Message from the Mayor – July 2013

PW LogoJuly 2013

Greetings Port North Residents,

I hope that you are all having a wonderful beginning to summer. I wanted to provide an update to you of the events of the past few months and to give an update on some important items that will be considered by myself and the Board of Trustees in the coming months.

First, we would like to acknowledge the passing of former Mayor Joel Joseph on June 14th. Mayor Joseph served as Village Mayor from 1965 to 1971 and as Trustee from 1964 to 1965. Mayor Joseph continued to serve the Village when he later served as Chair of the Village’s 50th Anniversary Committee from 1980 to 1982 and Village Historian from 1982 to 1984. One of Mayor Joseph’s notable accomplishments was the modernization of the Village Code which has allowed us to govern more efficiently and better respond to the needs of the Village. I join the entire Village and Port Washington community in expressing my sympathies to Mayor Joseph’s wife, Phyllis and three children, Michael, Joel and Adam. In the short future, a dedication will be made in Bay Walk Park in memory of Mayor Joseph.

Next, we are pleased to share that we have almost fully restored the plantings in the Bay Walk to pre-Sandy conditions. The restoration was at a minimum cost to the Village. We have also added pet waste bag dispensing units on both entrances of the Bay Walk to remind and encourage those pet walkers to properly dispose of waste. Also, we have made a modest investment to improve the look of the Community Garden on Radcliff Avenue. I want to thank Beautification Commissioner Howard Roth and our Public Works Department, led by Superintendent Ronald Novinski. Tree replacement will also continue this Fall. We expect all felled trees to be replaced with beautiful zelkova serrate trees.

We have started Phase II of the Bay Walk Park project. This will include a decorative parking lot and a path leading to a kayak launch into the lagoon next to our pier. We have State funding for the project and expect construction to begin next spring. Future plans include a children’s play area and tables and sun sails for dining by the bay. A color artist rendering will be posted on our website shortly.

In the near future, we will begin repairs and repaving of Village sidewalks. We will work to provide sufficient notice of the work so that residents will be able to move parked cars, if necessary. Street sweeping has begun and will continue throughout the summer on every other Thursday. A schedule of sweeping days can be found on our website and by clicking here. Please remove cars parked on the street on these days.

You may notice film crews setting up around the Village. Scenes from the USA Network show Royal Pains will be filmed in locations around the Village. We do not anticipate any disruptions resulting from the filming and believe that this will provide an opportunity to display the beauty of our neighborhoods and shore front.

The Village will be working on adding an information kiosk at the Village Pier. This kiosk will be similar to the one just installed at Town Dock and it will include maps and information about the Village, local business information and advertisement and access to the Village website. In addition, we will be working to add Wi-Fi hotspot access on the Village Pier and Bay Walk Park. As these projects develop, we will keep you updated.

I would also like to update you on the ongoing efforts by the Village to purchase the “front lawn” property on Shore Road. The purchase of this property will enable the Village to own shore front property that can be used for many projects, including parks, dog runs and possibly a modest Village Hall. Since the cancellation of the Village Club project two years ago, myself and the Board of Trustees have worked hard to develop a strategy for acquiring the “front lawn” property as a location where the Village could develop open-space parkland and potentially construct a suitable and modest Village Hall and Village Courthouse. One of the plans was to utilize the proceeds from the sale of Village-owned property that we feel is better suited for residential development, to pay for all or a part of the purchase price of the shore-front, located land. We continue to explore the sale of land and are considering several bids provided in response to our RFP (request for proposal) issued this past October. However, due to timing concerns with both finalizing a sale of the land on the best terms for the Village and the expiring timeframe left to utilize a $500,000 NYS Parks grant awarded to the Village to use for development of park amenities, the Board of Trustees may explore financing the purchase of the “front lawn” property. Any financing alternatives would be utilized to ensure that the Village does not lose the opportunity to purchase the shore-front land given competing interests from other prospective buyers. At this time, there are no proposals or details relating to financing purchase price but the Trustees and I will work to consider all options and the impact on the Village, if financing the purchase price becomes necessary. I also assure you that the public will be provided the details of and will be allowed to comment on the proposals when and if they move forward. I hope to provide updates on these developments soon.

Finally, we welcome new restaurant owners Jeanne and German Rodriquez of Tramonto. Their restaurant is the former location of Brio on Shore Road. We wish them success and encourage all in the Village to stop by to experience their Italian fare.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

  • Please be aware that the Village has updated its regulations relating to generators. For information about the regulations, please see our website or click here.
  • As we approach the height of Summer Storm season, we urge all residents to sign up with NorthShoreAlert.org to receive valuable emergency information. We will also be sending Village updates periodically through this system. So please go to NorthShoreAlert.org and sign up. Also, please join the new Port North Emergency Contact Registry by sending your email address to clerk@portwashingtonnorth.org or pwnorthcommunications@gmail.com and we will manually provide you with important announcements and information.

As always, if you need to contact me directly, please email at mayor@portwashingtonnorth.org or call me on my cell phone at 516-233-9581. And please visit our website at www.portwashingtonnorth.org for information on a number of topics.

Sincerely,

Bob Weitzner

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