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Mamaroneck Town Board Approves Six Capital Projects

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Mamaroneck Town Council approved bond resolutions for six capital projects in 2012 totaling approximately $1.47 million at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

The board agreed to bond the package of six capital projects during the budget process in 2011. All six projects are accounted for with the bond, but will mature at different rates.

"Right now we'll begin designs on the bigger projects," said Stephen Altieri, town administrator. "Most of the projects will begin in earnest in March. That's when we hope to complete bid specifications and advertise the projects for bids."

The largest project is the three-phase Hommocks Ice Rink Improvement Project. Only the first phase is included in the 2012 capital projects, and will cost $432,000 to replace the dehumidification system and ventilation system. The bond, which will mature over a 15 to 20-year period, also includes the installation of a new fire alarm system and new lighting over the ice.

The next two phases will include replacing the dasher boards and the ice-making equipment, which will bring the project's total cost to about $1.8 million.

The board also authorized the bond following capital projects in 2012:

2) A $50,000 project will replace tiles from the Hommocks pools that have started to come up.

3) The town bonded $190,000 to pay for the replacement of two administrative vehicles, and for the purchase of software and computer equipment for the Building Department.

4) The town bonded $125,000 to buy new two-way radios for the Town of Mamaroneck Fire and Police Departments and the Ambulance District. This will meet a federal mandate requiring all emergency service radios to upgrade to narrowbanding technology by Jan. 1 2013. This will create "greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users," according to the FCC website . Not complying with this mandate could result in monetary fines or loss of license. The Fire Department received a $15,000 Community Project Appropriation grant to help with the costs of replacing their emergency radios and pagers. They will buy six pagers, four mobil radios for the fire apparatus and nine portable radios with this grant.

5) The town bonded $25,000 to replace the Highway Department's salt spreader. The salt spreader will be mounted on a hybrid dump truck, which was bought to use for multiple purposes.

6) Finally, the town bonded $325,000 to replace a heavy duty utility truck used for street sign maintenance, street line painting, snow removal and other highway tasks. This will also pay for the replacement of a 22-year-old backhoe truck, a six-wheel dump truck, and a passenger bus for the Community Services Department, which operates the town's senior citizens program. The program currently uses three-old buses it inherited in 2009.

"It's safe to say that all of the projects will be completed by fall of next year," Altieri said.

All of these capital projects are Type 2 actions under SEQRA, meaning they don't have a substantial environmental impact.

The board will also look to replace the 23-year-old pumps at the underground Baldwin Avenue Pump Station, near Murray Avenue with another bond. The project, which would cost about $65,000, would also clean out the filtration system and provide a general upgrade to the pump station. However, because it is a separate department, the board will need to hold a public hearing on it before approving it. They will hold it during their Feb. 1 meeting.

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