Good Evening Madam Supervisor and Town Board Members:
1. Approximately 6 months ago, the Town began working with the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation to create a roadway drainage improvement project for the unpaved portion of Old Roaring Brook Road. The purpose of the project would be to protect water quality and improve drainage on the road. Our hope is that by improving the drainage, the road condition will improve and our maintenance efforts will be realized instead of washed away just about every time it rains. On June 28th a letter went out to the residents of ORBR explaining plans for the road. Design work regarding these drainage improvements has begun. We informed the residents that they may see contractors and surveyors working along the roadway and in the road right-of-way over the next several weeks. We assured the residents that the efforts being undertaken are not related to paving the road. It is the goal that by improving the drainage of the roadway, this will allow the maintenance efforts of the Town's Department of Public Works to be more successful and will specifically improve the functionality of the roadway for the residents who live on and use the road. Three property owners have been contacted and have agreed to allow for tests to be conducted on their properties as part of the investigatory engineering work. I will be providing the Board and the residents update as this project progresses.
2. The Heat: We have been monitoring the heat as it might affect our senior population. The Police have been checking in on our seniors via the Senior Watch Program and fortunately have not encountered any problems to report. We were about to open the Community Center when the heat spell broke.
3. David McKay Wilson from the Journal News reported on Friday about the municipalities that have been working together to see if we can derive value by joining together and have one vendor do a revaluation for approximately 10 municipalities. New Castle joined the group early in the process. We await the results of the bids, which are expected sometime in November. We very much look forward to seeing what kind of cost savings could be realized by this multi-municipal effort.
4. I thought the following stats might be of interest to all regarding the local real estate market. For single family home sales in the Chappaqua School district for the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, the median price has increased by 15.4 % from $758,000 to $875,000. The number of homes that have sold has increased from 49 to 89, which is an 81.6% increase.
5. The Master Plan Update Steering Committee has been meeting on a monthly basis. Most recently it has been working on establishing the master plan update website and work groups. People who are interested in working on specific areas of the Master Plan should stay tuned. Sign up will be announced via the Town's Master Plan update webpage, which will be up and running by the end of the month. Please contact our Town Planner, Sabrina Charney Hull if you would like more information sooner.
6. Last, but certainly not least, we submitted 4 projects for consideration for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Three projects are for improvements for the West End of Town and one is for the Community Center. The first is in the amount of $250,000 to rebuild and expand the stormwater drainage system on Spring Valley Road between Hawkes Avenue and the Town line with Ossining and at the same time to re-profile the Road. This will prevent flooding in this area and improve resilience and reliability of the roadway. The second is a request in the amount of $200,000 is to rebuild the stone baskets supporting Hawkes Avenue and increase the stormwater drainage system capacity which will repair erosive damage and ensure stability of this road. The third project is in the amount of $200,000 and would be to install additional catch basins and increase the size of existing drain pipes on Allapartus Road. This would prevent stormwater from flowing down the road that is flanked by stone walls, causing unsafe driving conditions and excessive icing in the winter. The final submission is for $75,000 for a fixed base, diesel generator for the Community Center. It would allow the Community Center to serve as a temporary respite site (warming and cooling) for our residents during a storm situation.
That's my report for this evening.
Penelle M. Paderewski