Gillen’s capital plan includes road fixes in East Meadow


Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen recently released a five-year capital plan for the town, which she hopes will serve as “a roadmap for taking care of the town’s assets.”

Included in the plan are a number of road projects in East Meadow — in addition to Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery projects, which will see roads raised in both communities.

Gillen’s plan, which is currently under review by members of the town board, calls for:

•Improvements to Prospect Ave in East Meadow, between Bellmore Avenue and Garden Street. The project is expected to cost $750,000 and a survey was completed in April. Design is projected to be ready by June and construction will start in July. The project is expected to take five months.

•Improvements to Chamberlain Street in East Meadow, costing $450,000.

•Improvements to Carrie Court in East Meadow, costing $100,000. The project’s survey will be completed in July and design is expected to be completed by September.

•Improvements to garden Street in East Meadow, costing $390,000.

The projects will include storm drain improvements, the complete removal and replacement of pavement and the replacement of sidewalks affected by grade changes, according to Mike Fricchione, a spokesman for Gillen.

The town grades streets on a scale of 0-100, including a number of factors scaled 1-10, when prioritizing road projects, Fricchione said. Factors the town weighs include the road’s age, potholes, depressions, drainage, “alligator cracking,” and rideability.

The plan is expected to be before the town board again on June 5, after it was tabled at the May 8 meeting (see sidebar).