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North Hempstead Approves Its Portion of Flood Mitigation Project

Town to begin work on drainage project after board OKs land use agreement with Mineola.

The  has given the green light for its part of a  which is set to alleviate flooding for residents of Bruce Terrace in Mineola and the surrounding areas.

The project, which involves the town completing on-third of the work along with the remainder from Nassau County and the Village of Mineola, involves the construction and installation of a series of drainage aquifers and runoff discharge pipes along Liberty Avenue in Mineola as well as surrounding areas in Mineola and Carle Place.

Each of the three municipalities received an equal share of $2.4 million (roughly $800,000) of state funding,  of . As part of the agreement, each of the three was required to commit additional funding to see to the project’s completion. Mineola’s share of the project would cost $1.7 million, less the state funding, for an estimated amount of $900,000.

The land use agreement between the town and the village had been the subject of heated discussion before the town board had approved the measure Wednesday night, with the village conducting a survey of the land which it said was the town’s responsibility.

North Hempstead had contended that it could not begin its part of the project without a land-use agreement, which the village contended could not be drafted without first having conducted the survey.

The two sides came to a mutual understanding after a .

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