I know...this is not my first entry about the absurdity of the wanting to seize Roslyn Country Club through eminent domain (another way for the Town to TAKE a private establishment away from the owner for what they think it is worth), and probably won't be my last, but I am astoundished with how illogical it is. In these economic times, why does the Town want to take on the burden of a private business that is so rundown and unkempt that some of the residents who have an easment to use it don't want to. It is mindboggling.
I attended the Town board meeting on Sept. 27 and the acquisition of the Roslyn Country Club was on the agenda. There were about 20 speakers and the majority were opposed to the Town taking on the obligation of the club. There seems to be a small group from Roslyn Country Club Civic Association and elsewhere who are in favor of it. Some residents who spoke were from the Club area and they don't want the Town to take over the RCC either.
The RCC civic association says they want their own park; after all, they said New Hyde Park has their own pool so why can't they. I say they should have their own park, but they should pay for it like we do. We pay extra taxes for our pool which keeps the membership at a reasonable cost. What is wrong with Roslyn Country Club residents paying too? Nothing, except that they don't want to. Why should they if they have the rest of the Town supporting their pool? It is a good deal for residents of Roslyn Country Club, not us.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman said he was in the middle of ongoing negotiations with the owner and could not divulge any information. No information about cost or maintenance or repairs...no information about the catering hall...no information on how much the membership fee would be annually...no information on the ongoing cost and upkeep...no information on the projected number of people who would join in order to keep it revenue neutral.
Remember in November when it is election day whose best interests the Town is thinking of.