Prior to the start of the Glen Cove City Council meeting of June 28, Councilman Michael Norman, in the absence of Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp, had the pleasure of introducing Eagle Scout Charles Weck, who was being acclaimed for his work as an Eagle Scout. Due to difficulties in schedules, Charlie had until now not been able to receive the honor, so Mayor Holzkamp stepped in and put it on the council's agenda.
Surrounded by Lions and family and council...oh, my...Eagle Scout Charles Weck was lauded at Tuesday's Glen Cove City Council meeting.
Lion President Charles Davids presented Charlie with the $1,000 Glen Cove Lions Leo Glanz Scholarship, named for long-time Lion and active community member Leo Glanz, himself a Scout who achieved Silver Beaver status. Charlie, son of Dr. Steven and Brenda Weck, is a member of the Glen Cove High School Class of 2005 and will be attending Nassau Community College in the fall with an interest in science and teaching.
During the regular business section of the meeting, the council voted to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers to discuss amending the code of ordinances relating to one-way streets with regard to Taylor Drive. At a community meeting held the night before, members of neighborhood associations and others were present to ask the city to consider making Taylor Drive one-way, southbound, between Highfield and Porter. Residents say they are subject to excessive traffic on the residential street, as it is a "cut through" to the downtown. The Department of Public Works has looked into the situation and feels it warrants further investigation. The public hearing is being held to make certain that all residents of the area are informed about the possible change. Councilman Norman has suggested that anyone with concerns, suggestions, ideas or reservations not hesitate to call DPW at 676-2000 at any time between now and the date of the hearing. "Don't wait until the night of the hearing," he said, "if you have any questions or suggestions."
During the public comments section of the meeting, Kaitlyn Silletti, a student at Finley Middle School, approached the council to request that the city look into the possibility of building a skate park. "There are lots of places for organized sports, but nowhere for skateboarders to skate but the streets. I know insurance is a problem, but maybe the participants could sign a waiver that the park is not responsible if they get hurt." Mr. Norman promised to pass Kaitlyn's name and phone number on to Darcy Belyea, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Glen Cove, and suggested Kaitlyn and friends meet with Ms. Belyea. "It's a good idea, and if we can, we will do it," he said. Mr. Norman also complimented Kaitlyn on her well written, well thought-out presentation.
At least half a dozen residents of South Yew took to the podium to present to the council complaints about a neighbor who they say has been harassing both adults and children on the block. William Carlson opened by saying that the neighbor constantly calls both police and fire departments whenever any kind of activity is taking place out of doors. With documentation in hand, he said, "She has made more than 350 calls to the Glen Cove Police, sometimes six and seven times a day." According to neighbors, she is constantly accusing one or another of trying to run her over with their cars, of speaking obscenely to her, and has gone so far as to accuse children of trying to run her down when they are riding bicycles. Mr. Carlson said he has had to get an order of protection against the woman after she called Finley Middle School asking for information about his daughter, whom the woman said was menacing her. Another resident stated that the neighbor has called his place of business to complain to his superiors about things he said never happened. "Our children are afraid to play in the street, and what's worse, our children are becoming afraid of the police. This is a very serious situation," he added.
City Attorney Dan Deegan said he is quite familiar with the woman, and advised the residents to get additional Orders of Protection against her, if needed. Residents said the police have told them they are trying to work the problem out, and asked residents to be patient.
Mr. Norman suggested the residents have a meeting with Mayor Holzkamp, Mr. Deegan, the Glen Cove Police and the residents' legal representation. His last comment on the matter was, "We always played ringoleavio in the streets."
The next meeting of the Glen Cove City Council is on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the main chambers of city hall. The public hearing on the possible Taylor Drive changes will open the meeting, following the pledge of allegiance.