ARMONK, N.Y. – North Castle Town Supervisor Howard Arden has consistently maintained his vision of running North Castle “like a business” since stepping into the position last year.
“The savings from 2012 will go first toward much-needed infrastructure projects,” said Arden in a January interview. “Things like road repairs, building repairs and a new generator are items that have been put off in previous years that we can now tend to.”
Talk of such improvements will soon be more tangible for residents, as the North Castle Town Board recently began discussing more than $1 million in capital improvements for 2013:
Roof assessment and roof replacements ($330,000): Town Administrator Joan Goldberg, in a Feb. 6 Town Board work session, said the town will be inspecting all town building roofs. The assessment — with a $30,000 price tag — would be conducted by a specialist who will make recommendations for next steps. Arden suspects the actual roof replacements will cost the town somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000.
Highway trucks ($400,000): The North Castle Highway Department needs two new Mack trucks with snowplows. Each truck costs approximately $200,000. Arden said he’s heard of towns buying used trucks that are “practically new” for a fraction of the price and plans to investigate such an option before making such a large financial commitment.
Town generator ($25,000): Goldberg said the town is considering purchasing and installing a generator for the Community Park at 10 Clove Road, which would “provide uninterrupted power for a second warming and charging center during power outages.”
Armonk Square sidewalk ($50,000 to $70,000): The Armonk Square project includes resurfacing the sidewalk along Maple Avenue to the Armonk Square entrance on Main Street. Armonk Square will build a new sidewalk along its entire side of Main Street, as well as at the frontage on Maple Avenue. However, connecting the two completely is not part of the project. The town would build the connecting sidewalk, while coordinating the extension with Armonk Square workers working on their section.
School Street Bridge design study ($30,000): North Castle Director of Planning Adam Kaufman pointed out a serious problem on School Street, which is known to flood too easily. The first step of fixing the problem is to have a study done. Kaufman said the town knows it will be an “expensive fix.”
Other capital improvements the town is considering include new software for the North Castle Police, which would cost approximately $40,000, and cleaning up Wampus Brook Park and transforming it into a dog park. However, the town expects the majority of Wampus’s costs to be reimbursed by FEMA and, possibly, dog park donors.