During the public hearing that took place prior to the Aug. 18 Manorhaven Village Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, a new local law was unanimously adopted that establishes the roles of Tree Wardens. Trustees DiLucia and von Roeschlaub were nominated to fulfill these duties. The purpose is to expedite requests for residents rather than waiting for each monthly board meeting and to enable board meetings to proceed faster. Property owners will have the opportunity to aggrieve the wardens’ decisions with the full board, if desired.
The board of trustees meeting opened with Mayor Avena stating that a public hearing on Sept. 22 will address abolishing alternate side of the street parking from Dec. 1 to March 31, except during snow emergencies. Residents would be notified in various ways of an impending storm and related parking regulations.
The mayor shared his appreciation for how well the new board and staff are working together. He added that many new committees will be announced at the September BOT meeting, inviting residents to join one or more.
A motion to appoint Gary Maynard to the newly formed Waterfront Advisory Committee was unanimously approved. Michael Calvanese was promoted to DPW crew chief. New hires include Bill Rogel as a full time building inspector-chief code enforcement officer and Steven Sharkie as a part-time code enforcer for weekends. The mayor noted how code enforcement will dramatically improve with the new staff.
The lowest responsible bidder, Home Run Electric, was approved to purchase and install a new generator for village hall. A resolution was passed to set up a separate checking account for building department impact fees. This will ensure proper accounting for these fees that, by law, must be used for capital improvements for the village’s infrastructure. The mayor added that the current budget will be carefully reviewed and updated for the first half of the fiscal year ending May 31, 2017.
The mayor then spoke about the $3 million in county funding secured by Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton for Manorhaven Boulevard. One million dollars had already been set aside to repave the one-mile road, which belongs to the County. After Avena and von Roeschlaub met with the legislator to request support for projects, she submitted an amendment to the county’s capital budget to increase spending by an additional $2 million for bus shelters, sidewalks, lighting, benches and other improvements.
“This initiative is an excellent demonstration of our commitment to improving our village,” Avena said. “We will have several public meetings throughout each phase of this great project.” Committee chair Trustee von Roeschlaub added that she is meeting in early September with DeRiggi-Whitton on this project.
Public comments touched on the Waterfront Advisory Committee and related issues like dog curbing, street sweeping and parking near Manorhaven Park in summer. One key comment brought up related to the 30 of the 34 handicap ramps that were incorrectly installed by a contractor approved by the previous administration. CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) reimbursed the village $125,000 for the ramps. But, since they weren’t installed per ADA standards, the village must remedy the situation. The estimated cost is $60,000 to $70,000. The mayor said the village is addressing this issue.