The Village of Roslyn is concerned about a proliferation of garbage along Old Northern Boulevard on Sunday, a day when restaurants and other businesses still expect a steady traffic of customers.
Employees from the Department of Public Works clean up the village on Sunday morning, working from 5 to 9 a.m. But, according to Mayor Janet Galante, as soon as their work is done, "garbage is back on the street." The mayor also noted the appearance of geese, raccoons and other unwanted mammals on the main boulevard.
Currently, the mayor said, there is "not enough" in the village code to keep whatever garbage that does appear off the sidewalks. The most recent village meeting only discussed the matter; no resolution or amending of the code took place, but the issue may be revisited in the future.
During the Aug. 18 meeting, the sidewalk issue came up. Mike Musiker, a local businessman, said he was asked to make repairs on recently installed pavings. He also protested that under the new guidelines, businessmen may have to make repairs on sidewalk gratings, on sidewalks that are "sunk" and on sidewalks pocketed by old and decaying bricks. "We didn't put them there," Mr. Musiker said of the deteriorating sidewalks.
Mayor Galante answered that other villages have long had the same new sidewalk repair requirements the village has now adopted. Such requirements, she added, are "the standard of what other communities do."
The mayor reiterated that village engineers will explain the renovation process to residents and businesses.
David DeRienzis, the village building inspector, said insurance companies, in the past several years, have been putting pressure on municipalities all across the country to get their sidewalks "up to snuff." This is the result of an outbreak in litigation over defective sidewalks. In short, municipalities must make necessary sidewalk repairs or risk losing insurance contracts.
Also at the meeting, the village, under the auspices of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., awarded a $5,000 grant to Rallye Motors of Roslyn.
The grant was given to help alleviate the $40,000 it cost Rallye to buy emission control machines apparently to keep up with federal emission standards from their automobiles.
The village is currently involved in a major repaving of the Edwards Street parking lot. Work is being done by the A. Stanco Company of Glen Cove. In the meantime, the BOT has approved of temporary parking on both sides of Edwards Street while the repaving project is going on.
In other news, resident Marshall Ward claimed the exterior of the village hall building on 1600 Old Northern Blvd., (est. 1995) is "rotting out" due to a poor coat of enamel paint. The sun, in these hot summer months, "bakes" the enamel and when the rain comes, the wood begins to rot. Mr. Ward, who is professionally knowledgeable about such matters, said that the exterior could be improved by being primed and painted with a good latex paint. For her part, Mayor Galante said the village has had "three painters" look at the building, "but no one wants to touch it."
The proposed Glen Cove ferry was also briefly touched upon at the meeting. The ferry would transport would-be gamblers from Glen Cove to the Foxwood casinos in New London, CT. Despite Roslyn's relative long distance from Glen Cove, BOT members have expressed concern over possible traffic problems along Roslyn Road. The BOT agreed to draft and send a letter to Glen Cove Mayor Thomas Suozzi asking that they receive all pertinent information on an environmental impact statement concerning the proposed ferry.