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Irvington Trustees Approve Capital Budget

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – A capital budget approved by the Irvington Board of Trustees includes about $519,000 in total for projects in 2012-13 and several large, costly projects in future years.

The capital budget includes village projects and needed improvements for the next eight to 10 years, officials said. All projects are subject to a bonding resolution before money can be spent and work can begin.

A copy of the capital budget will be posted to the village's website .

Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Jeselnik noted this year's capital budget was not as extensive as those in years past during Monday's Board of Trustees meeting.

“We really had so many other projects in the works and they're not completed,” she said.

Included in the capital budget is the replacement of a sanitation truck for the Department of Public Works at a cost of $200,000 and the purchase of an all-terrain vehicle for emergency responders.

Flood control projects have also been added to the budget. A project to fix the culvert at Hudson View Park next year would cost $365,000. Village Administrator Lawrence Schopfer said Irvington is hoping to get a $150,000 grant to cover a portion of the costs, although the grant program is being held up by a federal lawsuit. Another project to fix a bottleneck on the brook at Station Road has been added to the year 2014-15.

Mayor Brian Smith said he thought the village should look for funding on the flood projects, but go ahead with them even if extra money is not available because the work was important.

Schopfer noted that the village will need to rehabilitate the Riverview Road water tank within the next three or four years. Projected costs for that project total $750,000, but Schopfer notes that a lot of engineering work needs to be done and the costs could change before work begins.

Also in the capital budget's outer years is the renovation of the Irvington Fire Station, which could cost as much as $4 million if the village decides to work on the entire building. Schopfer noted officials are still reviewing their options and working to study the building to see what needs to be done.

“We don't know which one we're going to do,” Schopfer said in regards to differing renovation plans. He later added “We're not going to do several hundred thousands of dollars of repairs only to replace the building a couple of years later.”

The fire department will also be considering the replacement of a fire truck in the coming years, although Schopfer noted that would depend on the truck's condition.

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