2005-10-27 / Other News

Community Asked To Submit Suggestions For CB 18 Budget

CB18 Chairman Saul Needle
CB18 Chairman Saul Needle By Dara Mormile

Local civic and block associations and community residents were invited to submit street reconstruction requests for the capital and expense budget for Fiscal Year 2007 at last week’s Com-munity Board 18 meeting at the Kings Plaza Community Room.

Items for the FY 2006 budget requests have been reviewed and prioritized by the City Office of Manage-ment and Budget, according to chairman Saul Needle. The agency’s re-sponse is expected late next winter.

“There were a few new requests we added to our list,” said Needle. “We have one submission that calls for the reconstruction of catch basins and sanitary sewers in the Futurama Houses area and from Strickland to Mill avenues.”

District 18 manager Dotty Turano said she received a request that an infant-toddler area be added at the park on Bergen Avenue and Avenue S.

“We asked the city council and never got an answer,” she said. “The city land is there, so let’s see what they can do.”

Turano said the city agency usually declines budget requests when they are not among the top priorities, but in this instance she is optimistic.

“We’re asking not only civic leaders, but anyone in the community to let us know if they see something that needs to be done or if you see a street that needs repair,” said Turano. “It also depends on the emergency and where the problem is – but we’ll keep making the requests.”

Turano informed residents about a proposal to establish another group in the community.

“The Human Care Services for Family and Children is coming to next month’s meeting with a proposal for a facility to house six adolescent males with mid- to moderate levels of retardation,” she explained, adding that the applicant will come with their plan for the community to either approve or reject the site and recommend an alternative at the public hearing.

However, she was not optimistic saying, “Even if we object and claim that there is an over concentration of these types of residential facilities, we rarely win,” she said.

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