The Clarkstown Police Department is getting new uniforms and a third of its officers will receive new bulletproof vests. At its Tuesday meeting, the town board agreed to use $30,290 of Seized Property Funds received from the county for police equipment. The new police uniforms cost approximately $60,000. Just over $18,300 will be spent for law enforcement equipment.
Police Chief Michael Sullivan explained the vests must be replaced on a regular basis.
“The vests have a five year life,” he said.
The board also approved expenditures to improve drainage problems in various locations throughout Clarkstown. Branches from fallen trees and other debris will be removed from the Demarest Kill Stream near , Cranford Drive and Bush Court. The town board approved spending $11,150 to have a contractor clean the stream channel to allow the water to flow without obstacles. Residents of the neighborhood met with town officials in September to talk about alleviating the repeated flooding caused by the Demarest Kill.
The town board also approved drainage improvement projects for:
- Joseph Lane at a cost of $58,121
- Engineering services for Denver Drive for a culvert replacement for $12,7000
- Philips Hill Road stream channel embankment stabilization at a cost of $10,925
- North Fairview Avenue drainage improvements for a fee of $6,000
The town board declared a portion of Columbus Avenue in Congers abandoned. The Rockland County Department of Planning and the town’s planning recommended approval of the requested road abandonment. It was determined the road was not used by the public or traveled on within the past six years. Additionally, that section of road will be deleted from the official town map. The formal vote had been postponed from the last meeting while more information was gathered.
The town board voted to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 22 on a proposed local law amending zoning laws for hamlet commercial districts. The proposed change would “exempt sites with pre-existing apartments over retail or professional office space from the requirement that they obtain site plan review.”