Written by Carla Panetta Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00
The Monday, Dec. 12, Bayville Village board meeting opened with the board’s business motions to accept the warrants and claims as presented, and to pass the prior meeting’s resolutions as accepted.
A recommendation was accepted for an appointment to the Village of Bayville’s Environmental Conservation Commission. Ms. Beth Bates, a fourth-grade teacher from Bayville Intermediate School, was recommended to serve on the committee, which works on environmental projects such as removing invasive species from woodlands in the Harrison Williams Woods and preservation of trees, removing invasive vines.
Electrical contractor work will be required at Creek Beach for dock removal and will consist of disassembly of electric systems before hauling, and more extensive reassembly of electric systems in the spring. The best price bid was Anchor Electric: $1850 for fall work, and $6765 for spring work. Mayor Douglas Watson explained that over the past two years, the docks were left in the water with a bubble system to prevent icing damage. However, now the docks are in need of maintenance. Money for this work will come from reduced security budget items this season in the boating budget and not from the general fund.
Additionally, Bridge Marina will be hired to remove the docks at a cost of $4200, and put the docks back in after the winter and reassemble the layout at a cost of $4200.
The hiring of winter ice rink guards is necessary for the rink operation. The temporary rink schedule is intermittent and dependent upon freezing conditions for five consecutive days. The list of high school and college age student names was read: CPR certification is required, and the rate of pay is $10 per hour. Two board members with children on the list for the jobs abstained from the vote to hire ice rink guards.
Carol Meschkow of the Tobacco Action Coalition made a presentation to the Village Board and residents on the dangers of secondhand smoke and the efforts in townships in Nassau County where no smoking areas were designated at area offices and parks. The Coalition addresses protection of children as targets by tobacco companies, and works to promote smoking cessation. Ms. Meschkow wants Bayville to join other villages and its municipal peers in considering no smoking legislation. Their website illustrates such legislation.
Mayor Watson added that current Nassau County laws include Village municipal buildings in their no-smoking rules. The Board will look at the plans and consider no smoking on Bayville public beaches.
Mayor Watson thanked the Bayville Beautification committee for winter and holiday decorations throughout the village and at street entrances. Additionally, trustee Rupp extended a second thanks to the Bayville Beautification Committee and their past weekends of volunteer time and personal expenditures on some materials.
A resident questioned why weren’t all the sidewalks included in the reconstruction, as in other similar projects in nearby towns? It was brought out in a discussion that not all sidewalks required replacement, and that some additional distressed sidewalks were recently included in the plan. Pressure washing and brick pointing on existing sidewalks can be included in the project.
The board then proceeded to meet in executive session for personnel matters.
Next public meeting dates: The public is invited to attend the following meetings to see their government in action. It is the form of government closest to the people. Meetings are held on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., twice a month. The meetings for next month are Jan. 9 and Jan. 23.