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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

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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