There are a few items that I want to bring to your attention…
Good news is hard to find these days so…. on behalf of the Beacon City Council I have some to communicate. At the special council meeting on July 27th 2009 there was unanimous agreement to apply county funds earmarked exclusively for highway improvements (called CHIPS) to the following road resurfacing projects: (1) Spring Valley (Est.$72,000). (2) Wolcott from Sargent Ave to South Ave.(est.$80,000). (3) South Ave from Commerce to Rombout Ave. (est.$54,000). (4) Blackburn Ave. ($36,000). (5) Main St from South St. to the Cul de sac (est.$75,000). (6) Howland from E. Main to Wolcott (est. $95,000). That is six roads to be resurfaced and the Orchard/Talbot road project of 2008-09 is complete.
Of course the road the entire city would most like to be reconstructed is Teller Ave and Fishkill Ave (Route 52). Unfortunately the solution is more complicated and more expensive than the others. It does not qualify for Federal stimulus money; however, 95% is to be paid for by the Federal and State governments (all good) and is projected to cost approximately 5 million dollars. The city was informed that there will be delays in the approval process because Federal and State resources are being applied to stimulus projects. This delay may lead to less money being available than originally projected and a loss of reimbursements for engineering costs. The original construction date was planned to begin in the spring of 2011 but at this point the city cannot obtain any firm commitments from Federal and State agencies as to approval dates, available funds, or engineering reimbursements. One more point, CHIPS funding (described above) cannot be applied to a resurfacing of the road while we wait for full reconstruction. I will keep you posted as more news becomes available.
The Park is open to the public for passive recreational use, including hiking on the trails, picnicing and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Hiddenbrooke was purchased by the City in November 2007, at the end of Mayor Clara Lou Gould's administration. The entrance to Hiddenbrooke is located on Depuyster Avenue near the entrance to the Carmelite Monastery. There will be new signage posted in a few weeks to identify the entrance. There were a few challenges that accompanied the City's purchase of Hiddenbrooke. The City had originally secured three grants that amount to $1,100,000 ($350,000 from State Parks, $550,000 from the County and $200,000 from State Senator Stephen Saland). To date we have received the funding from Senator Saland. The State and County funds are on hold for reasons including the following: (1) there is a dispute involving an individual who claims he has some right to the Chapel. Funds were set aside for a settlement of all claims. However, an agreement thus far has been unsuccessful; (2) a restrictive covenant was put on the property, which should have been put in place after the purchase. It is believed this can be corrected without too much difficulty.
Transit Oriented Development Zone:
Last Monday August 3rd an informational meeting was held at City Hall. It included a description of the TOD zone, a design concept PowerPoint and the comprehensive-independent traffic study. All three are available on the video located on the city’s website under the “city council” section. Be sure to take a look. The official public hearing will be on Tuesday September 8th but statements can also be made at the August 17th meeting.
Steve Gold, firstname.lastname@example.org