MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The creation of a new town comprehensive master plan and revised town code inched closer to fruition last week when the Town Board announced it had hired a consulting firm that will guide it through the process.
At its Nov. 20 meeting, the board announced it had retained the services of Nelson, Pope & Voorhis from Melville, N.Y. at an estimated cost of $112,560.
“We were very impressed with this firm,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “In all categories, they really seemed to impress us quite a bit. I think they are going to do an excellent job. They didn’t break the bank either with their proposal. They seem to be very professional, and they came to us with very good credentials and references.”
Deputy Supervisor Suzi McDonough has been the designated point person for the project, and she said she was excited for it to move forward. She said it’s expected to start up again in the first quarter of next year.
But Schmitt warned it will be an arduous task that will take time.
“It could take a year and a half, and I’ve seen some go as long as two years because there is so much work involved,” he said.
“There are a lot of changes coming,” added Councilman Mike Barile.
On May 30, 2018, the Town Board held the first meeting on the master plan with all department heads and the public present in order to brainstorm ideas. The project has remained mostly dormant since then until the town could hire a consultant to help facilitate it.
It’s been more than 20 years since the town revised its master plan.