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Update on Mill Pond Project

The Town of North Hempstead undertook the task of dredging the Mill Pond on Shore Road. Port News spoke with TONH Councilman Fred Pollack and he reviewed what the project entails and updated us on its status.

He said that the dredging involves the removal of silt from the bottom of the pond. This silt has accumulated over the years and made the pond much more shallow.

The town will also be regrading the bottom of the pond so that the flow of water between the pond and the bay will be facilitated, he said, adding that the dredged materials, after being “de-watered” on site, are transported to a licensed facility in Suffolk County.

The equipment on the site, power shovels, trailers and large pipes is being used for the project. One of the devices on the pond is doing the dredging.

In terms of the project’s progress, the councilman advises that the work has been proceeding as close to schedule as possible but noted that “the dredging has taken longer than originally thought.”

This is due to the fact that repairing the wall around the pond has required more work than originally thought, he said, noting that the town has also added the stone caps to the wall.

Continuing, Mr. Pollack said “Once the work on the walls is completed the contractor will be able to begin the regrading. After that is completed there will be a brick paved walkway and new benches added.”

Additionally, the project includes installing two devices which will capture garbage that ends up in the pond and will also reduce the accumulation of silt in the future.

In terms of beautification of the Mill Pond, Councilman Pollack advises, “We are working with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, which received a $100,000 grant from Ed and Dorothy Slade to have a garden area installed. We will also be adding a variety of plantings around the pond. The plantings and garden will probably not be completed until spring 2010 because the plants selected will have a much better chance of survival if planted in the spring.”

He then advised that except for the plantings, all of the work will be completed by the fall.