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Mineola Village Gives Update on Construction Projects

Storm drain cleaning and National Grid work reportedly cause delays on Jericho Turnpike project.

If the number of projects is any indication, Mineola is a bit of a boom town for construction crews. Superintendent of Public Works Tom Rini issued an update to members of the village board during the regular meeting on September 19 at the village hall on several of the ongoing high-profile projects which are currently underway, including the roads and the flood mitigation project.

At Wilson Park, the asphalt surrounding the areas for the new dugouts and the old dugouts themselves have been removed as plans move forward to replace them. Rini met with the fencing contractor on September 20 who will actually be constructing the new fenced-in area for the new dugouts. The contractor will be also be installing the poles and bases for the structure. The week of September 24 the contractor for the concrete reconstruction will be installing the concrete for the dugouts all around the area. Rini said he would order the new benches immediately.

“We’ll be just doing a surface mount on those so they can come in at any time before now and the beginning of the new season and the spring,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be wrapped up with this in the next week or so.”

The village is currently finishing up work on the list of roads undergoing reconstructing for this year. The week of October 1 they will begin the mix and place road reconstruction on the streets for 2012: Third Avenue between First Street and Harrison; Harrison between First Street and Mineola Boulevard; Grant Avenue between Mineola Boulevard and Willis Avenue and Lincoln Avenue between Mineola Boulevard and Willis Avenue as well as Willis Avenue at the dead end.

“It seems everything’s falling in line,” Rini said, noting that through separate contracts the village has been able to coordinate the project “very well.”

While many caution hardware and safety barricades have been going up along Jericho Turnpike for the anticipated road repaving, no actual asphalt has yet been put down.

“People have been asking because initially we were told, projected schedule would be, paving sometime in the beginning to middle of September,” Rini said, nothing that the the project is still moving and the contractor, Tully Construction of Flushing, has been doing patchwork in the road, cleaning the catch-basins and sidewalk repairs. The orange covers residents see on the storm drains is actually a filter fabric required to be placed down that does not allow debris to go through. The debris collects on the top and the water flows through the porous membrane.

Rini said that he attended a coordination meeting for a status update on September 21 and also had to order 54 riser rings for the manholes in the village, which he is still waiting on delivery. There has also been a swarm of activity from National Grid’s crews trying to get work done before construction begins.

“I think it may have pushed the things back a little bit, in schedule time, but there’s still plenty of time in the season that this will all get done,” Rini said.

The bids for the Bruce Terrace flood mitigation project were sent out on September 25. North Hempstead’s portion of the project is also set to go on the same date.

“We’ll see what things come back at,” Rini said of the bid prices, adding that a total of 18 contractors have picked up bid packets as of September 19.

According to village attorney John Spellman, new discussions had arisen from the town on the land license agreement between North Hempstead and the village to build a catch basin and for its maintenance.

“The town is looking for an opt-out provision for a 5 year lease,” Spellman said. “Our question is why they would only want it for 5 years, that we would expect that since rain is going to take place in perpetuity, they would want to capture the rain in perpetuity. So we have asked them to address that and we haven’t heard back yet.”

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