The Village Board met on Monday, October 2 at Village Hall for the first regular meeting of the month. The meeting would serve as a public hearing for discussion of possible applications for the Community Development Block Grant. In addition, the Board allocated funds for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project, and approved a public assembly permit for the upcoming Pawling Recreation Halloween party.
The Community Development Block Grant Program is administered by the New York State Office of Community Renewal. The program provides financial assistance to help address the development needs of eligible communities. The Board suggested that the grant for the 2018 program year be used to repair the sidewalks in the area that spans from West Main Street to Edward R. Murrow Park. The sidewalks in this area are more than forty years old, and the blacktop has fallen into disrepair. Officials aim to replace them with fresh concrete to improve both safety and aesthetics. The Village also intends to cooperate with the Town of Pawling to take advantage of Dutchess County Shared Services incentives when applying for the grant, which will be submitted for approval soon.
The Board is expecting to set a date within the next several weeks for the beginning of further infrastructure improvement in the Village. This will see the repaving of sections on Charles Coleman Blvd., from Broad Street to West Main Street. Broad Street and the area surrounding Downey Auto Repair have already been repaved. The Board is also exploring options with regard to repaving West Street and Charles Street, with those projects slated for next year.
Next on the agenda was a motion to adopt a resolution to receive a State and Municipal Facilities Program Grant for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project. The Board voted unanimously to approve the use of the $500,000 grant to continue the necessary upgrades and expansion of Village’s wastewater treatment facility.
Finally, the Village Board approved the public assembly permit for the Pawling’s annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will begin at the Chamber of Commerce building located at 55 Charles Coleman Blvd., and will give children an opportunity to trick or treat on the village green, along with games, face painting, and a bounce house. The event is free for Pawling residents, with a non-resident fee of $5 per child. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, October 29.
The Village Board is scheduled to meet again on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall, 9 Memorial Avenue.