Rye Town Park Neglect January 5 2013.wmv
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Following the termination of the Rye Town parks foreman and his two employees last month. Port Chester residents have raised questions regarding the maintenance and care of the two parks the town oversees.
Rye Town and Crawford Parks are coveted outdoor spaces for Port Chester residents, and those who frequent their pathways, lawns and sand, have raised some questions.
Who will change the light bulbs, empty to trash, open the gate to the beach and make sure things are running safe and smoothly?
However, following the firing of the three town parks employees (and four other Town employees) on Dec. 7, local Port Chester residents have started to speak out about disrepair at Rye Town and Crawford Parks.
One area resident Deidra Curran released a Youtube of showing broken lights and signs, lights on in the locked bathrooms, and locked beach gate.On January 6, Rye city councilwoman Catherine Parker sent an email to Rye Town Parks Commission Chairman Joe Carvin expressing concern that safety is at risk.“You would do well to follow the example of former NYC Mayor, Rudy Guiliani, who understood that this kind of neglect becomes the tipping point for vandals to start to think no one cares about the property, and to then do further harm,” Rye city councilwoman Parker wrote.
Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin basically has just passed the buck and said that that his secretary, Bishop Nowotnik is the head of facilities management now, and he needs to do more with less.
The supervisor has also expressed that the town expects the volunteers at the Friends of Crawford Park and Rye Town Park community organizations to do more to help out.
Laura Klein, the President of Friends of Crawford Park has said that she is concerned about the future of the park.
The problem is that year over year the Joe Carvin has cut services to our parks.Greenway Property Services (GPS) now has a contract through March, 2013 to provide one worker who works half time Monday through Friday to empty trash at the parks and one handyman on Fridays to tend to general maintenance issues.
Just about everyone, but Joe Carvin understands that this is not enough manpower to properly maintain our parks.GPS will report larger issues to Bishop Nowotnik, so that they can be bid out at an additional cost to the town Of Rye.The total cost for the two part-time GPS guys is about $1200 a week.
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