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Mineola Village Board Notebook: October 3

Other news from the October 3 village board meeting.

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

Winthrop Research Center

  • Mineola Building Superintendent Dan Whalen reported that the new Winthrop Research Center project has started with the majority of the work being done at night and removal of overhead utilities to underground vaults “is proceeding along.”
  • Demolition will start on the exterior of the buildings on Mineola Boulevard and would be going from the “outside in” according to Whalen for the first 10 to 15 ft. of the buildings.
  • “Once they get the interior side established, the rest will be grappled down from back inside, staying inside the boundaries of the perimeter of the new facility,” he said, noting that a 10-hour meetin with the safety and security firm of OSHA was held and there will be no one permitted on the site who has not been at a meeting.

Water Department Upgrades

  • The village has received bids from three companies for the water department’s new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) readable meter system.
  • The low bidder is still under review.
  • Superintendent of public works Tom Rini said he would probably have a recommendation at the October 17 meeting.

September Financial Report

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

  • 28 residential permits issued for $16,107
  • 11 commercial permits for $785,500
  • 29 plumbing permits for $5,295
  • 20 electrical permits for $12,700
  • 29 title searches for $2,450.25
  • 24 certificates of occupancy for $600
  • five licenses for new businesses for $515
  • for a subtotal of $823,167.25.
  • There were 17 summonses issued, but no figure on court dispositions was available at the time of the meeting.

Fire Prevention Month

  • Mineola Fire Department ex-Chief Jeffrey Clark mentioned that since October is fire prevention month, the residents should be reminded to check their smoke and CO detectors and change the batteries every 6 months.
  • He also suggested that residents take a look at the detectors, as “there should be a date when it was put in service and if it’s more than 5 years it’s recommended that it be replaced.”
  • The fire department will also be giving out popcorn balls to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. “The men volunteer, they drive around in the apparatus tossing popcorn balls to the little ghosts and goblins they seem to have a great time doing that,” Clark said.

Other Board News

  • The annual village halloween party will be held on Friday, October 26.
  • A resident questioned about workers at the cellphone towers at the corner of Maple Place and Washington Avenue, which were reportedly operating at the site for the past two months. The village had issued a special permit on the tower and the court had indicated that it was illegal for additional use. “It it’s replacing existing equipment, they have a right to do that,” Spellman said.
  • Another resident asked about the retiming of the traffic light at Willis Avenue and Jericho Turnpike following the repaving of Route 25. “We’ve had conversations with the New York State Department of Transportation and as soon as the road paving has been completed they tell me that they’re going to retime the lights,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. The county owns jurisdiction at the Willis and Mineola Boulevard intersections.

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