Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
The Town of North Hempstead recently issued a $14.8 million bond to the Carle Place Water District to meet demands of a rising population and address future contamination issues.
“After careful consideration and conferring at great length with the district’s consulting engineers, the Carle Place Water District Board of Water Commissioners has concluded that the proposed improvements and bond issue request are necessary for the district to continue to meet all current regulatory requirements for potable drinking water and fire flow demands,” said Water Commissioner and Chairman Timothy E. Stellato.
Components of the capital improvement plan include:
-Construction of a new pump station (Well 1A) to increase water supply;
-Construction of packed tower aeration systems for the removal of volatile organic compounds to improve water treatment;
-Construction of ion exchange systems for the removal of perchlorate and nitrate;
-Painting and miscellaneous repairs to the interior and exterior of the water tower to improve water supply;
-Electrical improvements with the installation of generators to provide standby emergency power and;
-Installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA).
Proposed housing and extensive commercial development in the district in recent years have increased the need for an additional water supply, according to several engineering studies. An additional well house will help the district meet system capacity and comply with larger flow requirements for fire protection.
While the water presently supplied to consumers from existing wells meets current regulatory guidelines for potable drinking water, the district is detecting increasing nitrate trends and occasional traces of volatile organic compounds– none of which have exceeded maximum allowable levels to date. The district, which serves nearly 9,000 residents, won awards for best tasting tap water in Nassau County in 1985 and 2005.
Additionally, with neighboring water suppliers utilizing packed tower aeration facilities to address treatable levels of organic compounds, it would be reasonable to expect to see the levels of organic compounds increase in the Carle Place Water District in the near future, according to the engineer’s report, which recommended that the district begin planning for construction of treatment facilities at its well sites.
An estimated increase in the tax rate of $12 per month for a home assessed at the district average valuation of $398,000 will go into effect during a seven- to eight-year period, as bond projects progress and become completed.
“These projects take time to plan and develop, so we are moving ahead now in the interest of public health and safety,” Stellato said.
Additional questions from the public may be directed to the district office Monday through Friday, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (516) 333-0540.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.