At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, trustee Donald Barbieri reported that at the recent New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) meeting both he and village clerk Patrick Farrell strongly opposed the taking of any residential property on New Hyde Park Road, due to the Jericho Turnpike construction project.
They also reported that the village might receive up to $1.375 million in federal funding through the Federal Transportation Bill. The meeting was hosted by New York State Senator Craig Johnson and attended by all representatives from all the communities that will be impacted by this project.
The New Hyde Park Police Athletic League (PAL) requested and was granted the use of village hall facilities every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. from now until June 11 to continue the youth karate program.
Trustee Barbieri also reported that the Gladiator Fund held its annual dinner dance recently, celebrating its 20th year of this charity that supports local families with children in need. More than 400 attended this event.
Trustee Coppola announced that the New Hyde Park Little League will hold its Annual Picnic on June 20 at Memorial Park. He also reported that the New Hyde Park Little League Dance, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, was a huge success.
He also thanked Department of Public Works Superintendent James McCloat and his crew for maintaining the park fields so well.
In reviewing the monthly Nassau County Third Precinct report, Trustee Coppola noted that the owner of the BP gas station was arrested for selling alcohol to minors. The Third Precinct and the village code offices were acknowledged and commended for their action on all the North 12th Street issues.
Deputy Mayor Lofaro also praised the action of the Third Precinct officers that was taken. He also reported that Trustee Barbieri and DPW Superintendent James McCloat both worked hard to install additional lighting in the area to discourage youths from gathering there.
Superintendent McCloat announced that the board was soon to consider a resolution to advertise for bids on the '09 Road Improvement Project. The bids will be opened on May 15, which might move the start of the construction to early June. The board expects they will receive an overwhelming number of bidders, some of whom will not be qualified, due to the large scale of the project.
Clean-up day was held in the village and the volunteers were busy planting flowers around the village. Superintendent Rich Pallisco pointed out that the daffodlis planted last year, that were donated by McNulty's, are coming into bloom all around the village.
It was reported that the board had the opportunity to review plans for renovations at New Hyde Park Village Hall using the grant money obtained by New York State Senator Craig Johnson. Clerk Farrell, Rich Belziti and Jim McCloat were all acknowledged for their involvement in moving this project forward.
The village budget was approved at the last meeting. Since then the following change/corrections have been added. They are:
A-Schedule 7 (exemption impact report), Schedule 2 (installment bonds) and a Schedule 5 (list of full time and part time workers by department).
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At the village court last week two fines, one of $7,500 and the other of $6,500, were imposed on two property owners with illegal apartments and fines were also imposed on other code violations.
Further, there was a public hearing to discuss revisions of a number of village laws, including revisions to the sign law. Revisions may be seen at village hall, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike.
The BZA met recently and heard the following cases:
139 North 10th Street-application denied for a gold age special exception.
101 South 2nd Street-application denied for a second curb cut in a non-conforming two-family house.
915 6th Avenue-application approved for a second-story addition.
The next BZA meeting is set for May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced that the Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 23. It will step-off at 10 a.m. on Hillside Boulevard, head east on Jericho Turnpike, stop at New Hyde Park Village Hall for a brief ceremony at the Veteran's Monument and will then continue north on New Hyde Park Road to New Hyde Park Village Memorial Park, corner of Lincoln Avenue and Wilton Street, where they will hold Memorial Day ceremonies.
Trustee Barbieri said that at a prior meeting the board passed a fee increase for street opening permits.
Further, it was announced that Superintendent Belziti and McCloat have met with representatives from the gas and utility companies to make them aware of the Village '09 Road Improvement Project and to try and prevent them from opening up the streets after they are repaired.
Mayor Petruccio announced that the United States Census Bureau will be taking the 2010 census canvassing in the New Hyde Park Village shortly.
Further, he also announced that Gino's Pizza will be opening soon.
Mayor Petruccio also announced that the board was considering a resolution to opt out of the Town of North Hempstead's Flow Control Law. To that end, the village will be submitting a letter to the town stating that the village is opting out.
Some residents have suggested the creating of a volunteer program in the village. The board is in favor of the idea, but will need further ideas and input from resident.
A resident in the audience wanted to know what happens to tenants living in illegal apartments once the village begins an investigation. Superintendent Belziti explained that the village assists tenants to find possible relocation options.
Further, the same resident wanted to know the status of the Jewish Center on Lakeville Road. Mayor Petruccio explained that this has been a Hindu Temple for some time. The original building plans were approved by the board, but their subsequent revised building plans were disapproved by the board and so nothing is currently happening.
Another resident wanted to know if the village had an e-waste collection process. Deputy Mayor Lofaro explained that there is no separate e-waste collection. However, e-waste can be brought to West Shore Road, in Port Washington, where the Town of North Hempstead has its facility, or put out for village collection and it will be separated during the post-collection process. For further information regarding collection dates and sites, they will be published in the next village newsletter.
Resident Edward Powers remarked that the Covert Avenue railroad crossing remains a hazard. Superintendent McCloat explained that the LIRR has agreed to temporary rubber repairs until the LIRR has completed its permanent cement repairs in June.
There was no further business or comments and the meeting closed.