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Mineola Village Board Notebook: November 7

Other news from the November 7 village board meeting.

The Mineola Village Board of Trustees held a meeting on Wednesday, November 7. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Proposed 24-hour Gas Station

  • Several residents came before the village board to express their disapproval over a proposed 24-hour gas station on Jericho Turnpike between Latham Road and White Road, where a Getty gas station had burned down in 2007.
  • Developers recently made a presentation to the village zoning board.
  • The village board could not take the comments from the residents at the time since the case is not yet before them.
  • If the zoning board approves the plans, it would then go to the planning board and then the village board.
  • All residents within 400 ft. of the area will be notified of a hearing on the issue.

Winston Project

  • The building at 44 Willis Ave., formally known as the Barrister Restaurant, has been demolished and being prepared for laying of a parking lot, which upon completion will be turned over to the village as part of the arrangement with the developers for the Winston project.
  • Construction plans for the building are expected to be received by the village shortly.
  • Demolition is scheduled to begin before dead of winter or early spring.

October Financial Report

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

  • 28 residential permits issued for $10,577
  • 28 commercial permits for $30,775
  • 2 applications for the board of zoning appeals for $850
  • 37 plumbing permits for $5,605
  • 27 electrical permits for $2,050
  • 21 title searches for $1,966.50
  • 37 certificates of occupancy for $975
  • nine licenses for new businesses for $2,425
  • for a subtotal of $55,223.50.
  • There were court dispositions in the amount of $6,500 for a grand total of $61,723.50.

September Village Court Report

During the month of September, the village justice court heard and collected the following fines for the number of cases listed:

  • 56 moving violations for $4,585
  • 13 village ordinances exclusive to motor vehicles for $2,300
  • eight housing violations for $3,500
  • 1,859 parking violations for $106,297
  • one suspension appearance fees, for a total of $116,802.

Community Development Block Grant

  • The mayor signed a community development block grant recipient agreement with Nassau County for the period from Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Described as “Federal passthroughs,” the moneys are federal funds which are then distributed through the county government to the local municipalities.
  • The Federal funds are distributed to the Department of Housing and Governmental Affairs of Nassau County and are administered to municipalities on a need basis.

Transfers

  • The village board approved monetary transfers to two community development projects in a residential rehabilitation program facing a shortfall: a root problem which was short $2,078 and a chimney liner for $1,600.
  • It was proposed to advance funds from the village general fund to cover the shortfall “with the understanding that we will apply for reimbursement from next year’s funding and replace it in the general fund,” village attorney John Spellman said. “We want to get those two contract completed and the contractors paid and the books closed. I think the project’s pretty well done, it’s just a question of getting the contractors paid at this point.”

Other Board News

  • The board approved a request of the ROMEO Brass musical group for the use of a community center general purpose room for rehearsals on Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
  • The village had suspended the permit for the construction of the Winthrop Research Center before the impact of Hurricane Sandy; it has been reinstated.

The next meeting of the Mineola Village Board will be on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the village hall.

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