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Mineola Mayor’s Message: Snow, MAA and New Bishop

Mayor Scott Strauss reminds residents of responsibilities following snow storm.

The following are the opening remarks of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss made during the public meeting of the Mineola Village Board on Feb. 13, 2013:

Two things that aren’t on the agenda, I apologize but I’ll get to them quickly, I’d like to congratulate Msgr. Coyle of Corpus Christi Church, who was elevated to bishop by Pope Benedict. Congratulations Monsignor, you will certainly be missed here in Mineola.

And the other thing I want to mention is the MAA walk-in registration for baseball, softball, soccer and cheerleading Friday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the MAA house on Willis Avenue. Friday’s the last day to register for the spring season to avoid the late fee so please do so.

I’d just like to mention the snowstorm that we had, the village department of public works did a tremendous job in removing the snow. We were out summonsing cars, we didn’t get everybody – we will, hopefully the next time around.

Honestly folks, I don’t want a dime from it; I want the streets cleared, we need to have the streets cleared. It’s for your own safety, it’s for your own concern. I’m not looking for revenue, I’m looking for compliance. So please folks, get your cars off the street and when the sanders come down and they’re salting the roads, that’s when you can put them back on the street.

Anytime we get two inches or more, please remove your vehicles from the roadways. There’s a possibility that we may get up to about three inches by tomorrow morning – that’s what they’re telling us – and there’s a possibility of a snow event again this weekend. Please adhere to the rules and they also ask that you don’t shovel snow into the street, shovel it onto our grass. If we can keep it on our grass, we’re not creating a hazard, it doesn’t freeze at night and melt during the day and freeze at night until it’s gone. We maintain the roads being clear as we can possibly get.

We had the volunteer fire department out on Sunday morning clearing many of the hydrants in the area. Help your neighbors, clear the hydrants. It’s about education and educate them, they might not be aware of it but it’s very important; a moral obligation, responsibility for those who have a hydrant in front of their house or at least on the block; it doesn’t take long.

Thank you for your cooperation. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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