Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00Recently, Manorhaven’s new Public Works/Highway facility was inspected by Mayor Michael T. Meehan and Trustee John M. DiLeo, Jr. This facility is on village-owned property that is located on Ashwood Road, just off the corner of Manorhaven Boulevard.
Mayor Meehan stated, “After many years of indecision by prior administrations, the board of trustees and I wanted to provide our outstanding public works/highway crew with a much-needed upgrade of their facility. To accomplish this, we are putting to excellent use a parcel of village-owned property, that will be a better and more organized base for our Public Works/Highway Department, resulting in more efficient service to our residents – and I am pleased to say that we are doing so at a modest cost.”
According to Meehan, the previous village administration entered into a lease for a “home” for the Highway Department, but this lease was too expensive for the village and the taxpayers, especially in this difficult economy. As a result, Meehan said that the current village administration decided not to renew the lease and agreed to use the village-owned Ashwood Road property for the Highway Department, instead. In addition, Meehan said that the village was awarded a $50,000 New York State grant to be put towards this project, which was achieved through the efforts of State Senator Craig Johnson.
In a prior statement from Mayor Meehan regarding this project, he explained that under the inter-municipal agreement with the Town of North Hempstead, the Ashwood Road property will provide a place for the two Highway department trailers and all of the heavy equipment and trucks. He also stated that this property will be hooked up to the already existing water and electric services at the “pocket park,” which is immediately adjacent.
Mayor Meehan also emphasized in this previous statement that the village does not intend this move to be a permanent situation. “When the real estate market rebounds, as it most certainly will at some point, we will look to tap in to the value of the Ashwood property, to enable us to provide a truly permanent ‘home’ for our Highway Department,” he said.
Since several neighboring residents have been concerned about the screening of this area, Meehan said that they would plant evergreens to provide year-round screening. Additionally, he said that “New sidewalk and driveway aprons will be installed on the Ashwood side and the entire site will be tastefully landscaped and fenced off from public view.”