At its work session last Monday (1/23/06), the Village Board discussed the situation at the station parking lot in light of the many complaints following recent flooding incidents (see: “Flood Waters Swamp Cars Again in Croton Harmon Commuter Parking Lot”). After a presentation by Village Manager Herbek and a preliminary overview of the problem by Tony Conetta of Dvirka & Bartilucci, storm water management consultants, the Board asked Mr. Conetta for a proposal to address both short-term and long-term solutions.
Much of this work has already been done. Engineering studies included in the 2005 Croton Harmon Railroad Station study done by the Comprehensive Plan Committee indicate that the subsurface soil conditions in the flood area are very “soft”. Obviously this makes any long-term solution for this area difficult and expensive.
One alternative offered in the above report, which was coordinated with the information and proposals in the Cherbuliez and Munz plan for improvements that was scrapped by the Board majority last April (see; “Flooding Solution for Croton Harmon Train Station Parking Lot Mothballed by Schmidt, Brennan and Steinberg”), was to stop permitting parking in this area and to replace the lost spaces with a parking structure at the north end of the lot. Of course the costs are significant and the decision to do this cannot be taken lightly.
In the meantime, however, short-term practical alternatives need to be implemented.
These would be practical plans that can be implemented very quickly. The Village staff is no doubt already at work on some ideas but I feel sure concerned residents can provide more. Several suggestions come to my mind already. I encourage you to contribute your ideas as well, either in this forum, letters or emails to the Village or at meetings.
It’s a good thing to have even ‘far out’ ideas put forward as there might be a glimmer of opportunity in them put together with some other plans. It’s likely that most ideas will involve some negatives ranging from inconvenience to parkers to significant loss of revenue for the village. As always, hard choices will have to be made. Here are a few starter ideas along with some of the obvious considerations for each of them:
What else can you think of?