Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
Storm water drainage, delinquent taxes, and the new location for the village office were among the topics discussed at the Baxter Estates Board of Trustees meeting that was held on March 4. Additionally, the village is holding an election on Tuesday, March 16.
The board reviewed an estimate to fix the problem with storm water drainage for homes on Hillside Avenue and Hilltop Avenue. “I think we need to examine our whole drainage issue in this village and come up with a comprehensive plan,” said Trustee Alice M. Peckelis. “Obviously, the storm drains that were built in the 1930s are not adequate for the kind of rainfall that we have today. We need a master plan to put in more storm drains to address all this water runoff.”
Mayor Frederick E. Nicholson also stated that he would like to fix this problem. The board then discussed several questions and concerns they have about improving storm water drainage. Trustee Peckelis added that the village should get an engineer’s opinion and it should be discussed at the next budget meeting. Mayor Nicholson agreed that this issue should be discussed more at the next budget meeting, since they have a few questions that need to be answered before making a final decision. The village board scheduled their next budget session for Saturday, March 13 after discussing the storm water drainage issues.
Additionally, the board discussed delinquent taxes. Some homeowners have been late on their taxes for several years and owe over $10,000. Village Attorney Christopher Prior and Mayor Nicholson agreed to send letters to residents who are late on their taxes, and these letters will outline a time frame to respond.
The village board also discussed the new location of the Baxter Estates court and village offices, which they are calling the “Bird House,” since Captain John Bird, who was related to the Baxter family, built it. The Bird House is about 100 years old and it is located at 315 Main Street, across from Goodyear Tires and adjacent to Baxter Pond Park. Currently, the house is owned by the Port Washington Sewer District and is no longer in use, since the facilities were moved to Harbor Road. The village of Baxter Estates is working out the details of the lease with the landlord.
The Annual Baxter Estates Village Election will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at the Village Office, located at Two Harbor Road in Port Washington. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Trustee Alice M. Peckelis is up for re-election for a two-year term, Douglas Baldwin is nominated for Trustee under a two-year term, and Michael Taylor is nominated for Trustee under a one-year term. All three are running uncontested.