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Flood-Free Streets?

Final piece of flood project approved

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) approved funding for Nassau County’s part of a plan to address flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, officials revealed on May 15. Mineola and North Hempstead’s portion of the three-part Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project has been ongoing.

 

The county will install two new catch basins and five new manholes and 1,715 feet of 36-or 48-inch bypass pipes on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue, entering Mineola’s recharge basin. Pratt Brothers Construction will handle the county’s work.

 

“I always knew we could get this through the county, but I was always concerned about NIFA pulling the rug out from under us at some point,” Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello said. “I’m hopeful we can get work done as quickly as possible and get through a rainy season.”

 

NIFA did not return calls for comment.

 

Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini hopes the county will start the Sheridan pipe within the next two or three weeks.

Mineola is installing two new drainage manholes and four new catch basins, and already removed approximately 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe was replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.

 

“It was no small task,” Mayor Scott Strauss said of the county’s portion. “We know the challenges the county is facing financially. Rich

Nicolello did a tremendous job at getting this done. This project will hopefully move forward at a rapid pace.”

 

The village will replace an existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin with a 48-inch pipe on Westbury Avenue.

 

The village will demolish an existing manhole, which will be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.

 

New catch basins will be installed, with five 6-foot manholes. The 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue, which will provide storm water relief to East Second Street, has been installed.

 

“Our contractor is back on site at this point working on the recharge basin. You obviously have outfall pipes coming in from Liberty [Avenue], East Second [Street], Bruce Terrace and now also one coming from Sheridan Boulevard.”

 

Village contractors installed a 15-foot deep manhole where Nassau’s contractor will connect an enlarged pipe to the Mineola sump.

 

“We still have a few concrete repairs that need to be done on Bruce Terrace,” Rini said. “We have a couple of manholes on the Liberty Avenue interceptor [pipe] that need to be raised up.”

 

Rini met with contractors on May 15. The resurfacing of Liberty and Bruce Terrace will be expedited with pool season around the corner. Milling and paving of the roads will begin on Tuesday, May 28.

 

“We can at least get those streets done and complete it and move on to Dow Avenue,” Rini said.

 

Westbury Avenue resident Bill Gresalfi has friends in the low-lying areas of Carle Place. “My friends say so far it’s working,” he said.

 

The Town of North Hempstead broke ground on January 3. North Hempstead finished drainage improvements, new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the Mineola/Carle Place border. The town is completing a recharge basin on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue.

 

“This project will change people’s lives,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “Good things happen when we all work together.”

The three municipalities received $800,000 each in state aid to complete the project. New York State originally granted $2.4 million solely to North Hempstead, but the funds were vacated after a seat change in the Seventh Senate District. Senator Jack Martins had the grants restored in 2011.


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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