New Hyde Park Village Board Notebook: October 15

Other news from the October 15 village board meeting.

New Hyde Park Village Board members Richard Coppola, Mayor Robert Lofaro, deputy mayor Lawrence Montreuil, Donna Squicciarino (l-r) at a meeting on Oct. 15, 2013. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
New Hyde Park Village Board members Richard Coppola, Mayor Robert Lofaro, deputy mayor Lawrence Montreuil, Donna Squicciarino (l-r) at a meeting on Oct. 15, 2013. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter

The New Hyde Park Village Board of Trustees held a meeting on Tuesday, October 15. Here are some things you may have missed.

South Fifth Street Parking

  • A resident complained about numerous cars parked on a holiday on South Fifth Street. Mayor Robert Lofaro stated that code enforcement was not on duty on holidays.
  • Deputy mayor Montreuil stated that the village could reach out to Nassau County Police and state that “there could be some violations on this street at this time.”

2013 Village Audit

  • Auditors began the FEMA funds audit for the village on Oct. 16 with an expected completion time of one week.
  • The village is projecting a $600,000 surplus in the fiscal 2013 year due to the receipt of FEMA funds relating to Hurricane Sandy.
  • Other groups which came in below budget were road maintenance ($70,000), playgrounds and repairs ($30,000), garbage collection ($30,000), state retirement ($25,000), medical ($20,000) and worker’s compensation ($12,000).

Building Department

  • The zoning board of appeals met on Oct. 9 and heard one case at 606 Tenth Ave. for legalizing and maintaining a masonry terrace, which was approved.
  • The architectural review board met on Oct. 2 and heard two cases: 2 Herkomer St. (tabled); 410 Central Ave. for construction of a two-story home - approved.
  • The village court heard several cases by the building department on Oct. 16: 104 South Third St. (use of a single-family home for more than one family; issues of property maintenance; sound levels.
  • The village will opt to purchase two medium-sized dump trucks instead of recycling trucks. “These will be trucks that will be more effective in moving snow,” mayor Lofaro said.

Political Signage

  • In response to numerous political signs in the village during election season, Lofaro stated that the board would be seeking to introduce new legislation regulating the placement, dimensions, number of and timing of political signs within village boundaries.
  • The revamped village code did not have provisions for political signs and the time period in which they could be placed.
  • “We’re not going to be running around knocking on doors telling everyone to take their political signs off their lawns,” the mayor said.
Village Signage
  • In response to a question from a resident, superintendent of public works Tom Gannon said that the orange sign by the beauty parlor on Jericho Turnpike near the BP gas station will be removed. Gannon said that the contractor would be replacing it with a stucco finish which will incorporate a sign.
  • The engineering firm of Dvirka & Bartilucci will conduct a study of street signage along Jericho Turnpike for the purposes of consistency with requirements of the State of New York at a cost of $3,675. After the meeting, Lofaro explained that in order for the village to post parking signs on Route 25, which is a state road, they must submit a plan to the state. “We can’t just randomly put signs up on Jericho,” he said. “We can’t say that now we’re going to move a sign post. There’s signs on telephone poles, there’s signs on a sign pole; they’re kind of randomly placed. In order to put a sign post in, a new one or replace one, you have to file a plan to the state. The locations have to be approved by the state; we can’t just put in signs where we think it is.”

Other Board News

  • The village will be planting 25 Japanese lilac trees for the fall planting. The trees should arrive and be planted before the second week of December.
  • The Stewart Manor School PTA requested that the village promote their Nov. 1 fundraiser on the digital bulletin board.
  • Classes for the theater arts for the youth of the village begins Thursday night in the William Gill theater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Due to election day, the next meeting of the New Hyde Park Village Board will be on Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. at the village hall.

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