After the flood waters of 2007 subsided, John Priesing and Rick Rugani of the Board of Education approached Village Officials about developing a joint approach to mitigating future flood events. As a result J. Robert Folchetti Associates, an engineering firm that had worked with the Village previously, updated its analysis with new data and developed a plan consisting of an underground detention system coupled with a pump station. In essence the approach would detain water in underground pipes until it could safely be discharged into the Bronx River.
In 2013 the Village received a $6.8 million grant to support this grant, and the preliminary design has now been completed. This week the Village Trustees declared their intent to serve as lead agency on this project, seeking SEQRA approval (State Environmental Quality Review Act ). The next step in the process will be for the Board of Education to seek voter approval for the local share of the costs (25% of the project, or $1.7 million divided equally between the District and the Village). If approved, the project would be completed by next fall.
Paul Pelusio, project engineer, made his third presentation to the Board of Education at its October meeting. His presentation focused on the complex phasing of construction. The construction schedule would take Hayes Field out of service for the spring season. A network of underground pipes would be installed and the pump house built during this period of time. In addition the underground pipes to the Bronx River would be constructed.
After construction is complete, the District plans to restore the field with synthetic turf. This improvement would provide the district with more durable, flexible field space at a time when enrollments and athletic participation are rising. the newly configured field space, designed by KG&D Architecture would also include 31 additional parking spaces to the current inventory.