Written by Alex Greco Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00
On the evening of Nov. 8, the Village of Sea Cliff’s Board of Trustees assembled for a regular meeting in Village Hall. Mayor Bruce Kennedy started by announcing that the board authorized restoration work on the Village Hall/Library Building – parts of the building will be replaced, including the side and flat roofs. Adjustments will also be made to stop absorption of rain water. Work is set to begin in a few weeks.
The board briefly discussed Halloween, saying that vandalism was minimal and the holiday was a safe one. Mayor Kennedy, however, was quick to deplore the destruction of the Methodist Church’s pumpkins, saying, “there’s just no place for it in Sea Cliff.” He expressed his desire to see the culprits caught and held responsible for their actions.
Residents at the meeting had nothing but high praise for the Halloween curfew, saying it was highly effective in keeping all members of the village safe.
Recent changes in the recycling center’s policy towards trailers raised concerns from the public. According to Mayor Kennedy, the center will only receive trailers carrying “yard waste.” In other words, waste from outdoor chores or other household activities. Some residents felt this was unfair because it makes it more difficult to transport large items such as furniture to the center. The mayor understood these concerns, saying that the reason for the policy was to stop the illegal use of the center by commercial contractors.
There was also some dissent towards the village’s new leaf-raking policy. Some residents said they felt that the policy, which entails bagging your own leaves and leaving them outside your home for collection, was misguided and unfair. Mayor Kennedy reassured them that the policy was enacted to keep the village’s budget on track and would reevaluate it after analyzing the results from this year.
The meeting adjourned at around 9 p.m., being called a “short night” by the mayor. The next Village of Sea Cliff Board meeting will take place on Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.