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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

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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