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Pelham Woman Updates Board on Highbrook Research

PELHAM, N.Y. – A Pelham resident took a few moments Tuesday night to update the board of trustees on the research her committee has done with regard to the Highbrook Highline. Ann Dumas-Swanson, who is also a member of the Friends of the Highbrook Highline, thanked the board for a letter that accompanied a grant to help remediate the soil in a portion of the area. Dumas-Swanson, a member of a committee charged by the board to research options for the Highbrook Highline, also clarified to the board the level of dedication and work the committee has exhibited recently. "We just want you all to understand that we're doing our best," Dumas-Swanson said. Other members of the Friends of the Highbrook Highline have debated the board about the area at previous meetings. While those discussions sometimes became a bit tense, no debate arose at Tuesday's meeting. Dumas-Swanson said she respects that the board needs sufficient data to make decisions with regard to the Highbrook Highline. The committee has researched two options, one to demolish the bridge in that area and one to make it safe. She told the board that the committee polled residents who live adjacent to the area and that all of them are in favor of reopening the area to the public. Dumas-Swanson was not the only person to address the board. John Cassone, who attends many of the meetings, thanked the board for the progress it made on Trotta Park, the space between HSBC Bank and the town hall. "You lived up to what you said at the last meeting," Cassone said. Trustee Suzan Marciona presented renovation options to the board at a previous meeting. Mayor Ed Hotchkiss said Tuesday night that the updated park will be positive for everyone. "The whole village is going to benefit from this," Hotchkiss said.

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