River Walk Project
The River Walk project is a $1.4 million dollar project, funded by Westchester County, for the continuation of the handicapped accessible trail running along Croton Landing at the north end of our waterfront. Ms. Munz , landscape architect, showed detailed graphics of the design and identified the variety and species of trees and plantings that will be placed along the trail.
A high quality black chain link fence will be installed to separate and protect users of the trail from the adjacent railroad tracks and various plantings and shrubs will be planted along the lengthy fence to soften the appearance. Plans focus on protecting and appreciating the extraordinary views of the Hudson River and the Palisades for the enjoyment of all.
Croton Water Qualify
Representatives from Chazen Environment Services presented the results of their recent study of the quality of Croton’s water and wells required by the County Health Department. The results were extremely positive and they reported very encouraging results from the multiple water samples taken over a period of several months. There is absolutely no evidence that surface water seeps into our extremely well-filtered and deep wells.
The water continues to be pure and of excellent quality. After general discussion about occasional problems with “brown water” in resident’s homes, Chazen was directed to prepare a proposal for examining the need for and identifying the best kind of corrosion control system for the distribution of water to village residents.
Symphony Knoll Senior Citizen Housing Project
Nance Shatzkin, President of the Croton Housing Network, gave the board an update on the status of the senior citizen’s affordable housing project to be built on the property at the bottom of Mt. Airy Road, known as Symphony Knoll. Good progress Is being made in addressing the many complex approvals, cooperative agreements, design and construction of these much needed units. She clarified that the units would be built for senior citizens – age 55 and older, who meet the minimum and maximum income requirement guidelines established by the funding agencies.
The proposal constitutes plans for a 3-story, ground level-access with elevator to second and third stories building. Ms. Shatzkin outlined the steps that are ahead for the Village Board In completing this project She also described how a new and valuable link In the village's trail system would be provided through the site. It appeared to this observer that Nance Shatzin was able to provide suitable and satisfactory responses to questions a few board members presented and all seemed comfortable with the plans as they continue to progress.
Village Streets – Trees – Sidewalks
There was general conversation about our tree lined streets and the problems and concerns relative to healthy and unhealthy growth and possible interference with views and pedestrian traffic. No definitive conclusions were reached and it would seem that each situation would be addressed individually as presented.
There was also interest expressed by individual board members that the 50/50 reimbursement program for sidewalk replacement program should be continued indefinitely. Again, no conclusion was reached.
Please address any questions about the following topics which were discussed at the Village Board Work Session on August 8, 2005 meeting to the Mayor or any Village Board member.
FYI: Regularly scheduled work session meetings are held for the Mayor and Board of Trustees to hear reports of pending issues and concerns, and discuss together ways and means they might be addressed. Absent any emergency situation, they are announced, scheduled meetings, held in the Village Manager's office and are, of course, open to the public.