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Armonk Uneasy On $9.6 Million Water Main Project

ARMONK, N.Y. – Plans for a multi-million dollar water main project are moving too quickly, many Armonk residents said in the Hergenhan Recreation Center Wednesday evening.

As the North Castle Town Board waits to receive surveys on the project from the nearly 400 households affected by the plan, residents were invited to speak out and ask questions on the Windmill Farm water project.

“I feel like not a lot of thought was put into the survey,” said Stan Simon, a 35-year resident in the Windmill Farm area of North Castle.  “I think that’s indicative of the rush to go through with this sort of thing.”

The town of North Castle mailed a survey to residents in the Windmill section of town after Sal Misiti, the North Castle Water Department assistant superintendent, gave an initial presentation on the project at a town board meeting in August.  The $9.6 million dollar project will replace the current outdated system in the Windmill section and will be paid for by the taxpayers within that district.  The town estimates that the project could cost around $1,600 a year per household over the next 25 years for the 379 homes in the district.

Ira Schulman, a resident in the Windmill section and also the vice president of the Byram Hills School District Board of Education, said that if the project goes through, he hopes the board conducted its due diligence on discovering any alternative ways to fund the project in order to ease the burden on the taxpayers.

“I really am concerned that this is going too quickly for the Windmill residents,” Schulman said.  “This is a costly project and all the stones should be unturned.”

The deadline to send the surveys back to the town is Sept. 21 and the public hearing on the project is adjourned until the next town board meeting on Sept. 27.

“Hopefully by next week we’ll get more responses from the residents and we’ll move on from there,” said Town Supervisor Howard Arden. “This is the decision of the Windmill residents.”

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