Riverwalk Study Grant Application Moves Forward
Bloomingdale council, mayor debate whether flooding issues could impact riverwalk feasibility.
The Bloomingdale Council reinforced their support for a Passaic County grant application for a study that would determine the feasibility of creating a riverwalk in the borough.
The council had already supported the grant application this summer, but Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said at the council's meeting on Oct. 11 the county had requested a resolution re-affirming the support this month.
The mayor said due to recent flooding issues in the borough, he felt that the borough should prioritize flooding repairs before the riverwalk.
"I think it's not the right time," he said.
But Councilwoman Linda Shortman, who said that the riverwalk could be created behind the borough's senior center and in locations that do not traditionally flood, said the two are unrelated.
"I see the flooding having nothing to do with the county funding a riverwalk [study]," she said. "We're talking about areas that never flood."
Councilman Bernie Vroom said the riverwalk study is part of a visionary process for the future of the borough. Shortman said the purpose would be to examine what would be needed and what would be most appropriate if the borough did build a riverwalk.
"I think it's something that may improve our Main Street," she said.