Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
Matos said the project would improve and increase the existing drainage system by replacing around 34 catch basins (storm sewers) to handle more water and adding 12 “leaching” rings underground to collect water and percolate it through the soil.
He named Peachtree Street as the “target” street, as many residents along that stretch, which runs parallel to the Meadowbrook Parkway, have dealt with flooding problems for several years.
Matos explained that existing asphalt roadways will be ground up and used as a subbase for three to five inches of blacktop and that curbs will be restored using the same material that was previously in place. If no sidewalks were in place, then no new ones will be added.
He also said the affected streets, which will include the numbered streets, Roslyn Avenue, Silverlake, Peachtree, Glen Cove Avenue and a handful of others, will be inconvenienced but will receive a notice before work on their designated street will commence.
Matos explained that Intercounty Paving has been in touch with each school within the district and how all will be made aware of the project in order to advise students. Each block will take “a few weeks” to be completely repaired, said Matos, who also said sprinklers may break but will be subsequently repaired in the process.
As far as sidewalks are concerned, Matos said that some trees have to be removed as a practical matter, but trees will be replaced if possible. He explained how tree roots cause safety issues with uprooted sidewalks and often need to be cut to remedy the problem.
Matos said work is done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and his team cannot work through the winter, stopping in early December before resuming again in the spring. The project should begin within a week or two and residents affected should be on the lookout for letters notifying them of a time frame for construction.
Representatives from the Town of North Hempstead’s Building Department were also present at the meeting, along with Councilwoman Viviana Russell, to address residents’ concerns.
Much of the audience was in agreement regarding why it takes the town so long to issue building permits, and Commissioner Kevin Cronin offered an explanation.
He said that 25-30 percent of applications aren’t properly filled out and need to be resubmitted, which causes delays in the process. Of the nearly 4,000 permits filed each year, around 1,000 are stuck in resubmission.
He explained that out of the approximately 75,000 homes in the Town of North Hempstead, each house has a file noting any changes made to the original structural plan. Cronin said that most changes made to the original plan are unreported (e.g. a finished basement is not cited with the town), which causes the building department to then conduct new inspections and safety surveys. He and several other building department representatives also advised any residents with housing questions or concerns to call 311.