SEA CLIFF VILLAGE HOSTS MEETING FOR RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY SEWER LINE CONSTRUCTION
January 21, 2014 -- In advance of the sewer construction work that began this week, Sea Cliff Village hosted an informational session last Tuesday for residents and business owners who will be most affected by the project that will cause disruptions on Sea Cliff Avenue over the course of the next several months. When completed, the line will stretch from Main Avenue to Prospect, and eventually connect to the Glen Cove Waste Treatment facility.
On hand to answer questions were Mayor Bruce Kennedy, Village Administrator John Mirando, Trustees Carol Vogt and Elena Villafane, as well as representatives from D&B Engineers and Architects - the firm that designed the line, and from Thomas Novelli Contracting, the company that will be doing the construction work.
Mayor Kennedy gave a brief overview of the project and explained “why now?” The project, he said, was first conceived in 2004, and plans were drawn up at that time. In 2010, funding was in place to begin, only to have the federal government withdraw its grant. Now that all the funding, through various grants, has once again come together, and with the “price being right,” the Mayor said it was the right time to move ahead with construction.
Joe Marturano of D&B Engineering, then offered a general overview of the project. He said installation of the 8 inch main would begin this week, starting at Prospect Avenue, and that construction would move eastward about 2000 feet to Main Avenue over the course of the next five months. The trench will be about 17 feet deep and from 80 to 100 feet of the pipe will be laid at a time. Each section will be completed and covered each day.
During hours of construction from 7:30 am to 5 pm, sections of Sea Cliff Avenue in both directions will be closed, but will reopen in the evening. Sections of road that will be closed during the day over the course of the project will be Prospect Avenue to Summit Avenue; Summit to Central Avenue; Central to Roslyn Avenue; and Roslyn to Main Avenue. The Mayor said that the Village was going to try to work out an arrangement with Citibank so that its lot could be open to through traffic during the Central to Roslyn portion of the project, so that such a large section of street would not have to be closed at one time.
Property owners asked many questions concerning a variety of topics, ranging from parking issues to the costs associated with connecting to the sewer line.
One Sea Cliff Avenue business owner asked how the construction would affect parking. Mayor Kennedy responded that for Sea Cliff Avenue, it would only affect parking in the areas where construction was being done during the daytime, but would have no impact on parking after 5 pm, or on overnight parking.
However, because of the disruption on Sea Cliff Avenue, no parking will be allowed on 12th Avenue during construction hours in order to accommodate emergency vehicles travelling west from the fire house.
Several residents’ questions concerned procedures and costs for connecting to the sewer line. Mr. Mirando said that Nassau County requires property owners to connect within one year of the sewer line being operational.
He anticipated that that would be about two years from now. Although the Sea Cliff Avenue line will be completed by the end of the spring, the line from Sea Cliff Avenue to the Boulevard still needs to be installed, providing a link to the Glen Cove waste treatment facility. In all likelihood, that will be done by Glen Harbor Partners, a developer that will be building a 60 unit townhouse complex in Glenwood Landing on Shore Road just south of the power plant property (next to Duffy’s). The permit issued by the Town of North Hempstead to the developer requires a sewer line to be in place before the units are built. The Nassau Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on January 29 to consider granting final approval to the project, including the sewer line.
With regard to the cost of hooking up to the line, Mr. Marturano said the range can be anywhere from $1000 to $10,000, depending on the required depth and where the waste pipes going to existing septic systems are located. That determination, he said, ultimately could only be made by a plumbing contractor.
In preparation, he advised property owners to allow representatives of D and B to inspect waste lines in their homes or businesses, so that when T - connectors are installed on the main at each property, they can be placed at the proper location and depth, saving homeowners additional costs when they do hook up.
A resident suggested that property owners work collectively to negotiate with a plumber to get a more favorable price. Village Trustee Elena Villafane said that residents along the Locust Valley/Bayville line had done that recently and as a result saw significant savings.
Another property owner stated that for many, this could be a significant expense, and asked what the permit fees would be and whether or not the Village could help with some of those costs. Superintendent of Buildings Drew Lawrence said that the total permit fees collected by the Village would be $235. The resident asked whether there was anything the Village could do to alleviate the financial burden on homeowners. Mayor Kennedy responded that with regard to the permit fees that that was something the Village Board may want to take a look at.
A resident asked what property owners would have to do with existing cesspools. Mr. Marturano replied that New York State law requires that they be properly abandoned, a cost which another resident said was $1000 when he had had it done.
As the meeting drew to a close, Mr. Mirando, said that if residents had any further questions, that they could contact Mr. Marturano at D&B at 516 364 9890.
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Village Administrator John Mirando, Engineer Joe Marturano, and Brian Novelli of Thomas Navelli Contracting at the Sea Cliff sewer line informational meeting
January 6, 2014 -- With funding fully secured, a bid accepted and the agreement with the contractor signed, construction on the Sea Cliff Avenue sewer line will begin within the next two weeks, Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Village Administrator John Mirando said at Monday night's Sea Cliff Village Board Conference. READ MORE