No Bond Needed For Clarkstown Highway Projects (VIDEO)

Supervisor announces lower than expected bids and increased FEMA money.


Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack announced Tuesday night that no highway department bond was needed because the town received lower than expected bids to resurface town roads and install concrete sidewalks and learned of an increased FEMA reimbursement.  At the town board workshop, Gromack said the resurfacing bid came in at $590,000 less than expected because of increased competition, the bid to install and replace concrete sidewalks and curbs came in at $40,000 lower than anticipated and FEMA determined the town would get at least $200,0000 more for its 2011 expenses.

Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard first asked in April for $1,039,000 in and drainage projects. The board voted to go out to bid noting they were not required to accept the bids and authorize the work. Now that the repairs will cost less than expected and can be covered by money already in the highway department budget and the additional FEMA funds, it will be scheduled.

Ballard told residents at the meeting they would know when repairs are about to begin in their neighborhood. 

“When we’re going to pave your road we’re going to put notices on your doors that say ‘we’re coming’,” he explained, “You’re going to see the milling and catch basins getting raised, all kinds of work starting to go on. And then finally the paving goes right through.”

“All of the roads that were identified for 2012 will be paved this year,” said Council member Stephanie Hausner.  

The department’s 2012 road resurfacing list includes the following New City streets: Marcia Lane, West Burda Place, West Clarkstown Road from the Palisades Interstate Parkway to New Clarkstown Road, Arcadia Drive, Burda Ave, Dalewood Court, Hearth Court and Pine Street Extension. In Congers, Howard and State streets are on the list. In Bardonia, Broadlyn Court, Crowlyn Court, Parklyn Court, Jean Lane, Pineview Ave, Trelyn Court and Westlyn Court will be resurfaced. Many of those streets will also have sidewalk and curb repairs done.

Areas scheduled for road and drainage work include Sunset View Drive in Central Nyack and Brookline Way in New City. Ballard said other roads throughout the town will be resurfaced and there are some not on his department’s list because they are part of bigger town projects in Valley Cottage and Central Nyack.

Ken McQuade June 07, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Please dont forget the totally clogged culvert down on Old Haverstraw Rd. 10920 its been on hold since the Holbrook era.
Mike Hirsch June 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Good job Alex and crew. I think you are finally starting to get it. Now if you would decrease the police budget 2.5% a year to offset the 2.5% raise that you negotiated with the PBA, I will be truly happy. I have nothing against the CPD, who I think are doing a fine job. What angers me is that New York State, a state that I love, and in which I've spent most of my adult life, raised my family, and built a business, is losing hundreds of thousands of people and businesses a year because of the tax burden. Many citizens have been forced out of the homes in which they've raised their families because of the unsustainable civic employee salary and benefit packages. All local governments need to figure out a way to do more for less, just as the private sector has been doing these past 5 years.
stephany June 08, 2012 at 02:43 AM
"Good job Alex and crew. I think you are finally starting to get it" get what ,fema funds aside they overestimated what it would cost by what? 30%. that is not "good job' that is "bad job" and where did this new competition that drove the price down come from or was it the first time they bid out the work-if so that is another "bad job" I will check it out but West Clarkstown Road from the Palisades Interstate Parkway to New Clarkstown Road is in pretty good shape compared to a lot of other streets. I wonder who lives on that stretch.
Clarkstown life June 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM
They will wait for you to 'check it out' before they begin I am sure....are you capable of acknowledging anything good......or are you just always this miserable? They are going to fix a road.....but that's not good enough for you.....somehow I believe if someone gave you gold bars, you would complain that you had to carry it
stephany June 08, 2012 at 12:11 PM
jeez only an hr and 17 minutes for you to attack me yet again.. congratulations. get a clarkstown life please tic toc tic toc
Mike Hirsch June 08, 2012 at 12:56 PM
At the end of this meeting Tom Nimick (who has been focusing on the town's spotty compliance with the Open Meetings Law) brought up the way in which the PBA negotiations were held. George Hoehman defended the town's recent PBA agreement. When I questioned him, he asked "what else would you like us to do?" I suggest that the town board read the latest edition of Our Town, in which there is an article about Orangetown's negotiations under Andy Stewart, who is fast becoming my favorite elected official, rather than defending their actions by saying that they got a better deal than Chris St Lawrence. That is why we need term limits - to get some fresh people in office, just like Andy Stewart.


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