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Harrison Town Board Looks To Improve Ma Riis Park

HARRISON, N.Y. — The Harrison Town Board is expected to approve payment of $20,000 to Woodward & Curran Engineering for a conceptual design for Ma Riis Park as part of the master plan update at its board meeting Thursday night.

Mayor Ron Belmont said in a letter to the engineering firm that the money would be used for photo documentation of existing conditions, research of current maps to help develop the plan and to analyze the park use. Possible upgrades to the park could include a ramp to the library, a pedestrian loop for adult exercising, a new pavilion and improvements to surrounding roadways and the streetscape.

The board had previously paid BFJ Planning $48,000 to develop the master plan from a draft the town didn’t complete in 2007. BFJ Planning is targeting the downtown business district, which is adjacent to Ma Riis Park, and the section of Westchester Avenue known as the “Platinum Mile.”

The board will also hear a presentation from Westchester Joint Waterworks Manager Anthony Concetta and Business Director David Birdsall about water rates in town for the rest of this year and next.

Police Chief Anthony Marraccini is requesting the board to purchase a new police dog. Money for the canine would be taken from donations for the K-9 unit and a forfeiture funds account. Marraccini is also asking the board to approve sending Officer Erin Hinchey to Blacklick, Ohio, for six weeks at a cost of $22,350 to receive canine training.

On the Village Board agenda, Comptroller Maureen MacKenzie is requesting the Village Board to bond for police equipment. The first bond request is for $52,200 for 40 portable radios. MacKenzie is also requesting bonding $31,000 for amber warning lights.

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