Prior to the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting the village held a budget hearing.
Village Clerk Patrick Farrell presented the budget by going through every facet of the budget, line by line. The formula he used for the total tax levy was the total tax levy divided by net assessed value from total village assessment role, less exemptions, multiplied by 100 and that equals the 2009-2010 village tax rate per $100 assessed value.
The total assessment role for the village is $20, 143, 089 which computes to $17.90 tax rate and a budget to budget tax levy of 3.86 percent.
For residents who would like further details regarding the budget, the entire budget booklet may be obtained at New Hyde Park Village Hall, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park.
Following the budget hearing, the village then held its regular meeting.
In the comment portion of the meeting, resident Marie Carney asked if the village was going to do anything to "go green" to help reduce the "carbon footprint" of the village.
Trustee Donald Barbieri said that Department of Public Works Superintendent James McCloat was working with clerk Farrell to see if they could replace some lights on street poles and in village hall with LED lights in lieu of the incandescent lights that are currently used.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro added that although the village has no macro-green program, the board is open to any options whenever possible. Trustee Lawrence Montreuil added that when village hall is renovated, the internal modifications will make better use of the space and will incorporate recycled materials and eco-friendly productions whenever possible.
Mayor Petruccio reported that there has been an ongoing issue regarding parking in and around Jericho Turnpike, North 12th Street and Ingraham. Surveys were sent out to residents in that area and based on the responses, the board has authorized a 120-day trial of "no parking from 12 to 5 a.m." This will go into effect as soon as signs are delivered and posted. Superintendent McCloat added that the code enforcer issued a number of tickets last Saturday night around that area.
Trustee Coppola reported on the recent New Hyde Park Little League parade that culminated at Nuzzi Park. He said there were more than 600 enrolled in the Little League this year and he thanked the members of the Auxiliary Police, the New Hyde Park Fire Department, the New Hyde Park Memorial Band and the Nassau County Police for assisting along the parade route. He then gave special thanks to the Department of Public Works for working so hard to make the field look so nice and he then thanked New York State Senator Craig Johnson for being able to secure a $30,000 grant for the New Hyde Park Little League.
The Parks and Recreation committee met a few weeks ago and approved the following applications for park usage:
Memorial High School Baseball and Softball at Memorial Park.
Little League-Memorial Park and Nuzzi Field.
Holy Spirit Athletic Association (Soccer) Memorial Park.
Trustee Coppola said there is one other request, that is pending, and a decision will be made shortly.
The Parks and Recreation also discussed the needs and the implementation of this year's Children's Summer Recreation Program to be held at Memorial Park.
Trustee Lofaro announced that the department is anxiously awaiting the delivery of the new street sweeper.
Deputy Mayor Lofaro reported that at the last meeting the board voted to go out to bid on the '09 Road Improvement Project. DPW Superintendent McCloat said that Dvirka and Bartilucci is handling the bid process and will contact him regarding the bid opening date. McCloat further reported that construction is expected to begin in May. Deputy Mayor Lofaro further reported that a large portion of Terrace Boulevard and a number of side roads will be repaired.
Lofaro further announced that the village cleanup day is set for April 25 at 10 a.m. All residents are invited and encouraged to attend and to participate.
Trustee Barbieri reported that Bill Kuhl, the landscape architect, said that the village should have the completed plans finished shortly. He added, "Once we find out how much funding we will have, the village can then go out to bid to complete the Operation Main Street Project. Further, the village has received clearance from the Town of North Hempstead, which is funding the creation of the pocket park across from the Hillside Library on Lakeville Road, to hire the low bidder and scheduled a date to begin the project. At that time, we will inform the library about the construction timeframe. Plus, plantings at the Brooklyn Avenue Pocket Park could be completed within the next two weeks.
Trustee Montreuil reported on the following departments;
There were 42 building permits issued in March, which represents a 50 percent increase from last month; an 11 percent decrease from March of '08 and a 6 percent decrease on a year to date basis. There were 34 certificates issued in March. This represents a 17 percent increase from last month and a 6 percent from March of '08.
Montreuil added, "The Building Department continues to remain vigilant in the enforcement of illegal apartments and recently the village court heard three cases of illegal occupancy. Further, the reconstruction of Gino's will be completed shortly and the restaurant will then re-open."
Montreuil said, "The ZBA met recently to hear three cases; one on North 10th Street, one on South 2nd Street and the other on 6th Avenue. The Architectural Review Board heard three cases: One on 6th Avenue, one on 4th Avenue and the other on North 6th Street. The next meeting of the ARB will meet on May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Montreuil also noted that the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School District and the Sewanhaka School District and the Hillside Library will hold its school district budget vote on May 19 at the Manor Oaks School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 23. The step-off will be from Hillside Boulevard, east on Jericho Turnpike, with a stop at New Hyde Park Village Hall and then to proceed north on New Hyde Park Road to New Hyde Park Village Memorial Park, corner of Lincoln Avenue and Wilton Street.
He also announced that old cell phones will be collected at village hall for an organization called, "Cell Phones for Soldiers." This program provides free long distance calls to soldiers.
After the meeting officially ended, the board engaged in further public participation. At that time a resident said that a car is always parked on 5th Avenue from 8 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m. DPW Superintendent McCloat asked the resident to provide him with more detailed information and he will research the matter and get back to her.
The board then officially closed its meeting. All village board meetings are held on the first Tuesday and the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at New Hyde Park Village Hall, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike.