At the last Village of Williston Park meeting Mayor Ludwig Odierna announced that the pool hours would be changing since some of the lifeguards have returned to college. Therefore, the hours for the remainder of the time the pool will be open are: 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 3. Family Fun Night will be held on August 31. The pool will officially close on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.
Mayor Odierna said that he tried to contact other municipalities to see if they had any lifeguards available so that the pool could be kept open. But, he said the other venues such as beaches and other pools are having the exact same problem and there are no lifeguards available.
The mayor also thanked Boy Scout Chris Jansen for choosing as his Eagle Scout project the refurbishing of the benches in the Gazebo area. He intends to keep working on the project until all of the benches at that park have been refurbished. Further, he also refurbished the bench between the Williston Park Diner and the Bank of America on Hillside Avenue.
The mayor also announced that the "children at play" signs have been set up on Marcellus Road, south of Hillside Avenue. Further, he said a request would be made to the highway patrol to enforce the speed limit on Willis Avenue and Hillside Avenue as school opens. The request will be made through the 3rd Precinct Inspector.
The mayor then called for trustee reports.
Trustee Smith announced that the police report during the month of July had 15 moving violations, 16 auto accidents and five injuries. Total tickets written in July were 185.
She also reported that the Moonlight Cruise went very well and she publicly thanked Bill Casey for all of his hard work in coordinating the cruise. She further announced that next month the village will present him with a proclamation of appreciation for all of his work.
National Night Out was held at the Williston Park Pool on Aug. 7 and pamphlets were handed out explaining how working together a community is safer.
The annual Flu Shot program will be held sometime in October, the date to follow. It is asked that appointments for the flu shots be made after Labor Day by calling 571-6377.
She ended her report with a plea for all to drive carefully since school will be opening.
Trustee Dunn announced that Judge Alan Reardon heard 138 case during the month of July collecting fines of $12,245 along with a New York State surcharge of $605.
Judge Edward Emanuel heard 147 cases, collecting fines of $8,805 with New York State surcharge of $1,320. That was the end of the report of trustee Dunn.
Trustee Mills reminded there will be Family Fun Night on August 31 at the pool as well as the last concert at the Gazebo on September 6. That was the extent of her report.
Deputy mayor Ronald Saporita was absent from the meeting.
The mayor then called on village clerk Walter Moloughney and village attorney Richard Reers and neither one had anything to report, although Moloughney did thank POP officer Bill Handworth for attending the meeting.
Brunell reported that 55 tree complaints have been completed. Plus, there were 14 sidewalk complaints addressed along with pothole repairs. The landscaper will continue, now that he is back from vacation, to address the west side of Hillside Avenue, having already addressed the east side.
He also announced that the next park project will begin around the first or second week of September when all the children are back in school.
He also announced that a few of the storm drains are slow to empty especially the one on Syracuse Street. He said the engineers recommended to dig as deep as possible and fill the basin with gravel in an attempt to allow for better "percolation" into the ground. It said, "It's not a guarantee to work, but it's the best method that we can afford to get it to work. Further, Meadow Street is connected to the Nassau County System so a little standing water always remains in that basin and we will try the same gravel method to see if that corrects that problem."
From July 13 to Aug. 20 summonses have been issued for three locations. In the same time frame 31 cases are pending before the court with fines of $500. He explained that these summonses have nothing to do with the police department, but rather are only connected to zoning violations.
Architectural Review Board met and refused six applications; they approved five and rejected one because they felt that the brick veneer that was going to be applied was not harmonious with adjacent homes. It is a new type of brick and it was rejected.
Before the Building Department were five building applications for residential with fees of $2,320 and with commercial building $3,000 with total fees of $6,415. Plus there were 17 residential plumbing permits at a total of $1,016; five commercial plumbing permits $605; two electrical licenses $100, one dumpster company at $100, one landscape fee $150, oil tank permits which is to remove oil tanks because many homes are converting to gas, the permit fee for the oil tank fee is $175, one permit for sidewalk sales $250, two applications to replace sidewalks $150, three Board of Appeals applications for $825 and one permit for street opening, one for $100 and sewer connection, one for $100 and three other permits for $235. Amount collected is $13,000.
Officer William Handworth announced that from now until Labor Day is known as Aggressive Driving Week. It's a campaign to combat aggressive driving, from passing red lights to stopping at stop signs. He reported that he was out on Saturday and issued 22 summons and he said, "Just this morning I issued tickets for five stop signs and three speeders on Hillside. I will be out throughout the Village of Williston Park."
The mayor then opened the meeting for public comment.
A resident of Gilmore Avenue complained that water on his property is a huge problem and has been for the last 10 or 11 years. He said the problem has been going on since 1941 and 1942. It is not a new problem and has been in existence. Years ago, a sump was built at the end of the block and that alleviated the flooding problem. She said that years later the village sold some of the property to a developer who filled in the sump and built a home on the dead end part of Gilmore Street and the problem resumed. She then said, "Is there anything you can do to help us?"
Mayor Odierna said he was aware of the problem and asked Keith Burnell if he could have the engineers look at it. He said he would, but that the system is hooked up to the county which is basically designed for 2 inches of rain per hour and the last time we had 5 inches per hour.
Brunell said, "I know it's a problem but I don't know what the answer is. They have a legitimate complaint and I so wish I could help you. This time the whole system was pressurized."
The homeowner said that this has been going on since 1990.
Moloughney said, "We can contact the state, as a start, to get adequate drainage. We will try to do something. Further, we will contact Mineola to see if there is something they will do on that street regarding drainage and maybe we can work with them. But, we will try to do something."
Another problem reported were the trucks coming down Marcellus Avenue and not stopping at stop signs. Officer Handworth said he has complaints of about 87 locations of not obeying stop signs. He added, "Stop signs have now become yield signs."
A resident complained that on Hillside near Willis Avenue youngsters on bikes between 10 and 10:30 p.m. ride around the avenue. The resident said he slowed down to avoid hitting the youngsters and they came up to his windshield and yelled, "What's the matter with you." With this kind of behavior someone is going to get hurt," the resident said.
Officer Handworth said he would look into it.
There were a few other complaints regarding dog waste, putting garbage pails out too early.
The board listened and made note of all the complaints and will try to address each problem.
It was also announced that the Chamber of Commerce of the Williston will hold its Annual Street Fair on Sept. 16. The Village of Williston Park will hold its Annual Harvest and Craft Festival during the street fair in front of 71 Hillside Avenue. All residents are invited to show off their special skills, hobbies and baked goods to their friends and neighbors. Judging for the festival will take place between 3:30 and 4 p.m. the day of the fair.
The meeting finally ended. The next board meeting will be held on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. at village hall on Willis Avenue.