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Mineola Village Board Notebook: May 2

Other news from the May 2 village board meeting.

The Mineola  held a meeting on Wednesday, May 2. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Second Street Parking Lot

  • The village entered into an interim permit agreement with the New York State Department of Transporation regarding the parking lot to the south side of Second Street beween Main Street and Willis Avenue.
  • According to village attorney John Spellman, the agreement deals with the LIRR grade-crossing elimination project where during the project the village was able to negotiate for the NYSDOT to deed the lot known as the former Cozy Shack building  – which was used as a staging are for the project – to the village.
  • “We had arranged an agreement with the DOT to deed us the property behind which is now a parking lot running from Second Street to the tracks between Main Street and Willis,” Spellman said.
  • The DOT paved, striped and lit the property yet the village is still waiting for a deed, which Spellman indicated can only be delivered when “the project is fully signed off. There is still some open issues that the state has with certain contractors and so the IN number has not been closed.”
  • The village asked state to meet with the regional director about assurance that the village would receive the deed and according to Spellman, Martins was able to get the DOT to send an interium permit agreement.

Jericho Turnpike Repaving

  • Sen. Martins also made , reporting that he had returned from a meeting with the State Department of Transportation and that the repaving of Jericho Turnpike will start in the summer.
  • The project was originally slated to start at the city line and end at Herricks Road but “through the efforts of this board it was extended out through Glen Cove Road,” Martins said.
  • The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2013. Mineola’s portion will be completed by summer’s end.
  • “They’re doing Mineola first because it is slightly different than the repaving project that is being done west of Herricks Road so for us it means a middle-in place similar to the ones the village does on our own streets.”

2012 Night on the Town

  • Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano thanked the board, the Mineola Junior Fire Department and the public for help with raising money for the on May 3, estimating that the event would raise over $70,000 compared with $40,000 last year.
  • “It’s beyond what we could have hoped,” he said.

Use Requests

  • Mineola Youth and Family Services will hold its summer program in from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays from July 9 to August 17 and from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays as well as use of the community center during inclement weather. This is an annual request and is consistent with previous years. It does not interfere with the village’s summer recreation program.
  • Mineola Lodge No. 985 of the Free and Accepted Masons will use the Wilson Park Picnic area for their annual family picnic on Sunday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The  raindate is Sunday, September 23.
  • The one-way entrance to Field No. 2 on Willis Avenue as well as the closure of parking spaces No. 46 to 52 will take place on Sunday, May 27 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the Mineola Alheirense Cultural Center’s annual picnic.
  • was granted permission to use the village’s streets for a devotional procession on May 13 from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. using the following route: Garfield East to Willis Avenue, south to Second Street, turn around (U-turn - will not block Second Street), north on Willis Avenue to Garfield West to starting place at the church.

Pool Shuttle

  • The contract for the 2012 was awarded to All Island Transportation for $6,912.
  • As part of the contract, the company is required to keep a trip log so that the village can measure the use of the shuttle by residents “because it’s getting less use each year,” village clerk Joseph Scalero said.

April Financial Report

The financial reports for the village for the month of April is as follows:

  • 30 residential permits issued for $5,600
  • 12 commercial permits for $2,391
  • applications for rental registration for $19,275
  • 15 plumbing permits for $2,295
  • 14 electrical permits for $1,350
  • 21 title searches for $1,961
  • 15 certificates of occupancy for $450
  • 13 licenses for new businesses for $2,775
  • for a subtotal of $36,097.
  • There were court dispositions in the amount of $3,150 for a grand total of $39,247.

Budget Transfers

The board approved a request from the for budget transfers in the amount of $2,000 from the following lines:

  • $700 from hose and equipment, $500 from stationary and printing, $500 from tools, $300 from OSHA Medicals
  • $200 to equipment, $300 to repairs – buildings, $1,500 to repairs – equipment.

Other Board News

  • The slate of 2012 proposed seasonal employees for the pool and recreational programs was approved. According to Superintendent of Public Works Tom Rini there is a “full returninng staff” for the pool save for one or two individuals. He added that there was a “change out” for the recreational program. “Generally what happens is the older kids get, leaving college, things like that, they rotate out and we bring in some more younger people so there’s a little bit more of a change and newer faces that will be involved with the rec program.”
  • Extensions of two permits for 475 Argyle Road and one permit for 295 Garfield Ave. were approved for 90-days.

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