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Mineola Village Board Notebook: October 16

Other news from the October 16 village board meeting.

Mineola Village Board Trustees George Durham, Paul Pereira, Mayor Scott Strauss, Paul Cusato and Dennis Walsh (l-r) during a meeting on Oct. 16, 2013. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
Mineola Village Board Trustees George Durham, Paul Pereira, Mayor Scott Strauss, Paul Cusato and Dennis Walsh (l-r) during a meeting on Oct. 16, 2013. Photo credit: Geoffrey Walter
The Mineola Village Board of Trustees held a meeting on Wednesday, October 16. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Text Message Alerts
  • Beginning October 17 residents have the option of receiving updates from the village website on cell phones via text message in addition to e-mail. Updates include emergency notifications, garbage pickup, road closures, etc.
  • Village clerk Joseph Scalero explained that the text messages would most likely be brief, consisting of eight to 10 lines indicating that, for example, a sanitation schedule would be in effect for a certain day and to check the village website.

DPW Trucks

  • The village department of public works will be making repairs to two highway department trucks through the use of a Nassau County Department of Public Works Contract at a cost of $12,400 for truck No. 14 and $20,000 for truck No. 15.
  • The trucks’ model years are 1992 and 1989, respectively.
  • “The older of the two trucks... actually, the cab mounts had basically rotted off and we were getting to a point where we felt we weren’t going to be able to use these trucks,” superintendent of public works Tom Rini said, noting that the “pans” have rotted away in both cabs and a new replacement truck could cost as high as $150,000. “Given the quality of the engines and chassis it really doesn’t make sense to get rid of these trucks at this point.”
  • The village had ordered another truck in June and Rini said that he hoped it would arrive sometime in November.

Use Requests

  • The Evening Star Quilters requested the use of a community center general purpose room for a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Budget Transfers

  • The Mineola Fire Department requested a budgetary transfer of $700 from dues and conferences to badges and plaques.

Personnel

  • The village will post an opening for an accountant clerk position within the justice court to fill a vacancy by retirement earlier this year.

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

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