The Quogue Village Board unanimously agreed on Friday to award a $115,000 contract to an East Moriches firm to replace approximately 300 linear feet of sidewalk along the western side of Jessup Avenue, including the area in front of the Quogue Village Green.
As part of its contract with the village, Nassau Suffolk Landscaping—the lowest of five bidders for the work, according to Mayor Peter Sartorius—will rip up the old sidewalk, which is riddled with cracks, and install a new one that is set back roughly 5 feet farther back from the street. Village officials opted to set back the sidewalk as it will not require the cutting down of nearly a dozen trees along Jessup Avenue, a proposal from a few years back that was met with strong opposition from residents.
John Cannarelli Jr., owner of Nassau Suffolk Landscaping, confirmed this week that his workers will not remove any of the trees lining the street, adding that the removal of the old sidewalk will actually “relieve” stress that has been placed on their root systems.
“There’s no reason not to award it to the lowest bid,” Mr. Sartorius said prior to the board’s unanimous vote at Friday’s monthly meeting.
Mr. Cannarelli said the sidewalk installation is tentatively scheduled to begin in early- to mid-November, and expected to take about a month to complete. That work will include the relocation of the Village Green’s flagpole. The installation of new plantings will not be completed until next spring, he added.