1. First and foremost—A tremendous thanks goes out to James McCauley for the fabulous Memorial Parade that he put together yesterday. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend because I was attending family friend's son's weekend long wedding in Annapolis but I have heard one compliment after the other since I returned last night. Kudos to you Jim. Thank you for all your hard work. Thank you too for your shout out to Carolina Bruschi for her efforts in this as well.
We'd also like to give thanks to the Girl Scouts, who year after year, plant flowers at the Circle at the train station just before Memorial Day. Great job.
2. Very shortly all the residents should receive in the mail, the Town's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, along with other important information from the Town. To comply with State regulations, we mail this report annually describing the quality of our drinking water. The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect our drinking water sources. Last year, your tap water met all state drinking water health standards. This report provides an overview of last year's water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to state standards. The report is on the Town's website.
3. The Highway Department is trying to catch up on many of the miscellaneous repairs that need to be addressed around Town. They just completed the sidewalk and curb at King Street near Elm. The area had been eroded due to weather.
4. Old Roaring Brook Road – An Engineering firm was chosen for this project. The first meeting takes place tomorrow. This is key in moving the project forward. The Engineer will be charged with having 30% of the design completed by July 4th. At the 30% design stage, we will know which landowners are affected, how much land would be needed if any and this would be the best time to contact those affected. If all goes smoothly construction awards can occur by Labor day and some construction can start thereafter.
5. Regarding the new water main on Highridge Road—The pipe was completely installed about two weeks ago. The pipe passed the pressure test. It has been disinfected and flushed out during the past 10 days. Two bacteria samples were collected last Monday and Tuesday. The results for both tests were successful. The new water main has passed the water quality test.
The next steps that need to be accomplished before we can serve our residents with our water are:
a. the contractor must complete an "as built" survey
b. our engineering dept. must submit a report to the county health dept. stating that the main was installed according to approved plans with minor field changes and that the main passed the pressure/leakage test
c. the water dept. must supply the engineering dept with the results of the bacteria testing
d. then everything gets submitted to the county health dept by the end of this week in order to get approval to use the new water main by July 1
The construction work was completed ahead of schedule and within budget!
6. On May 14th the Town received our Approved Notification Folder from FEMA for debris collection and removal due to Hurricane Sandy. The eligible amount for reimbursement is 75% of $568,066.71 or $426,050.03. However, this past Friday, we received word from FEMA that the Federal cost-share for Sandy cleanup increased to 90%. So of the $568,066.71, we are expecting $511,260.04 to be reimbursed.
7. We received an update on the progress of the Municipal Reassessment Project. To date, there are 12 municipalities involved in this effort. There was a Request for Information sent to approximately 33 contractors and the group received back 4 responses by the deadline. All 4 were considered viable candidates to bid on the project. A core group of the representatives from the 12 municipalities along with a state representative has been working diligently in putting together a Request for Proposal (RFP) to be sent out shortly. The intention is that the RFP be sent out no later than the last week in June. No municipality has made any kind of commitment to this yet. However, a confirmation is sought from each municipality that there is still interest in being part of this process to get the best estimate of cost.
8. Millwood Task Force Update – A couple of items here. We continue to work on some signage for the Millwood Town Plaza. We are waiting for a response from DOT on questions we raised with them. The Millwood Task Force asked about cleanup of the area around the Granite House. We are working with Con Ed and Counsel to get both the grounds cleaned up and the fence repaired. There was also a question raised about finishing the sidewalk. We are looking at the possibility of putting this in the capital budget for 2014. We are putting together the costs for that now.
That's it for tonight.
Penelle M. Paderewski, Town Administrator
Town of New Castle