FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2016
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Supervisor Bosworth & Town Board Unanimously Approve 2016-2020 Capital Plan
Plan addresses infrastructure, park upgrades and water quality
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board last night unanimously approved the Town’s 2016-2020 Capital Plan, which includes improvements to infrastructure, the advancement of clean water initiatives, enhancement of the parks system and preservation of the Town’s history.
Projects include a total redesign and renovation of Alan Petrus Park in Port Washington; a new 4,200-sq-ft greenhouse at the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson; installation of a dock at the Stepping Stones Lighthouse; resurfacing of the Michael J. Tully parking lot; upgrades to the community room at Clinton G. Martin Park; an outdoor classroom at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park; construction of a new docking and fishing pier and a modern sewer system at North Hempstead Beach Park; improvements and investment in the infrastructure of the Town’s entire parks system; and $2.35 million dedicated to road repaving. (For a full list of projects visit www.northhempsteadny.gov/capitalplan)
“This year’s Five Year Capital Plan continues to focus on a wide variety of infrastructure projects for the Town, including upgrading parks, improving parking, repairing our roadways and sidewalks and cleaning up our waterways,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The projects reach each and every corner of the Town, from Westbury to Manhasset and every place in between. This year’s Capital Plan addresses the crucial present needs of our Town while making the quality of living here better for future generations and seeking opportunities to reduce debt.”
The Capital Plan, which includes the General Fund and Town Outside Village Fund, will fund $96 million in projects over five years and will require a total expenditure of $40.5 million in new Town bonding over the five years of the plan, with federal and state grants providing $55.5 million--or more than half of the funding. In addition, the Town continues to apply for grants to help fund future projects.
The Board approved 45 bond resolutions for the Capital Plan projects at the Town Board meeting.
Capital Projects highlights include:
GIS town-wide mapping project: The Town is partnering with Port Washington North to undertake a consolidated mapping project to inventory all Town assets, including sidewalks, catch basins, street signs, hydrants, street lighting and trees. This project will cost $300,000, of which $270,000 is covered by a New York State Department of State Local Government Efficiency grant.
Parking District enforcement project: installation of license plate recognition technology that will help parking enforcement throughout town-owned parking lots. Estimates for this project are $100,000.
Port Washington Safe Route to Schools: This $440,000 project is funded in part by a $398.000 grant from NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and will include making the Port Washington School District safer by providing improvements around 6 schools. Improvements include installing handicap-accessible ramps, sidewalks and crosswalks.
Michael J. Tully Park: Funded by a $3 million FEMA grant, the park will be getting a complete reconstruction and resurfacing of the parking lot which was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts.
Greenhouse at Clark Botanic Garden: The construction of a new greenhouse at Clark Botanic Garden is a $700,000 project that will be in part funded by a $250,000 grant provided by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).
Alvan Petrus Park: This $1.3 million project includes the re-visioning and construction of a neighborhood Town park on this of this 1.5 acre site in Port Washington.
Roslyn Pond Park Statue: Funded by a $71,000 grant from the Nassau County Community Revitalization Project, this project will complete the rehabilitation of the Mackey horse statue and include landscaping, construction of pathways and an installation of a snow fence.
Construction of an outdoor classroom at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park: This $350,000 project will include a nature art center, performance area, music and movement area, treehouse and a playground that promotes learning.
North Hempstead Beach Park: A $161,000 project which will create an overall vision for the coastline and North Hempstead Beach Park. This will include design work, engineering and architectural work necessary to revision the beach as a destination park that attracts town residents and non-residents.
Whitney Creek Restoration: This $600,000 project is completely funded by a NCEBA grant and includes invasive species removal, sediment characterization and corridor enhancements including shoreline stabilization and native plantings as well as installation of storm water pretreatment devices.
Road Resurfacing: $2.35 million for the resurfacing of nearly 40,000 linear feet of roadway and $350,000 dedicated to resurfacing roads in industrial areas of the Town.
Overall Improvements to Parks Town-wide: Through a variety of projects, the entire parks system will be addressed through projects such as a $250,000 Parks System Master Plan; a system-wide fence repair program; and overall system-wide upgrades to fencing, walkways, minor building repairs, utility and electrical upgrades, bench and equipment replacements and other necessary infrastructure repairs.
To review the remainder of the projects in the 5-year capital plan, log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov/capitalplan
North Hempstead’s 2016-2020 Capital Plan.