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Bids Come Pouring In For Flood Project

Bruce Terrace construction bids come in for Mineola, North Hempstead

The Mineola and North Hempstead portions of the Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation project, a plan addressing flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, have found contractors to redo drainage systems to handle flood waters. The town awarded its bid to Deer Park-based Tri-State Paving LLC on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The town’s portion of the project encompasses drainage improvements, including installation of new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the border of Mineola and Carle Place. A recharge basin would be built on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road.

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, addressing the $2.4 million that was granted, rescinded then brought back because of a seat change in the 7th Senate District, said the town is happy to come to an agreement with Mineola regarding the land.

“Our position is that this is a project that we initiated several years ago,” Kaiman said. “We had the good fortune of getting state money. That ran into some roadblocks with the change of the state senators, but thanks to Senator [Jack] Martins, we appreciate that the money was reinstated. It’s a lot of money for local project...we know that the village is moving forward and hopefully the county will get their part done as well.”

The area in question has seen its fair share of flooding during heavy rainfall. Most recently, a storm rocked Mineola on Aug. 15, which left 281 Mineola homes without power, downed trees, river-like streets and winds that nearly rivaled Hurricane Irene in 2011. Kaiman said the town is determined to make sure this project provides relief for the affected residents.

“This is a problem that’s 40 years in the making,” Kaiman stated. “We believe that this combined plan will actually resolve most if not all the flooding problems in these areas. While nature is not within our control…the reality is the storms are more intense for shorter periods of time, which overwhelms the system that presently exists.”

Village Attorney John Spellman said a license agreement, which dictates the obligations to the town on village property, is ready to be signed. The town sent Mineola a draft of the agreement on Aug. 6.

“What was eventually agreed upon was that each entity would do one-third of it,” Kaimain said.

According to Spellman, the agreement states the town will construct “perimeter fencing with natural screening and all our departments have signed off on it.” Spellman stated the town originally wanted it stipulated the town could “walk away” after five years.

“We didn’t think it would stop raining after five years so [the town] agreed in perpetuity that if they ever leave, they have to remove all the improvements to the property and regrade it to its original grade…which I imagine it would be a very difficult thing to do at some point.”

Kaiman said he was unaware of a provision of a five-year out. He stated further that it was never discussed with him and was unsure what town official presented that idea.

“I never heard of that provision until I was asked whether or not I agreed to rescind it,” stated Kaiman. “That was absolutely not the Village of Mineola’s fault. Putting that clause in there was some…attorney thought that may be a good idea and never even spoke to me about it. I was upset that we created another issue. That was definitely not a village created issue.”

Village of Mineola officials revealed that three bidders also came in on its part of the project. Village Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said the bids came in “very tight” and that the first two were close in a dollar amount.

Village officials stated Mineola wants to have a “pre-bid award meeting” with the lowest bidder. Rini said the digging and pipe work is extensive and Mineola wants to make sure the selected contractor is qualified to handle the workload.

“In certain areas, we have pipe work going on where we dig down to at least 12 feet,” Rini said. “We want to know that the contractor has done this work in the past and where they did it, so we can check the references for the past experience.”

Mineola’s side of the project includes the installation of two new drainage manholes, four new catch basins and the removal of 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe would be replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.

An existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin would be replaced with a 48-inch pipe. The village would demolish an existing manhole, which would be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.

New catch basins would be installed, with five 6-foot manholes and 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue with a new outfall structure into the Mineola catch basin to provide storm water relief to East Second Street. The three municipalities are shooting for Spring 2013 completion date.

Nassau County would install two new catch basins and five new 6-foot diameter manholes and 1,715 feet of 36-or 48-inch bypass on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue and entering Mineola’s recharge basin. All existing drainage structures would be reconnected to the new bypass.

County officials stated that Nassau would be ready to bid its portion of the project at the end of October. Nassau has been in talks with county and Mineola-retained engineer Dvirka & Bartilucci in finalizing the plans. Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello told the Mineola American the county wants to change the size of one of the catch basins and expects that issue to be resolved soon.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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