Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00
There has been a condition, for the past several years, where water has been percolating from the east side of Bayview Avenue between Manhasset Avenue and Thompson Shore Road. This condition exists year round and poses a danger to motorists who pass through there during all seasons. In the summer, northbound motorists enter the oncoming lane of traffic to avoid the water and in the winter the area freezes over causing black ice.
I have, as of Oct. 24 of this year, contacted Jason Elan at the Town of North Hempstead via e-mail and asked him to begin looking into remediating this condition while the weather was still suitable. I had dealt with Mr. Elan prior while dealing with some fallen trees in the jurisdiction of TNH. I have sent several emails to Mr. Elan including pictures of the condition and offering my input and help in remediating the condition. Each message I sent has my personal cell phone number on it.
In mid November TNH closed the road and spent one day installing a French drain along the north curb line to deal with the water emerging from that area. On that same day I received a call from TNH in reply to my emails. At that juncture it appeared as if they were attending to the problem and I thanked the person very much and got off the phone.
Nothing has been done since, though I have sent a number of email messages asking when work would resume. The work done is incomplete and they haven’t begun to deal with the worst area, which lies between Manhasset Avenue and Thompson Shore Road.
This weekend I lost control of my all wheel drive car on the black ice. Luckily it was early enough that no other motorists were around. I took photos and sent them to Mr. Elan again and this time insisted that I receive a response.
Today there was an accident that was directly related to the ice from this water. I took photos and sent another message to TNH, copied to a number of people including Jon Kaiman. Additionally the Bayview Civic Association contacted TNH and reiterated their plea to get this matter corrected.
The short story is this. There is a potentially very dangerous condition in the jurisdiction of the Town of North Hempstead. The constituency has reached out to the elected officials to start a dialogue on how to remediate the condition. Not to blame anyone, but to vet out the problem. The elected officials and their representatives haven’t got the common decency to respond and follow up with any kind of discussion. In the meantime people’s safety is at stake and avoidable automobile accidents are occurring while our elected officials are out glad handing during the election period and holiday time.