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Thier Homework May Have Gotten Wet in the Croton Harmon Commuter Parking Lot Flood

January 26, 2006

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
Mayor Schmidt and Trustee Brennan have both stated publicly that we have to “look into” the problem of flooding (see: “Flood Waters Swamp Cars Again in Croton Harmon Commuter Parking Lot”) at the parking lot while Trustee Steinberg had nothing to contribute. I guess they want to “look into it” so they can take some action?

We do not need yet another “study” (see: “Flooding Solution for Croton Harmon Train Station Parking Lot Mothballed by Schmidt, Brennan and Steinberg”) Mayor Schmidt and Trustees Brennan and Steinberg obviously have not done their homework. They need only read what’s in the Village files and take action on whichever of the multiple options recommended for remediation and improvements to the Croton Harmon parking lot they think best.

The Transit Oriented District Study, done by Carlin Simpson & Associates, Consulting Engineers includes ideas, capital cost analysis, construction costs, hydrological studies based on geotechnical data, beautification and plenty of information. Money, (lots of it!) determination and commitment are what are needed now. Not another study! To do so would be to reinvent the wheel. It’s available in the Village office for anyone to read.

I know what’s in that report as do Trustees Wiegman and Kane. We were on Mayor Elliott’s board and authorized that study.

Mayor Schmidt, Trustees Brennan and Steinberg should know it as well. If they don’t, they need only read the existing report. Perhaps if they had done their homework back at budget time, they would not have voted to remove close to $850,000 from the Capital budget already designated for parking lot improvements.

Talk is cheap. Parking lot improvements are expensive. It’s a choice that must be made, not studied!

Georgianna K. Grant, Ex-Trustee, Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Related: “Flooding woes continue in Croton commuter lot”, January 26, 2006, from Croton-on-Hudson resident and Journal News reporter Robert Marchant.



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