Written by Jessica M. Semins Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00Although it is summer in Sea Cliff, the mayor and trustees are working through the long hot days to make improvements to the village. At a village board meeting on Aug. 10, Mayor Bruce Kennedy swore in Drew Lawrence as full-time superintendent of buildings, who is replacing his predecessor, Paul Barocca. Mr. Lawrence is the individual from whom residents will seek counsel regarding a permit for any work to be done to their homes. Also at the board meeting, a local law was passed regarding floodplain management regulations.
The North Shore Kiwanis Club presented the Sea Cliff Fire Department with a check for $1,800 to go toward the purchase of a defibrillator. Kiwanis President Julia Salat remarked, “We know that times are tight. We know the meaning of volunteerism and community. We present you with this check for all you do.”
Two achievement citations went out to Sea Cliffians Larry Gordon and Norman Parsons for their outstanding 25 years of community service. Mr. Gordon spent 25 years serving on the Architectural Review Board and Parsons dedicated his time to serving as mayor, trustee, member of the Zoning Board as well as Planning Board.
Although it will not be completed in time to enjoy this season, plans are under way in cooperation with Diane Yatauro to expand the beach pavilion and concession stand. As Glen Cove undergoes development along their own waterfront area, the concerns of Sea Cliffians are being heard and considered. Another new construction development taking place is a new agreement allowing residents in the village to connect to a sewer line on Prospect Avenue as it travels to the treatment plant in Glen Cove.
Trustee White reported that the village saved $16,000 this year compared to last year by its recycling efforts.
Trustee Vogt announced Sea Cliff’s first annual Great Sea Cliff Kayak Race to take place over Labor Day weekend, which will include games and festivities. She also publicized a handout put together by the Senior Action Committee emphasizing the kinds of services the committee can provide.
Trustee Mannix reported that the number of library checkout items has increased 30 percent in the last two years and the number of patrons increased by 42 percent since 2007. The library also received funds to purchase two volumes of foreign language computer courses.
Six auto accidents and six aided cases other than auto occurred in the month of July, as well as one incident of criminal mischief concerning a broken windshield and rear window on a car.
Jay Romano remarked that he is concerned with the number of commercial vehicles moving through town and suggested the local 6th precinct might be able to take further action. He said, “We have a square mile of paradise. Let’s keep it that way.” Mayor Kennedy remarked that he has been working on fostering and developing a positive relationship with the police department and the trustees will continue to review the situation.
A resident also commented on what he deemed a potential traffic safety issue regarding “untold inconveniences and danger” near an auto repair shop on Glenola Avenue. Mayor Kennedy agreed to investigate the situation.