acceptable proofs of residency.
Activity Online Registration website
Walk-In registrations will be accepted at the Recreation office beginning on Monday, November 13th starting at 10:00am. They will be entered upon receipt. Registration form REQUIRED.
Mail-in registrations can be sent to the Recreation office. Beginning on Monday, November 13th at 10:00am they will be entered at random despite date of arrival in office. Registration form REQUIRED.
Attention: Recreation Department
1 Town Hall Plaza
Valhalla, NY 10595
We accept cash, credit, and checks
Generally, refunds are only granted if the program is canceled. Any other refund requests will be viewed individually and will be prorated and subject to a 20% processing fee if approved.
The Recreation and Parks Department reserves the right to cancel any program and issue appropriate refunds whenever it is considered in the best interest of the Department.
Family: Parents and their unmarried children under 21 years of age residing in the same household. Unmarried children between 21 and 25 years of age may be included if they are full-time students and have proof of student status in the Spring. Grandparents and household helpers are not included in the family but may be eligible for their own passes.
For pool program cancellations, please contact the Recreation office at (914)742-2310.
Note: Owning property does not necessarily qualify a person as a resident.
Tax bills are not acceptable proof of residency.
The Mt. Pleasant Recreation and Parks Department has over 100 part-time jobs available during the Summer for individuals 16 years of age and over. Positions include Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors, Cashiers, Parks Groundskeepers, Counselors, and Specialists.
Some positions are available on a half-day basis. Mt. Pleasant has volunteer positions for 15-year-old teens as Counselors in Training at the day camps and Lifeguards in Training at the pool. CITs can work in either Camp Summer Fun or Mini Mount for half or all day.
All applications are available at the Recreation Office.
Free ice skating for residents is available at Leith's Pond on Rolling Hill Road at Carroll Park in Thornwood, Opperman's Pond on Lake Drive and Bedford Road (Rte 117) in Pleasantville, and Bear Ridge Lake on Lake Shore Drive in Pleasantville. A sign will be posted when the ice is safe to skate on. For skating conditions, call the Recreation Hotline at 914-742-2364.
If programs are canceled due to inclement weather, notification to participants will be made via email and/or phone. If you have any questions, you can call the Recreation Office at (914)742-2310.
Registration by phone is not permitted. You may register by coming into the Recreation and Parks Department Office or by mail. Mail-in registrations must include a completed and signed registration form and a check for the amount due.
The Village classification includes residents of the Village of Pleasantville, the Village of Sleepy Hollow, and the Mount Pleasant portion of the Village of Briarcliff Manor. Village residents may join the Town Pool at a higher rate (because they do not pay recreation taxes to the Town) but are not allowed to participate in other programs unless they live in the Mount Pleasant School District or attend school in the Town Outside.
The Town Outside refers to all areas of the Town of Mount Pleasant that are located outside of the actual municipal boundaries of Briarcliff Manor, Pleasantville, and Sleepy Hollow. Town Outside residents are eligible to participate in all appropriate department programs.
Town Outside: Residents of the unincorporated sections of the Town of Mt. Pleasant. A portion of the residence must be in the unincorporated Town.
Program brochures are available at the Mt. Pleasant Community Center and the Recreation Office at Town Hall. The brochure can be accessed on our website www.mtpleasantny.com under the Recreation department.
The brochure will also be e-blasted out to everyone in our system. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at 914-742-2310.
A single sign is located in Valhalla and at Thornwood Water District and a frame with space for two signs is located at the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Thornwood. For additional information on the use of the signs and to reserve space, contact the Recreation Office at 914-742-2310.
When available, the community center is available on a rental basis for individuals and organizations residing in the Town. Sunday is the best day to rent. No daytime rentals are permitted from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call 914-742-2310 for more information on policies and fees.
You may download the Application to Rent the Bradhurst or Mount Pleasant Community Center from our Forms and Documents page.
The Town allows group picnics at Broadway Field and Bradhurst Park. Picnic permits are required and may be obtained at the Recreation Office or downloaded from the forms section of the page.
Reserve your space early. All permits are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic areas may be reserved one year in advance. The Town reserves the right to cancel any permit with a full refund if the space is needed for a Town-sponsored program.
Notification to participants regarding the cancellation of sport events will be made via phone, email, or Team Sideline.
Regular trash is picked up on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays depending on which area you live in.
All material must be placed curbside by 7 am.
Questions about garbage and recycling pickup in the Town of Mt. Pleasant should be directed to CRP Sanitation at 914-592-4129.
Bulk pick up is the 2nd pickup of the week. Clean-up piles are limited to 3 feet by 6 feet.
Appliances, couches and other large items will be collected at the curb by appointment. Contact CRP Sanitation for further information at 914-592-4129.
Televisions, computer monitors and air conditioners can be dropped off at the Household Material Recovery Facility at 15 Woods Road in Valhalla. Please contact them directly at 914-813-5425 for further information as some items require an appointment.
Recycling bins can be purchased at a hardware store or Home Improvement Center.
All paint cans must be dried up using paint hardener or cat litter. Paint can also be poured onto rags to dry. Once paint is dried it can be put out with your regular trash with the lids off.
Recycling will be picked up on Wednesdays. Check the recycling schedule for details on when commingled and paper are picked up.
For information on how to obtain a birth, death, or marriage record, see the Birth / Death / Marriage Records page.
For information on how to get a marriage license, please see the Marriage Licenses & One-Day Officiant Licenses page.
For information on how to get a Metro North train station parking permit, see the Commuter Parking page.
For information on voting and elections, see the Elections page.
Water payments are due in the Town Hall offices by 4:30 pm on the due date listed on the bill. Payments postmarked with that date will also be accepted. Payments received or postmarked after the due date are subject to a 5% penalty.
Town of Mt. Pleasant residents may call the Water Department at 914-831-1062 from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Summer hours (4/29 through 9/29) are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
During normal working hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, residents should call the Sewer Department at 914-831-1062. At all other times call the Police Department at 914-769-1942. The Police Department will contact Sewer Department personnel and a crew will be sent to inspect the main sewer. It is important that the main line be checked first to make certain that it is not blocked. It is important that you do not remove the sewer clean-out cover in your home until you are certain that the main line sewer is running freely.
If you have any of the above-mentioned situations, please call the Water Department at 914-831-1062 Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8:30 am to 4 pm. At all other times, call the Police Department at 914-769-1942. The Police Department will contact the Water Department personnel to evaluate the problem.
If you are moving into a new home in the Town of Mt. Pleasant, remember to call the Water Department at 914-831-1062 to make sure that the proper billing dates have been recorded. Unpaid water bills can become a tax lien. Ensure that billing records are accurate.
If you are moving and discontinuing your water service, you must contact the Town of Mt. Pleasant Water Department at 914-831-1062 for a final read. In order for water bills to be sent to the correct customer, the Town must be notified of start and stop dates. There is a $50 fee for this service.
Yes. My family and I live in town, continue to drink and have consumed water from the Kensico Water District since we moved here almost seventeen years ago.
- David Smyth, P.E., Town Engineer/Interim Superintendent of Water and Sewer
All of our first quarter 2019 samples have just been received. We are analyzing the results and will be calculating the Annual Average for both districts in association with Health Department Standards. The results will soon be posted online. Initial review of these samples show reduced levels from last quarter but due to the annual running average we are unfortunately expected to exceed the Maximum Contaminant Level for the 1st Quarter of 2019 for both Kensico and Pocantico Water Districts.
The consultant submitted their proposal on March 18, 2019 and the services were approved by the Town Supervisor, Carl Fulgenzi, as an emergency measure on March 19th, 2019. The Town Board will be voting on a resolution to officially authorize the hiring of the consultant on March 26th. A meeting has been scheduled with the consultant on Thursday March 21th, 2019 to discuss the pathway to finding short term and long term solutions. A timeline will be created at this meeting and provided to the public. We will also be meeting with the Westchester County Board of Health to discuss similar topics on March 29th. Keeping the Health Department up to date and active in this process will speed the review time as to accelerate permit issuing if needed shall operational changes to the system will be required.
We have begun contacting the Superintendents of the Valhalla, Westlake and Pocantico School Districts and administrators at EF Academy. The Department will be offering to immediately sample the water at a fixture inside the building near the point where the main enters the building. Our plan is to take one sample at each school campus site and this sampling will be tested monthly while schools are in session with the results posted online.
We will be sampling next week at four routine sampling sites in the district. We are also conducting additional sampling at the entrance and exit at the Commerce Street Pump Station and at the Water Storage Tanks located on Lozza Drive. These four additional samples will provide an understanding of where and at what levels the Haloacetic Acids are being created in our system. This information will assist in determining where and what type of measures are possible to deploy to reduce the acids levels.
We would first like to answer this question by restating the information contained within the public notice as provided by the State Health Department.
"The presence of haloacetic acids at the concentrations detected in the water system does not constitute an immediate health hazard. Although the standard is slightly exceeded, it is not a 'bright line' between drinking water concentrations that cause health effects and those that do not. The standard for haloacetic acids is set at a water concentration at which exposure is much lower than exposures identified as causing health effects in animals. Thus, exceedance of the standard is not a trigger for health effects, but a trigger for water suppliers to take action to reduce the haloacetic acid concentrations and maintain what is already a large margin of protection against health effects."
Provided for you on our website is a fact sheet on Haloacetic Acids issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Sciences which summarizes the carcinogenic (cancer producing) effects of the contaminant:
"Human studies have yet to confirm that DCA or TCA [Haloacetic Acids] exposure increases the risk of cancer. Based on the animal data, at the current HAA5 regulatory level [60 micrograms per liter], the cancer risk is estimated to increase by about 1 in 60,000 for every 10 years of exposure."
This cancer risk was estimated by EPA and is based on animal testing data. Animal studies that have shown impacts of Haloacetic Acids occurred with continuous high levels of exposure between 4 and 18 times the standard regulatory amounts.
For those whom have a compromised immune system, our recommendation is to contact your doctor to request medical advice on the consumption of the water. Should you have any concern what so ever regarding your health or the safety of the water, we would recommend you seek to filter your water to reduce/remove the Haloacetic Acid contaminant.
We have provided a list of filters that were reported to reduce Haloacetic Acids from the water on our website. Also on this site are two studies that show the results of the use of these filters which supports their use. We would recommend you contact the manufacture if you have questions/concerns with their system. The maintenance and directions for the use of these filters should be followed to return the benefit desired.
All municipalities have some levels of Haloacetic Acids within their water. Other municipalities have had levels that exceeded the standard in the past and several operate at Haloacetic Acid water concentrations that are half of what we traditionally yield. Municipalities with lower levels either filter their water or have smaller systems that do not require extended contact times for their disinfectant to safely disable the pathogens in their system. This level of chlorine and reduced age of the water in a smaller system tends to keep by-product levels down. The Town considered installing a $10M filtration system within the Kensico Water District in 1997 due to change in the regulations. Around this time the Town consolidating the Hawthorne, Thornwood and Valhalla districts while incurring $24M in debt to complete necessary upgrades the operations of the districts. This work also included the lining of a majority of the water mains in the district which aids to decrease the disinfection by-products that could be formed within the system. As the Town received a waiver from having to install this plant, the additional cost on top of the debt incurred for the required capital improvements may have been too costly.
The Town is only required to send out direct notices when the state standards are exceeded. In the last fourteen years, Kensico Water District only exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) one other time in 2011 while the Pocantico Water District only exceeded the MCL in 2016. However, we are required and do publish our annual averages for Haloacetic Acids for all ten of our water districts in Annual Water Quality Reports. Post cards of these reports are posted for viewing when they are available to inform district customers. We also provide the most recent reports online for viewing anytime. The fourteen year average for Haloacetic Acids is 50.9 and 45.4 micrograms per liter for Kensico and Pocantico Water Districts respectively. These averages are under the MCL as established by the State and EPA.
The Town is able to systematically flush the distribution system but there are potential negative impacts that could arise from this measure. Flushing, through fire hydrants, disrupts the system resulting in potential laundry impacts and produces cloudy water throughout the system. Flushing also uses large volumes of water resulting in higher costs to the district. Although these are acceptable consequences when compared to increasing the health of our residents, flushing also puts additional pressure on the system and could lead to water main failures. When needed, we perform flushing of our system.