The following are trustee reports from the Tuesday, July 13, board meeting.
Trustee Phil Guarnieri reported that the Birch Street resurfacing project is almost complete. The asphalt was recently laid and the road will be lined with thermoplastic line striping within the next week. The Department of Public Works has received a new line striping paint machine and has started to re-stripe all the village traffic lines. This past winter, the weather took a toll on the line striping throughout the village.
The village code inspector has inspected and sent out violation notices in the West End for properties with Atlantic Avenue and Floral Boulevard addresses. While sidewalks are on village property, it is the legal responsibility of the abutting property owner to maintain and repair the sidewalks. Village sidewalks, when kept in good repair, serve to enhance our neighborhood and commercial areas and at the same time provide safe and pleasing walkways for all residents.
He reminded residents that if they see a streetlight out within Floral Park to please call the Department of Public Works at 326-6320 so that they may expeditiously repair it.
Trustee Kevin Greene reported that the department responded to 109 alarms during June. He congratulated the Doodlebugs, the department's drill team, for coming in fifth place in total points at the Nassau County Old Fashioned Tournament. Trustee Greene also congratulated the department's band for coming in first place for best musical unit in the Stewart Manor July 4th parade.
He further noted that seven individuals have become members of the department, a few of whom were involved in the Explorers Program prior to joining. Trustee Greene had the honor of attending the Fire Council July 12 honoring Joseph Quaderer as honoree chief for over 50 years of service to his community.
Trustee Gerry Bambrick reported that during June the department issued 27 building permits, 17 plumbing permits, 10 fence permits, 27 electrical permits and 26 miscellaneous permits.
Trustee Bambrick also reported that this past spring, the village board passed two local laws regarding temporary moratoriums on permits for subdivision of lots in residential zoning districts and on permits for new buildings and demolition, alterations and additions to existing buildings on non-conforming lots. Since passing these moratoriums, Trustee Bambrick, Village Attorney John Ryan, Building Superintendent Stephen Siwinski and an outside consultant, Albert D'Agostino, have met on several occasions and have made recommendations regarding these laws so that the character of Floral Park is preserved. Trustee Bambrick hopes to have more information by early fall.
Trustee Bambrick also reported that on Aug. 4 the library would hold a 55 Alive Driving Course sponsored by the AARP. He said he was pleased to report that the new summer reading program at the pool is going well. This will enable students to meet their summer reading requirements.
Trustee Tom Tweedy reported that there are 39 teams registered and competing in the men's and women's volleyball leagues at the Recreation Center. There are 16 teams competing in the basketball leagues.
The tennis ladder is continuing and Tennis Committee recommendations have allowed more play for residents on weekends by modifying the watering schedule of the courts. The courts are made of a superior composition hard tru surface that requires watering the surface to allow even wear.
The Center will be hosting the District 29 Little League playoffs, the Bobby Regan Girls Softball Tournament and the Annual Artie Hunt Memorial Baseball Tournament.
The summer camps are fully enrolled and during inclement weather, only the sports camps have had to be cancelled. The arts and crafts primary grade recreation and all-day summer camps are conducted indoors in the Recreation/Pool Building. Picnic tables were relocated from under the arts and crafts pavilion to accommodate the tennis camp.
Trustee Tweedy said the pool is enjoying one of its finest years ever. Membership is now at 1,930 total applications with 1,124 resident families and 296 senior citizen members.
The swim team enjoyed its first swim meet in three years and beat Stewart Manor. Many more meets are scheduled for the year so please check the bulletin boards at the pool.
Swimming lessons are underway and in order to accommodate the large enrollment, lessons are being given six days a week. There have already been two family nights at the pool, Pirates of the Caribbean and Country Western night. The next family night is Surfin' Safari this Friday, July 23.
A new ladder in the swim lanes of the pool has been ordered. The old ladder has become brittle after 35 years of use. The new handicapped lift was installed at the north end of the pool. Many residents have used the lift and the staff is very familiar with its use, especially Peter Vratamos and Will Watts.
CPR classes are being arranged under the direction of Floral Park Fire Department member Joe Tarranova and Pool Director Tom Dillon. Fourteen pool members have signed up but more can be accommodated. If you would like to sign up, please check at the Recreation/Pool Building office.
Lastly, Trustee Tweedy reported that the new summer reading program at the pool is going very well. Young adults may read books at the pool by simply leaving their pool pass with the staff at the pool, checking out the book they want to read and when they return the book at the end of the day, they receive their pool pass back. The staff will leave your name on a book mark and page number where you left off for the next time you take the book out.
In addition to Trustee Tweedy's report regarding CPR classes at the Recreation/Pool Building, Mayor Ann Corbett said that the CPR training also includes training on portable defibrillators. The defibrillator can be used if a patron experiences a cardiac problem.
Mayor Corbett also said that Village Counsel John Ryan is in the process of working with the seller's attorney, Sal Bonagura, to arrange for a closing date for the acquisition of the Masonic Temple. The contract will be signed soon and a closing date is likely to be in late August or early September. The purchase price is $1.5 million. As soon as Mayor Corbett has more details on financing, she will either include it in her Mayor's Message or will give more information at the next board meeting.
She further reported that the American Legion is having a crew paint numbers on curbs in front of homes in Floral Park. The mayor is very pleased that this service is being provided and that it will make it easier for emergency services, trades people and guests to locate addresses within the village.
The mayor further noted that the board approved 14 block parties; residents should be aware of the rules and regulations. Block parties are fun and a great way for neighbors to get to know each other better. Signatures of all residents must be obtained and 75 percent of residents must be in favor of having the block party. The Public Works Department has the schedule of approved block parties and always sweeps the street before the scheduled event. Streetlights are checked and barriers on the ends of the blocks are delivered. Please do not use cars to close off the block party as this could restrict access of the block by emergency vehicles. A path down the length of the block should always be maintained. Residents who need to park one of more of their cars on a nearby street should not block driveways and, if possible, not crowd all the cars on an adjoining street. Loud music must be stopped by 11 p.m. so residents in the neighborhood are not disturbed.
The mayor said that she is meeting with Police Commissioner Mike Reid to review the three-month pilot period for quality of life summons.
The mayor also reported that the police have issued a number of tickets regarding drivers speeding and not stopping fully at stop signs. This is of particular concern during the summer as children are on vacation from school and are riding their bicycles or walking to the pool, recreation center and friends' homes to play. The speed limit in the village is 30 mph and will be strictly enforced by the police.
She further noted that the Water Authority of Western Nassau County will be installing the new water main on Tulip Avenue between Atlantic and Plainfield Avenues and on Woodbine Court north of Tulip Avenue. The main will be installed eight feet from the north curb line on Tulip Avenue. In addition, the existing water services will be transferred to the new main. This will be an extensive amount of work. The water main work on Tulip will require the relocation of two fire hydrants from the south side of Tulip to the north side. The hydrants that are affected are located on the south side of Tulip, north of Iris Avenue, and on the south side of Tulip, south of Atlantic Avenue. The new hydrants will be placed in approximately the same location along Tulip on the north side of the street. The Public Works superintendent will be working closely with the Water Authority to make sure the work does no inconvenience residents. Work should be starting in late July.
A resident requested more umbrellas be placed by the Kiddie Pool at the Recreation/Pool Building while another commented on commercial vehicles and boats parked in residential areas.
On motion by Trustee Greene, seconded by Trustee Guarnieri and carried unanimously, Mayor Corbett recessed the meeting at 9:10 p.m.