The May 13 meeting was the last for Muttontown Village Trustee Bert Spitz. Mayor Murcott thanked Bert for all his work on the board, as a trustee and as president of Muttontown Knolls Civic Association. Mr. Spitz has moved to East Norwich, and plans to be active with the East Norwich Civic Association.
He said some of the biggest things the board has done for the village go almost unnoticed. "The biggest was taking low density rates away from Cablevision which resulted in our saving about $50,000 a year because of our diligence," he said.
Mayor Murcott said, "as a trustee Bert was involved with the fire department and fostered great relations for the village with the three fire departments that serve the village: Jericho, Syosset and East Norwich."
The mayor said he also tried to help maintain an equestrian presence in the village.
Mr. Spitz said in response, "You are top-notch as mayor. Until your meetings, Muttontown meetings were dry. Now they are a source of excitement, purpose and resolution. Things get done!"
The mayor appointed Richard Entel, who was on the Muttontown ZBA and before that the Planning Board, when the mayor was on that board, he said.
Mr. Entel will complete the last year of Mr. Spitz' term of office and will run for election the year after that.
Mayor Richard Murcott in his report to the village took a moment to chat about the Hicksville Collection District #3. He said when Nassau County decided to increase the size of sewers to the north end of Northern State Parkway, in a move to preserve the drinking water, they hired an engineering firm who saw a need to redesign the line going through Muttontown in the area by Ridge Lane.
The sewage system uses gravity flow. They used the school district lines to draw the district. Jericho east and south on Muttontown Road, then to the Syosset school district south of Muttontown Road is the district.
They sold bonds to do the sewer work, but they ran out of money. Those in the original district still pay taxes.
Mr. Murcott told residents to look at their bills. Those in the Hicksville Collection District #3 pay taxes but have no sewage and there is not a thing anyone can do about it, he said.
Mayor Murcott said, "The issue points out how important it is that we need people who want to get re-elected. The north shore has few votes for the town and the county to care about. They care about Massapequa and Hicksville."
The Jericho Water District is putting in a new pump house on their property on Stone Ridge Court. Representatives from the water district were there to explain about the pump house. He said both the motor and pump will be above ground. The well is 519 ft. deep and the pump house is on 6.5 acres of land. The pump house will be insulated for sound. To make sure there will not be noise, the village owns acreage around the site.
The water will go along Route106 from Stone Edge via a trench that will be dug. There is no emergency generator planned for at the moment.
When Mayor Murcott asked if they might need another pump in the future, the engineer said the well house is being designed big enough to hold two pumps if need be.
The property was chosen to allow ingress and egress of trucks, on Stone Ridge Court just off Route 106, for safety's sake. The trucks will be carrying chlorine and chemicals. The personnel will visit the pump house once or twice a day to check the chemicals. They use the same materials that are used in pools, said a board member.
The village ZBA is being sued by a resident who is unhappy over the decisions of the group. They denied a variance for construction done without permits.
A resident of Muttontown Road/East Woods Road (the portion of the road nearer Syosset) complained that currently during the High Holy days there is a safety problem with parking along that road. He said he sometimes can't get into his home because of the extensive parking for the Jewish temple (located near Syosset,) located there.
The mayor said they should try to solve that problem. "Maybe they can use the Woodcrest Country Club for parking and have shuttle buses to the temple," he said.
There was a burglary on Ripley Lane, a window was broken and jewelry was stolen, said Perry Welch, the Muttontown police commissioner. Mayor Murcott said he receives the police report every month. "They gave out 103 tickets the past month (April), down from 120 the month before. People are driving too fast on Route 106," he said.
"The number of false alarms were 80, down from 84 the month before. Still, that is three a day. Most alarm calls are listed as 'undetermined'."
A resident of Brookville Road complained about speeding. They should be going 35 mph but do 50 mph, he said. There was a fatality at the intersection of Route 106 and Brookville Road recently, he added.
The board hadn't heard from the developers of Kirby Hill at the time of the May 13 meeting. "We're waiting for their answers to our questions in the DEIS," said trustee Ed Henn. He said they will notify the surrounding residents of the next meeting with the developers.
The developers are creating a 4' x 8' scale model to give people a good sense of what is being planned.
Village Clerk Vivian Van Wagner said the village has signed a contract with Mineola Sign for more signposts for the village. "People are already stealing the signs," said Highway Commissioner Raz Tafuro.