Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
The Town of North Hempstead recently issued a $14.8 million bond to the Carle Place Water District to meet demands of a rising population and address future contamination issues.
“After careful consideration and conferring at great length with the district’s consulting engineers, the Carle Place Water District Board of Water Commissioners has concluded that the proposed improvements and bond issue request are necessary for the district to continue to meet all current regulatory requirements for potable drinking water and fire flow demands,” said Water Commissioner and Chairman Timothy E. Stellato.
Components of the capital improvement plan include:
-Construction of a new pump station (Well 1A) to increase water supply;
-Construction of packed tower aeration systems for the removal of volatile organic compounds to improve water treatment;
-Construction of ion exchange systems for the removal of perchlorate and nitrate;
-Painting and miscellaneous repairs to the interior and exterior of the water tower to improve water supply;
-Electrical improvements with the installation of generators to provide standby emergency power and;
-Installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA).
Proposed housing and extensive commercial development in the district in recent years have increased the need for an additional water supply, according to several engineering studies. An additional well house will help the district meet system capacity and comply with larger flow requirements for fire protection.
While the water presently supplied to consumers from existing wells meets current regulatory guidelines for potable drinking water, the district is detecting increasing nitrate trends and occasional traces of volatile organic compounds– none of which have exceeded maximum allowable levels to date. The district, which serves nearly 9,000 residents, won awards for best tasting tap water in Nassau County in 1985 and 2005.
Additionally, with neighboring water suppliers utilizing packed tower aeration facilities to address treatable levels of organic compounds, it would be reasonable to expect to see the levels of organic compounds increase in the Carle Place Water District in the near future, according to the engineer’s report, which recommended that the district begin planning for construction of treatment facilities at its well sites.
An estimated increase in the tax rate of $12 per month for a home assessed at the district average valuation of $398,000 will go into effect during a seven- to eight-year period, as bond projects progress and become completed.
“These projects take time to plan and develop, so we are moving ahead now in the interest of public health and safety,” Stellato said.
Additional questions from the public may be directed to the district office Monday through Friday, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (516) 333-0540.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.