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Water Meter Bill Enacted

The Village of East Williston last week approved a local law requiring that residential water meters be read once a year by a village employee.

 

Village code variously suggested that meters would be read annually or biennially, depending on which section you were reading. Mayor David Tanner called it a “housekeeping law.”

 

According to Tanner, the law addresses other issues, such as meters being misread, a potential for water leaks and unexpectedly large water bills.

 

“We believe that getting a staff member in to read the meters properly will short circuit the potentiality of having any problems along those lines,” the mayor said.

 

Secretary to the East Williston Village Board Bonnie Kreisman said that a department of public works employee visits each home once every six months.  If the residents do not respond to knocking, the DPW worker will leave one of two cards-—a green card stating asking the resident to call the office and make an appointment, or a white card, which the home owner fills out with a meter reading and returns to the village office.

 

“We’re asking the residents to work with us and give us an actual reading, as opposed to out-of-the-air estimates,” Kreisman said.

 

Kreisman also said that the village is currently replacing water meters as needed.

 

Sumter Street Saga

As an update to the controversial 8 Sumter Avenue property, Village of East Williston Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff said there had been hope for a sale of the property, but it had not taken place. Thus, the village board went ahead with plans for demolition.  

 

Blinkoff said an interior inspection was scheduled for Jan. 14, but the homeowner, John Muzio, went to the Nassau County Supreme Court the day before in an effort to stop it.

 

“I met them in court, and they did not receive any court approval to stop the inspection,” Blinkoff said.  “Be that as it may, they then precluded the inspection from going forward anyhow—they called the police and said there was a break-in.”

 

Blinkoff said he followed up with the police and was back in court Friday, Jan. 17, arguing that Muzio had violated a previous court order allowing the inspection.

 

“It’s unfortunate that the homeowner chose to do that,” Blinkoff said.

 

Fire Report

In East Williston Fire Department Chief Daniel Cramblitt’s report to the board, he announced that First Assistant Chief Patrick McWhirk will be purchasing a house outside of the response area, thereby leaving the department, which is also celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

 

Both Cramblitt and the village board expressed their appreciation for McWhirk’s service to the fire department.  His term officially expires in April, and the fire department is currently talking to several ex-chiefs to fill the vacancy for a few months until Election Day.

 

Budget Talk And Piano Donations

Mayor Tanner said the village is in the process of putting together a schedule of meetings for the village’s budget process, one of which will allow public comment.  Meeting dates will be posted on the village’s website.

 

The village board acknowledged an upright piano donated by employee of the village library Jamie Cutinella that now sits in the village hall meeting room.

 

“We more than graciously accepted it, and we look forward to using it as much as we can in our different programs,” Tanner said.

News

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.

 

The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.

 

According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.

 

The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com