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Farmingdale Outdoor Dining Public Hearing Closes, Law Approved

While there are still no laws in the Farmingdale Village codebook, local business owners, particularly on Main Street, are enjoying outdoor dining, without regulation. The members of the Village Board have been working for several months to get the provisions and wording precise. The public hearing continued.

Residents have turned out at each public meeting hearing for the proposed law on the outdoor seating to express their discontent with incidents that they say are already affecting their residential privacy.

One resident who lives adjacent to the Republic Pub alleged unreasonable noise levels that often come from the establishment. The owner of the Republic Pub responded, stated that the noise and disruption might not be coming from his business, but likely come from individuals in parking lot behind his building.

Presently, there is no noise ordinance in the Village codebook that applies to the conduct of people.

In addition to the general disruption complaints by residents living in close proximity to the Main Street dining establishments, a request was made by a resident to limit the outdoor dining months to June to September. The Mayor said he would like to continue to move forward with the March 1 to November 30 permit allowing outdoor dining. The Board voted to close the public hearing on outdoor dining, and the law for outdoor dining was approved.

The public hearing continued for suggestions to help fund the Village Fire Department’s budget necessities. The current suggestion from the Village Board was to eliminate one of the three full time dispatch shifts, migrating the shift to FireCom.

 Chief Jack Scherer reiterated the Farmingdale Fire Department’s opposition to giving one of the dispatch shifts to FireCom. He stated he believes it’s a safety issue to the residents of the Village, with numerous problems with FireCom in the past.

“We understand times are hard; we have to save money, we have just gotten rid of three rigs and replaced with two and we understand that the rigs have to be paid for, but we think this is the wrong way,” said Scherer.

The Mayor said there is no rush to make a decision to eliminate the dispatch shift; that the earliest a decision will need to be made is at the next budget cycle; they continue to welcome suggestions about how to save money regarding the Fire budget for next year.

A resolution to allow taxi permits to renew for $25 for a 30-day period after expiration of their permit was approved. Beyond the permitted 30 days any renewals will be charged the new permit fee of $50.

The request to utilize Village property was approved by the board members to allow the annual Main Street Mile to take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 using various streets within the Village and use of Village Green for the finish line and awards ceremony. Event activities are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

The next public board of trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall, 361 Main Street, in the conference room. It will be preceded by a work session, beginning at 7 p.m. Copies of the past minutes and future agendas can be found on the village website. Regular meetings are typically on the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m.