Town borrows $379K for road, basketball court repairs

Town Board members voted unanimously Monday night to borrow up to $400,000 for road repairs and several other items.

The total actual outlay will depend on the bids received but is estimated at $379,410. Town Supervisor Peter Parsons explained that it was necessary to pass the resolution at this stage in order to be able to begin the work on schedule. Final approval will depend on further votes in the weeks to come.

Items covered in the new bond anticipation note (BAN) are $174,000 for road repairs as outlined by the Cornell Local Roads Program; $60,000 for paving of Boway Road from Spring Street to the top of the hill, about 1,000 feet; $60,000 to install a sleeve in the culvert on Cornwall Court; $75,000 for resurfacing the badly cracked Town Park basketball courts; and $10,000 for improving the output of the water system at Onatru Farm.

Road repairs

The $174,000 for road repairs represents the balance needed after $100,000 from the 2014 highway paving budget, $167,225 in 2014 CHIPs (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) funding, and a $50,000 grant for Laurel Road are put into the budget “pot.”

Roads due to be repaired are Kitchawan, Conant Valley, Avery, Todd, Cross Pond, and Butternut Lane. The Laurel Road work is being financed by a special grant with funds to be used on that road only.

“We hope to get a very favorable rate on the new BAN,” Mr. Parsons told The Ledger. “We borrowed earlier this year at 0.75%, and while there is no guarantee we can get exactly the same rate, things look very good. We are trying to get our town housekeeping in order while interest rates are extraordinarily low.”

Additional items

Paving a section of South Salem’s Boway Road is a move that is likely to please some residents and displease others. A recent crowded public hearing showed a split on the matter, with opinion coming down mostly in favor of paving the road. Boway, one of the town’s dirt roads, washes out badly during heavy rains, depositing mud and gravel into nearby Truesdale Lake through underground piping and creating dangerous driving conditions on the road.

Officials said adding a sleeve culvert on Cornwall Court is long overdue to maintain the integrity of the road and to avoid the possibility of an inconvenient and expensive collapse. The basketball courts at the Town Park are badly in need of repair and officials agreed that total repaving is in order. On Monday night Town Board member Peter DeLucia suggested getting bids on installing a blacktop or cement surface that would be better able to withstand the hard use the courts receive.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dana Mayclim said work should be done right after summer camp closes and that she would proceed with getting bids for a variety of surfaces, including cement and asphalt.

The $10,000 earmarked for upgrading the water system at Onatru, which now houses the Parks and Recreation Department, is long overdue, officials said. “Water pressure is badly lacking and we need to do something to accommodate the increased usage before summer programs begin,” Ms. Mayclim said.

Mr. Parsons said he believes these expenditures are necessary to maintain the town’s infrastructure and avoid much greater costs in the future. He told The Ledger on Tuesday that “as my mother told me, ‘a stitch in time saves nine.’ In addition, low interest rates now make the necessary affordable.”

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  • Savetheearthgirl

    I guess this is what happens when none of our elected board members and
    certainly not the highway superintendent, live near, utilize or appreciate our
    unpaved roads. I use the word unpaved as these roads have been hardened by
    neglect and do not meet the standards of the beautiful dirt roads of
    our neighbors.

    The money being wasted on this plan could fund proper
    maintenance for a decade. Without proper maintenance of the system of culverts
    and storm outlet that was built to protect the lake, or repairs along Lakeshore
    and at the Highway Garage, paving the Hill will be a futile attempt to help the
    lake.

    What it will do is welcome more out-of-state drivers on our back roads, and
    continue the town on this path until every mile of roadway is paved and we have
    lost that much more of our rural charm.

  • Savetheearthgirl

    I guess this is what happens when none of our elected board members and
    certainly not the highway superintendent, live near, utilize or appreciate our
    unpaved roads. I use the word unpaved as these roads have been hardened by
    neglect and do not meet the standards of the beautiful dirt roads of
    our neighbors.

    The money being wasted on this plan could fund proper
    maintenance for a decade. Without proper maintenance of the system of culverts
    and storm outlet that was built to protect the lake, or repairs along Lakeshore
    and at the Highway Garage, paving the Hill will be a futile attempt to help the
    lake.

    What it will do is welcome more out-of-state drivers on our back roads, and
    continue the town on this path until every mile of roadway is paved and we have
    lost that much more of our rural charm.

  • David Stewart

    The announcement that the Lewisboro Town Board had approved to borrow up to $400,000 to improve local roads is interesting. Unfortunately for the residents of Todd Road, living on the unpaved section, the news is just another slap in the face delivered by a group of people who have shown contempt and disregard for taxpaying residents. While the existing black top section of Todd Road will get “crack seal”, the unpaved section will get nothing. The winter potholes will grow and the summer dustbowl will remain. Over the course of the past two weeks the Board’s abdication of its responsibility reached a new low. In an effort to reduce cost, the Board sanctioned the use of recycled Item #4 (not DOT approved). As the attached photographs show, the recycled material contains many hazardous metal materials and building rubble. What is not known is what other unseen materials are present. As a fifteen year resident we have endured an ongoing decline in the maintenance of Todd Road. Fact is the Board seemingly have neither the interest or inclination to improve the quality of the road. Our letters to the Town Board are routinely not answered, leaving this resident to answer the statement made by Peter Parsons “as my mother told me, ‘a stitch in time saves nine” with one of my own. Mine comes from my late father, who was given to saying, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”. Mr Parsons, you and your board colleagues are not doing your job well. Your latest move — dropping hazardous materials on our road isn’t a good idea. You and your colleagues should know better. If not, perhaps it’s time to vacate your positions and get someone who can do a better job.

    David Stewart
    28 Todd Road
    Katonah NY 10536

    Note to the Ledger
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