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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

A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.

 

In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.

 

Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.

 

Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East

Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000  Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.


Sports

Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.

The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.

The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series. 


Calendar

Leisure Club Opportunity - August 20

International Night - August 21

Check Your Medications - August 22


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