At the Glen Cove City Council meeting of Tuesday, April 13, Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp reminded residents that tax day, April 15, was right around the corner. She remarked that she was pleased Councilman Michael Norman, a CPA and financial advisor, was able to wrest himself from his desk in order to make the meeting.
There was more noise from Mother Nature outside city hall than from the participants inside at the meeting. In a routine agenda, Mayor Holzkamp and the council approved the addition of stop signs on Titus Road and Landing Road; a raise in rate for taxis to a maximum of $4 for any trip within the city, up from $3.50; the selection of an engineering company for completion of required compliance reports on the city's Solid Waste Management Plan and for road work on streets bordering the City of Glen Cove and Oyster Bay. The annual agreement with Nassau County with regard to the STOP-DWI Program for 2004 was authorized, as was entering into an agreement with New York State regarding an Empire State Development Corporation grant for computers to be installed in police cars. The city resolved to buy a new street sweeper, something sorely needed, according to the mayor. Alessandra Potter was appointed as Youth Program Coordinator at the Youth Board after being certified as eligible under Civil Service regulations. The mayor also appointed a number of part-time seasonal workers for the Glen Cove Golf Course, the Harbor Patrol, Parks & Recreation and Youth Services.
During public comments, Frank Sippolino questioned the repairs done to the street on Porter Place, where two water main breaks occurred last month, forcing DPW to break through the asphalt. Under the impression that the work had been completed, Mr. Sippolino brought pictures and had harsh criticism for the crew and the machinery the crew used. However, Mayor Holzkamp and DPW Foreman Kevin Monahan assured Mr. Sippolino that the repairs are not yet finished. Temporary patches have been put down; in a time-consuming process, the patches must be allowed time to settle; another layer is put down, another wait for settlement. Inclement weather doesn't help, but the Mayor assured Mr. Sippolino that the city will not be finished until it is finished.
Arthur Leech, representing the Glen Cove Anglers' Club, located on Garvies Point Road, once again expressed concern over the fate of the club in light of the city's waterfront revitalization, wanting to know where the club stood and if there would be public hearings before work is begun. The mayor reiterated what she said she had told Mr. Leech previously, which is that the Anglers' Club will stay. She assured Mr. Leech that many, many public hearings are on the way. Mr. Leech recommended to any community members concerned with "keeping what we have in Glen Cove" to make their feelings heard.
Glenn Howard expressed concerns of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce as to whether there is enough patrol at Garvies Point, "which is looking shabby." He wondered if routine patrolling of police and special police should include additional trips around that area, as well as the esplanade. Mayor Holzkamp told Mr. Howard that she has notified the police to put the esplanade and Garvies point on their nightly watch.
The next meeting of the Glen Cove City Council will be held on April 27, 7:30 p.m. in the main chambers of city hall.