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Manhasset Greater Council Does the Heavy Lifting

Onderdonk House is available to rent for community functions

A regular meeting of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations was held Jan. 11 at the Town of North Hempstead Law Library. Councilwoman Anna Kaplan was unavailable to attend this meeting as she was at a meeting in Albany, but has indicated she will attend future Greater Council meetings.

President Rich Bentley called the general meeting to order, thanking North Strathmore Civic Association President Jeff O’Brien for hosting the December meeting at the Onderdonk House. At that gathering the membership ran through the open Town of North Hempstead items and well as the any individual civic association issues—as is their custom each month. Bentley keeps a running list of everything; items appear, are resolved, or remain on the agenda for years, as is the case with the Plandome Road Visioning Project. It is expected Plandome Road will be repaved in the spring.

Also discussed was the development of the Christ Church Parish house. About four years ago an application was filed for the development of the same property, by the same developer, to demolish the structure and build luxury housing for a senior clientale. That plan would not have affected the school population, and library, train, restaurants and shopping were located within walking distance, but developer Michael Puntillo withdrew the application when faced with little popular local support. It is said that it is difficult financially for the parish to support the property, and they wish to act upon an acceptable solution as quickly as possible.

Puntillo has again filed an application to develop the property installing a Citibank roughly where the blue house or thrift shop is located, and repairing a portion of the beautiful parish house for use by the church.

At a town board meeting in December Rev. David Lowery, Christ Church, spoke, as did developer Michael Puntillo, in an effort to move the project forward.

Jeff O’Brien also reported, in an ongoing attempt to beautify the business section of town, that colonial shutters have been installed on the Maple Place Garage and will be installed on the railroad house shortly. Nancy Morris, State Farm Insurance, on Bayview Avenue, has also shuttered all facades of her building during the renovation.

In other business, reimbursement to Andrew Schwenk, Strathmore Village, was made for costs associated with fabrication and replacement of the “Manhasset Est.1680” sign that has been rehung near Whole Foods on Northern Boulevard.

The 311 call system now has 12 months of data, it was reported, enabling future monthly comparisons. The average on-time closure rate for the calendar year 2011 was 76 percent, it was said, while in the Town of North Hempstead the average time was 83.7 percent.

With Ann Marie Curd, past incumbent park district commissioner who lost the election in December to John Regan, no longer representing the park district at the Greater Council meetings, Mr. Bently asked for volunteers to attend park district meetings held the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 6:15 p.m. at 62 Manhasset Avenue. Notice of the meeting is posted on the front door of MPD office on the days of the meetings. Residents are invited to attend and the meetings are usually between 30 to 45 minutes, generally an hour tops, he said.

The Bayview Avenue Civic Association reported that the Bayview Avenue infrastructure engineers report was complete. Work at that time was pending to remediate flooding stemming from water coming from properties adjacent to the street on Bayview Avenue. Subsequently, North Hempstead’s Highway Department installed drainage pipes, a project that necessitated the diversion of traffic on Bayview due to flood mitigation work. Weather permitting, the roadway was expected to be fully reopened by Jan. 31.

In the village of Plandome Heights the current mayor, Diana Merenda, is retiring.

Norgate residents continue to express severe frustration, as they did at the meeting, over the many years of requested town action to enforce the previous court mandated restricted covenants with Sunset Chapels as well as the “horrendous” abandoned house on Norgate owned by the same individuals, that continues, Jim Pelzer reported, to reduce the quality of life for Norgate residents.

South Strathmore is replacing signs at the three entrances to the village from Northern Boulevard and is working with TNH on street name signage throughout the area.

The Terrace Manor representative reported P.S. Honda continues to park along streets in the neighborhood creating problems.

In North Strathmore the Onderdonk House restoration continues and is available to rent for community functions. Brick pillars, potentiality with gas lanterns, are being researched for entrances to the area with an estimated installation date sometime in 2013. Efforts will continue to encourage individual families to sponsor the pillars.

The Village of Plandome Manor and Nassau County continue to work on a redesign of the original plan for a traffic light at the N. Plandome Road/ Stonytown Road triangle. It was reported that Nassau County wants to install two huge overhang traffic light supports at the intersection, based on their concern that one poll, which would contain the controls, could be damaged if placed in the triangle.  Aesthetically the village does not agree with the “two pole” plan at the site, believing it to be unsightly and unnecessary.

Eric Monroe contributed to this article.