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North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, addressing the $2.4 million that was granted, rescinded then brought back because of a seat change in the 7th Senate District, said the town is happy to come to an agreement with Mineola regarding the land.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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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