At the Williston Park Installation of Officers and Reorganizational meeting Mayor Ludwig Odierna installed newly elected trustees Beth Swendsen-Dowd and William Darmstadt and named trustee Ann Marie Smith deputy mayor.
Newly installed trustee Beth Swendsen-Dowd
Newly installed trustee William Darmstadt
Reinstalled Williston Park Clerk/Treasurer Walter Moloughney
Reinstalled Williston Park Attorney Richard Reers
The following officials were also installed by Mayor Odierna: Village Clerk/Treasurer/ Registrar Walter J. Moloughney, one year; Village Assessor-Joseph Ganiro, one year; Appointments: Acting Village Justice Kevin Kiley, one year; Prosecuting Attorney Edward Emanuele-one year; Court Clerk Ursula Odierna-one year.
Deputy treasurer/Deputy Registrar Debbie Kramer-one year; Deputy Village Clerk Julie Kain-one year; Research Assistant to Board of Trustees Vivian Lew-one year; Secretary to Board Colleen Carboine-one year.
Village Attorney-Richard Reers-one year; Building Inspector/Code Enforcer Kerry Collins-one year; Superintendent of Public Works Keith Bunnell-one year; Plumbing Inspector Ron Doughty-one year; Board of Appeals Board Member Xavier Fleming-three years; ARC-Architectural Review Committee Jack Priolo, three years.
Various volunteer committee members, that were present at the event, were also sworn in including: Historical Committee, Parking Committee, Recreation Committee, Beautification Committee, Library, Pool, Neighborhood Watch, Long Term Planning and Finance.
Secretary to the Williston Park Village Board Colleen Carboine then read the following resolutions: (Resolutions in their entirety may be seen at Williston Park Village Hall)
1) Meeting notice-that all Williston Park Village meetings to be held on the third Monday of every month at 8 p.m., except if a legal holiday is on that Monday, then the meeting will be held on the following day. Workshop sessions will be scheduled whenever necessary on the first Monday of the month at village hall, 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.
2) Resolution to authorizing the mayor, trustees and other designated officials to attend meetings, at the village expense, during the budget year including The New York Conference of Mayors and the Nassau County Village Officials Association and other official functions to which the board of trustees deem it to the advantage of the village to have a village representative present.
3) Be it resolved that the Illustrated News and The Williston Times circulated in the Village of Williston Park are designated as the official village newspapers and all matters will be published in these newspapers.
4) All checks for payment by the village shall be signed by the mayor, village clerk/treasurer or deputy treasurer.
5) Procurement policy, which is lengthy, available at village hall.
6) Payment of $2500 to the Williston Park seniors so that they may continue their programs.
7) Payment in advance of audit of claims for public utility services.
8) Establish a Capital Reserve Fund to finance cost of water facilities.
9) Investment Resolution. This, too, is available at village hall.
10) Vehicle Use Policy, long and also available at village hall.
11) Village Cell Phone Policy , available at village hall.
After the installation ceremonies ended the entire group was invited to the second floor for coffee and cake.
At the last meeting of the Village of Williston Park, Mayor Ludwig Odierna announced that he received information from the DOT (Department of Transportation) that states, "At this time the Route 25-B (Hillside Avenue) at Park Avenue entrance is not to be included in their traffic concerns and that it will remain open."
The mayor announced that Mary Ann Pierce requested the use of the Williston Park board room on April 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. in order to set up and prepare for a program on tips to hold a Mother's Day brunch. The board approved the request.
The board also approved a request from the library director to hold an author program on April 27. James J. Brown, a local resident, has written a book entitled, Will The Laughter Stop, which takes place in the 1960s in Williston Park, and that book will be discussed on April 27.
Mayor Odierna said, "Further, our attorney is working on O'Brien's , LaPalma. I have met with the folks at Riverbay and they have been very cooperative. Their employees are not parking on the side street and so our residents can now park in front of their homes."
The board then took time out to hold a hearing for Community Development funds. Village clerk Walter Moloughney explained, " The village does not handle the fund, rather the community development handles them and it has achieved some very nice results for those in need. There is an economic criteria to qualify for this assistance and that is kept confidential.
"Next we are going to ask for monies for architectural barriers for the physically challenged. This is the purpose of the hearing."
Since there were no questions the hearing was closed and then was passed by the board.
Attorney Richard Reers requested that the hearing be postponed again awaiting further information pertaining to the computerization of the court regarding the fines. The hearing will be presented again at the April meeting.
Village clerk Moloughney announced that the garbage schedule has been posted on the Internet and it will be published in the village publication entitled, The Village Green. Moloughney added that the village is trying to open the lines of communication and he said, "we will get there."
It was also announced that the village has engaged the engineering firm of Divirka and Bartilucci to do an analysis of the water tanks in the village, both overhead and at grade. The board approved the request to pay $5,000 to Divirka and Bartilucci for their services.
Trustee Dunn reported that Judge Alan Reardon heard 323 cases with fines of $25,004, together with the mandatory state surcharge of $1, 815. The honorable Kiley heard no cases.
Trustee Mills, since it was her last meeting, thanked all those in the village who originally voted her into office. She thanked those who worked on the pool and she especially thanked those who take the time to attend meetings. She said that sometimes the meetings, because they are long, gave her a headache, but she added, "Overall, you folks do the village a service by questioning and keeping us honest. It takes a lot of time and these meetings are not a lot of fun, but they are important. So thank you all."
Trustee Smith reported on the police report for February. No burglaries or robberies; there were four parking violations and 35 moving violations; there were 13 accidents with no injuries.
Smith also reported that the Easter Egg Hunt was attended by close to 300 and all of the more than 800 eggs were successfully found.
She also announced that on July 9 at 7 p.m. the Nassau Pops would perform at Cross Street School. The Midnight Cruise is set for July 25 and sails out of Point Lookout. She added that details would be forthcoming.
Smith said that the Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held at village hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 22 .
Mayor Odierna asked that attorney Richard Reers give a report and he said he had very productive conferences with two big businesses at the newly formed village zoning court. He said that he and building inspector Kerry Collins met with two of the businesses in question.
He explained that two businesses just opened without having the building or plumbing permits that are required. He said that Collins has been dealing with this very aggressively. After the meeting they filed the necessary papers and Collins is on top of the rest of the building.
Superintendent Bunnell reported there had been a watermain break on Capitol Avenue and 50 more water meters were installed. At Kelleher Field he said there was a lot of action. He said, "We located an old cesspool behind the center field fence and that has to be removed within the next day or two. It's actually eight feet down between two trees. We have been concerned about this but couldn't find it and now we have and it will be removed. Bad note: another break-in at the pool fence. It's getting expensive to fix the fence, so I want to ask the board to contact the auxiliary police and the Third Precinct and see if we get this under control. The fence is the heaviest cyclone fencing we can buy and I have even put extra pipes in-between. So, now they will have to squeeze in between those extra pipes."
A neighbor commented that the kids are dangerous and they all arrive in cars. He said, "I called once and the police identified me as the caller so I will never call again, because the kids are dangerous."
Bunnell said, "I think several things are happening. There was a group of kids playing football in the hockey rink. I don't know if they are the same kids cutting holes in fences. However, the park closes at dusk. I was even thinking of leaving the gates open so that the patrol cars can go back, because with the gates locked, it's a 'no-man's-land' back there and nobody goes back there except for the kids, so I don't know the answer. Except, I do know it's expensive to keep repairing the fence."
Inspector Collins reported that in one month's time the building department brought in $14, 140. He said, "These are mainly building permits and multiple type of permits associated with the building department. The court fines have not been levied, but those fines are also starting to add up. Please tell your neighbors on holiday weeks we don't have garbage collection of heavy refuse. Driving around the village during those weeks it's a disgrace and it's local residents. Please tell your friends. It's to a point where we start to issue summons and that will cost a lot of money."
The mayor then opened the meeting to the public.
One resident wanted to know the status of the budget preparation and village clerk/treasurer Walter Moloughney said, "We have completed the first draft; it will be distributed to the trustees and they will comment and then there will be some adjusting of organizations both internal and external for more modest expectations. With the ever-increasing cost of energy and medical insurance it is making it more and more difficult.
"As you realize because the economy is not as vibrant as it once was, the budget for mortgage tax that we are receiving has declined. The last payment that we received was $25 to $26,000. So if you take that and times it by four you can do the math. Sales tax will also be down. We are attempting to get numbers from the county. State aid was $186,000 last year and we are getting vibes that number will be reduced, but we are not going to know that number since the budget is late and we won't know our share until the state gets its budget house in order. The monies we receive from external sources is significant and it's not within our control. Medical insurance costs are escalating beyond belief. Medical insurance for a family is almost $14,000 and that's what it is costing the village. We have already had meetings and we are trying to get a handle on certain areas. We are then looking forward to hearing from the public.
"The other issue that we wanted to go forward with a bond, but the markets are chaotic and the insurability of the municipal financing and there has been considerable upheaval in that market. We are working on it all and in anticipation of the hearing, the Village Green will explain the whys and wherefores."
Another resident wanted to know about a rumor of a group home. Building Inspector Collins said he has not seen any signs of a group home, and it was explained that the village would have to be notified prior to any group home being started in the village. Collins also said he spoke to the owner of the property in question and he said there was no such home being planned.
Attorney Reers said he is investigating the situation.
Another resident said he would like the light in front of his house turned back on. He lives on Williams Street. Superintendent of Public Works Bunnell said he would meet with him after the meeting to discuss a meeting with him at his home to see the light he is talking about.
There was a long discussion regarding runoff from the rain and that is being looked into as well.
The meeting finally ended and the budget hearing is set for April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.