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Manhasset Under A Monthly Microscope

On May 9, the circle was complete. A liaison from the Village of North Hills attended the monthly meeting of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations closing the ranks and permitting the council to embrace every organization that represents an area of Manhasset.

The guest speaker at the meeting was newly elected Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio who represents the 6th Council District of the Town of North Hempstead. The area comprises Port Washington, and also includes the villages of Flower Hill, Plandome, Plandome Heights, and Plandome Manor.

De Giorgio came prepared and before her departure was able to provide some insight regarding several issues carried on the council’s ongoing agenda.

Leeds Pond Culvert

One item discussed was the Leeds Pond Culvert in Plandome Manor. It is not in great shape, is actually near collapse, it was reported, but involved parties are not on the same page. Neither the village of Plandome Manor nor the Town of North Hempstead intends to write a check for the necessary improvements. However, the town has agreed, Councilwoman De Giorgio explained, to pay an engineer to study the problem and develop a solution, and then the hope is grant money will become available. Grant money surfacing is not likely in this economy, De Giorgio added, but if it does, more grant money is generally available for shoreline projects. Another hope had been the ability to piggyback on repairs made by the water district recently undertaken in the area, but it was learned the water district would only repair what they damaged.

Plandome Pond Park

Also discussed was the park nestled in the Village of Plandome Heights—Plandome Pond Park. De Giorgio recently visited the park with Jennifer A. Fava, the town’s new commissioner of parks and recreation and with Town of North Hempstead Director of Clark Gardens, John Darcy, to learn the obvious—the water in the pond is stagnant. There is tremendous algae growth and the expectation is that following such a mild winter the mosquitoes will be unbearable. De Giorgio reported Commissioner Fava believes an aerator in the pond would be most effective, and there is electricity available at the park. Also, the councilwoman indicated she learned that regularly monitoring the catch basins and clearing them will allow the water to flow more freely. The Plandome Heights liaison brought to De Giorgio’s attention that the neighbors adjoining the park request the split rail fence be repaired. The liaison also asked where the budget for the park comes from, remembering it had been said that the park would become “a little Clark Gardens.”

Manhasset Park District

The Greater Council is playing hide and seek with the Manhasset Park District, and losing. Can’t find them. The Greater Council wants a representative at the meetings to be aware of ongoing issues but the member who volunteered to attend the scheduled park district meetings claimed they appear to be in flux. According to its website, park district meetings are held the second and forth Monday of every month and meetings start at 6:15 p.m. at 62 Manhasset Avenue.

Sidewalk Sweep

Katie Miller, CSM, was very pleased with community participation for the sidewalk sweep, however one member voiced displeasure at having to engage in the sweep at all. “Aren’t the shopkeepers/landlords supposed to sweep and weed the space in front of their individual stores? Why are we doing it?”

Crosswalk Durability

Regarding the scheduled repaving of Plandome Road this summer someone asked how the attractive crosswalks installed on Park Avenue were holding up in light of the fact of their being possibly used again on Plandome Road. “Already they’re showing wear and tear,” one member said, “and there was very little snow and virtually no snow plows on the road this winter.”

Terrace Manor Parking Issues

The residents of Terrace Manor are delighted with their new councilwoman, Anna Kaplan, who, they agreed, has been helpful addressing the problem of the car dealership parking vehicles along the streets in their neighborhood.

Reverse Mohawks By LILCO

The newest representative at the Greater Council, from North Hills, already has a project. She is partnering in an investigation into the tree trimming “abomination” along Shelter Rock and Searingtown Roads by LILCO crews creating, as they did, the “reverse Mohawk.” And the trees lining those roadways were trimmed during the height of their flowering season. It was said calls made to LIPA generated no response. Members commented that it appeared one hefty snowstorm could break some of those branches that extend far to the left with nothing to balance them on the right (or vice versa). A member offered that LIPA hires out crews that apparently need better supervision.

Monthly progress, or lack of, on outstanding issues, is duly noted and updated. The Greater Council was most grateful to Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio for her participation.