Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
At the last meeting of the Village of Williston Park, former village clerk Walter Moloughney was honored, posthumously, with a plaque of the village crest that is hung behind the dais, for all the work he did in planning out a newly renovated court and meeting room for the village.
Also involved was Denis Farrell, of F.B.S Business Systems, who donated the village crest. Present at the event were Williston Park Justice Alan Reardon and clerk Ursula Odierna along with the entire Walter Moloughney family.
Farrell said, “It’s my pleasure to be here. But before I start with the dedication of the plaque, I would like to say that truly the vision of rejuvenating this room came from Justice Reardon, Walter Moloughney and the “task”person, who got the job done, was the clerk to the justice, Ursula Odierna. Without Ursula none of this would have happened. She did the grant which was a New York State grant and it brought a lot of money to village hall, she worked with all of the vendors to get the carpeting, the flooring and anybody, who has ever done a project, you all know what a big job it is. It couldn’t be more beautiful. This is such an important room for the village, the residents and for the community.
“But to begin the project, it was Walter Moloughney. We started talking about a year and a half ago. Walter wanted this project up and running and thanks to his vision, it happened and things fell into place and the room was finished. So, it is our privilege, mayor, to dedicate the village seal to Walter Moloughney. I didn’t know Walter for many years, but I think I loved him the moment I met him. He was a dedicated public servant and he put this community first in terms of his professionalism. He was an inspiration and it was a privilege for me to know him. So, thank you for letting me participate and I will always keep Walter in my thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful person and a gentleman.”
Farrell said, “One last note, I would like to thank the men from the DPW Department who actually did all the work. Their craftsmanship is wonderful and they saved the village residents a good deal of money.
Mayor Odierna read the plaque that reads, “In memory of Walter J. Moloughney, Village Clerk 2006 to 2008 donated by Dennis J. Farrell, president of F.B.S. Justice Solutions. And, we thank you very much.”
After that Mayor Odierna presented The Key to the Village, to Dennis Farrell. After the presentations, the village proceeded with its regular meeting.
At the outset of the regular meeting, when reading off the many bills to be paid, Mayor Odierna commented that the Town of North Hempstead has increased its flow control rate, which is the amount charged by the town to dispose of the village garbage, from $78 a ton to $88 a ton. Odierna said, “We feel that is very high and we are looking at other venues to dispose of our garbage. As you can see, just this month it was $49,000 and as it goes on, it becomes higher, so we want to make sure we get the best deal for our residents. There are some villages that have a better deal and we are looking into this.”
Mayor Odierna said he was at a meeting with Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi regarding county planning. He said that Williston Park is “scared” since it’s mainly all residential. He stated that Souzzi was looking at industrial and commercial space and how to utilize it in a better way. It will not affect Williston Park.
Village Clerk Julie Kane announced that the Williston Park library requested the use of the village meeting room on the third floor for the use of a children’s program on July 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There was a request for a block party on Harvard Street between Willis and Broad on July 18 and on Cushing Avenue between Hillside and Prospect on July 25. Both requests were granted.
The Williston Park Auxiliary Police Unit put in 117 hours for the village in May,
On July 15 at 8 p.m. the village will sponsor the Nassau Pops Concert at Cross Street School and if it rains it will be in the Cross Street auditorium.
Deputy Mayor Smith announced that there is now a three-way light on Dartmouth Street, it is delayed. She also announced that the pool is opened and there is a new slide that has been installed.
She also said that the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary has made a generous donation to the Willliston Park Swim team.
Smith added, “In the pool application it is stated that there is a $40 late, so rules and regulations must be followed as stated in the pool application. She said the board has voted on this and the late fee stands as is.
Later in the meeting Justice Alan Reardon commented that he felt the late fee for the pool registration was excessive, but Deputy Mayor Smith said it was a fee decided on by the board.
Trustee Dunn thanked North Hempstead Town Councilman Angelo Ferrara for supplying the village with garbage bags, T-shirts and gloves for village clean-up day.
He also announced the court report for May. Honorable Alan Reardon heard 230 cases, collecting fines of $13, 386 with a surcharge of $395 and Honorable Kevin Keiley heard two cases collecting fines of $202 with the surcharge of $55.
Trustee Swendsen-Dowd announced that she and trustee Dunn are continuing the negotiations with the Department of Public Works and they have another meeting with their union representative.
She also announced that South Shore Brass performed indoors at village hall because of the weather and there was nice attendance, She said that King Kullen donated hot dogs and IHOP gave funds for soda. She also thanked Ursula Odierna for helping out.
The other item she mentioned was the water contract with the Village of East Williston and she said that they are making progress on that.
Trustee Darmstadt announced some of the police disturbances in the village including tire slashing, houses being robbed, a taxicab driver was robbed and there was graffiti affixed to some buildings. Trustee Darmstadt said there was also a rumor, again, that POP (Problem Oriented Police Officer) John Dockswell was being removed from this district and he urged all residents to contact the 3rd Precinct to ask that not be the case.
The meeting then ended and the next meeting is set for July 20 at 8 p.m. at Williston Park Village Hall 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.