Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, village clerk Cathryn Hillman was appointed as the village’s first budget officer and the budget public hearing will be on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Annual Meeting of the Village of New Hyde Park directly after the public hearing also on April 2.
The board also approved a request from the New Hyde Park Road School to create a “drop off” zone on Park Avenue, subject to approval by the village attorney, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The following landscaper licenses were renewed:
Deamorin Landscaping, Carle Place; WN Landscaping Services, Freeport, B&B Landscaping Contractors, New Hyde Park; Victor’s Landscaping, New Hyde Park and Jesse Gardening and Landscaping, Freeport.
Trustee Coppola reported that the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its 50th Anniversary celebration at the Inn at New Hyde Park on January 19 with guest speaker Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
Mayor Daniel Petruccio suggested that the village present some kind of recognition to the chamber for its 50 years of service to the New Hyde Park community and it will be decided at a later date what that will be.
Trustee Coppola also reminded residents that the New Hyde Park Little League is currently registering new and former members for the spring season.
Further, trustee Coppola announced that the Office of Emergency Services has issued tips on how to be safe in your home during the winter. Just go on the website to view information.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro announced that 104 tree stumps have been removed from the village and that the Department of Public Works is expecting their new dump truck to be delivered shortly and according to DPW Superintendent Gannon they are just now putting the lights on the truck.
Lofaro also said they would be working with engineers DVirka & Bartilucci to identify roads that need repair and to establish pricing for those roads. The key on the road project, for the village is, what the budget numbers will be. Lofaro added, “Our million dollar bond final payment is due in June and we have the ability to replace that with another million dollar bond, but in the month or so the board will begin discussing all this in detail.”
He continued, “Under facilities, thanks to Cate, we had a new light installed on the side of the building so now anyone who is coming to the village will not have to do so in the dark.
“Don’t have all final numbers yet, but the 2010 and 2011 refuse total, we don’t have the solid waste yet, which is the household trash, but in 2011 271 tons of newspapers were collected as opposed to last year’s total of 326 tons. Whoever it is in the white van is picking up more newspapers, but I believe that newspapers and magazines in general are on the decline.
“Additionally our comingled collections, which is glass bottles, tins, we went from 295 tons in 2010 to 242 tons in 2011 which is a drop off of about 45 tons. In a recessionary period, the amount of waste decreases so we believe that is part of the reason.”
Trustee Montreuil announced that the ARB (Architectual Review Board) would soon be meeting and that they would be discussing 1003 Jericho Turnpike, The Learning Center, for a sign approval.
Montreuil continued, “There are a number of court cases on the docket for a host of different things, from property maintenance to working without a permit. Also, we continue to see a good bit of new permit applications coming in.”
Mayor Petruccio said, “Trustee Donald Barbieri is not here tonight but Barbieri did report that he met with Tom Savino, who is working on various details of the downtown project to make some final decision about plans to the state. We are almost ready to make our final proposal to the state.
“All of this is to get our project in before funding is no longer available and we believe that the end results will be beautiful for Jericho Turnpike.
“Other than that, I just have resolutions including to pay the bills. The board voted to ‘pay the bills’.”
In other business, Deputy Mayor Lofaro requested that the mayor and other trustees work with him in compiling all the changes that were made in the village in 2011. He said, “It’s a very different village than it was last year, however, we’re still delivering quality services.”
The next New Hyde Park meeting will be held on January 17 at 8 p.m. at village hall, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike.