Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:16
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) approved funding for Nassau County’s part of a plan to address flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, officials revealed on May 15. Mineola and North Hempstead’s portion of the three-part Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project has been ongoing.
The county will install two new catch basins and five new manholes and 1,715 feet of 36-or 48-inch bypass pipes on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue, entering Mineola’s recharge basin. Pratt Brothers Construction will handle the county’s work.
“I always knew we could get this through the county, but I was always concerned about NIFA pulling the rug out from under us at some point,” Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello said. “I’m hopeful we can get work done as quickly as possible and get through a rainy season.”
NIFA did not return calls for comment.
Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini hopes the county will start the Sheridan pipe within the next two or three weeks.
Mineola is installing two new drainage manholes and four new catch basins, and already removed approximately 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe was replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.
“It was no small task,” Mayor Scott Strauss said of the county’s portion. “We know the challenges the county is facing financially. Rich
Nicolello did a tremendous job at getting this done. This project will hopefully move forward at a rapid pace.”
The village will replace an existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin with a 48-inch pipe on Westbury Avenue.
The village will demolish an existing manhole, which will be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.
New catch basins will be installed, with five 6-foot manholes. The 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue, which will provide storm water relief to East Second Street, has been installed.
“Our contractor is back on site at this point working on the recharge basin. You obviously have outfall pipes coming in from Liberty [Avenue], East Second [Street], Bruce Terrace and now also one coming from Sheridan Boulevard.”
Village contractors installed a 15-foot deep manhole where Nassau’s contractor will connect an enlarged pipe to the Mineola sump.
“We still have a few concrete repairs that need to be done on Bruce Terrace,” Rini said. “We have a couple of manholes on the Liberty Avenue interceptor [pipe] that need to be raised up.”
Rini met with contractors on May 15. The resurfacing of Liberty and Bruce Terrace will be expedited with pool season around the corner. Milling and paving of the roads will begin on Tuesday, May 28.
“We can at least get those streets done and complete it and move on to Dow Avenue,” Rini said.
Westbury Avenue resident Bill Gresalfi has friends in the low-lying areas of Carle Place. “My friends say so far it’s working,” he said.
The Town of North Hempstead broke ground on January 3. North Hempstead finished drainage improvements, new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the Mineola/Carle Place border. The town is completing a recharge basin on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue.
“This project will change people’s lives,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “Good things happen when we all work together.”
The three municipalities received $800,000 each in state aid to complete the project. New York State originally granted $2.4 million solely to North Hempstead, but the funds were vacated after a seat change in the Seventh Senate District. Senator Jack Martins had the grants restored in 2011.