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Millwood Development at Dead End Without Sewers

MILLWOOD, N.Y. - Millwood Task Force members reiterated to New Castle officials on Thursday how difficult it is to plan for the hamlet's future development without  inclusion in the Westchester County sewer lines.

“Other than safety issues, beautification issues, those type of issues, what else is there to discuss?" said task force member Michael Stern. "It’s really a dead end until we find out about sewers. Any development in Millwood.”

Stern and other members said the hamlet's reliance on septic systems is a deterrent in attracting new businesses, especially medical offices and restaurants. Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter, who was not at Thursday night's meeting, recently said bringing sewers to Millwood will be put on hold for now and re-visited with the county at a later date.

With the sewers on the back-burner, the task force shifted focus to short-term issues, such as crosswalks. Members said they would like to see the downtown area near Route-100 become more pedestrian-friendly.

“I’ve had people say that they’re playing ball at the field just beyond Rocky’s, but it’s difficult to cross the street to, say, go to the A&P shopping center," said task force Chair Dianne Kleinman. "There’s no crosswalks opposite the ball field.”

The task force also recommended looking into lowering the 40-miles per hour speed limit on the road near the residential areas. Town Administrator Penny Paderewski said the road is state-owned, but the town will talk to Department of Transportation officials about the concerns. She also said each crosswalk would cost approximately $1,000.

Paderewski and Stern agreed to meet privately to map out the areas in Millwood the task force would like see crosswalks.

“What we should really do is just lay out, you know, what everybody’s talked about, what they are, put costs to them, put what we have to do to get them and then go to the town board with them,” said Paderewski.

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