Construction projects and new software are on the horizon for the Town of North Hempstead in 2020, according to Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s State of the Town address.
In an event held by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links in Port Washington on Friday, Bosworth detailed the town’s plans for the rest of the year.
Concerning parks, Bosworth said that North Hempstead Beach Park in Port would be “moving forward to the engineering design stage.”
“This park on the waterfront has always possessed the potential to become a beautiful recreational destination that all residents can enjoy and today we are closer to that reality,” Bosworth said.
The supervisor also said that a visioning committee would be formed for the “re-visioning” of Whitney Pond Park in Manhasset and that work would continue on the construction of a dock at the Stepping Stones Lighthouse in the middle of Long Island Sound, near Great Neck.
Additionally, Bosworth announced the implementation of the Park Enhancement Assessment Program, which would allow residents to check on repairs or updates to town parks.
“If you visit one of our parks and see a broken bench, you would be able to check the database immediately to see if that issue has been reported and when is it scheduled to be repaired, and if it’s not on the list then you can report it,” Bosworth said. “It will make the evaluation of our parks an open book.”
In terms of housing, Bosworth said the town was “look[ing] forward to moving ahead with the total renovation of our Laurel Homes at Roslyn in 2020, which will also add eight additional units.”
Bosworth then said that a new software called Citizen Serve would be implemented with the town’s building department.
“Throughout 2020 the town will begin migrating many of its departments to this new system, starting with the building department,” Bosworth said. “With Citizen Serve we will have the opportunity to manage the entire permit and licensing system online from applications of permits, to intake, through plans review and on to inspections. It will allow for online scheduling of appointments, professional license and permit expiration notices and renewal reminders. It provides complete customer care to help our town provide online services to our residents and will help to provide our building department and other departments with the most current and efficient technology.”
Finally, Bosworth discussed the town’s intent on becoming a Certified Climate Smart Community in New York State, and that they planned on “tracking energy usage of town buildings, increasing charging stations for electric cars with the possibility of implementing an electric car share program, and searching for possible location sites for solar panels” in hopes of acquiring a Bronze certificate from the state.
“This next year is going to be a year of exciting initiatives and forward movement for our town,” Bosworth said. “We have a great team working to make these plans a reality.”