Written by Jessica Ablamsky, Manhasset@Antonnews.com Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00
When Mark Shackel heard trees being removed from Manhasset-Lakeville Water District property on Columbus Day, he assumed the work had to do with Hurricane Sandy.
Construction continued into the night, giving local residents their first look at a new, 190-foot radio communications tower which looms over houses on Eakins Road in Manhasset.
“They did it on Columbus Day, there was no warning,” said Shackel, who lives on Eakins across the street from the tower.
The project took approximately three years of planning by the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District, but was a surprise to local residents, who were not notified about the district’s plans.
The tower, which is in the Village of Munsey Park, does not comply with village codes. Officials in Munsey Park, and the adjacent Village of Flower Hill said they had little communication from the Water District regarding the tower.
Neighbors agree it is a safety hazard and reduces property values in the area. But the $314,000 tower could cost as much to relocate, said Water District Superintendent Paul Schrader.
“Next time a hurricane comes through, do you want to come sit in my living room?” asked John Lippmann, whose backyard is about 30 feet from the tower. “I can’t stay in my house anytime there is a storm because it might kill my kids.”
At a Water District meeting Oct. 15, residents of Munsey Park and Flower Hill blasted commissioners for the lack of communication, and demanded the tower come down.
Commissioners kicked off an hour and a half long discussion with an apology for the lack of communication. The apology was repeated throughout the meeting.
“We should have done a much better job with communication for this,” said Commissioner Andrew DeMartin.
The tower was built to the newest engineering standards and is not a danger during storms, DeMartin said. It can withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour, said Water District Chairman Donald O’Brien.
Work on the tower has stopped, and a date for a second meeting will be announced by the end of the month, O’Brien said. The tower still requires an antenna and wires.
It will allow wireless communication between firefighters on the ground, and between firefighters and dispatch, according to Schrader. It will also allow wireless communication for district water towers, wells, and water treatment plants, which are monitored at all times. Data is currently transmitted over copper wires on telephone poles.
Other sites, such as Great Neck South High School, were considered but are not feasible, Schrader said. He said the current site is one of the highest on district property.
Alternate solutions could include attaching communications equipment to the water tower when it is rebuilt next year, or building a more aesthetic radio communications tower. Cell phone towers are sometimes disguised as chimneys, but Schrader said it is unclear whether that would work for a tower of this size.
Munsey Park trustees were informed about the radio communications tower during their board meeting April 10, and in writing on April 22, O’Brien said.
Munsey Park Deputy Mayor Sean Haggerty said written notification was sent to Village Hall but not passed along by the clerk to the board. He said it was the Water District’s responsibility to inform residents about construction plans.
“We would expect them to engage their own residents,” Haggerty said. “They didn’t tell us what the plan was, where on the property it would be. They just wanted us to know they had adopted a resolution to put a radio tower up.”
Flower Hill officials received written notification May 9, O’Brien said.
The notification included a resolution passed by the Water District on March 19 approving the radio communications tower, said Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips. She said the notification did not include a timeframe for building the tower, but the village would work with Munsey Park to insure an equitable solution is found.
“I can’t imagine doing anything in a village or a municipality of some sort without informing the residents affected, asking for their input,” she said. “Nobody wants a tower in their backyard.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.