Written by Ronald Scaglia, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
The cost to Massapequa Park for the damage done by Superstorm Sandy is about $800,000. That is the figure that was discussed at a recent public work session of the Massapequa Village Board. According to Bob Macri, superintendent of public works, that figure includes replacing two village trucks that were severely damaged during the storm. Those trucks incurred so much damage that replacing those trucks with new ones is more cost efficient than trying to repair the damaged trucks. Other costs incurred due to the storm include lighting repairs, park cleanups, tree removal, overtime, and additional labor charges for village personnel to prepare the village prior to the arrival of the storm. Macri stated that he was hopeful that Massapequa Park would be in the first round of reimbursements from FEMA.
Currently, Colleran Park remains closed and is unusable due to the damage from the storm as well as the debris that still must be cleaned up. Mayor James Altadonna said that the village would likely be bonding for the money needed to reopen the park. He questioned the village attorney how soon bonding could be done and was told that February is a projected target date.
In other news, Daniel Pearl was sworn in as trustee. Pearl was selected to fill the unexpired term of Harry Jacobson, who passed away earlier this year. Altadonna administered the oath to Pearl, who took his seat on the podium next to Trustee Teresa Spinosa following the ceremony. Prior to administering the oath, Altadonna spoke about Harry Jacobson.
“To know Harry was an honor, to work with Harry was a privilege,” Altadonna said in his remarks. “Together, this board, embarked on a journey to make government more approachable, responsive and above all transparent. We chose Daniel M. Pearl, and with this the board will ask that he earns and continues to earn the privilege of being called a trustee of the Village of Massapequa Park in the same tradition as one named Harry Jacobson.”
Massapequa Park residents looking for a Wi-Fi signal may not have to head for their favorite coffee shop. The village is receiving estimates on the cost of installing a Wi-Fi signal in Village Hall. According to Village Administrator Peggy Caltabiano, it will cost about $2,000 to install the necessary equipment and then cost about $400 per year, although the yearly costs might be less expensive if a two-year contract is signed. Both Cablevision and Verizon are among the service providers being considered. The mayor said that this would be provided as a convenience to residents. Village employees working in the building would still use the secured Internet access, which is currently in place.
The board also authorized the village treasurer to make budget modifications, approved a tax certiorari settlement, approved an application for a storage container permit, refunded a building permit fee for work that was never started and approved warrants. At the public work session, the board met with the owner of a home with a tree that had fallen due to the storm that has yet to be removed, and also met with a family that is applying for a mother/daughter permit.