Written by Alex Greco Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00
On the evening of Jan. 10, the Village of Sea Cliff Board of Trustees assembled for its monthly meeting. Mayor Bruce Kennedy started by asking for a moment of silence for the victims of the recent shootings in Arizona. He then thanked the Department of Public Works for its superior job in helping keep the village’s streets safe during recent snow storms.
Mayor Kennedy also provided an update on village projects. Construction on the roof of the village hall will start once the weather lightens up and should take about three months to finish.
A death in the community temporarily delayed the Beach Project; however, the mayor says that he is meeting with a kitchen designer for the project and hopes that it will go out to bid by March 1.
The Sea Cliff Sewer Project is currently “awaiting signatures for the final $250,000 grant… received,” according to the mayor. All other bid packages are “complete and ready to go.”
Trustee Tom Murphy welcomed David Siegel as a new member of the Fire Medic Unit. He also made an announcement that there will be a Public Hearing on a new bill that requires the registration of electricians in the village on Feb. 15.
Public Works director John Mirando made note that the new leaf-raking policy enacted this fall resulted in approximately $9,000 in labor savings for the village. He also briefly discussed damage sustained at the boardwalk from a recent storm and says that the DPW is working to ensure that the area is ready to go for the beach season. Mirando said that the DPW is working on the benches at Memorial Park and they shall be reinstalled when finished.
The public was still split on the issue of leaf raking. Even though the season is long over, some still expressed dissent towards the policy, claiming that having to bag the leaves put a strain on residents. Others had nothing but high praise for it, saying it was a fiscally-responsible move that has saved the village a tremendous amount of money.
One resident in particular was concerned about the conversion of public roads to private ones. The board addressed these concerns and told the resident that the issue was still open for discussion.
The date of the next meeting has been moved to Feb. 15 for “the romantics among us,” according to Mayor Kennedy and will take place at Village Hall.