Community Board 5 discusses FY2015 budget
by Andrew Shilling
Sep 25, 2013 | 6900 views | 0 0 comments | 618 618 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 5 was back in session, meeting last Wednesday at Christ the King High School following a summer hiatus.

As part of the agenda, the board held a public hearing on how it would like money in the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 spent in the district.

While some residents complained about poor drainage and combined sewage overflow issues in the community, some board members called for more funding underserved transportation, infrastructure and trash pickup.

Paul Kerzner, president of the Ridgewood Property Owners Association and a member of CB5, told the board the organization is seeking $2.82 million to replace the hundreds of trees lost in Hurricane Sandy.

“It would improve air quality, remove dust particles from our air, reduce the heat island effect and lower our energy bills in the summer,” Kerzner said.

The money would cover 2,545 trees, costing roughly $1,100 per tree, according to Kerzner.

Theodore Renz, executive director of The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation, called for the restoration of the basket recollection service by the Sanitation Department.

CB5 Transportation Committee chair John Meier also suggested some of the 2015 capital budget money be allocated to restoring the L subway line at Halsey, Jefferson and the Dekalb stations.

CB5 chair Vincent Arcuri said that while many of the proposals for the current fiscal year have yet to be addressed, he is looking forward to adding the new ones to the list.

“We had some very good requests tonight,” Arcuri said following the hearing.

CB5 will vote on the budget for capital expense priorities at its next meeting at Christ the King High School on October 9.

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