At the last meeting of 2017, the board voted to approve a resolution for 40% spending on the $2.2 million Rockaway Street slope failure which, with a 30-year, projected 0% finance model could cost the average household $9.54 per year. Please know that our hope is that we get 100% funding and that it costs the tax payers even less. However, now that the resolution has passed, the town is finally free to actually start seeking grants and other funding sources not pursuable until that resolution was passed. To be clear, the resolution is NOT an approval to spend actual dollars, it is the resolve to finally move forward on an issue that had not seen substantial progress in several years and needed to be addressed whether you agree with the outcome or not. Continuing to kick the can down the road was not an option for the board. The actual cost to tax payers remains to be seen and we promise to keep you updated.
1ST PUBLIC MEETING: September 18th, 2017 ~ 7pm at Town Hall
2ND PUBLIC MEETING: December 18th, 2017 ~ 7pm at Town Hall
BOARD VOTE: December 18th, 2017 ~ 7pm at Town Hall
During Hurricane Irene, Grace Lord Park suffered a collapse of the river bank that parallels Main Street (on the far side of the Rockaway River). The collapse left an 80 ‘drop that is dangerous for children, people using the Park and homes in the surrounding neighborhood. The path that connected the portion of the Park next to Main Street across from the canal park disappeared and was interrupted so that the woodland walk to Morris was left impassable.
At the request of the Mayor, a careful assessment of the methods for proceeding was undertaken by a subcommittee of the Board of Alderman in 2017. Aldermen Eoga and Wekilsky volunteered to serve on the sub-committee and surveyed the many options. The options including some of the negatives and costs of the project were assessed in different ways and a web page has been created to educate the public on the many variables involved in this decision.
To review the many financial calculations and more details of this project, please click the link below.