Dundee officials want ideas for park

Gwen Chamberlain
Area youngsters are enjoying the new playground at Millard Park on Spring Street in Dundee.

Village officials would like public input for additional improvements to Millard Park on Spring Street in Dundee.

Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. explains the village has five years to complete the work which is being funded largely through a grant from New York State Parks & Recreation. When the work is done, the village will have invested nearly $250,000 in improvements, he noted at the May 10 village board meeting. The village is picking up the tab for one quarter of the work through cash and in-kind work, explains Village Clerk/Treasurer Chris Sutherland.

The next big improvements residents will see are new lights and bleachers for the ballfields. Both jobs are out for bids right now.

Sutherland says anyone who would like to make suggestions for the walking trails should contact her at the village office (607-243-5551). Cratsley said some residents have suggested incorporating informational signage to identify plants along the trails, and Sutherland says she has heard other suggestions.

Trustee Judy Duquette will talk with the Our Town Rocks committee to see if the group has any suggestions.

Another addition to the park will be a court that can be used for basketball, volleyball or tennis. The timeline for that portion of the project isn’t clear, but village officials are working on identifying the best location for the addition.

Cratsley also asked board approval to purchase security cameras for the park. “We need to protect our investment,” he said.

Other improvements will include benches along the walking trail, garbage cans and outdoor cookers.

The village was awarded the grant on March 30, 2010.

Other business at the May 10 village board meeting included:

• Water Tank: The board approved the environmental review for a grant application to help cover the cost of replacing a water tank.

• Brush Pickup: Streets Superintendent Andy Howell noted that brush pickup will be held throughout the village on the third monday each month through November, beginning May 16.

•Recreation:  Sutherland received permission from the board to invite Freedom Village, the Dundee Public Library and the Dundee Youth Center to participate in a joint summer program sign-up event.

• Car Show: The board agreed to close a portion of Seneca Street from 5 to 9 p.m. June 29 for the annual car show.