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Amityville Village trustees vote for $2.4M in road repairs

Amityville Village roads — decades old and deeply pitted in places — will get a $2.4 million overhaul this year.

Trustees voted 5-0 Monday night to approve a bond issue for repairs covering about 6 of the village’s 30 miles of roads as well as some municipal parking lots. A contract will be awarded July 28, with work likely to start before winter.

A report by Melville engineering firm Nelson & Pope in April called for resurfacing to start with portions of Ocean, Ketcham, Bayview and Albany avenues, along with Avon Place, followed by Sprague, South Ketcham, Albany, Riverside, Ranick and Union avenues.

Trustees discussed the possibility of an overhaul as early as 2014, but the project gained momentum in recent months with improved village finances and credit ratings. The village will pay about 3.5 percent interest, with annual debt service of about $208,000, officials said. Total village debt is now $8.5 million, with debt service of $1.15 million annually.

In a sign of enduring rancor on the dais, even Monday night’s unanimous vote of the village trustees entailed skirmishing.

“I believe you’re pushing this for political reasons,” trustee Kevin Smith said to the majority members, a reference to village elections next March. “I don’t feel . . . that this is a good time to do this.”

Waiting could allow the village to plan a bigger project with economies of scale and lower borrowing costs, he argued. He nonetheless voted for the bond issue.

“Everybody wants the roads except for the one guy who doesn’t want to see this board have success,” trustee Nick LaLota shot back. “We’re here to provide services to citizens at the best cost possible. That’s not political.”

Trustees are not bound by Nelson and Pope’s recommendations for which roads to fix first, which were based on both degree of disrepair and traffic volume.

Trustee Dennis Siry has said the village needs to do its own assessment of road quality, and Bay Village Civic Association president Joan Donnison warned Monday night that heavy trucks doing post-Sandy rebuilding and elevation in waterfront neighborhoods could damage new road repairs.

Some reprioritizing is possible, LaLota said, perhaps with work starting on roads in the north of the village and moving south.


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