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Mineola Village Board Notebook: April 3

Other news from the April 3 village board meeting.

The Mineola Village Board of Trustees held a meeting on Wednesday, April 3. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Property Tax Refunds

  • The board voted to approve a series of tax certiorari refunds in advance, drawing the funds from the village’s unreserve fund balance for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
  • The village ended its fiscal year under budget with respect to property tax certiorari refunds.
  • “When we settle cases with commercial property owners, sometimes the amount, we spread it out over two years so they pay one currently and one down the road,” village attorney John Spellman said. “We’re in a position to prepay all the delayed payments, all the adjourned payments and clear the slate completely this year.”
  • There are six specific settlements, totaling $137,832.

Use Requests

  • Mineola Bicycle and the Kiwanis Club of County Seat requested the closure of Beebe Road from Jericho Turnpike south to Jackson Avenue and for use of parking field No. 9 on Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for their Fifth Annual Bicycle Safety Day.
  • The Mineola Chamber of Commerce requested use of Wilson Park field for its “Movie Night in the Park” event on Friday, July 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a raindate of Saturday, July 20.

Budget Transfers

  • The board approved a request from the Mineola Fire Department for budget transfers in the amount of $2,950 from the following lines: $740 from hose and equipment, $500 from uniforms, $500 from Osha Medicals, $1,210 from dues and conferences; $500 to Scott Gear, $2,450 to turnout gear.

Contracts

  • The board approved a one-year contract extension of the 2012 miscellaneous concrete repairs on village roads to Roadwork Ahead, Inc.
  • All contract terms, conditions and pricing would remain in effect.

Electrical Permits

  • The fee for electrical permits for commercial properties or commercial businesses was raised to 1.5 percent of the cost of electrical work. The previous flat rate was $200.
  • “In some of these projects that we have going on in the village now and in the past, the cost is far in excess of what the fee is,” building superintendent Dan Whalen said. “We have one or two projects right now that the electric work alone is in the millions of dollars and the village has been charging $200 for that electric permit.”

Building Department

  • The developers of the Winston and Churchill projects requested a six-month extension of their special use permit due to a delay in filing paperwork with Nassau County and were asked to stop working by the county as a result.

Vehicle Purchases

  • The purchase of a 2014 International 7400 chassis with a 25-cubic yard New Way Refuse Collection body through the New York State Office of General Services Contract from the vendor Navistar was approved at a cost of $169,061.
  • The delivering dealer will be Syosset Truck Sales/ Long Island Sanitation Equipment.
  • The purchase of a new 2013 Elgin Pelican NP street sweeper from the Town of North Hempstead contract from Long Island Sanitation Equipment Co. was also approved at a cost of $189,317.
  • The cost for both vehicles will come out of the village’s unreserved fund balance.
  • Superintendent of public works Tom Rini stated that the sweeper will be replacing two existing machines, one from 1993 and 1989 to bring the total number of sweepers in the village to three.

March Financial Report

The financial reports for the village for the month of March 2013 are as follows:

  • 23 residential permits issued for $10,119
  • 17 commercial permits for $10,610
  • one board of trustees appearance for $500
  • 13 plumbing permits for $1,365
  • 22 electrical permits for $1,950
  • 23 title searches for $1,961.25
  • 20 certificates of occupancy for $625
  • 39 licenses for new businesses for $5,100
  • for a subtotal of $32,230.
  • There were court dispositions in the amount of $3,200 for a grand total of $35,430.25.
  • There were seven notices of violation issued and 25 summonses.

Other Board News

  • The board approved the hiring of Daniel Escobar as an automotive servicer/ mechanic at an annual salary of $32,500.
  • Friday, April 26, 2013 was designated “Arbor Day” in the village. The village will be planting a sapling in front of the monuments in Memorial Park to replace a tree which was lost during Hurricane Sandy.

The next meeting of the Mineola Village Board will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the village hall.

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