Opinion
The following are trustee reports from the Feb. 3 Floral Park Board of Trustees meeting.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Greene reported that the building department will begin annual multi-family inspections and public assembly spot inspections this month. The Zoning Board of Appeals is hearing three cases this month; there was no Architectural Review Board meeting in January.

In 2008, 153 building permits and 21 amended permits were issued. Associated with these permits, 787 field inspections were performed. There were 322 certificates of completion and certificates of occupancy issued. The Building Department staff answered close to 7,000 telephone calls and 2,500 people visited the department. Notices of violation totaled 314 and 59 summonses were issued.

This month's "building knowledge" focused on parking. With the village law not allowing on-street parking between the hours of 3 and 5 a.m., residents must remove cars from streets and park in their driveways. The code says that a driveway is a straight paved area leading from the street to the garage. Due to past changes in the zoning code, attached garages are no longer permitted in the village. A detached garage gives a homeowner with an average property depth the ability to park five cars on their lot. The code allows paving for parking purposes of up to 25 percent of the front yard area. Basically, that is a quarter of the width of the property. There are restrictions on this too. Residents need to have a 12-inch grass strip between the driveway and the property line and the driveway cannot be more than 12 feet wide. The walkway to the house cannot be more than four feet wide and there has to be a two-foot green strip between the driveway and walkway. If this dimension is less than two feet, then the walkway is included in the 25 percent. Otherwise, the total paved area of the front yard cannot exceed more than 35 percent. These restrictions may be particularly difficult for a corner property. In this case, a special exception for side-by-side parking may be granted for two years with two, two-year renewals by applications to the Zoning Board of Appeals. After the permit expires, the area on which the car is parked must be restored to its original condition. In the case of an attached garage, the code allows paving for parking purposes of up to 25 percent of the front yard area. The same restriction of front yard paving still applies. This, however, gives the property owner the right to park a car not directly in front of the garage. The purpose of this restriction was to promote a residential look to the village and eliminate fully paved front yards with cars parking in front of dwellings.

Trustee Tom Tweedy reported there would not be sanitation pick up on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 16. If your regular pick up is Monday of that week, then your pick up will be Tuesday. Residents with regular pick up on Tuesday of that week will be collected on Wednesday. There will be no bulk or rubbish pick up anywhere in the village on Wednesday of that week. Please be aware that appliances containing freon will be picked up as scheduled on Wednesday of that week.

A few reminders to residents and business owners: please do not throw snow out in the street. It is unsafe and the streets have to be plowed more often, which slows down the overall snow removal process. With cold temperatures after the storm, it also creates icy road conditions. Please remove cars from the street during a snowstorm. After 4 inches of snow has fallen, a snow emergency is in effect and it is mandatory.

On motion by Trustees Jim Rhatigan, seconded by Deputy Mayor Greene and carried unanimously, Mayor Phil Guarnieri recessed the meeting at 9:10 p.m.


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