Q: I went to the new Gouveia Park and it's not for the faint of heart. There are way too many dips in the trails, up and down too much, and some parts are downright dangerous. Sorry but I'm not impressed and I think the schools would have rather had the annual twenty grand in school taxes the rest of us will be making it up for. Which brings me to why can't we use the house?
A: The house has real issues; it must also be made ADA compliant. The deck is also unsafe. These items will require hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. We have already seen that the cost for the new road was grossly underestimated by park proponents (previous administration estimated $12,000 for the new road and parking--the actual cost was well in excess of $200,000 instead.) It remains to be seen how this situation will play out in terms of cost. You should address any safety or additional concerns to the board.
UPDATED 3/7/18 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/03/highlights-only-3118-gouveia-gazette.html
Q: We're new in town and are disappointed that there are not more international food options. Can't the village force new businesses to have more variety?
A: Wow. You're joking right? No the village can't force more culinary "variety". Here's what Croton DOES have:
Croton has pizza, delis, Chinese food, Indian, Korean, Italian, Peruvian, Mexican, Latin Fusion, BBQ, Seafood, Japanese, Pub/Bistro, and an All-American diner. We have not one but TWO bakeries--BAKED BY SUSAN AND THE DESSERTIST, both of which made the BEST OF WESTCHESTER LIST 2017---and a donut franchise, HOT DIPPITY DONUTS--that's on the list too (see all of Croton's businesses that made BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2017 here, courtesy of the Croton United FB page http://bit.ly/2w8D8mr)
There are local farmers markets everywhere.
We also have prepared specialty foods at A&S http://aandsfoods.com/
Vegan and gluten-free options are available too http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/05/for-vegan-devotees-those-who-are-gluten.html
And once again: It takes courage to open a business anywhere including Croton. Let's stop wishing for more when we have so much--AND SUPPORT WHAT WE HAVE--or in the alternative, residents are always free to open the kind of businesses they want.
And...we're also one of the safest communities in NYS--thanks Croton United for posting http://tiny.cc/h9ucmy