Mr. Damian McShane chair of Community Board #8 and chair of the CFMC opened the meeting by saying that the chairs of CB7 and CB12 would not be in attendance. Mr. McShane also said that there would be no July meeting of the CFMC. In the construction update from DEP it was said that two miles of trolley tracks were found and would have to be removed from the Webster Avenue corridor before the force main from the water filtration plant to the waste water plant in Hunts Point could be built. Work on the main will start in Hunts Point and work up the local streets to the main corridor of Webster Avenue (from E.170th Street to E.204th Street) ending up on Bainbridge Avenue to the filtration plant.
The discussion then moved to jobs where DEP Assistant Commissioner Mark Lanaghan said there is 1054 workers on site with 203 from the Bronx for 19 percent of the workforce. Councilman G. Oliver Koppell voiced his displeasure with such a low local percentage, and added that DEP had promised more Bronx jobs then they have provided. Mr. Lanaghan then announced that DEP would have 56 DEP employees running the water filtration plant, and that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and BOEDC are working with DEP to get more Bronxites hired.
There was some concern about fire house closings, as the closest fire house to the filtration plant is two blocks past White Plains Road on E.233rd Street. Councilman Koppell voiced concern that Mayor Bloombergs closing of fire houses would not be known until the city budget is done by the end of June.
The next CFMC meeting will be held on Thursday August 17th at the DEP community office on Jerome Avenue at 7PM.