Spring is just around the corner. While our labor force is taking advantage of the mild weather, conducting roadside and greenspace spring cleaning, our service based departments have a line up of great opportunities to mark on the calendar. The senior center is hosting an Antiques Roadshow Trash to Treasure Event on Wednesday, March 11th from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Smithtown senior’s wishing to participate can register at the Senior Center during regular business hours. Our Recreation department is about to begin the third semester of the Mommy and Me preschool readiness program.These are one hour classes, offered weekly in a four week series at Smithtown Landing Country Club. Registration is currently open for the Fourth Semester online. Activities include music, movement, fine and gross motor development, storytelling and arts and crafts. New family pet owners looking to take advantage of affordable spay and neuter services can do so at the Smithtown Animal Shelter on March 11th & 25th as well as April 8th & 22nd. This low cost service is provided by the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation via it’s mobile clinic. To book appointments, please call (631)-566-8870.
The Suffolk County Water Authority will be conducting Water Flow Tests at various hydrant locations beginning in March. During testing residents may notice temporary rust-like water conditions. This is performed to check for proper function and to remove potential sediments that may have accumulated within the pipes. This is a proactive measure in safeguarding the highest of water quality.
As we get closer to the rainy season, the Highway Department will be conducting sump cleanup work throughout the township. They have begun sump cleanup at Delmar Lane, including the removal of litter, trimming overgrown brush, removing broken tree limbs and other debris from the area.
National Grid is conducting minor road work along Old Willets Path and Route 454. This may cause minor road delays in the area. Residents may wish to take alternate routes during peak travel hours for the next two weeks.
Flynn Memorial ballpark construction is moving full steam ahead. The synthetic turf was delivered and we are just about ready to begin laying it out. Not only will this state-of-the-art turf (with a built-in drainage system underneath) be much better for the environment… But now ball players will be able to enjoy more playtime after a rainfall. The parks department and contractors have done extraordinary work through the mild winter.
The traffic signal rebuild on Marcus Boulevard and New Highway is complete, with the exception of the loop detection in the pavement. This technology can detect vehicles passing or approaching a traffic light, for example. The existing loops at the intersection are operating. However, improvements to the detection are currently being installed. The next steps involve the highway department moving the drainage systems and then widening the road at Adams Avenue. Utility agencies have completed the relocation of poles so that the highway department can plan for this portion of the project this Spring.
Our amazing group of professionals at Horizons Counseling and Education Center had their mid year update with Hauppauge High School Administration to discuss clinical and prevention objectives. This month, the Horizons Prevention staff will be participating in the Hauppauge Alliance Youth Summit event.
The parks department has completed the installation of a new jungle gym style playground at Kings Park Memorial Park. Parks teams have finished laying soft synthetic turf around the playground area and have installed the swing set frame. They are currently completing landscaping around the new playground so residents can enjoy the park in time for the warm weather.
The highway department is conducting sump cleanup work at Kings Park Country Village and at Wildflower Drive. Additionally, highway teams are performing roadside and gutter cleanup along Old Northport Road, Old Indian Head Road and Meadow Road.
Our traffic safety department has completed the installation of a new traffic signal located at the town’s Municipal Services Facility on Old Northport Road Traffic safety teams have also rebuilt signals at the intersection of Indian Head Road & Old Indian Head Road.
The highway department has begun a major roadside cleanup throughout Nichols Road, stretching from Smithtown Boulevard all the way to Moriches Road. Additionally, highway teams are conducting sump cleanups at Cornelia Lane and at Browns Road Pump House.
Our Recreation Department will host two more Parents Night Out events. These are fantastic opportunities for parents who deserve a relaxing date night, while the kids have a blast at a theme style playtime. The Pirate Night theme will take place on February 28th. The following theme is Luau Night, on March 13th. Parent’s night out is held at the Nesconset Elementary School from 5:30PM to 8PM both evenings. A small $15 fee per child (ages 5-10) covers the costs of providing a night of fun for your little one. Space is limited so reserve quickly. Registration online at - https://apm.activecommunities.com/smithtown
The Traffic Safety Department finished the installation of a much needed guardrail, located Landing Avenue right next to the cemetery.
The highway department has begun a historic roadside marker refurbishing project throughout the community. Highway teams have just completed and reinstalled the historic post at the Caleb Smith House. This was the first sign refurbished and completed. Additional Historic Roadside signs that are set to be refurbished in the coming weeks include, the Battle of Fort Salongo sign, markers at Havemeyer Lane, the Obadiah Smith House, and the post at the Nissequogue School.
We’ve added new plantings at the Meadow Road Stormwater Remediation bioswale. This is a natural way to filter stormwater, using specific species of trees and plants that act like organic filtration devices. The basin is now functioning more efficiently.
The highway department has begun sump cleanup work at Acorn Road and Jefferson Avenue in St James. Additionally, highway teams have begun to conduct roadside clean up at Woodlawn Avenue and also at Montclair Avenue. By removing litter and other debris, from the streets, gutters and curbs, we can better protect our stormwater runoff from harmful toxins, chemicals and other invasive materials that should never be introduced to the ecosystem.
The Traffic Safety department has recently finalized construction of a new crosswalk located at Woodlawn & St. James Avenues, where the schools have a crossing guard stationed. This was at the request from the County in an effort to improve pedestrian safety for our youth, who walk to and from school.