MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
March 12, 2014
Mayor Frank J. DeMento
Deputy Mayor Sean Haggerty
Trustee Patrick M. Hance
Trustee Susan Auriemma
Trustee Jennifer Noone
Robert Morici, Village Attorney
Barbara C. Miller, Clerk/Treasurer
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m
MINUTES for the meeting of January 8, 2014 & February 12, 2014 were approved by all with corrections.
CLAIMS for February/March were presented, as detailed in the Abstract of Vouchers in the amount of $64,213.76. After review, the Board approved all for payment.
JUSTICE REPORT for February 2014 was submitted and stated revenues in the total amount of $1,533.00.
Daniel Meyer the village historian explained that he is working on the village history from the 80’s. He has been reviewing the newsletters and asking the board members for updates on any changes that have occurred in the Village.
FENCE HEIGHT NORTHERN BLOULEVARD
Mrs. Patricia Ohlmann approached the Board to request a change in the fence height for all residents along Northern Boulevard. The original local law required fences to be 10 feet in height and was reduced to 8 feet. Now that the Americana has continued building, adding second floors and most important glaring outside lighting, she would like the law to be changed back to 10 feet. The Mayor and Board of Trustees requested the Village Clerk to have the introduction of the local law scheduled for the April meeting.
Trustee Hance explained that the tentative budget is a work in progress and is looking good. The final budget will be placed on the April agenda as a public hearing.
FISCAL STRESS MONITORING SYSTEM
The New York State Office of the State Comptroller announced and published all the fiscal stress designations as of December 31, 2013 from the annual financial reports. The Village of Munsey Park was excellent at a fiscal score of 6.7% with no stress.
PSEG OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION PROJECT
Trustee Jennifer Noone explained to the Board and residents in attendance about PSEG’s project. They are replacing poles along Port Washington Boulevard and Northern Boulevard to improve reliability and the growing customer demand for electricity. The poles will be replaced with new poles with a significant height of 80 to 85 feet. Residents were concerned about the poles transmitting higher voltage and being in close proximity to residents and schools. There will be a public meeting for all on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Harbor Links. Trustee Noone requested all interested to attend this meeting.
Deputy Mayor Haggerty explained that there have been some discrepancies in the reports submitted by the utility companies on their earnings in which the village’s receive a 1% rebate on. After his review, he believes that it is in the best interest of the village to look into companies that will search through these utilities records. Any additional monies, the company selected would get 40% to 45% of the total. It costs the Village nothing and it is found money. The Deputy Mayor requested that this be placed on the April agenda for a vote.
SCANNING VILLAGE BUILDING FILES
Deputy Mayor Haggerty advised the Board that the building files are no longer capable of fitting in the fireproof safe. Three companies bid on the project and it makes sense that the Village scan the building documents. Accessibility would be extremely easy for residents, real estate agents and title companies, who would be able to search a particular building file and print out needed documents at a small cost of 25 cents per copy. The Deputy Mayor Haggerty requested that this also be placed on the April agenda for a vote.
Trustee Noone advised the Board and those residents in attendance that the garbage contract is up May 2014. She has reviewed the bid documents, and the Village Clerk was requested to send out the bid applications and place the legal notice in the Manhasset Press. The bids are do back to Village Hall March 28, 2014 and will be placed on the April 9, 2014 meeting.
Trustee Noone advised the board that the men are now in the process of repairing potholes with a substance called “cold patch”. This is a temporary fix until the winter weather clears. The Board also has requested the village engineers to remap all the roads and assess which roads need immediate repair.
MANHASSET-LAKEVILLE WATER DISTRICT
John Lippmann appeared before the Board of Trustees to discuss the replacement of the old water tower. The new tower would be as high as the current tower, but wider and would be placed 50 feet south of its original location. The Mayor, who attended the meeting, suggests putting in a pump station, which would be less noticeable and possibly less costly. Discussion also took place that possible roadwork would also be necessary, but the Manhasset-Lakeville directors did not have any responses. There will be a public meeting on April 8, 2014 to discuss the tower and answer any questions that residents may have.
The Village Attorney advised the Board that the model requested for the Planning Board sub-division has been delivered. A meeting should be scheduled. Mr. Boyle will be away from April 16 – 26, 2014. The Village Attonrey will call the applicant’s attorney to ascertain a date in April and will report back to the Village Clerk.
There being no further business, the meeting was declared adjourned at 9:55pm.
Frank DeMento Barbara C. Miller