Public input had a deciding effect on the Hyde Park Town Board’s final options for participation in the 2014 Dutchess County Community Block Grant program.
Diane Pratt, a Farm Lane resident, presented her case to the board in September during preliminary discussions on applying for the $150,000-maximum grant, which is provided by the county Department of Planning and Development.
Pratt’s case centered on the addition of sidewalks from Farm Lane down the east side of Route 9 to the traffic light and pedestrian crossing for the Stop & Shop Plaza, in order to make it safer for shoppers who walk along the busy road to the stores.
The board voted Mon., Oct. 7, to make the Route 9 sidewalk project one of two choices for infrastructure improvements in the town. The second option would be to replace sidewalks and drainage along Main Street.
Acccording to Peter Setaro, the town engineer, “either project would meet the grant limit and would benefit community concerns.”
The final determination of which project gets funded will be made by the county.
For 2013, Hyde Park received a block grant to extend sidewalks west along East Market Street from Stewart’s to the apartment complexes on the north side of East Market Street. Work on that project is expected to start next spring.
The deadline for submitting this year’s grant applications to the county is Oct. 18. The town expects to meet that requirement after conducting an income survey of the Farm Lane residential area and after final review by the Town Engineer and Town Attorney.