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Village Reaches Out To Consultant to Assess Verizon Issue

Expert in Sound Abating May Work on Noise Concerns

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mineola revealed at its May 12 meeting that it has decided to reach out to a consultant to assess the noise issues at the Verizon Plant in Garden City to come up with a solution. Lally Acoustical Consultants was contacted by the village last Wednesday.

Mayor Jack M. Martins said that to his knowledge, he’s not sure if the Village of Garden City has brought in its own consultant yet. However, Verizon is in the process of retaining consultants to advise them on the best course of action.

“I was pleased at the progress that we had last week with regard to Verizon’s commitment to addressing this issue,” Martins said.

According to its website, 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. “They have a good track record, so I feel we made a good decision in that we will choose them if we retain a consultant,” Martins said. “They know what they’re doing.”

Village Attorney John Spellman stated that Lally is an expert in sound masking and noise remediation and is a key element to surveying the noise concerns. In terms of the costs that will incur in hiring the consultant, Martins said the board is awaiting a proposal from them to evaluate the conditions in the area, and in turn, Lally will come back with a figure.

“If retained, our consultants will need to speak with Verizon and Garden City and define a path to solving this problem,” Martins said.

According to a representative at Lally, someone from the village called the firm Wednesday morning to discuss the situation. Lally has not returned phone calls for comment to the Mineola American since Thursday, May 13. “I just want to make sure that for the sake of the residents in that neighborhood, when all is said and done, that we have someone actively participating in those discussions,” Martins said after the board meeting. “Our residents are top priority.”

The noise issue at the Verizon plant, which as been the crux of recent village board meetings, doesn’t look like it’s going to dissipate anytime soon. Residents (both Mineola and Garden City) are concerned, village government is concerned and it is safe to say that all sides do not want a lawsuit.

“Like I’ve said before, that’s a last resort,” Martins said, “We’re making strides in the right direction and I feel they’ll continue to go that way. It’s all hands on deck on all sides.”