Village Sets Public Hearing for Mixed-Use Buildings, Prepares for Hydrant Flushing

The Pawling Village Board convened on Monday, June 4, to set a public hearing regarding an Amendment of the Village Comprehensive Plan. The Board also addressed concerns regarding ongoing parking issues within the Village, as well as upcoming hydrant flushing.

The Board approved a resolution setting a public hearing for Monday, June 18, for residents to voice their concerns regarding a potential change to the Village Comprehensive Plan regarding mixed-use buildings. Certain areas, including Colman Boulevard and sections of East and West Main Street are zoned for commercial space only on the ground floor, with allowance for residential space above. The proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Plan would allow for zoning flexibility for properties outside of the immediate center of the Village. This would enable to the Village Planning Board to evaluate commercial/residential zoning on an individual basis for each proposed project.

Attendants at the meeting once again voiced concerns about ongoing issues of parking within the Village. Specifically, officials were urged to enforce stricter regulations for cars parked on the lawns of single- and double-family houses in the area. Residents are concerned that the cars parked on lawn areas are becoming an eyesore and disrupting the aesthetic of the Village. Village officials will continue to monitor the situation, and are considering several measures to alleviate the problem, including letters to landlords, increased fines, and the possibility of towing for vehicles in violation of parking ordinances.

In concluding business, Village officials discussed the logistics of a hydrant flush, which will take place this summer. Opting to wait until schools are no longer in session, the Village of Pawling will be systematically flushing the hydrant system, a measure that may cause disruption to the water quality of Village residents.

On assigned Wednesdays, certain areas will be designated for flushing and residents are urged to be aware of signs that will be posted prior to the procedure. During this time, water may be discolored, and residents will be advised to avoid using water for drinking or laundry. Village officials understand the inconvenience this process will cause, but they urge residents to be patient as the hydrant flushing is necessary for regular maintenance of water distribution and fire protection systems. Water users will also be notified of this action when they receive their next water bills.

The next Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall.