I hope you are all enjoying the summer and staying cool.
Your Village Trustees Leinbach, McCue, Goodwillie, Boone and I have been pushing onward with various projects.
We have been awarded a $127,025.00 grant from the NEW NY Bridge Project’s Community Benefits Program to support drainage improvements on Piermont Avenue. The work should begin sometime in the near future.
The Board hired Dr. Marilynn R. Glasser, a recreation and parks consultant, to conduct a complete evaluation of our South Nyack Dog Park. Dr. Glasser’s expertise includes dog parks and playground safety. To date, based on her recommendations, the picnic table has been removed and replaced with benches along the east side perimeter fencing. These changes allow for the dog owners/walkers to better monitor the park area, along with providing some shade for users. The Board will discuss other recommendations that have been provided in her written evaluation.
In neighboring Nyack, at the corner of Franklin Street and Cedar Hill Avenue, a developer will be replacing the old Pavion offices and factory with a new, mixed-use residential and commercial complex. Since the property borders South Nyack, we have worked with the developer and Nyack officials to make sure the development will be an asset to the neighborhoods of both villages. The developer has agreed to extend the Esposito Trail to Hudson Street. They will also provide drainage improvements and traffic control measures on Cedar Hill Avenue, along with funds for improvements to the Franklin Street Park.
The original map dating back to 1878 (the year in which our village was incorporated), which normally hangs in our Board room, has been sent out for conservation work. This entails cleaning, stabilization and scanning. Once in digital format, we hope to make the map available on our village web site.
In the near future our DPW will be installing new recycle bins in our Franklin Street Park.
We hope to have the contract with VHB (the consulting firm doing our economic development feasibility study), signed within the next month.
The NEW NY Bridge engineers and Thruway Authority representatives continue to review several proposed concepts for the terminus of the Shared Use Path at Interchange 10. Representatives of the Thruway Authority and the NEW NY Bridge team continue to meet with me and the South Nyack Tappan Zee Task Force (Richard Kohlhausen, Greg Toolan, Connie Coker, Jerry Ilowite, and Nancy Willen) to review the options and discuss potential traffic and environmental impacts on the neighborhoods of South Nyack. The Task Force is pressing for a public presentation by the Thruway Authority in order to review the options with the public and allow for public commentary.
A special thank you to our police force and Sergeant Daniel Wilson; along with the Barnegat Police Force in New Jersey for assisting in the safe return of South Nyack resident, Chelsea O’Donnell.
Enjoy the rest of your summer,