At the last New Hyde Park Village board meeting resident Rosemary Hudson inquired if landscapers were issue a permit sticker by the village. Superintendent of Public Works James McCloat explained that all licensed landscapers must display a village permit sticker on their trailer or truck and it must be visible to code enforcement officers at all times.
Prior to calling for trustee reports Mayor Daniel Petruccio thanked all the residents who came out and voted for him and for trustees Donald Barbieri and Lawrence Montreuil and for village justice Christopher
Devane. He then called for reports from the following trustees:
Trustee Coppola reported that both the Chamber of Commerce meeting and the Parks Commission meetings were to be held at the same time of the village meeting.
However, in a previous meeting of the village board, Trustee Coppola announced that the Parks and Recreation Committee are trying to budget for a tennis court at Nuzzi Field.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro congratulated Mayor Petruccio, Trustees Barbieri and Montreuil and Village Justice Devane on their re-election and then he thanked each one for their personal sacrifice and for making a "difference" in the community.
Superintendent McCloat announced that the board has reviewed his recommendation regarding the bids received from a street sweeper and they planned to vote on the item.
It was also confirmed that the '09 Road Improvement Project is expected to begin in May of '09 after the plans have been reviewed by the board and then go out for bid.
It was reported that the board received a number of letters from residents on topics ranging from the road improvement project to code enforcement to even the newsletter.
Two letters regarding the '09 Road Improvement Project complained that 10th Avenue and South 11th Street were not on the list to be paved.
Deputy Mayor Lofaro explained that an engineering firm graded each road in the village and since it is not feasible to repair every street in the village, only those rated the worst were picked to be repaved.
Another letter commended the recent efforts of the village code enforcement officer to monitor public safety and traffic flow around the New Hyde Park Road School.
The Covert Avenue at-grade Long Island Rail Road crossing is in very poor condition and the LIRR has been notified and has been requested to correct the problem. Superintendent McCloat said that he received a commitment by the LIRR that the at-grade crossing will be repaired.
New Hyde Park Village Beautification Day has been set for April 25. All residents are invited and encouraged to participate.
Trustee Barbieri expressed his appreciation to all residents who voted in the village election and thanked everyone who voted for him.
Barbieri then reported that he attended the Women of Distinction event held recently, sponsored by New York State Senator Craig Johnson. Two honorees were from the village: Janet Bevers, who is the deputy village clerk was recognized for her work on the village street fair; Diane Bentivenga was also recognized for her efforts in working with the community and the village board on opposing the Third Track Project.
Trustee Barbieri also announced that construction on the Lakeville Road pocket park is expected to begin in the spring, plus plantings at the Brooklyn Avenue sitting park will resume in the spring as well.
Trustee Lawrence Montreuil also expressed his appreciation and thanks for all who voted for him in the village election.
He then reported on the following:
There were 28 permits issued in February, one more than issued in January.
Trustee Montreuil announced that the Zoning Board heard one case on March 11, 120 South 10th Street, and approved a request for a second kitchen. The next meeting will be held on April 16 and at that time there is one case on the agenda involving a golden age exception.
Trustee Montreuil announced that two students, Kathleen Nicolello and Rajan Kaur, from New Hyde Park Memorial High School, have been volunteering their time working on important records-retention projects in the Building Department and he added that their efforts and hard work are deeply appreciated by the building department and by the members of the board.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Overseas Trustee Montreuil ended his report by announcing that village hall is going to be the collection site for a non-profit organization called "Cell Phones for Soldiers." The program provides free cell phone usage to soldiers overseas. He added, "It's a great program and cell phones may be dropped off at village hall."
Mayor Petruccio announced that the board would be "fine-tuning" the budget. He said that the board is conscious of the current tough economic times and is working hard to continue to provide the same quality of service residents are used to receiving while keeping the numbers in a palatable range.
He also announced that the board has received parking survey responses and will review and discuss the results in the work session after the board meeting. New Hyde Park Village Clerk Patrick Farrell announced that 69 surveys were mailed out; 26 responses were received which amounts to a 38 percent response rate.
Mayor Petruccio also announced that the Annual Reorganizational meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Marcus Christ Hall on the grounds of village hall.
The mayor also announced that there would be a Budget Hearing to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 at which time Village Clerk Farrell will present the budget. A board meeting will then follow the budget hearing.
Further, it was announced that there is a public hearing on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. on proposed new laws regarding signage.
After the meeting the mayor opened the floor for further public comment and a resident asked if the board heard from the police on any reported complaints.
Mayor Petruccio explained that the board receives a monthly police report which outlines traffic violations, robberies, accidents, etc. and then the board meets with the police superintendent two or three times a year.
The resident suggested that the mayor conduct his own surveillance on North 12th Street and the mayor explained that the board members have no police powers. Mayor Petruccio then reiterated his recommendation that if the resident had any problems he should call 911 immediately.
Trustee Montreuil added that Village Clerk Farrell visited the Billiards Hall recently and spoke with the manager regarding a conversation that the board had regarding residents complaints. He added that this was a proactive approach and was "above and beyond his call of duty," but it just emphasizes the fact that resident complaints do not fall on deaf ears. However, since this is strictly a police matter it is important that all complaints are registered and documented by calling 911.
The mayor then asked for a motion to adjourn and the board entered into a budget session.