TEP Grant Some clarity was achieved about the TEP (Transportation Enhancements Program) grant at Wednesday night's public hearing. The grant, intended for bicycle paths and sidewalks leading to and from Charles Williams Park and connecting to Harry Howard Avenue, was awarded on 2007, but it is a reimbursement grant, and the City has not yet spent the money. Now the City is poised to do so. The plan includes bicycle lanes and signage on Front and Dock streets, "Share the Road" signage on Mill Street, repaving the old Dugway Road for pedestrians and nonmotorzied vehicles, and sidewalks along the west side of Harry Howard Avenue from Washington Street to around the entrance to the Firemen's Home ball fields.
The Safe Routes to School grant, which the City is pursuing in collaboration with the Hudson City School District and the Town of Greenport, would continue the sidewalk along Harry Howard Avenue to the high school and, in Greenport, along Joslen Boulevard to Livingston Parkway.
EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant Even before the hearing about this grant began, Bill Roehr of TGW Consultants, made a point of assuring Gossips that using the site as an entrance and parking area for the North Bay Recreation Area being planned by the Columbia Land Conservancy does not preclude using part of it for a dog park. There is plenty of room for everything.
The plan is to demolish what remains of the existing structures on the site and then cap it, covering it first with an impermeable geotextile material and then covering that with a foot of soil and gravel. To carry out this remediation, the City is applying for a $200,000 grant. Although Roehr is confident that the City's proposal is a strong one, the grant program is "very competitive." There is $15 million available for the entire country, and only 72 grants will be awarded.
On the topic of dog parks, Gossips recently learned from a reader that ground has been broken for the new Beacon Dog Park--funded entirely, as my source put it, by "generous souls."