How Can the Village Ensure Safety of St. Paul’s Fields and Middle School Fields During Any St. Paul’s Project?

Some residents have raised questions about the impact on surrounding playing fields during a St. Paul’s project, particularly if there is a demolition project. Mr. Lloyd Westerman of Westerman Construction explained to residents at the October 3rd information session how both asbestos and lead would be handled in any proposed project, whether it is a restoration project or a demolition project (11 minute 20 second mark). He provided in his presentation links for two New York State websites for residents to visit for further information on asbestos and lead and the standard processes in place to ensure safety. Mr. Westerman also shared his experience with a recent demolition project done by his firm of a building adjacent to a branch of the NYC Public Library and across the street from a park. Based on the construction practices, he explained that the work was done in a way that avoided any shut down of the library branch where children were attending programs and any impact on the nearby park. Mr. Westerman also added that demolition can be done in the winter. In response to a question at the end of the presentation (1 hr. 20 minute mark), Mr. Westerman confirmed that he budgeted that proper procedures would be followed as to not impact areas outside the fence surrounding the building.

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1. I pay $9,000 in Village taxes now and want to know how much a St. Paul’s project would cost me?
2. What would a St. Paul’s Project cost me?
3. Can I vote by Absentee Ballot if I am unable to vote in person on October 21st?
4. How Can the Village Ensure Safety of St. Paul’s Fields and Middle School Fields During Any St. Paul’s Project?
5. What is the present condition of the St. Paul’s Main Building?
6. I am confused by the ballot. Can you explain it to me?
7. How much has the Village spent on the St. Paul’s Building over the last 10 years?
8. Why is the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll on October 21st, Homecoming Day?
9. What do we know about the environmental impact of a demolition, adaptive reuse or façade project at St. Paul’s?
10. Why is the Village taking steps now to remove the stained glass windows from the St. Paul’s Chapel rather than shoring them up in place?
11. What resident votes, polls or surveys have taken place in the past relating to St. Paul’s and what were the results?
12. What are the details of the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll? When and Where?
13. What will be on the Ballot on October 21st?
14. How do I get an Absentee Ballot?
15. Why is the Village having a “St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll” on October 21st rather than a “Referendum” or a “Vote” and what is the difference in these terms?
16. Will the demolition have an impact on the air quality of the students attending the Middle School?
17. Would lead paint particles be present on the surrounding playing fields as a result of demolition?
18. What are the restrictions on the St. Paul’s Property and why do we have them? What do people mean when they talk about “Permitted Uses”?