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Baxter Estates is putting on a new face and it could happen as soon as this week. The village has contracted to resurface four roads in the heart of the community ¬ Hilltop Road, Overlook Drive, Ridgeway Road, and Woodcleft Avenue ¬ with work beginning "as early as late (this) week," according to a village official.

The village appropriated $90,000 from the Highway Repair Reserve Fund at a Oct. 6 meeting of the board of trustees to pay for the project. Most, if not all, of that will be reimbursed from NYS highway funds for which the village is eligible, according to the trustees.

Residents on the affected roads will be notified in advance on how and when to prepare for the work. Village officials said the inconvenience to homeowners could be as little as three hours on the day of re-paving and that they would contact everyone in a door-to-door campaign to assure that all were apprised of the plan.

"As soon as we know the dates," said Trustee and Public Works Commissioner Renee Greenspan, "we will go around to each homeowner. We can't depend on the mails for this. They'll know about this well in advance."

"The people on each street might be inconvenienced for all of three hours," she said. "It could be as simple as having to park their car around the block for the afternoon."

Greenspan said the resurfacing could "possibly start as soon as late (this) week."

The price of the project was pegged at just under $84,000, with the contract going to Bi-County Construction. Other costs include $3,000 in engineering and planning fees.

Originally, Sandy Hollow Lane, a dead-end road south of Sandy Hollow Road, was slated for repaving, but the Port Washington Water District notified the village of its plan to install a new water main there. "We certainly don't want them opening up a freshly re-surfaced road." said Greenspan.

Woodcleft Ave. was submitted into the plan at the trustee meeting. Because it's bigger than the short Sandy Hollow Lane, Woodcleft boosted the project's price tag by about $3,500.

The vacant lot at the corner of Main and High Streets may be one step closer to construction of a new Shields Hardware store, it was revealed at the Oct. 6 meeting. Complete construction plans were submitted by Shields and approved recently by the village. The next step is naming a contractor and securing proper insurance before the village can issue a building permit.

"We have received a complete set of plans," said Mayor Leslie Read. "The building permit is ready, subject to the required submission of the contractor's name, contract copy and necessary insurance certificates."

"Progress has been made," he said, "but we're not there yet."

"It's still a long way off," said one official. "But," said Trustee Greenspan, "they're pointd in the right direction."

The 1999 Nassau County budget could include money for villages throughout the county to share in sales tax revenue collected in Nassau. Townships and cities (Glen Cove and Long Beach) in the county already share in the funds, but villages, by law, are excluded, according to Baxter Trustee and Village Officials Association representative John Weaver. With Nassau Legislator Barbara Johnson and other VOA officials, he's lobbying for up to a $9 million share of the budget, to be split up among villages around the county.

"We're being treated unfairly," said Weaver. "The towns and cities are getting money, but we're not sharing in it. By law, the villages are cut out ¬ they don't get a dime.

"This has been the single most important piece of legislation we've been working on," he said. "It's the result of a lot of people's work."

Baxter Estates and other villages in the county will find out if they'll get their cut by the end of the month, when the Nassau budget is finalized.

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