Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00
The Village of Westbury held a swift and informative meeting on Thursday Aug. 5 as Mayor Peter Cavallaro and the board of trustees honed in on a number of ongoing proceedings throughout the community.
The board voted to enact a Local Law to establish a second alternate member to the planning board, a move the board noted to be vital to its functionality.
“We were reading through the section of the code and we found, by accident, that it omitted us having a second alternate,” said Steven Corte, trustee. “It’s important to make sure that we have two alternates to make sure that our board is always full, the last thing we want is to have a four person board. If there is a tie in voting … sometimes they choose not to proceed with the hearing and it’ll be postponed and just create other issues,” Corte added.
Cavallaro also noted that a man has been reportedly knocking on doors in the village posing as a Cablevision employee. The man was said to have been driving a small, white car and was wearing a fraudulent identification card hanging from his neck.
“Be aware that this is summer and this is the time of year that these things happen, be very careful as to who you let into your house and if you see anything suspicious, let the police department know,” Cavallaro said.
As for the Post Avenue resurfacing and brick laying, which Cavallaro said has been receiving “almost overwhelmingly positive reports,” it is progressing and the results have been “pretty spectacular,” he said.
The board later approved the request for Westbury High School to hold its Annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 16 at noon, and gave the green light for three block parties to be held in the community in late August through September.
Residents and trustees also took the time to applaud Ted Blach, village clerk-treasurer, for his expedited actions during the cleanup of several downed trees and power lines after the village experienced what some at the meeting were calling a “mini hurricane” in mid-July.
Cavallaro, in response to the planning board’s approval for the theater project along Post Avenue, said construction could begin sometime in the coming months.
“Every member of the board is absolutely thrilled that the theater project has received its final approval Tuesday night, it’s been a really long process and taken a lot longer than any of us would’ve liked,” Cavallaro said.
“If you analyze the result and the project that’s on the board, where it started from and what’s been improved, it’s really a superior project than what was originally proposed,” he added.
Cavallaro compared the future performing arts theater to that of the one in Northport, which he called a “tremendous attribute” to their downtown area.
“If the theater is done correctly, it’s going to have a tremendous impact on our downtown,” said Cavallaro.
Exterior work, roof maintenance and site cleanup, Cavallaro said, will hopefully be completed before the colder winter weather sets in and he said the village doesn’t want to go through another winter season with the building looking the way it does currently.
“It’s been a long time coming … we have to be aggressive and we have to be creative … we have to make sure that our downtown becomes a magnet for new consumers, new residents and new businesses,” said Cavallaro.