At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced that the village election would be held on March 18 from noon to 9 p.m. at Marcus Christ Hall, adjacent to village hall on the corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike.
An interesting trivia fact is if the date of the election, which is usually on the third Tuesday of the month, falls on March 17 St. Patrick's Day, then all village elections are moved to the following Wednesday, which this year is March 18.
Mayor Petruccio announced that budget meetings have been set for Feb. 3, after public meeting, Feb. 10 after staff meeting, Feb. 24, and March 3 after public meeting. If needed March 10 and March 17. The tentative budget will be available on March 20.
Petruccio said, "Just wanted to let you know that solar panels are being placed on a home in New Hyde Park and according to the Town of North Hempstead this is the first person that applied for this in the town. A large savings is predicted."
Mayor Petruccio said that at the outset the cost is very high, but there are many savings from LIPA and some tax credits on both the state and federal level.
Trustee Richard Coppola announced that New Hyde Park POP (Problem Oriented Police) Officer Nick Mosessa will be at the next New Hyde Park Village meeting which is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at New Hyde Park Village Hall.
Further, Trustee Coppola said he attended a meeting with other village officials to meet the new Third Precinct Inspector Albert Jaskot. He said they all discussed the various "hot" spots in their villages including, for New Hyde Park, the parks and the area around the Dunkin Donuts on Jericho Turnpike.
He said he had attended the New Hyde Park Chamber Installation Dinner and reminded all that the 50th Anniversary Dinner for the New Hyde Park Little League, which is $75, will be held on April 17.
He also reminded all residents that the New Hyde Park Fire Department wanted to make sure that all smoke and gas detectors have batteries and are working properly and that all heating systems and fireplaces have been checked for any problems.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro reminded residents that when it snows to please make sure cars are off the streets so that the streets can be plowed.
Lofaro also said that a public notice has been placed in the papers requesting proposals from architects and designers to help with the design in the village hall basement and for the William Gill Theater. He said they want to utilize the grant that was received from New York State Senator Craig Johnson.
He added, "Hopefully we will get replies shortly and then we can proceed with that space."
Trustee Barbieri said he has contacted the Department of Transportation representative who is handling the Jericho Turnpike project and he said that, unfortunately, he does not have anything new to report.
He also announced that the bids have been opened for the Pocket Park on Lakeville Road.
Department of Public Works Commssioner James McCloat said he hasn't had a chance to look at the bids and they have to be carefully studied because they are all different.
Barbieri said he and the board would take a look at the bids and report back at the next meeting.
Seven bids in all were submitted and Mayor Petruccio wanted to know if that was because of the "sign of the time." McCloat said that they are all basically landscapers that are using their own beautification license and he added, "That's why we have to go over them."
Barbieri also said that he and New Hyde Park Village Clerk Patrick Farrell would attend a meeting at the Harbor Links Golf Course Meeting Room, sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead, regarding a downtown revitalization meeting.
Trustee Montreuil reported that building permits for December amounted to 36, which was an 8 percent drop from permits issued in prior Decembers.
Certificates of Occupancy amounted to 52 total which represented a 27 percent increase from last year.
He said that the Building Department is currently investigating several cases of illegal apartments in two-family homes with a court case set for Feb. 18.
He said that the Building Department is continuing to work on the Records Retention Program.
The Zoning Board met on Jan. 14 and heard only one case, 301 Bayer Place, where the occupant is seeking to build a new home on property that was sub-divided in September. That request has already been approved.
The Planning Board met on Jan. 7 and heard three cases. One at 1300 Jericho Turnpike, for a sign permit that will go on top of the building; 403 Lowell Avenue, an applicant requests approval for a second story addition. The board requested several changes to enhance the look of the building. With changes, the application was approved. Finally, 1318 Lincoln Avenue also presented plans for a second story addition and plans and materials were approved by the board to include restoration,
The Architectural Review Board will meet on Feb. 4.
The zoning Board to meet on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. to hear just one case on the agenda for 100 Central Boulevard where the applicant wants to legalize and maintain a terrace with a portico.
Trustee Montreuil also announced that a public hearing was held on Jan. 13 for 1840 Plaza Avenue for the installation of telecommunications equipment. Before attendees went into the meeting they were told it was just for cell towers, but then a were told that Metro PCS was actually proposing to install five small GPS receiving antennas and related computer equipment so there is no transmitting antenna. The meeting will reconvene on Feb. 17 pending property notification to the LIRR and Garden City. Further, it was found out that Metro PCS has come in for an application to install the transmitting tower on the water tower. They will be setting a date for that hearing.
The board then passed a series of resolutions, one to "pay the bills" and another to publish the rate for inspectors and clerks on Election Day. The inspectors will receive $125; chief inspector to receive $150 and clerks to receive $100. The board also established that the polling place for the village elections (noon to 9 p.m.) would be at Marcus Christ Hall.
The meeting ended with no comments from the public.
Trustee Richard Coppola Trustee Coppola reported that recently he attended a meeting with other mayors in the area to meet the new Third Precinct Inspector Albert Jaskot. The meeting, he said, centered around the various problems in each of the areas and what programs are in the Third Precinct. Trustee Coppola said he would keep the police officers in that precinct appraised of any "hot spots' that might occur including the parks and the area around the Dunkin Doughnuts on Jericho Turnpike.