FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE – “The Road to Heaven…”

Summer is the season when most public works projects are done throughout our community. Last week West Street was the focus of major road rehabilitation which included re-milling, laying down a binder course and a final macadam surface. The work which stretched the area from Main St. to Pond Hill was done in a four-day period. West Street is a well-trodden route and a critical artery that was in very poor condition.

A job of this nature is no easy task. I would like to congratulate Public Works Supervisor Mike Moser, the entire DPW crew and support staff for excellent work. To perform public work and projects such as this, in a community as busy as ours, offers challenges no matter what season. When a fierce summer storm knocked down trees and power lines our men didn’t skip a beat to clean up the aftermath of the storm.

West Street is just one example of the work that our Department of Public Works does. I often wish I could put a normal citizen in their shoes (or work boots) for a week to help out with the water main breaks, sewer backups, acres of mowing, park maintenance, street sweeping, snow plowing, and storm drain repair. The list is long and includes special projects such as creating a new parking lot by the Memorial Park Pavilion and brick walkways in Stanley Deming Park.

We still have a long list of projects to accomplish in the next months. I would like to thank all involved – your hard work makes the Village a better, more beautiful and safer place.

The Howe Street Bridge has reopened! The project was completed ahead of schedule and is now a safe crossing over the Waywayanda. The work also included major road improvements on River Street. Thank you to the engineers and work crews from the Orange County Department of Public Works. The temporary detour to Orchard Street has been closed and the temporary rail crossing will be removed shortly. Thank you to all the residents affected by this project for their patience and thank you to Jones Chemical and their drivers for their care and consideration during the work period.

Bridges and roads are only a part of the greater infrastructure. The Village Board is devoted to the continual maintenance, repair and upgrades to all our systems – which also include water, wastewater, and parks. We also recognize that none of this would be possible without the commitment and work by our Department of Public Works.