Trustees investigate ADA compliant sidewalks

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 so the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 to make the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

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ADA compliance. Superintendent of Public Works David Halvorsen said he received one quote, in the amount of $18,000, to make the sidewalks in front of the fire house and Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School ADA compliant. Cuts need to be made into the sidewalk to provide wheelchair access to the cross walk. The school district has already created a ramp to access the school grounds. Halvorsen said the problem is the contractor would need to be registered with the state Department of Transportation, and because Hudson Street is a state road, flaggers and an engineer would need to be present until the work is completed. Halvorsen is also hearing because it’s a small job, it isn’t really profitable. Trustee David Carnright asked if grant money is available since the project would benefit the school district. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he’d reach out to Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis. Coyne said he’d like to see the project completed before the school year begins.

Phones. On Monday night, the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees reviewed three proposals for a new phone system. Although ITC stood out most to the board, no decision was made. Deputy Mayor Mark Edsall said their system runs through a router with service through the internet. Calls could be forwarded from anywhere in the village, especially if nobody is available to pick up a call. Calls can also be forwarded to cell phones. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Trainor said the Storm King Engine Co. would still need a dedicated landline, especially in the event of a power failure and Orange County’s 911 system needs to alert the volunteers of an emergency. Edsall said the village would still have dedicated lines as back-up.

Rescue boat. Storm King Engine Company’s rescue boat is out of service and a search for someone to repair the motor is ongoing. One quote came in at $6,500.

Clearwell. The Black Rock Water Treatment plant remains offline as leaks in the clearwell have yet to be repaired. The board plans to discuss options with counsel. A product called Xypex was originally used to seal cracks in the concrete as an alternative to installing a new liner. The board would like a new coat of Xypex applied, at no cost to the village, to see if that rectifies the problem before more money is invested into the project.

Taylor Road wells. Water Department Superintendent Robert June said he replaced the pump and motor on the south well. The board had previously approved the purchase of a generator for $24,000, but the cost exceeded that amount. So June got around the problem by renting a generator for the month and ordering a transformer for $14,000.

Once the new wells are installed, the pump can be used as a back up rather than have to wait to order parts. That well can produce just over one million gallons of water a day.

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