Water leak revealed during the winter of 2013 at Central Park Avenue and Melrose Avenue continues to pose a hazard almost one-year after initially recognized.
YONKERS, NY – August 12, 2014 – Water continues to spill onto the sidewalk and street along Central Park Avenue and Melrose Avenues. When first discovered last winter, the water seen wetting the sidewalk and street herein is indicative of the enormity of space frozen over during the winter months on similar sized boundaries as the water mark seen in August 2014. And winter 2015 is not too far off from today. The ice formed on the sidewalk and its proximity to the bus station exposed people to potential risk of slipping, falling, tripping, even losing control of driving a vehicle on the street because of the large ice sheets covering the area. The bus stop demands people get off and get on exactly at the area that puts people at greatest danger of injury.
Central Avenue Chrysler Jeep, located at 1839 Central Avenue, has been patiently awaiting Yonkers Department of Public Works and Con Edison crews to correct this crisis. The crisis is one of safety, also it is one of great cost in water wasted on a 24- hours basis, as well as the cost of the crews doing the best they can, yet evidently not equipped to locate and mitigate the leak.
The fact that almost a year has transpired since the leak was revealed suggests Yonkers DPW must locate the equipment required to locate the leak or leaks. A schematic of all water pipelines, electrical, and gas lines is in the possession of Yonkers City Hall in one of their departments. With that information, though not possessing the equipment for the job at hand, Yonkers DPW must learn or become familiar with the equipment required. The potential of purchasing such equipment may be too great. If so, we must look to rent such equipment that can locate the leak. Then again, the concern may be exacerbated by other issues related to water, perhaps ground water concerns. If so, a retaining wall must be built. lastly, if none of these forms of conduct work, Yonkers DPW must be authorized to hire crews who can mitigate this issue.
After almost a year on-site, one must recognize that this is the only way to get this issue mitigated. The fact that almost a year has transpired without remedy and at the enormous costs incurred by the city should give pause to taking a different tack.