Bellport Mayor Ray Fell offered his top goals for 2020, which include completing several infrastructure and improvement projects in the village.
The major goal for Bellport is to complete the dock project on time and within budget. The project was awarded a bid, and it is expected to be completed by April 1. The village was approved for grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace the bulkhead at the marina. The budget was set by the board of trustees at $2.6 million to account for any possible overages.
Fell is also looking to complete a repaving project for Bellport Lane and Station Road, for which the village has received a $480,000 grant. The project has been held off because of the dock project, which is at the end of Bellport Lane, in order to avoid traffic issues. But Fell said the repaving would be completed between April and June, after the dock project.
And Bellport received a nice Christmas gift this year, Fell said, in the form of two different grants for community projects. One was from the Regional Economic Development Council, which awarded the village $112,500 to rebuild the playground at the dock. The grant funds new equipment for the space. Fell said the village would begin meeting with American Recreational Products in January to discuss the scope of and work out contracts for the project.
The other grant, through state Senator Monica Martinez, was for various upgrades at the community center. The $187,500 grant will be used to install air conditioning in the newly renovated basement, redo flooring on the main floor, extend the upstairs bathroom to add a second, replace the wood floor and ceilings on the stage, upgrade the fire alarm system and change heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“They both came on the same day. I was shocked,” Fell said of the grants.
Other infrastructure projects for 2020 include repaving Browns Lane and finishing storm drain work on Bellport Lane. Fell added that the board would be discussing how to address safety at Ho Hum in the new year.
THE NEXT DECADE
Fell also talked about his vision for Bellport over the next decade. He said he would like to see the second half of the village’s roads be repaved over the next decade. He added that the village should never let problems get to the point where it requires a big project to solve. Fell also said the village should continue to support businesses in the community and work with the Chamber of Commerce to enhance the experience for visitors.
“It’s a matter of making sure the village keeps the village in good condition so that it continues to be a place that people enjoy coming to and enjoy living in over the next decade,” Fell said.