The Sea Cliff Village Board met on Monday, July 17 to a very large audience of residents. After calling the meeting to order, Mayor Claudia Moyne read a resolution stating in part that after several meetings with Metricom, and several public hearings with the residents of the village, the Board of Trustees concluded that there is no need for the services Metricom is offering, especially considering that not one resident has come forward in support of the plan. The board agreed unanimously. Later, during the public comments section of the meeting, Joe Krupinski brought the subject up, first thanking Tom Crowley for all the information he brought to the public's attention regarding health risks involved with the Metricom System, and also to ask why the board-appointed technology committee found no reason to turn the offer down on the basis of its being a risk to the public health. Trustee Vito Capuco responded that the committee did great amounts of research and was assured all health standards were being met. He stated that Mr. Crowley's studies are ongoing with no definitive evidence by which to reject Metricom. However, the feedback received by the board at two public hearings, despite the information the technology committee had gotten in health reports, showed that residents were against it. Trustee Capuco continued in a loud voice that it took a courageous board to turn this plan down. "If we err, we will err on the side of safety." He went on to say that the report the technology committee received stated facts, and the committee had no reason to question what the State Health Department said was safe. The board denied the plan for other reasons.
In other business, Trustee Eileen Kennedy moved to authorize the village clerk to advertise for bids for the installation of a Strollway between the foot of the Tilley Steps and the Nassau County Park at the foot of Cliffway.
Trustee Eileen Krieb gave the fire department report for the month of June, and announced that the department will be having its annual Fire House Inspection and Parade on Aug.26 at 6 p.m. More information will be made available. Trustee Krieb announced the appointment of Stephen Laino and Jesse Giordano as members of the Sea Cliff Fire Department, Fire Medic Unit. Finally, Trustee Krieb thanked all the residents for their input on the Metricom issue.
Trustee Capuco moved to approve the use of Clifton Park on Sunday, Sept. 10 (rain date Sept. 17) for an exhibition "Old Time " baseball game between the Sea Cliff Museum sponsored team, "The Idlewilds," and a team to be announced, with all players wearing uniforms, using equipment, and following rules from the turn of the century. Trustee Capuco moved to approve the use of Hawthorne Road from Carpenter to Highland Avenues for a block party as per requests of residents of that neighborhood. Trustee Capuco moved to award the bid for the Littleworth Lane Drainage Project, as per specifications, to the low bidder, G.F. Construction, Inc. of Glen Cove in the amount of $18,890.
On a sunny note, Mayor Moyne closed the first part of the meeting by introducing some of the beach personnel who are doing a wonderful job of keeping the beach fun and safe for all users. There is Storytime on Wednesdays, and during the other weekdays, lifeguards give swimming lessons on all levels to the children of the village. "The last thing we want to do is have to save someone" was the reason given for making sure everyone is comfortable in the water and able to swim. Mayor Moyne also said there are concerts planned, delicious food, and the art exhibits. The mayor asked that anyone with suggestions for activities for children, teens or adults please contact her.
A few residents brought up concerns about various aspects of the St. Boniface/Sea Cliff Elementary School Project. One asked for assurance that the temporary buildings which now are a mere foot or two from his property are indeed "temporary" and will come down once construction is completed. Mayor Moyne said they absolutely will be gone when the work is finished. A question was brought up concerning progress of the School Safety Meetings. The mayor seemed happy to say that all is going very well: the Fire Chief, the construction company, and the school officials are all in agreement that fire safety and any other safety matters are being addressed. Mr. Mitch Lipson asked again for a Village organizational chart to be made availabe, and for employees of the Village to be made aware of their job descriptions, and have performance reviews. Mayor Moyne agreed that an organizational chart serves a fine purpose in helping residents to find in a simple way what person they should speak to if they have a problem. The mayor went on to say that the board is working on solving these questions. On the question of the Recycling Center, Mayor Moyne stated that she needs to speak with the trustees again, as she feel the time has come to change the policy. The original plan was to keep it open all the time, thus giving the public more accessibility, but that right is now being abused, and the village will have to see about posting hours, and closing the center at times. Again ending on a summer thought, Mr. Krupinski asked if anything was being done with the beach house. Mayor Moyne said she is waiting for a report on the condition before deciding what will be done. She would like to see it restored and used as a community center, a place for parties, or perhaps as a base for kayaking. "After all," she said, "we are on the water."