The Greenburgh Town Board will hold a special meeting this Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Two items on the agenda that might be of interest...
We're awarding a bid to a contractor who will construct a new sidewalk on Fort Hill Road from Ardsley Road heading south towards Jackson Ave but stopping at Highpoint. Work will be completed this fall. This is the first of three bids that the Town Board will be approving within the next few weeks dealing with sidewalks. Later this fall we anticipate building a sidewalk at Seely Place and on Sprain Road. The Sprain Road sidewalk connects to the Ardsley Middle School. The Fort Hill sidewalk will enable children and parents to walk to the Greenville school and the Seely sidewalk will make it easier for children to walk to the Seely school. These sidewalks are being funded from the capital budget.
Last year over 3 miles of new sidewalks around town were constructed. Most of the funding came from developers who were required to build the sidewalks near their new property. This year we will also build more than 3 miles of sidewalks. We received a CDBG grant to build a sidewalk on Secor Road in Hartsdale earlier this year --that sidewalk will be built from the housing authority site to Saw Mill River Road.
The members of the Town Board are determined to make Greenburgh a more pedestrian friendly community. It is going to take years to construct all the sidewalks we need. Next year we anticipate constructing a new sidewalk on Juniper Hill connecting to the Lee Jackson school. In early September Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins has arranged a walking tour of parts of Central Ave that have no sidewalks and are near residential neighborhoods with the NYS Department of Transportation. Assemblyman Tom Abinanti also has expressed a desire to help. There is a need for sidewalks on Hillside, Old Tarrytown Road, W Hartsdale Ave, from the Acme supermarket to the Health Center on Knollwood Road, the rest of Fort Hill Road, Old Colony Road, etc.....
The town will apply for federal/state funding to expedite the construction of the sidewalks that are needed. We will appropriate funds in upcoming capital budgets for sidewalks. And, will continue to insist that sidewalks be built when new developments are constructed. Sidewalks are needed. Sadly, there are more distracted drivers around and there are more cars on the road.
TOWN BOARD TO VOTE TO OPPOSE COMMERCIAL BARGES ANCHORAGE SITES
The Town Board will join other communities along the Hudson River opposing the proposal to allow commercial barges to drop anchor along a 70 mile strip of the Hudson River. A resolution opposing the anchorage sites will be voted on Wednesday.
We join Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and other river villages that have expressed significant concerns about this proposal, under review by the Coast Guard. We worry that the anchorage sites will hurt our ability to revitalize waterfronts and that the proposal will have a negative impact on residential waterfront developments. We also worry about the potential for catastrophic environmental impacts of crude leaks onto the Hudson. And are distressed about the negative environmental impacts on the river that this proposal could have --which is cleaner now than it has been in decades.