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East Williston Moves To Evict Raccoons

Location has become pest-infested, a bane to village residents

East Williston Mayor David Tanner announced that engineering plans to either demolish or refurbish the vacated property on Sumter Street are complete, and the board will put a bid together for contractors.

The mayor revealed the plan at its meeting Jan. 14.

Trustee Robert Vella expects a decision to be made by the end of March. In addition, a “ball park” estimate of $30,000 was given for the work. 

“We are confident that we’ll get back everything we’ve put into this…any cost laid out will act as a lean on the property,” Tanner said. According to Trustee Bonnie Parente, a large portion of that $30,000 is tax liens that are already attached to the property.

The property, owned by John Muzio, has become a problem for residents in the village due to an infestation of raccoons.  The village had voted to set traps for the raccoons at their meeting last month.

“We’re in a position where we need to evaluate both options, and decide which is more feasible for the village,” Tanner said.

East Williston hired an engineering firm to draw plans for the property, in order to get “biddable numbers” according to Tanner.  Bids will advertise beginning Jan. 30, and will be received two weeks later.

The Nassau County Supreme Court has decreed the village must have an evaluation to decide which course of action best suits the community and its residents, according to Village Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff.

“The court has granted us the power to enter the premises and assess the stability and safety of the structure….the village is empowered to take such steps as it deems required to render the structure stable (including maintenance and repairs) or directing this it must be demolished or vacated,” Blinkoff said, reading a portion of the decision.

Residents attending the meeting, who have been following the progress of this process, questioned the delay in decision-making.  One resident asked Tanner about repercussions if the village were to demolish the property tomorrow.

“If we did that, we would have not complied by the court’s decision, and this would expose the village to liability…and the owner of the property could ask us to rebuild it,” Tanner explained.

In Other Developments

Mud Still In The Water

Tanner said the village is still actively looking for alternative water carriers due to an on-going legal battle with their current carrier, Williston Park, on water rates.

“We’ve attempted to negotiate with them on several occasions, and they refuse to compromise,” Tanner said. “A day doesn’t go by where I don’t think about it in some way.”

The village filed a second lawsuit against Williston Park last month in Nassau County Supreme Court. The village is fighting the decision to raise East Williston’s water rate to $4.33 per 1,000 gallons, a 13 percent increase, from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons.

Sanitation Contract To Be Rebid

Tanner announced that East Williston has decided to rebid its sanitation contract. It has the option to either stay with DeJana Industries or go with another company.  Bids went out last week.  Tanner also said that an emphasis would be placed on recycling in the village.

“Over the years, it’s been a sticking point with whomever we have as a carter, to put in extra effort with recycling bins,” he said.  “We will come up with more explicit ways, maybe education programs, to encourage people to recycle more.”

Emergency Action Plans Discussed

Trustee Vella said he is currently examining emergency action plans from several local villages, in an effort to formulate a plan for East Williston in the event of an emergency such as Hurricane Sandy. “Should there be another disaster of those proportions, we’ll have a more definitive course of action,” Vella said.

The process is expected to take a few months to formulate, according to village officials.

Tax Roll Available February 1

The village clerk’s office announced that the 2013-14 tax roll will be available as of Feb.  The village will send out cards in the mail.

“They will be available for [resident] perusal to see where their assessments are coming in,” Tanner added.  They will also be at the library.

Generator Almost Finished

Trustee Chris Siciliano announced that a generator is now installed at Village Hall, and nearly 95 percent of the lighting in East Williston is fixed due to damages from Hurricane Sandy.

“Within the next few weeks, everything should be done with that,” Siciliano said, who also announced that all stumps collected have been grounded, leaving sidewalks that have to be replaced left to complete.


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.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


Columns

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