Rye Neck—A resolution awarding the Beach Avenue & Pine Street Drainage Improvement Project was approved by the Board of Trustees Monday night with a 3-2 vote.
The Beach Avenue and Pine Street Municipal Drainage Improvements Project, initiated in September, involves installing a storm pipe under Pine Street to solve a longstanding problem with poor stormwater drainage.
Neighbors have long worried that the project would endanger a centuries-old oak tree, known locally as the Tompkins Farm Oak — named for its location on the former farm of Noah Tompkins, one of the earliest settlers of Rye Neck — which stands at the edge of the roadway.
Many of them are unhappy with the vote, and feel not enough safeguards are in place to ensure the red oak’s protection.
Read more about the story in an upcoming issue of The Journal News.