Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
The New Hyde Park Village meeting was held at 7:30 p.m. last week for a hearing to amend various village codes and to change the fees of those codes.Village attorney John Spellman, who owns his own law firm in Garden City, presented the codes and the fees attached to them to the board. The proposed laws and fee changes are as follows:
Law amending Chapter No. 156 of the code of the village entitled
“Signage and Advertising” Section 156-5 entitled “Signs in Non-residential Districts”, increasing the vertical measurement of signs. This law states how many signs may be affixed to either the front or side of a building and this is the main sign and should conform to the dimensional requirements of the village code.
A proposed local law repealing Chapter No. 118 of the Code entitled “Lodging and Rooming Houses.” The law repeals the following: definitions, registration, recordkeeping, number of rooms, provisions and regulations, dangerous rooms, cards stating maximum number of lodgers, reporting of illnesses, enforcing agencies to have access, license required, license application, investigation, license fee, issuance of license, posting and tampering with license, duplicate license, nontransferability of license, refusal of license, reapplication following rejection, revocation of license, expiration and renewal of license, penalties for offenses.
The village amended chapter No. 195 of the zoning code entitled 195-8 entitled “Building Material and Specifications” by removing the requirement of a flat roof for construction in a business zone.
This law is added to require permits for the installation/construction alteration of driveways. To include the reconstruction, relocation, alteration, extension or removal of any existing or the construction or installation of any new or additional roof, driveway, stoop drainage, waste, vent or soil pipe, water, gas or electric service panel, meter or supply line, oil or gas-fixed furnace, boiler, burner or heater, sink, water closet, bathtub, shower or other plumbing fixture or appliance hookup or connection, or electrical main or branch circuit wiring, outlet, switch or fixture assembly, hookup or connection. And, the fee for a driveway permit would be $75.
This law, as described by attorney Spellman is targeted at any applicant who is either a contractor or a representative of a division, a department or branch government, or a utility corporation, or is a plumber or electrician licensed by the village, or a person engaged in some business or occupation whose work requires such excavation to be made and whose name has been approved and placed on file with the village. Spellman said that in the past street openings have been made right after the village has completed costly road reconstruction.
Therefore, any person, association, firm or corporation which violates any provision of this chapter or assists in the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter and shall be punishable as follows:
By a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days or both for conviction of a first offense.
By a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days or both, for conviction of a second offense, provided the first and second offenses were committed within a period of five years of each other.
By a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both, for conviction of the third or subsequent offense of a series of offenses, all of which were committed within a period of five years.
In a summarization statement Spellman said, “When National Grid took over for KeySpan, the Public Service Commission required that they replace all gas mains and to remove all interior gas meters to the exterior of the property, in order to reduce the pressure potential. So all of this takes a lot of digging and so the goal here is to coordinate with National Grid to have them formulate a plan that matches our street work and let them do that ahead of us. Let them come in with a five-year plan that will match our five-year plan. Our goal is not to collect fines but rather to have companies comply with our codes.”
At the end of the description of the new proposed local laws and since there was no public comment, or opposition, called for by the mayor, the board voted to adopt all laws as proposed by attorney Spellman.
The regular meeting took place after the local law hearings and at the outset, as is always the case, New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel Petruccio called for any comments or questions from the public. Since there were none, he continued on with the meeting.
The board approved the use of Marcus Christ Hall on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Senator Craig Johnson to host a workshop for local groups and the attorney general’s charities bureau.
The following licenses were approved: ACA Waste Services, National Waste Services, Jet Sanitation Service Corp. Also the following restaurant licenses were approved: Subway at 1201 Jericho Turnpike and Wong Garden, 1203 Jericho Turnpike. The tow car company of Nuzzi Brothers was also renewed as was Jericho Hope Cleaners, 1519 Jericho Turnpike and the catering vehicle of Gary Hoffman, of North Massapequa.
Trustee Coppola said he was in contact with POP (Problem Oriented Police) Nick Mosesso to discuss the “hot spots” in the village namely BP gas station and the pool hall. He said he asked that anyone who sees anything at these locations to please call him at 573-6370.
It was also established that village clerk Patrick Farrell has arranged a meeting with the BP owner and the owner of the property to meet with the board in the near future.
Coppola said he also spoke with Mosesso about the collection bin and the shoe drop on the BP property. Further he said they discussed the Roslyn Savings Bank robbery back in October and the increased amount of graffiti that has surfaced in the village. He said they think they know who is doing it and they are working on that lead.
Mayor Petruccio also wanted to know if POP Officer Mosesso mentioned a rash of burglaries and he wondered if they could be part of the rash of burglaries that have been occurring in Manhasset Hills.
Trustee Coppola also said he met with Auxiliary Police John Concannon and their car, which is serviced by Nassau County, has been in service since Oct. 6 and they are not sure when it they will get it back. But, he said the auxiliary police have been at the Veterans Day ceremony and will be at the tree lighting.
Trustee Coppola also mentioned that both Wildcats Soccer and New Hyde Park Little League are holding registration and he said that further information would be posted on the electronic message board on the grounds of New Hyde Park Village hall.
Deputy Mayor Lofaro announced that the Department of Public Works is finished with the collection of yard and leaf waste and will resume next April. Further, he said, “The road work project is almost finished and now it’s time to pay for it. In the past we basically raised a million dollars or less and funded over 10 years, so we were able to get financing directly from the banks and the rates were very good.
“This time we are borrowing one point, $1 million dollars and it will be over a 12-year period and by law we have to go out to a public market. For the first time, in my recollection, we are floating municipal bonds in the public sector. The bids are due; and after they are opened, the bids will be issued in the middle of December.
“Want to complement Village Clerk Pat Farrell for the work he has done in this debt issuance and, as I said, it’s something new for the village. Last month we passed a resolution for about $20,000 to cover legal costs to float the bonds, but we hope the rates will make up the difference and that we will be able to borrow the money, at a lesser rate than if we borrowed it through the conventional rate with the banks.
“I’m proud to say that Standard and Poors has rated the bonds for the village of New Hyde Park at Double A, with a stable forecast.”
Lofaro explained that it is very hard for a village to receive the highest rating, which is Triple A rating as there are other factors involved outside of financials of the village.
He said, “For instance if the school district, the county, the town and the fire district have debts, we as taxpayers have a debt load and that gets factoedr into what S&P look at for a bond rating. So, our bond rating of Double A is exceptional and it shows that New Hyde Park is fiscally conservative.”
Lofaro also reported that the Beautification Committee and its volunteers planted the daffodil bulbs donated by McNulty Landscaping and he expressed the thanks of the village.
Under facilities he reported that the village opened the bids for the village hall renovation, through grant money provided by New York State Senator Craig Johnson. He said, “We had five bidders and the lowest bid was about $329,000 and the highest $427,000. The base bid really focuses on upstairs of village hall and the renovation of the theater and putting a secondary staircase into the building so there are two means of egress.
“We also have an alternate two, three and four which incorporates enhancements to the basement repair and the replacement of the fire escape in the back. Unfortunately, we probably won’t be able to do those alternate enhancements because the money is less than we have.”
Mayor Petruccio said he only had two items, one was to pay the bills
He then said, “It’s been known for quite a while that one of our longtime employees is getting ready to retire, Mark Farina. We will certainly miss him and we have several opportunities to wish him well. He will be hard to replace. He wears his love for New Hyde Park on his sleeve. He doesn’t just do a job, for him it’s a vocation.”
The board then paid the bills and the mayor called for further comment; and since there was none, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting.