Bert Spitz, president of the Muttontown Knolls Civic Association was appointed a Village of Muttontown Trustee to complete the term of Paul Morgenstern, who is relocating. Mr. Spitz will fill in the end of Mr. Morgenstern's term from now until the next election in June 2000.
At the previous meeting in May, Steven Silverberg of the Muttontown and Brookville Taxpayers Association and asked the mayor to appoint someone from his 500 member group. The mayor said he was appointing someone of whom he thought Mr. Silverberg would approve. Mr. Silverberg did not attend the June election.
Muttontown Police Commissioner William Crowe said the Old Brookville Police Department is still searching for a new site for their headquarters.
Mayor Murcott said it had been a busy year for false alarms, and that the village had collected nearly $13,000 in fines - with more coming in! As we go to press, the figure has risen to $15,000, said Deputy Village Clerk/Treasurer Barbara Madden.
She explained the fine schedule: the first false alarm is free; the second is $10; the third and fourth are $20 each; alarms five and six are $30 each; alarms seven and eight are each $40; and nine and 10 or more are $50 each. If the fines are not paid the residents get a letter twice a year informing them of what they have to pay, she said. If they don't pay by April of the following year the village attorney sends out a letter for collection.
If the fines are not paid, the case goes to Village Court and there is a possible fine of $250. "But it's been good. It usually doesn't get that far," said Ms. Madden.
Trustee Laura Shapiro said the fines are low compared to other villages.
Mayor Murcott offered new information about the village, saying former Mayor Byam Stevens property is up for sale. He is considering what to do with the property and there may be a proposal to subdivide a portion of the land which would mean going before the Zoning Board.
(The Stevens family invited the Oyster Bay Historical Society members on Sunday, June 27, to view the site, and said he was considering some offers. One was for the property to become a horse farm. He envisions the house, tennis courts, swimming pool, gardens and pond to remain on a 30 acre plot with possible development at the foot of the hilltop location. When he was mayor, he used to hold the annual village Christmas party at his beautiful home.)
Mayor Murcott complimented the State Highway Department for cutting the grass along Route 106. "They do a great job," he said.
The village has chosen the lowest bidder, John McGowan & Sons, Inc. for road repair, unanimously, reported Village Clerk Vivien Van Wagner.
The building department has hired Judith Hurley of East Norwich to work as a part-time clerk in the building department. "We are desperately busy," said Ms. Van Wagner.
The village purchased a three acre parcel, next to the village hall, from the Jericho Water District.
The JWD had purchased a larger parcel from Muttontown Realty and sold the village the three piece parcel. The net price to the village was $220,000 after an exchange of two smaller parcels for consideration in the deal, explained Village Clerk Vivien Van Wagner.
The money comes from a Park Land fund the village has. There is no decision on how to use the land, it is wooded, said Ms. Van Wagner.
The Omni Point case was in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, said Village Attorney Peter MacKinnon in early June.
Omni Point had sought a preliminary injunction stopping the removal of their wireless antennas from LIPA poles in the village. They went to federal court and were recently denied their preliminary injunction. The wireless antennas have not been removed. The subject is still under negotiation.
At the June meeting, the village received a draft of the cellular tower project study from Fredrick P. Clark Associates. The board voted to adopt a local law: "Extension of Moratorium on Approval and Construction of Telecommunications Facilities." The moratorium has been extended to the end of September.
* The Zoning Board of Appeals is being designated as the lead agency in the St. Dominic Fields Case. The hearing should be scheduled in the latter part of July.
* Kenneth Kramer resigned from the Muttontown Planning Board, effective May 27. The mayor thanked him for his work on behalf of the village.
* The village is considering 110 street signs as well as a few that say Welcome to Muttontown.
Bert Spitz asked the village to consider an amendment to the village regulations on noise for those parts of the village where there is a higher concentration of homes. The issue in the immediate case is lawnmowers and leaf blowers on Saturdays. Peter MacKinnon said they needed to review the possibility. The village has 167 homes on half acres and that will be the consideration for the regulation. The mayor said a public hearing, possibly in September, was needed for the item.
Muttontown resident Ken Hollins will be the liaison between the village board of trustees and the Muttontown Horsemen's Association.
He suggested a new concept for trails for the village: that they be considered a health and fitness trail system. Along Brookville Road they could be for bikes, joggers and horses, he said. The MHA would volunteer sweat-labor and finances to create the trails. They would be four to five feet wide and made of hard packed dirt friendly to joggers and horses - and not asphalt.
They would like the trails marked by signs not stakes - that are hazardous to walkers as well as horses.
Mr. Hollins will present his ideas to the board, in writing at a future meeting.
The next village board meeting is on Monday, July 12.