Written by Rick Karas, email@example.com Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Noise was the order of the night at the Garden City Board of Trustees meeting at Village Hall on Tuesday. Not from any sort of spirited debate between board members and the public; rather, a bit of noise about noise itself.
Specifically, the noise of standby generators. Resident Amanda Mancuso asked the board to reconsider the decibel rating restrictions for such generators.
These types of permanent generators are generally for emergency use only, although superstorm Sandy pushed the limits in terms of how long these types of devices had to run.
This concerned mother has a premature baby, and should the lights go out again for whatever reason, she says the generator is vital for the care of her child.
“Having standby generators would allow [residents] to stay in their homes, retaining heat...[as well as] other people in the village who have a medical necessity,” Mancuso said.
Currently, there is a decibel rating of 56 and under for standby generators, even though she says the quietest such generator available for purchase is in the 66 db range. Also, portable generators have no regulations, and their decibel range is generally over 70.
Mancuso went on to say that other local communities have no decibel requirements, and that keeping the lights on would keep criminals away from homes, and police would not have to keep patrolling powerless areas.
To further drive home her point, Mancuso says the average vacuum cleaner comes in at 70 decibels, which is what she believes the threshold should be.
“No one wants to hear the droning of generators, but in reality, our storms are getting worse, they’re getting more severe, as we saw, LIPA was unable to get our power back [timely],” she said.
Superintendent of Buildings Michael Filippon said that the village uses the Town of Hempstead sound ordinance of 56, and that the decibel limits apply to property lines, not at the ratings that manufacturers set forth, generally at seven meters around the unit.
Filippon recommended that those purchasing a generator use an acoustical engineer to establish a higher decibel rating at a greater distance to account for property lines. The installation of an acoustical barrier to reduce noise is also a path to compliance.
Filippon added that the requirements were installed after Hurricane Irene, not Sandy. Out of 7500 residents, there were only about a dozen or so applications for a generator permit.
“You have to weigh the needs of 10-12 individual families against our obligation to protect the remaining 7500, and that’s why we invoked this noise requirement,” Filippon said.
Ultimately, according to Filippon, it will be up to the board if they want to amend the decibel rating.
Other tidbits from Tuesday’s meeting:
- The treasurer’s report noted an over $14.4 million cash balance, and that account expenses were up due to Sandy. A report has been submitted to FEMA for reimbursement, including additional funds used for street light maintenance.
- The board agreed to move an item from the agenda regarding the request by the Mental Health Association of Nassau County to go door to door from February through October to offer assistance to those affected by Sandy. The board seemed to agree that nine months seemed excessive for that sort of request.
- The next board of trustees meeting will be held on March 7 at 8 p.m.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
“The three airports operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA) collectively represent the busiest airport system in the United States,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “The noise generated by all these overflights has increased steadily over time, and it’s incumbent upon the PA to conduct a noise study to ensure that aircraft noise is given proper consideration by airport operators when they determine which runways and approach paths to use.”
Hannon’s legislation, passed unanimously, is Senate bill 3841, which would require the PA to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study as set forth in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 150. That report would then be submitted to the governors and legislatures of New York and New Jersey, and would require the PA to hold biennial public hearings at which the public would be heard regarding aircraft noise issues.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
The suburban home setting in Freeport seems a long way from the small farmlands of the Irish midlands. Although former Garden City Schools employee Tom Phelan now lives thousands of miles away from the country he was born and raised in, he is set to release his fifth novel depicting life in his old Irish homeland.
Phelan is set to read from his collection of works on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Summer Gazebo Readings on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside. Though he has been writing for many years before his work was published, his first novel was released in April 1998 when a Dublin publisher accepted In the Season of the Daisies. A decade and a half later, the Freeport native is currently finishing up his fifth novel, Lies, which is set for release in 2014.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
The Garden City Centennials held their annual year-end Soccer Fest at St. Paul’s on Saturday, June 1. The day-long event is the culmination of the soccer season for the more than 2,100 young girls and boys that participate in one of the many programs the Centennials offer. Highlighted by the giving out of the annual awards to all players, the youngsters also enjoyed the fun games and activities throughout the day. Soccer Fest also represented the close of the travel season for the 41 girls and boys teams that compete in the Long Island Junior Soccer League. And with 39 travel teams, the Centennials have become one of the top programs not only on Long Island, but in New York State.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Not too many attorneys have made their way to glory in the boxing ring. Roseanne “Ro-Hammad Ali” Beovich hopes to become the first when she participates in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity event on November 25 at the Hilton of Melville.
Beovich, an associate attorney at Genser, Dubow, Genser & Cona, LLP in Melville, has no formal boxing experience but “became interested in boxing because I like to try new sports and find activities that will challenge me.”