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Another Movie in Munsey Park

Village Grinding 47 Tree Stumps

They stole the show. Although April 10 was the first village meeting for the three newly elected officials of the Village of Munsey Park, Randy and Joe provided the real excitement. The two young men were location managers for Warner Bros. Productions and had scouted a home on Burnham Place to film the movie, This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Sean Levy, with Date Night and Night at the Museum under his belt, is the director.

They were counseled to submit a detailed application the next day to be reviewed at a scheduled meeting of the village board the following week, and that Village Code Chapter 96 deals with filming in Munsey Park. Mayor Frank DeMento said he was excited to welcome them to the village. The duo said they had spoken to town hall, and to the Nassau County Police who could assist with coordinating events. They wanted it to be a good experience for everyone, they said, including the neighbors. At present, they reported, the plan is to spend 15 days filming in middle to late May. Preparation time, they said, “Is mostly inside.” Only two scenes will affect Park Avenue, they said, and there would be a total of three night scenes. Grinning, Village Clerk Barbara Miller added, “I make a great extra.”

Earlier, the newly elected mayor, Frank DeMento, and two trustees, Patrick Hance and Sean Haggerty, had been duly sworn in before tackling the business at hand. Preparations for the upcoming SCA Fair on May 4 were discussed, including village security and safety precautions. Revenue from fines and parking tickets was discussed. Conversation on the budget was extended to Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. to allow the three new members of the board time to review the budget.

The police report indicated $7,500 had been collected in traffic fines and radar is now operating on Northern Boulevard. Miller indicated residents preferred to pay a higher traffic fine with a “zero- pointer” than pay a lesser fine and get a “3-pointer” for a three-way stop and a “2-pointer” for failure to signal, although the system has only been in place for about a month. Discussion followed on plea bargaining and other traffic and police matters.

Claims from Superstorm Sandy were said to be $75,932 in one of the hardest hit villages in Manhasset. The village is still out $90-$100,000 for debris removed by the Town of North Hempstead and Village Clerk Miller indicated they are waiting to be reimbursed by FEMA. Generally, she advised, 75 percent is reimbursed by the state and 12.5 percent is reimbursed at the local level, adding, “We’ll lose a little bit, but we put in for everything.”

Miller informed those gathered that 47 tree stumps remained and that she had negotiated down the cost for the State to grind and remove them to $10,000 and that work would begin in May. The State has the necessary equipment, it was said, and the village road crew would follow up with lawn seed. Had the cost exceeded about $22,000, it was said, the project would have had to go out to bid. Someone calculated it was around $200 per stump and the motion carried.

In related business. a village resident had requested he be allowed to remove a tree on his property. The board decided he could remove it and then replace it by the end of 2013 with a tree of any caliber at any location on his property.