Funds in place for work in Arkville

By Brian Sweeney
Several infrastructure and aesthetic improvements are being planned for the hamlet of Arkville in upcoming months.

At a meeting with a group of community business owners on Monday, MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth and Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller outlined plans for the improvements.
Supervisor Miller said the town has $40,000 in unexpended Smart Growth funds earmarked for sidewalk improvements along county Route 38 (the Arkville cutoff road).

The supervisor indicated that Wayne Reynolds, director of the Delaware County Department of Public Works, will be providing specs for the sidewalk work and making preparations for the job to go out to bid.

Ms. Ellsworth said she had secured $28,000 for landscape work in the hamlet. The funds will be utilized for items such as planters, banners, bike racks and period lighting.

The business owners present at Monday’s meeting at the MARK offices provided suggestions regarding the best utilization of the funds.

The MARK director explained that, once the beautification work is completed, this project can hopefully be leveraged to obtain grant funding for a façade improvement campaign in Arkville.