FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2016
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Supervisor Bosworth & Town Board Unanimously Approve 2017-2021 Capital Plan
Plan addresses infrastructure, park upgrades and road paving
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board last night unanimously approved the Town’s 2017-2021 Five Year Capital Plan, which includes improvements to infrastructure, parks upgrades, road repaving and a dog park. The $61.3 million plan will be funded with $45.6 million in borrowing and $9.2 million in grants.
Some of the projects slated for 2017 include the North Hempstead Beach Park Visioning and Design; improvements to Whitney Pond Park; the rehabilitation of the ponds at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson; the repair of the Leeds Pond culvert; the engineering plans for a dock at the Stepping Stones Lighthouse; the expansion of the Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Trail; 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; dog park; and $2.4 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, which are so critical to assure that our assets are properly maintained for future generations to come,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Some of the projects are critical to our residents’ safety and quality of life, like our annual capital allocation for road repaving, while other projects are more mundane, protecting the Town’s investment in its infrastructure by rehabilitating buildings, plumbing and roofs. I am very pleased that we have structured our capital plan to relieve taxpayers’ burdens by reducing the amount of debt we have outstanding. I commend our entire Town Board for reducing outstanding debt by $30 million since January of 2014.”
The Capital Plan, which includes the General Fund and Town Outside Village Fund, will fund $81.8 million in projects over five years and will require a total expenditure of $72.7 million in new Town bonding over the five years of the plan, with federal and state grants providing $9.2 million (not including FEMA funding). In addition, the Town continues to apply for grants to help fund future projects.
Capital Projects highlights for 2017 include:
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. Included in the park’s renovation is a $2 million project to replace the aging septic system at North Hempstead Beach Park with a sewer system.
Mill Pond Park: $100,000 to fund the replacement of the yacht house at Mill Pond Park.
Animal Shelter: $80,000 for improvements to the outside kennels, which will include the installation of heaters.
Michael J. Tully Park: $150,000 for the reconstruction of the handball courts, $250,000 to evaluate and repair drainage issues at the softball fields, $75,000 to fix issues related to methane, and $175,000 review of the HVAC system to improve operations.
Clark Botanic Garden: $150,000 for the replacement of the parking lot and walkways to make them environmentally friendly and ADA compliant; the rehabilitation of the ponds and the removal of sediment and upgrades to the ponds’ circulation system.
Manorhaven Beach Park:$590,000 for the replacement of the roof at the Manorhaven Beach park pool facility and prepare for future solar panels to be installed; replacement of the entry booth; and the resurfacing of the basketball court.
Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Trail-$700,000 to expand the trail along the western shore of Hempstead Harbor.
Harbor Links Golf Course-$2.1 Million for general improvements, renovation of the bunker; snack bar restoration and tee repair.
Dog Park: $250,000 for the creation of a dog park that would include fencing and equipment purchases.
Road Resurfacing: $2.4 million for the resurfacing of roadways throughout the town.
To review the remainder of the projects in the 5-year capital plan, log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov/capitalplan