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City Enters Contract With LKB Engineering

Dr. Maxine Mayreis appointed to Community Development Agency

The Glen Cove City Council commenced its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the main chambers of Glen Cove City Hall. With a short agenda, the meeting was conducted swiftly, ending in about 30 minutes. Councilman Tony Jimenez was absent from the meeting.

Before getting down to business, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi requested a moment of silence for those who have recently passed away, including Nunzio Izzo, Connie Stanco, Emily Finn, Mary Hultz and Naomi Sukman.

The council passed a resolution to enter into a contract with Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, Inc. for on-call engineering services in the area of solid waste management, environmental and municipal engineering, for a negotiated lump sum compensator or multiplier plus expenses. The resolution passed with a 4-1 vote; Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr. voted no and Councilman Reggie Spinello abstained, stating, “I didn’t get to review it the way I wanted to.”

Dr. Maxine Mayreis was appointed to the Community Development Agency for a term effective Jan. 9 through Dec. 31of this year.

“Dr. Max is well-known and liked in the community, and we welcome her aboard,” said Suozzi.

Resident and Republican Committee Chairman Paul Meli was the only person from the public to address the council during the public comment period.

“Why isn’t the contract online?” he asked, also wondering why Dr. Mayreis’ name was not listed on the agenda under the appointment section. He referred to section 103 of the Public Officers (Open Meetings) Law that went into effect on Feb. 17, 2012, requiring that information to be available to the public.

The law says, “any proposed resolution, law, rule, regulation, policy or any amendment thereto, that is scheduled to be the subject of discussion by a public body during an open meeting shall be made available, upon request therefor, to the extent practicable as determined by the agency or the department, prior to or at the meeting during which the records will be discussed... If the agency in which a public body functions maintains a regularly and routinely updated website and utilizes a high-speed Internet connection, such records shall be posted on the website to the extent practicable as determined by the agency or the department, prior to the meeting.

Since the documents must be copied for council members, Meli contends there is no reason why it is not practicable to post on the website.

“We comply with the law,” said Mayor Suozzi.

Councilman Reginald Spinello added that the issue had been discussed and he had requested more information to be put onto the city’s website.

Meli also questioned the mayor about the annual water quality report, which was due on May 31, 2012, but has not yet been delivered. The city received a notice of violation in a letter dated Oct. 4, 2012, which states that the city could be penalized with fines up to $2,000 per day, per code violation, if the reports were not delivered by Oct. 31.

The mayor said he had not known the report was late until October, and then they were granted a deadline due to the hurricane. He said he did not expect the city to receive any fines for the tardiness at this point, and that the report would be sent out in the next few weeks.

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at City Hall.


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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