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East Williston Moves To Evict Raccoons

Location has become pest-infested, a bane to village residents

East Williston Mayor David Tanner announced that engineering plans to either demolish or refurbish the vacated property on Sumter Street are complete, and the board will put a bid together for contractors.

The mayor revealed the plan at its meeting Jan. 14.

Trustee Robert Vella expects a decision to be made by the end of March. In addition, a “ball park” estimate of $30,000 was given for the work. 

“We are confident that we’ll get back everything we’ve put into this…any cost laid out will act as a lean on the property,” Tanner said. According to Trustee Bonnie Parente, a large portion of that $30,000 is tax liens that are already attached to the property.

The property, owned by John Muzio, has become a problem for residents in the village due to an infestation of raccoons.  The village had voted to set traps for the raccoons at their meeting last month.

“We’re in a position where we need to evaluate both options, and decide which is more feasible for the village,” Tanner said.

East Williston hired an engineering firm to draw plans for the property, in order to get “biddable numbers” according to Tanner.  Bids will advertise beginning Jan. 30, and will be received two weeks later.

The Nassau County Supreme Court has decreed the village must have an evaluation to decide which course of action best suits the community and its residents, according to Village Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff.

“The court has granted us the power to enter the premises and assess the stability and safety of the structure….the village is empowered to take such steps as it deems required to render the structure stable (including maintenance and repairs) or directing this it must be demolished or vacated,” Blinkoff said, reading a portion of the decision.

Residents attending the meeting, who have been following the progress of this process, questioned the delay in decision-making.  One resident asked Tanner about repercussions if the village were to demolish the property tomorrow.

“If we did that, we would have not complied by the court’s decision, and this would expose the village to liability…and the owner of the property could ask us to rebuild it,” Tanner explained.

In Other Developments

Mud Still In The Water

Tanner said the village is still actively looking for alternative water carriers due to an on-going legal battle with their current carrier, Williston Park, on water rates.

“We’ve attempted to negotiate with them on several occasions, and they refuse to compromise,” Tanner said. “A day doesn’t go by where I don’t think about it in some way.”

The village filed a second lawsuit against Williston Park last month in Nassau County Supreme Court. The village is fighting the decision to raise East Williston’s water rate to $4.33 per 1,000 gallons, a 13 percent increase, from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons.

Sanitation Contract To Be Rebid

Tanner announced that East Williston has decided to rebid its sanitation contract. It has the option to either stay with DeJana Industries or go with another company.  Bids went out last week.  Tanner also said that an emphasis would be placed on recycling in the village.

“Over the years, it’s been a sticking point with whomever we have as a carter, to put in extra effort with recycling bins,” he said.  “We will come up with more explicit ways, maybe education programs, to encourage people to recycle more.”

Emergency Action Plans Discussed

Trustee Vella said he is currently examining emergency action plans from several local villages, in an effort to formulate a plan for East Williston in the event of an emergency such as Hurricane Sandy. “Should there be another disaster of those proportions, we’ll have a more definitive course of action,” Vella said.

The process is expected to take a few months to formulate, according to village officials.

Tax Roll Available February 1

The village clerk’s office announced that the 2013-14 tax roll will be available as of Feb.  The village will send out cards in the mail.

“They will be available for [resident] perusal to see where their assessments are coming in,” Tanner added.  They will also be at the library.

Generator Almost Finished

Trustee Chris Siciliano announced that a generator is now installed at Village Hall, and nearly 95 percent of the lighting in East Williston is fixed due to damages from Hurricane Sandy.

“Within the next few weeks, everything should be done with that,” Siciliano said, who also announced that all stumps collected have been grounded, leaving sidewalks that have to be replaced left to complete.


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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