Written by Michael Scro Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston last week approved a local law requiring that residential water meters be read once a year by a village employee.
Village code variously suggested that meters would be read annually or biennially, depending on which section you were reading. Mayor David Tanner called it a “housekeeping law.”
According to Tanner, the law addresses other issues, such as meters being misread, a potential for water leaks and unexpectedly large water bills.
“We believe that getting a staff member in to read the meters properly will short circuit the potentiality of having any problems along those lines,” the mayor said.
Secretary to the East Williston Village Board Bonnie Kreisman said that a department of public works employee visits each home once every six months. If the residents do not respond to knocking, the DPW worker will leave one of two cards-—a green card stating asking the resident to call the office and make an appointment, or a white card, which the home owner fills out with a meter reading and returns to the village office.
“We’re asking the residents to work with us and give us an actual reading, as opposed to out-of-the-air estimates,” Kreisman said.
Kreisman also said that the village is currently replacing water meters as needed.
As an update to the controversial 8 Sumter Avenue property, Village of East Williston Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff said there had been hope for a sale of the property, but it had not taken place. Thus, the village board went ahead with plans for demolition.
Blinkoff said an interior inspection was scheduled for Jan. 14, but the homeowner, John Muzio, went to the Nassau County Supreme Court the day before in an effort to stop it.
“I met them in court, and they did not receive any court approval to stop the inspection,” Blinkoff said. “Be that as it may, they then precluded the inspection from going forward anyhow—they called the police and said there was a break-in.”
Blinkoff said he followed up with the police and was back in court Friday, Jan. 17, arguing that Muzio had violated a previous court order allowing the inspection.
“It’s unfortunate that the homeowner chose to do that,” Blinkoff said.
In East Williston Fire Department Chief Daniel Cramblitt’s report to the board, he announced that First Assistant Chief Patrick McWhirk will be purchasing a house outside of the response area, thereby leaving the department, which is also celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
Both Cramblitt and the village board expressed their appreciation for McWhirk’s service to the fire department. His term officially expires in April, and the fire department is currently talking to several ex-chiefs to fill the vacancy for a few months until Election Day.
Mayor Tanner said the village is in the process of putting together a schedule of meetings for the village’s budget process, one of which will allow public comment. Meeting dates will be posted on the village’s website.
The village board acknowledged an upright piano donated by employee of the village library Jamie Cutinella that now sits in the village hall meeting room.
“We more than graciously accepted it, and we look forward to using it as much as we can in our different programs,” Tanner said.