A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Jan. 3, at 8:10 p.m. The meeting opened with a Pledge to the Flag. Present were Mayor Thomas J. Tweedy, Trustees James E. Rhatigan, Mary-Grace Tomecki, Dominick A. Longobardi and Kevin M. Fitzgerald, Village Administrator Patrick E. Farrell, Village Clerk Susan E. Walsh, Superintendent of Building Department and Superintendent of Public Works Stephen L. Siwinski, Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister and Village Attorney John E. Ryan
Trustee Rhatigan reported that annual fire inspections and public assembly inspections are currently underway at the Building Department. There were 25 fire inspections performed and there are approximately 45 premises that will be inspected next month.
The renewal notices for contractors, electricians and plumbers were mailed out a few weeks ago. The Building Department staff processed over 325 applications. The Zoning Board of Appeals heard two cases in December. The Architectural Review Board heard five new cases and five re-hearings in December.
Trustee Rhatigan reported that the Police Department had a relatively quiet entry into the new year with minimal activity at a time when some may be tempted to overconsume alcohol. Trustee Rhatigan commended the parents who took the time and made the effort to impress upon their children the responsibility that comes with alcohol and the benefits of wholesome celebrations that do not include alcohol.
Trustee Tomecki reported that the Recreation Department hosted a holiday tree lighting on Dec.16 located near the multi-purpose hockey rink. It was a well-attended event by both children and adults and even Santa Claus and his cheerful elves made an appearance.
Trustee Tomecki reminded residents that as of Jan. 1, 2012, all leisure passes are subject to renewal and are needed for all recreation programs including the use of recreation facilities and equipment. Information regarding recreation programs may be found in the Village Items, the new edition which residents should have received by now, our website at www.fpvillage.org, or simply by stopping by the Recreation Center or calling them at 326-6336. Program registration will be on Jan. 17 and 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Recreation Center remained open during the holidays, closing on the only two scheduled holidays during the year, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Department of Public Works
Trustee Longobardi reported that since the reorganization of the Tree Department, 50 trees have been removed by the Department and 18 have been removed by an outside contractor. Of the 130 trees that were planned to be planted this year, 122 are already in the ground. Trustee Longobardi thanked the Department for their hard work.
Trustee Longobardi thanked the Police Department and Police Commissioner Steve McAllister for working closely with Public Works regarding the break-in at the garage.
Now that the leaves are gone and colder weather is beginning to settle in, the Department of Public Works has been working over the past several weeks readying snow removal equipment should the need arise to use it. Salt and sand spreaders are being conditioned and tested and the plows are being prepped. Being prepared helps to ensure a speedy and accurate response to any storm situation. This philosophy is evidenced by the Village’s responses to Tropical Storm Irene and last year’s two-foot plus snow storms. Trustee Longobardi encouraged residents to be prepared as well. Check snow blowers to make sure they are in proper working order. Make sure you perform required service to these machines as the village does to its bigger equipment. Nothing is more upsetting than going out the day after a snowstorm only to find out that the snow blower is not functioning properly. Keep snow shovels and brooms handy near the front of the garage. You may even want to take the shovel in the house the night before a storm depending on how much snow is predicted to fall. As always, sand will be available for our residents at the village garage. Make certain that flashlights are in good working order and that you have a supply of wood for your fireplace and candles available should we lose power. Extra food and drinks can be purchased prior to the storm if need be. Emergency information will be available from Village Hall and will be posted on the village’s website and television station. While no one can predict the intensity of any storm, even when it is right upon us, the suggestions above can be done leisurely, when time permits. Again, simple preparations ahead of time allow for few headaches and mistakes during any storm event.
On behalf of his family, Trustee Longobardi wished everyone a very happy, healthy and blessed new year!
Trustee Fitzgerald said that Library Director Tracey Simon would like to thank the Department of Public Works for planting the cherry tree which replaced the tree that was lost during last year’s lightning storm.
With the turn of the calendar, the library continues to roll out new databases and new programs. Some of the new databases available online are: All Data Auto Repair, a one-stop resource to review car repairs; A to Z World Travel, which allows the user to create their own personalized travel guide to their destination city; and, Natural Standard, a resource to review and research natural remedies. Residents will need a valid library card and Internet connection to access this information.
Among the many upcoming programs at the Library, on Wednesday, January 18th, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the St. Francis Hospital Outreach Mobile Bus will be visiting the library offering blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
Mayor Tweedy, along with Trustee Longobardi, attended the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce holiday party at Crabtree’s Restaurant, which was an enjoyable and well-attended party. The Floral Park business district continues to be a vital and important place to do business.
Mayor Tweedy said it was a pleasure to represent the village at two inaugurations; one for the Town of North Hempstead and the other for the Town of Hempstead to witness the transfer of power from former legislators to new legislators. Village Administrator Patrick Farrell represented the Floral Park at the Installation of the Nassau County Legislature in which 19 new legislators were sworn in. It is important to show reciprocal support to our local leaders with whom we work very closely throughout the year. One story in particular that Mayor Tweedy wished to share was that of Anna Kaplan, a new Councilwoman, who was sworn in at the Town of North Hempstead. Ms. Kaplan escaped from her native country of Iran due to the Muslim uprising in 1977. She and her family fled Iran and came to the United States. Ms. Kaplan is another remarkable example of the compassion we as Americans show for those who struggle to be free as Ms. Kaplan went from political refugee to political leader. Mayor Tweedy said we are fortunate that we live in a country where political refugees are welcomed and are afforded the opportunity to excel, even to rise and become political leaders. Mayor Tweedy thanked each and every person sworn in for their service to our great country.
On motion by Trustee Rhatigan, seconded by Trustee Fitzgerald, and carried unanimously, Mayor Tweedy recessed the meeting at 8:35 p.m.