Written by Pat Grace: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
Some people take the meaning of ‘the power of the press’ a bit too far.
“She was really mad she got a parking ticket, and asked if I could fix it since I was on the front page of the Manhasset Press,” Chamber President Les Forrai recounted as members trickled into the Plandome Road Merchants Association (PRMA) meeting held on March 28, for the first time in the afternoon, at Silva Real Estate.
“Article did cover parking issues,” someone chuckled.
“I suggested,” Forrai said, “that she call 311.”
Thus ensued another discussion on parking and hopes were high following an exploratory meeting with Councilwoman Anna Kaplan and Park District Commissioners Bernard Rolston and John Regan. There was talk of normalizing parking on the feeder streets to Plandome Road and talk of utilizing the ample space at the highway department site located at Maple Avenue and Bayview Avenue, just south of the train trestle, to park postal trucks. That property, someone explained, had belonged to the county but was transferred to the town, enabling the town to make decisions regarding how it is used. Remember, another cautioned, that postal trucks are federal property.
The list of parking problems includes employee parking on Manhasset’s main street. One bank was identified as having 19 employees, all forced to continually move their vehicles over the course of the day or risk a fine. And those parking spots are unavailable to shoppers.
Katie Miller, of Coalition for a Safer Manhasset (CSM), reminded members the second annual “Sidewalk Sweep” on Plandome Road is Saturday, April 21, and participants will gather at the Manhasset train station from 10 a.m. to noon. The Coalition for a Safer Manhasset, the Chamber of Commerce and the Plandome Road Merchants’ Association (a chamber committee), in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead, will host the event. The town will be supplying T-shirts, gloves and trash bags; volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom.
To piggyback on the assembled crowd and their enthusiasm, a retail-driven event is being considered on the same day.
The PRMA moves quickly. A logo has been developed and will identify all correspondence from the PRMA so, hopefully, the community can more easily identify their mailings.
Often during discussions, most recently on the imminent repaving of Plandome Road, there is confusion as to what properties and roads belong to the county and which properties and roads are owned by the town.
Effective September 2007 the Town of North Hempstead acquired nine parks and 12 roads from Nassau County when then-County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman agreed to transfer 230 acres and 26 miles of roads from the county to the town. The deal stipulated at the time that the county would pay the town $3 million to take over the properties and assume all repairs and maintenance, saving the county road and park maintenance expenses going forward; the town gained more control over local parks, roads and land.
In 2007, the county stated that “as part of the agreement, Nassau County will no longer be required to resurface the 12 roads transferred, saving the county $1.8 million in capital funds for resurfacing of other roads.”
One of the roads transferred was Plandome Road, and at the time Supervisor Kaiman said, ‘’Since we’re responsible for the sidewalks and the curbs, we might as well be responsible for the roads as well.’’
Manhasset parks transferred included Whitney Pond Park, Manhasset Valley Park and Plandome Park.