Written by Carla Panetta Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00
The Monday, Nov. 28 meeting of the Bayville Village Board began with the recognition of two heroic police officers. The NCPD officers were honored for their selfless bravery during the helicopter rescue of the driver of a car that was hit by a tree branch on Bayville Ave. on Aug. 28 during extreme conditions of Hurricane Irene. The officers, NCPO Darin Costello and NCPO Dan Bednartz, were presented with citations for their bravery.
The board approved an amendment to the 2002 lease agreement with Bridge Marina for 40 Ludlam Avenue, south of the Bayville Bridge; mutually agreed to negotiations to extend the lease for another five-year period at the existing rent, with Bridge Marina to pay half of property taxes should they become due in the time period. The monthly rent is $10,655.
The board continued its change order discussion from the last meeting on the Ludlam Avenue streetscape, which the board has been working on for several years. The changes include more sidewalk areas in the renovation project - of damaged areas that have deteriorated since the original project scope two-plus years ago. Different charge rates of saw cutting were noticed by Trustee Fey and were investigated and found to be attributed to the required cutting depth. Added to the cost of the sidewalk work costs by $62,051 but the project is still coming in under budget. Mayor Douglas Watson said he is checking on the project daily. Consultants from H2M and designer Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects are also overseeing the contractor work. Village Clerk Maria Alfano is also checking the site regularly. Trustee Rupp asked about assurances of project oversight. Gerianne of Over the Bridge said she sees contractors working and making good progress. Funding of the project was questioned: the NY State grant is still pending, though Diane Yaturo’s office secured Nassau County bond funds, to be traded out with the State. The paving bid was an Inter-municipal project done with the county. A bond anticipation note is how the Village is currently paying bills on the project. The $569,000 is the total project budget cost. There was mention of expanded sidewalk tree plots that are expected to be in the project plan.
The change motion was accepted by the board.
The Village Energy Group of Nassau County has a cooperative buying agreement for municipalities, businesses, and residents. They offer 8 percent discounts on natural gas. (There is an additional National Grid charge to deliver the gas.) Also it saves on taxes on the delivery portion of the bill, and the Village gets a percent benefit as well. The rates are offered for two years. One resident in the audience suggested reviewing the rate after the two-year period for any elevated increases, and check for competitive pricing. NCVOA (the Nassau County Village Officials Association) will send correspondence to residents and businesses on how to participate in the program. There was a motion to sign the agreement for two years – it was accepted.
The board voted to participate in the new Inter-municipal Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee. It is a new association of multiple Incorporated Villages, Towns and the City of Glen Cove, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Participants are to pool resources and find value in meeting the requirements of Clean Water Act, new MS-4 run off requirements, and grant writing. The Committee meets in Friends of the Bay offices in Oyster Bay. If approved by each village, each village will contribute $2500 per year. Village participations are 2 percent of the total budget and the $2500 is dependent on all the villages’ participation or the cost per village would rise. The budget is for part time personnel, education materials, MS-4 application filing, etc. The total annual budget is $65,000. A motion was made to consider participation in the inter-municipal committee and it was approved. The motion does not include a vote or commitment to the funding as yet; that will be dependent on how many other villages agree to participate.
Oak Neck Point wall repair: A resident asked for a follow-up from Attorney Bianco on the Village intervening in the wall repair dispute - that the Oak Point homeowners Association should repair the wall. Attorney Bianco reviewed more materials and found that the Village cannot intervene lawfully and effectively on the matter.
Bayville Beautification: A resident asked about a follow up from the Sept. 6 letter to businesses about cleanliness, paint colors and signage. The resident referenced codes on litter, weeds, and rubbish. The board response was that no businesses had provided direct feedback, but that some businesses were making obvious improvements. Mayor Watson indicated that upon a visit to the Post Master and the Pharmacy Building owner, it was discussed that business owners will need to keep up with cleanliness especially after the streetscape project investment, and in fact that the corner house cottage by the Post Office is being renovated.
Another comment was that old signs of vacated businesses should be taken down. For-lease signs should be standardized and of higher quality than currently, one of which is done on pink construction paper.
The Tilford Building, which is long awaiting Nassau County grant monies for an exterior facelift, has 4-inch paint chips peeling off and falling onto the newly poured sidewalks. When are the bid-winning companies to start on the project? The Mayor estimated by March 2012. A resident requested power washing of the building which would seem reasonable and would improve the appearance of the building and the village in the mean time.
Bayville Beautification Committee—where does it apply with regard to style, colors, etc. of components for the Ludlam Avenue Streetscape project? Mayor Watson commented that the project architect has designed those components. The board commented that a specific color scheme for new business façade painting, and for signage, has been adopted thanks to the Beautification Committee. Mayor Watson said that the Beautification committee is an advisory committee, and suggested they put requests together, such as seasonal ideas, to submit to the village. He indicated the Beautification Committee is not an arm of village government or a contractor to perform the work. Trustee Rapelje suggested putting recommendations formally on paper, and some, maybe not all, can be carried out. Mayor Watson mentioned that new garbage receptacles and benches were selected by streetscape designer Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects.
Adopt a Spot: There was concern for better management of these spaces within new streetscape project was requested. Both Mayor Watson and residents discussed the need for standardized management of the spots, new commitments from interested donors, and possible management by one landscaper.
Arlington Lane repairs: A resident asked who filled in large pot holes on Arlington Lane this month with asphalt? In just weeks, it is breaking up. No one on the street knows who placed the asphalt patches. Someone saw a large truck. The board said it does not know of any Village entity that made the repairs.
Personal Threats: A resident was dismayed that alleged threats were made against a board member by a Fire Company member, and asked why was no action was taken by board. The board commented that other threats were allegedly made too, one to Trustee Knaughten, and it is up to the victim to initiate police action and press charges.
Streetscape oversight: A resident thanked the board and village staff for time spent in daily monitoring of the streetscape project on Ludlam Avenue.
Code Enforcement: A resident commented that code enforcement works; that there are lots of cleanliness and upkeep codes on the books as brought up earlier in the night, and that they should be enforced to the full extent.
Tax calculations: A resident questioned the delayed year (2009) of tax assessment used to calculate his recent Village tax bill. Village Clerk Maria Alfano-Hardy said the tax rolls used come straight from the county, and they are one-year-old when released. The resident questioned if it is law that Bayville must use county tax rolls as an evaluation basis. He stated that Nassau County General Tax bill refers to the 2011 assessment.
The meeting was adjourned and the board went into Executive Session.
The next meeting of the Bayville Board was on Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. [This issue of the Enterprise Pilot was completed on Monday, Dec. 12, before the meeting was held. The report on that meeting will be in the Dec. 22 issue of this paper.]