The Mineola School Board of Education presented more options to the public last week at its reconfiguration meeting regarding school closings in the district. District Superintendent Michael Nagler showcased four options, plus a bond option to the public, which indicated the board has a long way to go in terms of a set option.
If you googled your child, what would you find? This was one of the many questions explored at the Nassau Counselors’ Association—Counselors, Administrators, Parents (CAP)—Conference held April 23, at the Ruth S. Harley University Center on the campus of Adelphi University in Garden City. A chapter of the New York Counseling Association, the NCA is an organization formed to meet the professional needs of individuals working or interested in counseling and human development by presenting a wide variety of programs and activities in these fields.
Representatives from Polimeni International LLC came before the Mineola Board of Trustees last week to request that it amend the special use permit of the function of the future Winston Manor residential complex from condominiums to rental apartments. The village board held a hearing on June 9 to listen to the testimony of legal council for Polimeni and Vincent Polimeni himself. The board concluded that it would decide on the request at its July 14 meeting.
The Mineola School District announced at its workshop meeting on June 2 that the Jackson Avenue School would receive 100 iPads for the 2010-2011 school year. There are approximately 82 students and 10 teachers at the school. Optional keypads will be available for in-school use only. The teachers will receive iPads over the course of the next three months and the students will receive them in September.
It was revealed last week that the Village of Mineola has officially retained Lally Acoustical Consultants to assess the noise issues that have been plaguing 13th Avenue residents for the last seven months. Last month, the board of trustees voted and agreed to reach out to Lally for its services and expertise in sound attenuation and abatement. Discussions between the village and Lally have been ongoing and became official on June 2.
It has been reported that the cost to retain Lally will be somewhere in the amount of $10,000. Lally Acoustical provides acoustical consulting services ranging from field-testing to acoustic and vibration review of architectural, structural, and mechanical designs. Lally specializes in environmental noise as well.
Mayor Jack M. Martins iterated that Verizon and the Village of Garden City are currently in the process of retaining their own consultants as well. Originally, Garden City asked that Mineola provide and retain a consultant, which in turn, would work with Garden City.
However, Martins felt that it was in the best interest of the village that it retain an exclusive consultant so that it would serve as a separate entity from the other two parts, and would independently review the design to negate further disruption for Mineola residents. The Mayor said it would be more effective for all parties to have as many experts involved as possible to come up with a solid solution to this ongoing problem.
“It’s best to have our own evaluation and have our own recommendations aside from those that may be in place from Verizon and Garden City as it’s pretty clear those who will be most impacted by any of these issues and changes are our own residents,” Martins stated. “So it certainly behooves us to have our own [consultant] and we do. We’re looking forward to Garden City and Verizon providing us with the contact information for their consultants so that they can begin working in tandem with us and come up with some alternatives, solutions and ideas to hopefully get this issue resolved as quickly and painlessly as possible.”
According to Martins, Verizon will be preparing a design for noise abatement, which will then be reviewed by Lally and Garden City’s consultant. In turn, if changes need to be made, they’ll be suggested and most likely, implemented with all parties agreeing.
“Hopefully we’ll have all three [parties] on the same page; that there are recommendations that can be made to any of the recommended design,” Martins said. “Ultimately if you have that many people addressing an ongoing issue, you expect the problem will get fixed. And that’s what we’re looking at.”
There are no Garden City residents who are being affected by the noise that goes on at the Verizon plant at odd hours, according to previous resident testimonies. Martins said that’s the main reason the village wanted its own consultant.
“We’re the ones who have the residents exposed to this,” he said. “I felt that was very important to have someone directly involved with us as we go through the process of addressing the issue. I felt that it was important to have somebody reporting back to us and not getting our information second, third or fourth hand.”
In terms of a timetable when all this will be completed, Martins said that Verizon and Garden City want it resolved as soon as possible and that more so than anything, “the ball is in Verizon’s court to come up with a design. Once [the consultants] sign off on it, Verizon can find a contractor to come out and put that together. If the design is something that our consultant does not feel works, it will give us the opportunity to try to intercede. The last thing we want is for them to go through the time and effort to come up with a proposed fix, to only have the issue remain.”
With each party having its own representative, it’s more likely that the design that is finalized will not need alterations. “I do feel comfortable that we’re in good hands with [Lally] and that there shouldn’t be any problems,” Martins concluded.
The Village of Mineola’s Department of Public Works issued its Storm Water Phase II report on May 19. The village completed the first permit phase on March 9 and recently began the second five-year phase.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano met on May 26 and reached an agreement to handle the flooding issues that have plagued eastern borderline Mineola and Carle Place residents for decades.
If there is a fire, do you first put out the flames or try to find their source? Most agree in Nassau County that the current system by which property taxes are assessed and grieved is a crisis of “fire” proportions – with a quarter of a billion in taxpayer dollars wasted each year and well over $1 billion in existing debt - but officials and interest groups have begun arguing heatedly over how to fight it before the whole county goes down in the blaze.
In week three of the Village of Mineola partnering with Omni of Babylon in a 10-year garbage disposal agreement, the transition has been up and down according to the Department of Public Works. However, it’s working with Omni to better the delivery of the garbage and the performance of the garbage trucks.
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