Opinion

The Levittown Property Owners Association met on Jan. 13 with President Jim Morrow presiding. At this meeting and from recent mailings there were many membership renewals as the LPOA continues to provide a forum for residents to identify and discuss problems and issues affecting them.

Comparisons of home heating oil prices were discussed. The MAC Heating Company, a local Levittown company serving LPOA members as well as the general public, is presently delivering at 80 cents or more below their cap price of $3.59 per gallon. They also include a free service contract. Members continue to indicate interest in the company in their membership renewals as MAC provides lower rates for LPOA members.

President Morrow read letters to the Association from the new commanding officer of the 8th Precinct, Inspector Allen McGovern. The inspector expressed his intentions "to continue the close relationship the precinct shares with the LPOA." (Incidentally, the traffic hazard at Morning Glory Road and Aster Lane was resolved; the over-sized vehicle parked on the street near an intersection was removed to the owner's driveway.) President Morrow met with officers at the 8th Precinct about this.

President Morrow also read a letter from attorney William Cohn, representing the Josato Company (formerly Terra Homes), asking the LPOA to arrange a special meeting at the Levittown Library with residents adjacent to the section of the Old Vanderbilt Motor Parkway near Crocus Lane to discuss the company's new plans for building four houses on the property. All require variances for insufficient lot width. The company has unsuccessfully submitted various plans since 1984. The LPOA voted unanimously against this latest proposal at its Oct. 14, 2008 meeting. In this instance, as in the past, the variances again conflict with the standards set forth in Levittown's unique zoning law, the "LPRD" (Levittown Planned Residence District). President Morrow advised that the LPOA would ask the library for this accommodation.

We have been asked by concerned residents about a situation which bears investigation or answers regarding the LMEC (Levittown Memorial Education Center) facility, formerly Levittown Memorial High School. Residents report a high incidence of cancer occurring at homes located south and/or near the school grounds. They questioned the possibility of leakage from fuel terminals (or storage tanks) located there in past years. When the secretary called the superintendent's office to inquire about the situation, we were told the issue was investigated last summer and the inspections proved to be negative, or no contamination existed. Anxiety persists, however; member Joseph Lupo made a motion, seconded by Nick Voulgaris, that the LPOA request a written copy of the inspection report. The members voted that we write Superintendent Sirois for a written record on the inspections that took place during the summer of 2008.

For future meetings, the members suggested that we invite as guest speakers the Nassau County Assessor, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and the new 8th Precinct inspector.

The prospect of higher school taxes is always of concern, especially in these hard times; also, some question the lack of full-day kindergarten classes.

The next meeting of the LPOA will be Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Levittown Public Library Community Room.


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