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Talking Snow, Water Rates

East Williston, Williston Park still dealing with water rate issues

What do you do with a foot of snow?

That was the question the Williston Park village board was asking at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19 as trustees discussed the recent snowstorm Nemo. Mayor Paul Ehrbar said the streets were cleaned by 7 a.m. Saturday,  But just a few hours later, they were filled with snow again from people snowblowing or shoveling.  

“I understand people have to get to work and they have a small piece of property where they can put the snow but the purpose of the plowing is not to make it look good but it’s to make the road safe. And we need cooperation,” Ehrbar said. 

Another challenge the village faced was people parking their cars back in the street immediately after the storm, which made it hard for trucks to get through to put salt down. Williston Park issued approximately 50 tickets.

“Our compliance with our ordinance was very good and it was beneficial in getting the roads plowed curb to curb,” Ehrbar said. 

Mud In The Water?

East Williston is still suing Williston Park for the water rates Williston Park is charging. Williston Park has been sued twice by East Williston, and is in the process of appealing the first case.

Two residents inquired about the issue during the meeting, but the board declined to elaborate. 

East Williston is currently searching for new water suppliers. The Anton Newspapers reported on Oct. 26, 2012 that the village was in contact with Albertson Water District, Village of Mineola, Old Westbury and Carle Place, holding discussions on each possibly supplying the village with 25 percent of their water. Neither of the alternative municipalities have enough water to be East Williston’s only provider.

Williston Park raised water rates in April 2011 from $2.99 per thousand gallons to $3.83 per thousand gallons without a public hearing and the New York State Supreme Court ruled in East Williston’s favor in the first round of legal tussles. Williston Park appealed that decision.

As of an August 2012 hearing in Williston Park, the rate has since increased to $4.33, which East Williston has not yet passed on. East Williston and Williston Park hired Guastella Associates to establish a water rate in 2006.

Upcoming Events

March 3: St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Participants are encouraged to meet behind the Garden City Courts at 1 p.m.

March 24: Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Kelleher Field at noon

April 13: Williston Park Opening Day. The event raises money for different groups in the community and Ronald McDonald House. 

News

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.

 

Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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