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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

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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