New through-road proposed for senior complex

Building department: Taco Bell breaks ground, Wheelhouse almost finished

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— A through-road between Green Meadows Way and Surrey Road has been proposed for a new 300-unit senior citizen development planned for the Town of Chester.

Village Mayor Philip Valastro said May 12 that the village will have to install a traffic light at the proposed new development because it will bring more traffic.

But without more information, the development could not be discussed further, Valastro said.

Plenty of new construction
The building department reported the following new activity:

Taco Bell broke ground for a restaurant between the Mobil Gas Station and the Hambletonian Car Wash on Brookside Avenue.

Satin Fine Foods received a permit for fitting out a cake-processing facility. Iced cakes will be sold the premises, where fondant is already manufactured.

The Wheelhouse, the new name for 37 Main St. (the former Bodles Opera House), is almost complete.

A new salon at 64 Brookside Ave. is almost complete.

The old barn at 2 Vadala Rd. is down, with the owner/applicant seeking approval for two duplexes containing four residential units.

Collision reports online
Police Chief Pete Graziano said getcrashreports.com will make collision/accident reports available online at no cost to the village, reducing the time spent by personnel in searching, copying and mailing reports.

The public, insurance and investigative companies, and the police can benefit from its analytical data on crash trends, he said.

People with questions can still come to the station, said Graziano.

The board authorized Graziano to do business with the company, pending review of the contract by the village attorney.

Code amendments
Chester village trustees took the following other actions at their May 12 meeting:

Amended village code on stop intersections.

Amended the building department's fee schedule.

Certified delinquent sewer charges and authorized a levy of those charges against property in default.

Amended the water rent and fee schedule.

Amended the penalty schedule for parking and related offenses.

Authorized the chief of police to apply for a Homeland Security Training Grant.

Authorized the mayor to sign the Sprint/Nextel Termination Agreement.

Clogged pipe fixed
The street department corrected a drainage problem on School Street, where a clogged culvert pipe sent water was flowing between two properties and across the street. Employees tried to clean the pipe out but found it deteriorated. They installed a new culvert pipe and cleaned out the drainage ditch at 3 School Street.

Some other activities of the Street Department:

Repaired catch basins on Jackson Street, Club House Place and Elm Street.

Received training on the new sweeper, including computer operation, maintenance and diagnostics.

Installed a temporary stop sign on Greycourt Avenue.

Received a new dump truck with sander and snow plow.

Continued normal collections and sweeping.

Seeded the edge of lawns that were damaged from snow plows.

Curb valves installed
Water Commissioner Tom Becker said curb valves, which allow the water to be shut off, have been installed at Whispering Hills Clubhouse #2 for the pool pump room and the Clubhouse.

In other water department business:

Bi-annual meters have been read, bills and the Drinking Water Quality Report sent out.

A new master control panel has been installed at well # 12.

Spring water main flushing has been completed.

Editor's note: The original article was corrected to reflect the correct location of the proposed senior development.

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