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Concerns Over Tank Construction

Project the domain of Roslyn School District 

At  a recent Village of East Hills Board of Trustees meeting, a local couple expressed concerns over a proposed 3,000-gallon diesel tank to be constructed near the maintenance building behind Harbor Hill School. 


The tank, which would supply school buses in the district, will be voted on in May as part of the school bond projects. This is included in part of the plan to relocate the bus garage, which is in a state of disrepair, from behind Roslyn High School to Harbor Hill School.


“The tank will be a health hazard to people who live in the area and also create too much bus traffic on Parp Drive, which is a single lane road,” said Dr. Steven Cohn, who attended the meeting along with his wife, Debbie.  “There are a lot of little kids who live in the area and I’d worry about their safety.”


Village of East Hills Mayor Michael R. Koblenz told Cohn that there is not much the village could do as the proposed tank and bus maintenance garage is a Roslyn School District issue but that he had spoken to Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner about it.


“I threw some suggestions out to him like why doesn’t he build it offsite or wait until after November 5 when we have a new town supervisor,” said Koblenz.


Also at the meeting, Steve Kafka, chairman of the Traffic & Safety Commission, presented a plan for parking restrictions on Kennedy Road. Residents of the street and nearby neighbors had recently signed a petition requesting for no-parking signs on the street, which is a shortcut between Glen Cove and Red Ground Road.


“The patrons of nearby businesses on Glen Cove Road block resident’s driveways with their cars and throw cigarette butts and other garbage on the residential road,” said Kafka. “I’ve witnessed [it] myself, eleven times, parking by patrons along Kennedy Road.”


Village Trustee Clara Pomerantz issued the monthly report for September. She said that the total of fines collected was $38,485. 


The report also broke down vehicular violations by type. There were 174 tickets issued for unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered and uninspected vehicles. Forty-six tickets were issued for speeding violations. A total of 17 East Hills residents received traffic summonses.