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NYW&B at the Board of Trustees 3/1/11

posted Mar 2, 2011, 4:38 PM by Richard Seither   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 6:47 AM ]

Friends of Highbrook Highline wish to express their sincere appreciation to Dr Roger Wines who spoke to the Historic Value of the NYW&B Railway bridge & property as a valuable asset and Landscape Landmark in our Community, Ann Dumas-Swanson, Emily Freidberg & Susan Mutti for their PowerPoint presentation and Mayor Hotchkiss and our Village Board of Trustees for voting unanimously for the following resolutions:


I.  Resolution Passed by Pelham Village Board 3/1/11
Authorizing a Nonbinding Expression of Interest in Converting Part or All of the NYW&B Parcel To A Greenspace
WHEREAS the NYW&B Site Committee is reviewing a number of options to address the potential risk to pedestrians and automobile traffic from decay of the former NY, Westchester and Boston (NYW&B ) concrete bridge over Highbrook Ave, and

WHEREAS the NYW&B Site Committee is also reviewing a number of options for the greenspace on the eastern portion of the former NYW&B property, and

WHEREAS the Committee is actively exploring external, non-village sources of funding for various plans related to making all or part of the NYW&B parcel a greenspace and needs some sign from the Village to potential funders that that the Village is considering these possibilities among the options,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Pelham Village Board of Trustees supports the NYW&B Site Committee, with the approval of the Chair, making expressions of Board interest in examining the conversion of all or part of the former NY, Westchester and Boston (NYW&B) parcel into a publicly-accessible greenspace to public and private grantors, over the next six months or longer if the Board agrees. It being clearly understood, such expression of interest is not binding with regards to the disposition of the parcel. Any decision on final disposition of this parcel will be made by the Board of Trustees and any binding commitments can only be made by the Board of Trustees.

II. Resolution Passed by Pelham Village Board 3/1/11
Authorizing Village Administrator to Seek Bids for the Examination of Safety Issues Surrounding the NYW&B Bridge and Mitigation Efforts

Whereas the NYW&B Site Committee is reviewing a number of options to address the potential risk to pedestrians and automobile traffic from decay of the former NY, Westchester, and Boston concrete bridge over Highbrook Ave. Be it resolved that the Pelham Village Administrator seek proposals as soon as practicable for a study of the potential risks posed by the bridge's deterioration, plans for mitigating those risks, and cost estimates.

We are grateful to everyone for their attendance, encouragement & support,

Friends of HH

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