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Flood Mitigation Highlights Harrison Board Meeting

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison Town Board is looking to further its flood mitigation efforts.

Town Engineer Michael Amodeo is asking the board to spend $3,750 for work along the Brentwood Brook Corridor to take further samplings of the pond sediment and to explore options for dredging, according to the board agenda.

The money would be paid to Evans Associates of Bethany, Conn. as part of the town’s flood control project. The town already paid the company $43,750 towards the project in early March.

Also at the meeting is a scheduled public hearing for residents to voice their opposition or support for rezoning sections of Grant and Oakland avenues from residential to commercial zoning. Residents have spoken at previous public hearings on the issue in opposition to the proposal noting that the zoning was changed from commercial to residential in the 1970s to accommodate the people who live in that neighborhood.

The board at its meeting is also expected to discuss equipment to be put up for auction. With the town purchasing new vehicles for the police department recently, nine old vehicles plus their light bars, rear seats and partitions are being requested to be sold in an auction. Also being recommended for auction are a wood chipper, a sanitation truck, a cement mixer and a trailer.

Highlighting the village board agenda is a request by the purchasing department to construct a new rescue engine for the fire department. The department is requesting to approve a bid of $582,619 from Kovatch Mobile Equipment of Nesquehoning, Penn. The purchasing department is also requesting the town spend $28,891 for gym equipment for the West Harrison Fire Department. The current amount expected to be spent for the gym equipment is $100 less than previously anticipated.

The Town/Village Board will meet Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building located at 1 Heineman Place.

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