At its May 10 regular meeting, the Munsey Park board of trustees voted to hold a public hearing on a proposed local law concerning wireless telecommunication services facilities. The board had previously held several open meetings at which the members had reviewed and amended proposed amendments to the village's zoning code relating to wireless telecommunication facilities. The board had also hired the consulting firm of Frederick P. Clark Associates, Inc. to advise the village.
The proposed amendment reads in part: "The Board of Trustees of the Village of Munsey Park determines that it is in the best interest of its residents to establish regulations and standards for the siting and installation of all WTSF (Wireless Telecommunications Service Facilities) equipment, including towers, monopoles, pole mounted and building attached equipment and other related devices and equipment. These regulations and standards are adopted in order to promote the safety and welfare of the residents of the Village of Munsey Park to the extent reasonable permitted under Federal and State laws and rules and regulations. This Section will ensure that all wireless telecommunication WTSFs and equipment be sited, designed, built and utilized in accordance with sound use planning that will preserve and protect the aesthetic qualities of the Village and promote and protect the safety and welfare of its residents." The village is sending out a letter to all residents of Munsey Park explaining the purpose of the amendment. Copies of the new law are at the village hall and residents may read them there.
In other business at the May 10 meeting, Village Clerk Karen Navin reported that she had received an inquiry from a resident as to whether or not the village would use larvicide pellets in standing water situations to prevent the spread of West Nile virus. Ms. Navin informed the resident that the Nassau County Department of Health is the agency mandated to control this situation. The board directed Ms. Navin to contact the county to determine whether or not use of larvicide pellets is called for in the village.
The clerk advised the board that she had not received bid documents from Dvirka & Bartilucci concerning the reconstruction of Park Avenue at Port Washington Boulevard. This matter will appear on the agenda for June 14. The board authorized LUVIN Construction to proceed in several locations: to remedy the standing water situation at the intersection of Hunt Lane and Durand Place at a cost of $3,800; to remedy the standing water situation at the intersection of Hunt Lane and Homer Place at a cost of less than $5,500; to repair the catch basin in front of 307 Abbey Road at a cost of less than $1400.
Ms. Navin distributed copies of a letter from the New York State Department of Transportation, responding to Mayor Harry Nicolaides' Feb. 15 letter requesting that the DOT look into the signal timing at the intersection of Park Avenue and Port Washington Boulevard. The state conducted a field study during peak travel periods and adjusted the signal timing for eastbound Park Avenue traffic so that it turns green 30 seconds prior to the southbound Left Turn signal at Route 25A during the afternoon peak travel periods. According to the state, "This will prevent vehicles from queuing from Route 25A through the Park Avenue intersection and will not adversely affect traffic flow on Route 101 (Port Washington Boulevard).