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Village Denies Willy Parkers Request For Outdoor Dining

Board votes unanimously against variance.

Toward the end of the Williston Park Village meeting held on May 21 at village hall, the board voted unanimously not to grant the request from Willy Parkers restaurant, located at 71 Willis Avenue, to serve meals on their backyard patio. There were no comments from the residents who were present at the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar said that he would go out of the usual order in presenting reports so that Williston Park Library Director Donna McKenna, who is expecting twins any minute, could leave to meeting as soon as possible.

Director McKenna announced that the library will once again participate in the New York State Reading Club and this year’s theme is “Dream Big and Read.” The kickoff party will be held on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at that time registration will be held for all the other events planned in the library.

McKenna also said the projects planned are story hours - including a pajama party story hour, crafts, Petra Puppets will return to perform, representatives from Green Meadow Farm will visit, plus a special craft program for younger children.

She added that the Williston Park library has partnered with the Hempstead Library to have a small Spanish language section of library books. She said, “This is a free service; all you need is a library card. If the library finds that there is a request to stock books of another language then we will do that.”

McKenna added that if anyone has any questions during the summer months to contact either James Piccano or Pat Morris.

Director McKenna then left the meeting as everyone present at the meeting, including Mayor Ehrbar, wished her well.


Mayor Paul Ehrbar

Mayor Ehrbar reported that he and Deputy Mayor Kevin Rynne attended a wonderful retirement party for Richard Santropetro who has been a village employee for many years.

He also reported that they both attended the Eagle Scout ceremonies for Chris Farrell, David Vespe and Christopher Trietsch, which were very impressive. All three worked on projects at Herricks.

He then spoke about the change in the garbage schedule. He said that heavy items will no longer be picked up on Wednesday, but will be picked up twice a week.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Rynne

Deputy Mayor Kevin Rynne said he had enjoyed meeting with the member of the Williston Park Fire Department. He also said that Patrick Coyne has applied for membership. Apparently, at one time he was a member of the fire department but dropped out and wanted to become a member again. The board then voted for him to rejoin the fire department.

Trustee Rynne also announced that June 2 is Belmont Racetrack Day for the village of Williston Park. For further information, please contact the village at 746-2193.

Trustee Terry Thomann

Trustee Thomann announced that the Historial Committee changed its display. She also said that the Parking Committee has been very busy and they have suggested moving a bus parking space on Hillside Avenue to free up more parking spaces on Hillside Avenue.

Trustee William Carr

Trustee Carr who is the liaison to the Neighborhood Watch Committee said that they need several blocks captains. Anyone wishing to volunteer should call the village at 746-2193.

Trustee Michael Uttaro

Trustee Uttaro, who is liaison to the Beautification Committee, said that the committee will be working on the Hillside medians and in various other areas in the village from 8 to 9 a.m. on the following Sundays:  June 3, June 17 and July 1. He said that it only takes an hour and the results are amazing.

He also said he wanted to commend the Williston Park Fire Department for helping his neighbor.

Village Clerk Julie Kain

Village Clerk Kain said that the tax bills have been mailed and are due on  July 1 but since July 1 is a Sunday, the bills may be paid on Monday, July 2.

Pool registration, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., has begun at village hall and on June 1 registration will be switched to the pool.

Superintendent of Public Works Keith Brunnel

New Garbage Schedule

Superintendent Brunnel announced that effective June 4 a new sanitation schedule will be implemented. Brunnel said, “Basically, Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/Friday schedules will remain the same with the following changes: Wednesday will no longer be for heavy pick up. All heavy pick up items may be placed at the curb on regular garbage days for pick up twice a week.

“Wednesday will now be for village-wide recyclables and paper pick up on alternating weeks. They plan to start with recyclables for the first week.”

Brunnel added, “We are trying to use equipment we have and the paper and metal and glass have to be picked up separately. Up until now we have been running a 30-yard garbage truck with hardly enough to fill it up. It will be confusing at first and in case anyone needs larger pails for recyclables we have them for $15. So, we are going to see if this works and we feel if it does we will, in the long run, save money.”

The entire schedule may be found in “The Village Green,” the village’s newspaper.

Building Inspector Kerry Collins

The permits issued April 16 to May 18 resulted in a total revenue to the village of $6,005.

Williston Park Fire Chief Jaronczyk, Jr.

The Williston Park Fire Chief George Jaronczyk, Jr. announced that the Rotary Club in Colorado had a 6’4” bronze statue they wanted to donate to a New York firehouse and through the efforts of many, Williston Park Fire Department was chosen. It was placed in front of the fire department and was recently unveiled. Further, it became the focus of an Eagle Scout project and they planted flowers all around the statue.

Public Participation

A member of the Friends of the Library reported that due to the unusual rain there was a flood in the library.

Another resident congratulated the board for voting against the Willy Parkers application. He said he knew it wasn’t easy, but it was the right decision.

The board then adjourned to a work session. The next regular Williston Park Board meeting will be held on June 18 at 8 p.m.