Improvements Abound in the Village

The Village Board convened on Monday, July 1, for the first monthly meeting in July. The evening’s agenda included the addition of several key new features to the Village of Pawling, as well as an update on the test wells installed earlier this year. Officials also addressed a number of concerns from residents, including the condition of local sidewalks and the feral cat population in the village.

Board members authorized Dutchess County to place a “No Parking” sign on Dutcher Avenue, in hopes of alleviating potentially dangerous traffic conditions within the village. “There have almost been a lot of accidents coming out of Dutcher Avenue, because you can’t see when you’re making the left hand or right hand turn,” explained Mayor Robert Liffland. The new signage will be placed on Dutcher Avenue and West Main Street in an effort to improve visibility for turning vehicles.

Next, the Village Board provided an update on the status of the two test wells that were installed earlier this year on the parcel of land known as the Umscheid Homestead, situated north of Grandview Avenue and south of Lakeside Drive. Officials were pleased to report that the wells are pumping 200 gallons per minute, and the water quality meets all New York State standards. Going forward, the village government has declared intent to lead the project, which will hopefully provide an adequate source of water for the Village of Pawling in the future. A draft resolution will be put before village officials at the next Board meeting on July 15.

The Board commented on the ongoing infrastructure improvements within the village, notably the sidewalk repairs currently ongoing on East Main Street. “They’re doing a great job,” remarked Mayor Liffland. “They’re using the old stone walls and reappointing them, and that’s part of the history. It looks beautiful.”

During the Public Comment portion of the evening, officials heard concerns from several village residents. Among the issues raised were inquiries about available funding for further sidewalk repairs. To this end, officials will continue their efforts to apply for further infrastructure grants, and are considering holding a monthly meeting to discuss capital projects and funding sources within the village.

In other business, the Board discussed the number of feral cats in the Village of Pawling. A resident raised concerns about the feline population, and asked for the Board’s assistance in reaching out to Dutchess County to help alleviate the problem. Officials vowed to address the issue and will contact Dutchess County as well as the Town of Pawling in an effort to bring in personnel that can remove the cat population.

A new parking meter will help Metro North commuters

Finally, attendees praised the Board for the installation of the new electronic meter in the Metro North parking lot. Installed earlier this month, the new parking meter will allow for commuters to pay by credit card as well as cash options.

The next Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 9 Memorial Avenue.