Dear Residents, please see the below proposed plan for the beautification of Waldmann Memorial Park. This project is a dedicated joint effort led by the Munsey Park Women's Club and the Village. This proposed plan will be available online, with the original at Village Hall, for your comment and suggestion until June 26, 2017.
Board of Trustees Update
Dear residents, we take this opportunity to keep you informed of some happenings and future projects in our Village. If any resident has additional questions, please contact our clerks Barbara or Maureen at Village Hall. Please have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.
In an effort to combine municipal services and save capital for the Village, the Village has accepted the Village of Flower Hill's gracious offer to sweep Village streets this Saturday (weather permitting) May 27, 2017. The sweeping will begin on Manhasset Woods Road and Park Ave west, then into the western section side streets and the eastern side of the Village. Please keep your cars off the street, if possible.
With regard to the newly created position of Village Administrator, current village employee Dan Breen has declined the appointment to the position and will continue in his capacity as member of the Village's Utility Crew. The Village Board of Trustees will continue its search for a well-qualified candidate, in an effort to increase efficiency within the Village, decrease delays in certain Village business, present an overall cost savings to the Village and in general to contribute to a more user-friendly environment for the residents of the Village.
Bids for a new garbage contract were solicited and due by March 31. Four bidders responded within the period set forth in the RFP. The lowest, responsible bidder was Meadow Carting (the current service provider to the residents) and the Village accepted the five (5) year proposal by Meadow. The Village is finalizing the new contract with Meadow and expects the contract to be in place when the current contract expires on May 31.
INNESS PLACE CONTRACTOR BIDS:
The Village received four bids from various contractors for the repaving of Inness Place. The official bids are posted to the Village website. The Board will review the bids with the road engineer and decide which contractor to use for the project.
WATER TOWER DECISION:
The Appellate Division affirmed the Supreme Court's judgment declaring that the Code of the Village of Munsey Park does not apply to the proposed construction plan of the MLWD's new water tower and that the proposed construction plan is a Type II action not subject to review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The Village anticipates an improved inter-municipal relationship between the Village and the Water District moving forward.
Many roads in the Village are narrow and can not accommodate parking on both sides of the street. Please be aware where you and your visitors park in the Village. When possible, please park on one side of the street so Village roads stay clear in case of an emergency. Parking on both sides of the street blocks the flow of traffic and impedes large vehicles from traveling on the street, especially emergency vehicles.
Village Hall will close at 12 pm on Friday, May 26 and will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
Our Village is driven by residents volunteering for different positions. If you have a desire to get involved on any of the Village Boards, please reach out to Mayor DeMento or any of the other Trustees.
So that all of our trustees may be available, our next meeting has been changed to Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30pm.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact any of the trustees:
Mayor Frank DeMento email@example.com
Deputy Mayor John Lippmann firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustee Larry Ceriello email@example.com
Trustee Patrick Hance firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustee Jennifer Noone email@example.com
In December, 2016, Sidney Bowne & Sons, performed a complete roadway condition assessment of all the the streets within the Village. The results will enable the Village to plan and budget for the future and/or rehabilitation of the roads.
Village of Munsey Park
Road Improvement Inness Place
Bid Opening Record
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
American Paving & Masonry $117,428.00
John McGowan & Son $122,070.00
Stasi Bros. Asphalt Corp. $133,307.50
United Paving Corp. $106,945.00
The Board will review the bids at the next Village Board Meeting.
Kenny Our Beloved Mailman
There have been several requests from our residents asking how they can help our beloved mailman Kenny Aluska and his family.
Kenny said of his wife's split second action to push their daughter out of the way of an out of control car "was a beautiful thing". She gave up her own life for her child. Their daughter had to undergo surgery for her injuries. This tragedy occurred on Sunday, May 14, Mother's Day. Members of his community are raising money to help pay for expenses. There has been an outpouring of love and support for Kenny - our prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time.
For your information (also available on facebook, "Manhasset Connection"), see link www.youcaring.com for ways in which to help the Aluska Family.
Shared Services Conference:
NY State Legislature (Part BBB of Ch. 59 of L. 2017) requires the County Executive (CE) to prepare a Countywide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan. As is relevant for us, the Mayor of Munsey Park is a required member of the panel and each member must submit its proposed shared services plan to the panel for a vote. All proposed plans from each member will be joined into one Countywide Plan which requires a majority vote to be approved to the State.
Highlights to be aware of:
Each member’s proposed plan is to be submitted (on the provided form which they are working on converting into a fillable pdf) by 6/5/17.
- Each proposed plan is to provide an estimate of the tax savings believed to be made from the share services.
- If a member is unable to provide a proposed plan to the panel by 6/5/17, the panel is seeking a statement in writing as to why the member was unsuccessful.
- CE is then to take all the proposed plans and make one Countywide plan, (3) public hearings are to be held, proposal to be submitted to County Legislature, modifications and/or revisions from County Legislature, and then during the week of 8/28/17, panel to vote on final Countywide proposed plan (further itemized dates included in handout).
There are no penalties itemized for non-compliance. The speakers kept referring to seeking a “good-faith” effort from all members. If these good-faith efforts are unsuccessful they just seek that each year new efforts are made.
In an effort to both deliver better services to residents and increase efficiencies, transparency and employee accountability in the Village, the Board of Trustees created the new position of Village Administrator.
This position was officially created in order to increase everyone’s understanding of Village needs and employee responsibilities. There is a clear need for greater assistance with administrative work and consistency of Village representation in meetings with local organizations and other municipalities. Addressing these issues will help Munsey Park residents maintain the high standard of living to which they are accustomed without increasing costs.
Dan Breen was appointed to a one-year term at Wednesday's public meeting. Dan has solid knowledge of the Village and the challenges facing it. Since joining the Village’s Utility Crew as a full time employee in January 2016, he has become well known to many residents and has frequently taken on responsibilities beyond utility work, including performing ad hoc administrative work and meeting with other municipal entities. Since Dan's actual duties straddle both field and administrative roles, it was necessary to update his official responsibilities to reflect this role; it was done without changing his compensation schedule.
The Village Administrator does not supplant the Village Clerk or Deputy Clerk. The position and appointment were fully vetted and are compliant with the Village Code and applicable law, per the Village Attorney.
At a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Munsey Park, held on May 10, 2017:
The Following Resolution creating the position of Village Administrator was proposed:
Be it resolved that the position of Village Administrator be created for the Incorporated Village of Munsey Park. Said Position will be as follows:
I. Establishment of position.
In order to provide the most economical and efficient overall direction, coordination and control of the day-to-day activities and operations of the Village of Munsey Park, to minimize the administrative details now handled by the Mayor, Board of Trustees and other Village officers, to provide centralized direction and control of all Village employees and appointed officers and to formalize the staff and advisory functions which are necessary to the foregoing, there is hereby established in the Village of Munsey Park the position and job of Village Administrator. This position shall not be interpreted or construed to be a public office, either appointed or elected, as defined in Article 3 of the Village Law or Article 2 of the Public Officers Law or as may be defined in any other law of this state.
The Village Administrator will be hired and retained, as well as disciplined and dismissed by the Board of Trustees pursuant to such terms and conditions and for such remuneration and for such period or periods of time as shall be established by the Mayor and Board of Trustees.
III. General Statement of Duties:
To oversee & participate in the operational aspects of the village including, directing, supervising and participating in maintenance and construction activities within the Village, including roadwork, weather management and clean-up, maintenance to Parks and Village property, as well as clerical/office work related to the operational aspects of the Village; performs any and all related duties as required and provide reports to the Mayor and Board of Trustees.
Duties and functions.
The duties and functions of the Village Administrator shall be subject to the direction and control of the Mayor and Board of Trustees and are the following:
A. To oversee and coordinate the activities of all the Village departments and all Village employees and to Supervise and direct all functions and activities of the village and of its officers and employees, except that of the Justice Court, Village Prosecutor, Village Attorney, Board of Appeals, Planning Commission and Boards of Review;
B. Prepares work schedules and detailed maintenance reports, and maintains accurate records;
C. To oversee the enforcement of the rules, regulations, ordinances, resolutions, local laws and Code of the Village of Munsey Park, New York, so that they are administered efficiently and fairly;
D. To see that all inquiries by residents of the Village or other interested persons are referred to the appropriate Village official or department head for investigation and response;
E. To conduct a continuing study of all functions and activities of the Village for the purpose of devising ways and means of obtaining greater efficiency and economy; Make reports to the Mayor and Board of Trustees on the affairs of the village and recommend to them such measures as he may deem necessary or appropriate for the purpose of obtaining greater efficiency and economy in the government and operation of the village;
F. To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees as to measures or programs which he or she believes will improve the efficiency or economy of the Village;
G. To keep abreast of available grants-in-aid from other levels of government, pursue these revenues and make and follow through on applications;
H. To supervise the purchase of services, materials, supplies and equipment by means of Village purchase orders and oversee inventory control that is needed to maintain an up-to-date inventory; Supervises the maintenance of materials, supplies, and equipment inventories; Recommends the purchase of maintenance equipment;
I. Supervises the preventive maintenance program for equipment, tools, and vehicles;
J. Plans, coordinates, and supervises maintenance and repair of Village property, parks, roads, and walkways;
K. To attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and also to make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Trustees on matters affecting the administration of the Village and Village personnel;
L. Exercise general supervision over all expenditures of the village in accordance with the budget and keep the Board of Trustees fully advised of the financial condition of the village and its future financial needs;
M. To assemble data and prepare requests for utility rate adjustments;
N. To coordinate the planning and construction of major projects, maintain liaison with consulting engineers, inspect the work performance of contractors and ensure adherence to contract specifications;
O. To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning the establishment of priorities or work projects; Prepares maintenance program budget recommendations;
P. To inform the Board of Trustees and other Village officials of changes in federal, state and county legislation and rules pertaining to Village operations;
Q. To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning Village plans, updates and filing;
R. To be responsible for preparation of plans and specifications on minor or routine projects for approval by the Board of Trustees;
S. To perform such other duties pertaining to this position as prescribed by local law or as determined by the Board of Trustees;
T. Code Enforcement
IV. Interpretation of duties and functions.
Nothing herein contained shall be deemed or construed as abolishing, transferring, impeding or curtailing any powers or duties or any elected or appointed official or of the Board of Trustees or of the Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer or Attorney, as prescribed by the Village Law or other applicable laws of the State of New York.
The Motion was unanimously approved on a Voice Vote.
On April 26th, 2017, an emergency meeting of the Village Trustees was held to discuss certain matters of the Village which required the Board's immediate attention prior to the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. These matters included personnel matters, as well as the ramifications of the Meadow Carting workers strike.
Mayor Frank J. DeMento
Deputy Mayor John Lippman
Trustee Patrick M. Hance (via Telephone)
Trustee Jennifer Noone
Trustee Lawrence Ceriello
Robert Morici, Village Attorney
The meeting was called to order at 7:15pm and a motion was immediately made to enter Executive Session by Trustee Noone, seconded by Trustee Lippmann and unanimously approved. Whereas, discussion commenced.
There being no further business, the Executive Session was adjourned at 8:15pm.
In an effort to improve the quality of life and safety in our community,
the Mayors of the five Manhasset villages have worked with NCPD leadership
to increase local traffic enforcement and monitoring of our parks by
stepping up neighborhood patrols.
Meetings and conversations with NCPD Commissioner Thomas Krumpter,
Precinct Commanding Officer - Inspector Daniel Flanagan, Precinct Deputy
Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Gregory Abruzzo, and other senior officers
over the past two weeks were focused on speeding and stop sign violations
within the Villages. Commissioner Krumpter and our Precinct leadership have agreed
that NCPD will add increased traffic enforcement in the Manhasset Villages
in the near future. Immediately targeted areas for enforcement will include major
roads and "cut through" streets.
Please do your part to increase safety for all and mitigate your risk of tickets
by slowing down and obeying traffic signs when driving. To stay safe when exercising
on streets without sidewalks, please remember to walk or jog facing traffic so that
you can see cars driving toward you. Bicyclists should ride on the side of road
with the direction of traffic and obey all traffic laws, including stoping where
posted and using hand signals when turning.
Beyond these items, Commissioner Krumpter spoke to us about crime statistics
and police resources both moving in a positive direction for our neighborhood.
That said, we take this opportunity to remind residents to secure their cars
and houses, when unattended - even for short periods of time.
Wishing everyone a great season ahead,
Board of Trustees
MAY IS “SLOW DOWN” MONTH IN MUNSEY PARK
At the request of all Manhasset Mayors,
Nassau County Police will be doing a major
enforcement push in our area to effectively
make our area safer for our families.
Officers will be particularly focused on speeding
and failure to fully stop at stop signs,
as well as all moving violations. Residents and visitors
should be aware while driving in our Villages.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter
met with the Mayors of Flower Hill, Munsey Park,
Plandome, Plandome Heights and Plandome Manor to discuss
their concerns and determine how we can all work together
to improve local traffic safety and enforcement.
Residents, as well as local commuters, comprise a
good portion of our local traffic and most likely
those who are not complying with traffic safety rules.
Now that spring is here there are more people out on our
roads walking and biking and children are playing outside
. We urge all drivers to slow down, obey all traffic
devices and be aware of their surroundings.
Failure to do so may result in costly fines, license points
which will increase insurance rates and may lead
to a loss of license. It’s up to you to make this a safer community.
The Draft of the Village 2017 Storm Water Management Program Annual Report (SWMPAR) is now available for public review at Village Hall.
The Draft SWMPAR can also be accessed from the link below. The Village Storm Water Management Program Plan Documents are also available for public review at Village Hall.
Comments and questions on the Village Storm Water Management Program can be submitted to (516) 365-7790 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to report that Meadow Carting Corp. has informed us that the strike which impacted service to our homes has been resolved. Meadow expects to resume regular service tomorrow. Those homes that normally receive service on Saturday we see their service resume then. If anything changes, we will let you know.
We appreciate your patience this week.
Mayor and Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Wednesday - April 12, 2017 is changed to Wednesday - April 5, 2017 at 7:30pm.