By Tom Walogorsky
The Pawling Village Board convened on July 3 to discuss several new issues, as well as provide updates for ongoing projects. First on the agenda was the appointment of the new Deputy Mayor, Dan Peters. The Board voted unanimously on this measure, filling the position vacated by the late Stan Mersand. Mr. Peters is a four-year veteran of the Board. “I think it’s an honor to be promoted to this position, and I look forward to serving the community in this capacity,” Peters said.
Next, the Board heard a presentation from Sibyl Gilbert, the Vice Chair of the Oblong Land Conservancy. Ms. Gilbert addressed the possibility of Oblong purchasing a parcel of land in the village between Oak Street and Union Street. Located in the North Flow of the area’s wetlands, this 7.69-acre plot receives water runoff from Mt. Tom and West Mountain, leading to a stream by Cole’s Mill on Old Route 55. This area is a functional wetland with two streams, and is also part of the Great Swamp. The land is regulated by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The Oblong Conservancy seeks to partner with the Village of Pawling and to address the issue of waste that had been dumped there, specifically in the area behind Walnut Street. The proposed joint effort between Oblong and village officials would involve not only a clean up of trash that had accumulated in this area, but also the services of a qualified environmental consultant. This consultant would conduct water tests and confirm that there are no potential hazards to the community wells located to the North and South of the parcel. The DEC and village officials had previously confirmed that the accumulated waste presented no environmental hazard, and the Board will consider further clean up strategies in the coming months.
The Board provided an update on the ongoing process of repaving several village roads. Recently, officials have been accepting bids and are close to finalizing plans for repairs to Broad Street, Charles Street, West Street, West Main Street, and Charles Coleman Blvd. Once the final bid is decided, these roads will receive much needed repairs to fix bumps and potholes that have accumulated during the winter months.
Finally, the Village Board heard from a number of residents to address several issues. Chief among these are parking regulations in the village. Homeowners are concerned that a recent trend of apartment house residents parking on their front lawns will have a detrimental effect on property values and the community as a whole. A survey conducted by a resident in attendance revealed that thirteen instances of lawn parking at local apartment houses had been documented. Village officials will confer with the building inspector and continue to address the matter.