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Farmingdale Village Board tackled a long list of over 20 items on the agenda at their Feb. 2 board meeting.

The board voted unanimously to approve the following items:

- to set up a court petty cash account for $100

- use of some roads during an Ocean to Sound Relay on Sept. 12

- St. Lukeís Mardi Gras Parade on Prospect Street on Feb. 8 at 12:15 p.m.

- $50,000 budget transfer from Contingency to Revaluation/Reassessment Project

- using Satty, Levine & Ciacco, CPA for two-year engagement

- authorization to issue an RFP and receive bids for taxi franchise

The board unanimously approved the bid of the firm Saccardi & Schiff to

complete a Downtown Revitalization Study.

ìThey really did a wonderful presentation and they really had a grasp of what we were looking for,î Mayor Butch Starkie said. ìTonightís vote is to engage them so that we can get a contract from them.î

Narrowed down from a pool of five bidders by the Downtown Revitalization Committee, Saccardi & Schiff was the lowest responsible bidder. Saccardi & Schiffís bid of $125,000 will be paid for with $100,000 in grant money secured by Senator Kemp Hannon and Legislator Dave Mejias.

ìThe Downtown Revitalization Committee really spent a tremendous amount of time working on this,î Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen said. ìThe committee was so pleased to see that Saccardi & Schiff were supportive in all aspects of this study.î

The decision to go with Saccardi & Schiff was a unanimous one by the committee.

The board voted unanimously to approve the Tobacco Point of Purchase Advertising Resolution.

This vote means the Village Board supports the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Islandís effort in calling on retailers ìto reduce overall tobacco advertising inside and outside of their stores and to eliminate tobacco advertising from areas likely to be seen by children such as doors, counter tops and wall spaces below five feet.

ìTonight was an example of public service at its finest; serving the health and welfare of their constituents,î said Carol Meschkow, Nassau County Coordinator of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island. ìMy goal is to garner the support of all of our local municipalities in an effort to curb the lure of the tobacco industry on our impressionable youth.î

According to Village Administrator Dave Smollett, as of Jan. 31, 2009, there are 23 parcels totaling $24,858.66 in unpaid taxes. A public notice naming the individuals and properties will be included in the public notices section of the Jan. 20, 27 and March 6 editions of the Farmingdale Observer.

A tax lien sale on these unpaid parcels will take place on March 10 at 11 a.m. at Village Hall.

The village board also passed the first Local Law of 2009. Local Law #1 gives the board the ability to grant extensions for special use permits and site plan approvals for an additional period of time. Each case would be deliberated on an individual basis and would be pending the circumstances.

Mayor Starkie said the recent demolition and sale of the proposed townhouse project on Fulton Street sparked discussion on the topic.

ìDue to the current economic condition we felt this was necessary,î he added.

A permit renewal fee would apply.

Pat Christiansen, head of the Beautification Committee, acknowledged the DPW staff for their speedy removal of all the holiday decorations throughout the village. She also advised that plants and 70 planters for spring planting have been ordered.

ìWe have an arduous task ahead of us,î she said. ìAnd we are always looking for new volunteers.î

Village resident Chuck Gosline inquired about the replacement lights for Main Street.

The lights will be funded utilizing a Community Development Block Grant.

ìAs soon as we get final approval from Nassau County for the Community Development Block Grant we will begin the replacement program,î Smollett explained.

A sample of the light is located at Village Hall.

Two public hearings will be held on Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. One is regarding the Community Development Block Grant Year #35. The other is a continuation of a public hearing for the Bartone Propertiesí parking lot proposal by the Farmingdale train station. The next village meeting will be held on Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall. For more information call 249-0093 or visit www.farmingdalevillage.com.

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