CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – This upcoming year is going to a big year for the town of New Castle. The following topics highlight what looks to be a busy agenda for 2013:
- A pedestrian walkway alongside Gedney Park
- Underground construction for the downtown area
- A new emergency alert contact system
- Additional office space for the police department
- Continued review processes for Chappaqua Crossings and Chappaqua Station
- Revisiting Chappaqua’s 1989 master plan
“There’s a lot to be done this year,” said New Castle Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter. “It’s all exciting.”
One project Carpenter said she is particularly looking forward to is the underground improvements scheduled for the hamlet’s downtown area. New infrastructure and pipelines will be installed. Originally planned to be done in 2012, the town decided to wait a year as the new town bridge was completed.
“It’s not the sexiest of projects, but it's an important one,” she said.
Another important town project will be a new emergency alert contact system. Scheduled to be tested for the first time on Jan. 10, initial robocalls will go out to 4,500 listed home phone numbers. Residents will have the options to register their cell phones and emails. The new system will also include a new mapping system, which will display road closures.
“Hurricane Sandy opened our eyes,” said New Castle Town Administrator Penny Paderewski. “The lack of information our residents received from ConEdison was problematic. We want to be ready for a situation like that the next time it happens.”
Bigger projects, such as Chappaqua Crossings, Chappaqua Station and revisiting Chappaqua’s 1989 master plan are three items that will receive plenty of attention this calendar year.
“We recently were warded for a case study for the master plan by the county,” said Carpenter. “That was a big step in getting that going. It’s a big process.”
Carpenter and other New Castle town officials will continue to work through such processes tonight at 7:45 p.m. in the New Castle Town Hall, as the town board has a public work session.