Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00
(Editors Note: This letter was sent to Carnell T. Foskey,
Commissioner Nassau County Commissioner of Parks and is reprinted here at the request of the author.)
Words of encouragement to residents from Supervisor Jon Kaiman to join thousands who have upgraded their homes, improving the value of their neighborhoods while protecting the environment to have a community/town cleanup on Earth Day. It’s more than words of encouragement of our meeting with the county with regard to the property at the intersection of Wood Road and Arrandale Avenue which is owned by the county.
Last May 2012, I petitioned the county to transfer the “dump” to the Great Neck Park District (GNPD). A dumping ground for decades, a mosquito breeding ground, rats having a feast on foodstuff, potential brush fires which endanger nearby residents’ homes from the illegal dumping of dried leaves and brush and still yet to be cleared of trees and limbs for the 2010 microburst.
On the Arrandale side used by children from the adjacent school, a sidewalk no longer exists, crumbled down to the catch basin below. All of this eyesore and danger next to a multimillion dollar sports complex owned by the GNPD, not to mention, the gateway to the USMMA.
I take this garbage dump personally because I have lived across from it for 30 years. What is surprising to me is that the Village of Great Neck code enforcement unit doesn’t do something about it. Where is the dialogue with the county? They give summons to the residents for high grass and hedges not cut.
On May 31, 2012 the Open Space Committee had a meeting with the Nassau County Department of Parks with photographs and signed petitions and had a discussion about what could be done to benefit both sides. A simple solution: Sell the property to GNPD for the $1000 they had proposed. GNPD would clean up the area. Money has been set aside in the 2013 budget. Keep it as a clean environmentally friendly open space. A win- win for the residents while relieving the county of potential liability which they are unable to meet.
We got so close to a resolution. Unfortunately, Peter Schmitt died just days before and it was put on hold. I urge the county department of parks to move the process forward. This is not a third world county where we have to live next to a dangerous , unattended garbage dump. So do the right thing on 2013 Earth Day by transferring the small parcel of land to the GNPD.