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Home Stretch for Bruce Terrace Flood Issues?

Mineola drafts agreement with North Hempstead, awaits data from town engineers

Bruce Terrace hopes for dry streets and Mineola waits with bated breath. Whether or not the call is answered and storm water runoff remains manageable is up for discussion.

The Bruce Terrace flood project came to fruition after decades of flood mitigation problems in what’s considered the lowest part of the village. Since homes were built 60 years ago, in the area of and on Bruce Terrace on the border of Mineola and Carle Place, flooding has ensued during times of heavy rainfall. The area around Bruce Terrace is essentially the funnel of all the rainfall because of flow and gravity issues.

In May 2010, Nassau County, the Town of North Hempstead and Mineola agreed to work together to remediate the issue. Previously, the village was trying to get a deal in place with then- County Executive Tom Suozzi.

Village Attorney John Spellman revealed recently that Mineola drafted an inter-municipal entry and access agreement to present to the Town of North Hempstead. Officials await word from town engineers to determine the use and examine the impact it has on the neighborhood.

All parties have accepted the agreement in principle, but nothing has been certified, according to village officials. Village-appointed land surveyors completed their survey recently and presented findings to the town.

The town still wanted an agreement in place before it set foot on the property to get the lay of the land. The entry contract was a sticking point in negotiations with the town, which plans on taking control of the old Motor Parkway property just north of Westbury Avenue on the border of Mineola and Carle Place.

Nassau County will also be assisting Mineola and North Hempstead with a portion of the project. Residents abut the property in question and village officials said that there isn’t a clear delineation on where private property ends and public property begins.

“Everything’s progressing well with the project,” trustee George Durham said. “The main thing the Town stressed was [getting] the agreement for access, which we’ve been telling them they have the access, because we have the same engineers…we approved the access anyway, so now it’s in writing.”

Legal protections are required in the agreement that helps residents most affected by the reconstruction of the areas in question, village officials said. Considering the property the town would obtain in this agreement is difficult to define, red-tape issues come into play.

The village authorized engineering survey and design work in November 2011. The town did not immediately return calls for comment.

New York State granted $2.4 million to the project, to be shared equally among the three municipalities in 2010. Funding was pulled after a seat change in the 7th Senate District.

State Senator Jack Martins had the grants restored in August 2010. It was stipulated at the time that the monies be used only on this project in respect to the guidelines put forth by the state.

Each of the three municipalities received $800,000 for flood mitigation, rather than granting all the funds to one party. Any additional costs above the approved grants would not be funded by the state and the respective party would be responsible for those uncovered costs.

The Town of North Hempstead would provide drainage improvements, including installation of new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the border of Mineola and Carle Place. A recharge basin would be built on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road.

The Mineola side of the project entails the installation of two new drainage manholes, four new catch basins and the removal of approximately 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe would be replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.

Over 30 feet of an existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the villages south recharge basin would be replaced with a 48-inch pipe, the report stated. The village would demolish an existing manhole, which would be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.

Five new catch basins would be installed, with five 6-foot manholes and 1,420 feet of 18 or 24-inch drain-age pipe on Liberty Avenue with a new outfall structure into the Mineola catch basin to provide storm water relief to East Second Street, according to the report.

Nassau County would install two new catch basins and five new 6-foot diameter manholes and 1,715 feet of 36 or 48-inch bypass on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue and entering Mineola’s recharge basin, the report stated. All existing drainage structures would be reconnected to the new bypass.

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority has to approve the county’s portion of the project, but according to Durham, Legislator Rich Nicolello said it wouldn’t be an issue.