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Message from the Mayor: Waterfront, Weekend Cleanup, Mothers' Club, Yummy Yummie
Fellow residents;

A couple of items on the agenda this week:  a very important one involves the future of the waterfront and then there is a clean-up this weekend, the 100th birthday of the Mother's Club and a new store in town.

This coming Thursday, May 1st, our Village Infrastructure Committee will be presenting their draft plan for where roads, parks, and likely development will go on the waterfront once it is remediated.  It is scheduled for 7PM at the Community Center.  

The Infrastructure Committee, composed of Village resident volunteers, was appointed by the Board of Trustees to help us prepare for the eventual clean-up of the waterfront. British Petroleum (BP) is beginning the engineering design work for the clean-up as we speak, and they have stated that if the Village can indicate where parks and roads and likely development will go, this will help drive the remediation design. For example, BP is obligated to lay several feet of fill over the entire site, and they will lay different fill where we indicate there will be a park versus where there will be a road. They will also run the underground conduit (piping to hold sewer, water, and electrical cables) while the ground is open for remediation, based on where we indicate development is likely to go. Doing this now, while the ground is open, will save substantial time and money down the road when remediation is complete and we are ready for redevelopment of the waterfront.  

As a result, this presentation is not a starry-eyed vision of a future, but a nuts-and-bolts actual plan for where roads and parks and development will likely go.  It will very much drive actual engineering designs.  The Committee has worked long and hard on this plan and it is now time for your input.  The Committee will take what it hears and then turn the plan over to the Board of Trustees, which will then review it and send it onto both BP and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, who will help to ensure that it becomes part of the engineering design.

Presentations will be posted on the website and videotaped for later viewing.  This is yet another milestone in the steady albeit slow march toward remediation and the first tangible indication of what the waterfront may look like, at least in outline proposal form. Please provide your input. 

Last week also marked the submission by BP of a document that BP was required to create describing their assessment of the remaining building ("Building 52") on the waterfront (the monstrously large file can be found here and a physical copy is in the library).  Since the building was considered eligible as a historic structure, BP was required to submit an assessment of the building to the DEC as part of the remediation process.  BP ultimately advocates for demolishing the building so they can more easily remediate below the building. (Building 52, the source of most of the PCB contamination on the waterfront, has contamination both within the building and in hotspots below and adjacent to the building. Advocates for the building point to its historic nature and possibility for a beautiful renovation.)  A separate email will cover this issue in greater detail.

Clean-up Weekend
This Saturday and Sunday are the Village Clean-up day - select a trail or stretch of park or village gateway, call Lisa O'Reilly at 478-2380, ext. 642 , pick up free trash bags at the Community Center, and lend us a hand in cleaning up the Village after the rough winter.  Leave the bags by the trailheads or roadside and the DPW will pick it up after the weekend.  There's free pizza (for volunteers only) at the VFW on Saturday from 12 to 1:30PM.

Mothers' Club 100th Birthday
This Sunday, May 4th, drop by the Community Center from 1PM to 5PM and celebrate the 100th birthday of Hasting's oldest continually operating philanthropic organization, the Hastings Mothers' Club. 

Yummy Yummie Goodness
Seriously, has there ever been a better name for a children's clothing store?  This brand new, small storefront on Warburton, tucked next to Expressions and across the street from Indigo, freshly opened yesterday (no sign yet but they are open). It offers entirely charming children's clothing, and I'll have more on them later.  We welcome them and wish them good fortune.

Everything is in fantastic bloom and that bright fresh green sprouting from trees. Summer, for the students, is appearing distantly on the horizon. (If you haven't seen the Hastings High School performance of "Rent", it is by all accounts terrific, as I plan to verify on Friday night.  It's at 7PM on both Friday, May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd.)  Finally, both Giordano Beauty and Maisonette, two dynamic stores downtown,  are hosting a welcome to the Spring this Thursday, May 1st, from 6PM to 8PM (stop by it on the way to the presentation on the waterfront...)  Cocktails and discounts will be served.  See you around, and hopefully at the clean-up.


Peter Swiderski

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York