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Uproar Over Local Motel Residents

Questions for Flower Hill BOT

It’s not easy to fill the new Flower Hill village meeting room, but on Monday, May 4 the residents of the village did just that. It was the monthly meeting of the board of trustees and the people who live in the area around the Gold Coast Motel located at 1053 Northern Blvd. were concerned and angry.

They had received an e-mail alert from the Roslyn School District that two class 3-sex offenders had taken up residence at the motel. “Why were we not informed by the village?” they repeatedly asked.

Mayor Weiss responded that the village had only recently been notified by the police and that they were gathering information before alerting the residents. Two police officers addressed the gathering to explain that there was only one sex offender currently at the motel; the other man had moved. The man at the motel is know to the police, his picture is in all the squad cars, he is mandated to report to Social Services on a regular basis, plus he is employed and carefully monitored, as much as the police are legally permitted.

The mayor explained that the motel ownership has changed but that all permits necessary for operation had been granted on April 1 and there do not appear to be any current violations. To this the residents angrily pointed out that there are stacks of mattresses in the parking lot posing a rodent infestation hazard, a fire hazard, an unsightly view and health code violations. The mayor alerted the building supervisor to visit the next day and he also advised the group that the village code enforcer would also pay a visit. If there are any violations against the village code, summonses will be issued and fines enforced.

A resident asked why the two sex offenders were in that motel. The answer from the police officer was that the motel is on a list of approved residences that Social Services provides to those in need of a place to stay. “How can we get off that list?” was the next question. No one had the answer.

Residents expressed their concern about their children walking to Dunkin’ Donuts or Joanne’s Pizza. Mayor Weiss agreed to form a committee to investigate the situation and urged the residents to form a committee as well to gather information to be shared by all. One item to be studied was a suggestion to use village tax money to hire a security service to provide additional coverage for the entire village. Other items included the further publishing of any area sex offenders as well as other crimes that take place in the village so that residents can be better informed. The updated web site for the village, www.villageflowerhill.com could be used for this purpose. After a few more interchanges, the residents left the meeting room amid assurances that the matter would not be forgotten or dismissed and that all due diligence would be used to resolve these issues.

The remainder of the meeting proceeded with a public hearing to adopt two new local laws governing flood damage prevention and permit extensions. After the resolutions were adopted, Mayor Weiss announced that, at long last, the village has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Nassau County, Manhasset School District, Town of North Hempstead, Munsey Park, Plandome, Plandome Manor and Plandome Heights to establish an emergency POD.

Noted at the meeting was concern about an environmental protection group that has requested permission from the village to conduct a survey-door to door. If you would like to “opt out” of this activity, you must register with the village. You can obtain the application on line at the village web site or from village personnel. The survey is scheduled to start on June 15 and postcards notifying all residents about the survey will be in the mail. The village has insisted that the group honor the “opt out” list.

One final item on the agenda was the granting of a permit to the North Hempstead Country Club to hold a fire works display on July 3 at approximately 9:45 p.m. Residents should be receiving a notice in the mail shortly.