September is a great time of year for Smithtown residents, as we watch our children head back to school for a new chapter of life and learning. Our Back-to-School supply drive was a huge success last week, as we collected enough items to fill at least 40 backpacks for the Smithtown Children’s Foundation. My gratitude goes out to the town’s employees and our residents who dropped off pre-filled backpacks & other school supplies. As a brief reminder, the bi-annual Free Paper Shredding event is Saturday, September 21st from 9AM-3PM at Town Hall. This is a free service for residents to safely and securely dispose of unwanted documents in an environmentally friendly manner.
Speaking of caring for the environment, I would like to remind the community that the glass recyclable containers at Town Hall, M.S.F. & the Highway Department should not be used to dump other waste. Smithtown has been exceptional when it comes to dropping off glass recycling items. So much in fact that we’ve ordered additional receptacles which will be going to St. James and Nesconset by the end of this month. When someone disposes of other waste; specifically non-recyclables, in and outside of the receptacles, the good folks who are trying to be environmentally responsible are unable to do so. Thank you for taking the initiative to keep Smithtown clean and green.
Finally, as we approach the peak of Hurricane Season, the Town of Smithtown would like to remind everyone to please be prepared before the Storm. We recently put together a Hurricane Preparedness Guide available online via the Home News & Announcements section of the Town’s website. This is a great resource for residents to keep handy. Also, you can watch our Keep it Safe Smithtown Series on Smithtown GTV via Youtube or Channel 18 for advice and tips on how to stay prepared year round.
September 11th Town Memorial Park: The Parks Department did some maintenance work at the park in anticipation of our September 11th ceremony. The plaques on the remembrance fountain, with the names of the 53 Smithtown Residents we lost 18 years ago, have been polished and restored. The flowerbeds have been mulched and the park cleaned. Our ceremony is Wednesday, September 11th at 5PM for all who wish to attend.
The Highway Department will be working on repairs to sidewalks in the East Hills Area. This week, teams are out grinding concrete sidewalks along Fifty Acre South. Superintendent Murphy has advised that his teams will be working on sidewalk repairs throughout the neighborhood in the coming weeks.
Main Street: Municipal Services teams continue with street beautification and touch up work, adding mulch where needed and removing weeds from the concrete.
Maple Avenue: The Traffic Safety team will be painting “Long Lines” (double yellow traffic lines) along Maple Avenue this week.
Mount Pleasant: In addition to painting Long Lines along Mount Pleasant Road, the Traffic Safety Department is planning to install new “All Way” Stop Signs which will make school crossings more secure.
Gibbs Pond Park: Our Parks Department has completed installation of LED lighting surrounding the park. For families gearing up for baseball season, our parks team did outstanding work, installing a brand new LED energy efficient lighting system & electric to make night games more enjoyable, without compromising the quality of life for surrounding residents.
Browns Road: Highway teams have completed reconstruction of the concrete sidewalks, aprons & curbs. This week, they will be adding top soil and restoration work to prepare for asphalt paving.
Gibbs Pond Road: The Milling of Gibbs Pond Road is scheduled for next week, pending weather conditions. Residents can obtain real-time roadwork/construction notifications via the Town App, which is available for free download on iPhone and Droids.
Charles Toner Park/Armory Park: Our Parks teams is converting the Lacrosse fields to Football fields for the season. Field maintenance is done weekly for games and practices.
Our Municipal Services teams continue with street beautification along Pulaski Road this week.
Kings Park Memorial Park: Our Parks Department has ordered the new playground equipment and will begin to prep the area in the next week or so.
Highway teams will be performing roadside maintenance along Old Northport Road.
Callahan’s Playground: Our Parks Department is finishing up the installation of Fibar safety surfacing inside the playground at Callahan’s Beach.
Beach Cleanup: Our Parks Department has begun surf raking along Callahan’s Beach.
Hoyt Farm: Surface maintenance work is beginning at the spray park. Our Parks Department will be painting, in addition to making roof repairs and replacements along the property.
Brush removal pickup will be ongoing in the Commack area this week. Any residents in the hamlet with branches or brush in need of pickup can contact the Highway Department at 631-360-7500 with your address. Please adhere to guidelines for brush pickup, which is available via the Town’s Website on the Highway Department page.
Stump Removal: Highway teams continue to handle the removal of tree stumps from the summer wind storm that hit Commack the hardest.
In a joint effort, the Highway Department and Traffic Safety Department have begun the major Adams Avenue/New Highway project. The clearing and grubbing of tree and brush removal has been completed along the intersection.
This week, the Highway Department will begin preparation work to widen the intersection, which includes ripping of existing curbs, and putting in recycled concrete aggregate. The Highway Department hopes to begin building the new roadway later this week.
Brush removal pickup will be ongoing in the Hauppauge area this week. Any residents in the hamlet with branches or brush in need of pickup can contact the Highway Department at 631-360-7500 with your address for pickup.
Our Traffic Safety and Highway Teams are completing a project this week in front of Nesaquake along Edgewood Avenue. This project includes a new asphalt curb, minor road widening to allow for buses and other vehicles to make safer turns into the school, and new pavement markings. Additionally, the traffic team has made repairs to the detection light by realigning the intersection.
Mills Pond: Commuters and residents who drive along Mills Pond Road may notice road markings along the new asphalt. PSEG has notified the town that it must replace a major emergency trunk line located on Mills Pond Road. As many residents are aware, Highway teams paved the road earlier this summer. PSEG has agreed to fund any asphalt work that needs to be redone after the trunk line work is completed. We will notify residents of any work or road closure interruptions via the Town App and in this weekly update.
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