During the Pace public outreach sessions, participants expressed an interest in Town government hosting more events, such as parades and festivals. Here are a few such events being planned:
- New Castle Recreation & Park Department and Camp Connection are proud to present the Ragamuffin Parade & Carnival on Sunday, October 19th, Carnival begins at 12:30pm and the Parade steps off at 3:30pm
- New Castle Recreation & Park Department and Kiwi Country Day Camp are proud to present The Fall Festival is scheduled for Sat., Oct 25th from 11a-4pm.
- New Castle Recreation & Park Department and Kiwi Country Day Camp are proud to present "Downtown Chappaqua Halloween" on Wed, October 31st. Celebrate with your favorite local BOO-tiques. Trick or treat, photo booth, fun characters & giveaways.
I'd like to provide residents with a brief update on the Chappaqua Crossing project. On September 8, the Town Board received several comment memos from our Planning Board that have been posted on the Town's website. On September 23, the Town Board adjourned the public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing while we awaited receipt of further information and comments from our professional consultants and Town Planner. Specifically, the Town Board expects to receive an updated Competitive Effects Analysis from its outside planning consultant, AKRF, and review memos from its traffic consultant and Town Planner. The Town Board intends to adjourn the public hearing to October 28. By then, I expect the Board will have received all outstanding materials on Chappaqua Crossing, which will be posted on the Town's website. I encourage all residents to review the information that is available on the Town's website and to attend our next public meeting on October 28, when I expect that our public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing will resume. Once the public has had an opportunity to review and comment on this final round of materials, I expect that the Town Board will entertain a motion to close the public hearing.
Update on Westchester county sewer diversion project
Westchester county sewer diversion project involves the connection of Random Farms, Riverwoods, Yeshiva and Chappaqua Crossing to Yonkers' treatment plant. The Town of New Castle has secured 16 million dollars in county and state funds to help defray construction costs of this major infrastructure project. Unfortunately, due to the county's delay in approving this project - prior to County Legislator Kaplowitz assuming leadership of the County Board - the cost of this project has skyrocketed. Current construction estimates now project that diversion for these three districts will cost between $24 to $26 million dollars. This leaves the town with a $10 million shortfall. The Town has sought additional funding from the state and the county to further defray the cost of this project to these three districts. Needless to say, these additional funds are not easy to come by; we are one of many worthwhile projects competing for limited state and county resources. We have explored state, federal and county grants that may be available to the Town for this project and have filed a number of state grants. We are hopeful that one of those applications will be granted.
Also during the Pace public outreach sessions, participants overwhelmingly expressed an interest in enhancing the pedestrian experience and improving trail and bicycle path connections. In today's enewsletter there is a presentation from Daniel Googel regarding the ChapLine. There is an existing undeveloped pathway extending between Horace Greeley High School to downtown Chappaqua. Developing this path would create a great walking/bicycle path from the high school to downtown Chappaqua. You can also watch the presentation here.
Master Plan Update Survey
As you may have heard, the Master Planning Steering Committee is working with an outside survey research firm to gather input from residents about what they think is important to address in the updated master plan. In the near future, you may be contacted by a representative at PSB Interviewing to participate in the telephone survey. The phone interviews will be conducted over the next few weeks and should take you around 20 minutes to complete. This is a great opportunity to share your opinions and we would greatly appreciate your participation. After the survey results are collected, we will share the findings with the public. We are committed to keeping residents engaged and informed throughout the process. You can also watch the Supervisor's Report here.