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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

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



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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