The points of discussion:
First we opened the meeting by stating our dissatisfaction with the overall lack of support our area receives from the Town. We proceeded to discuss individual points closing with a request to put together a comprehensive plan that addresses all of the needs of this area.
* SUNOCO property: We restated to the Town representatives that it has now been some 14 months since they referred the Bank to our community and the Bank a) is not concluding the signing of a contract with Sunoco, and b) the Bank now refuses to provide any periodic updates on the progress of the negotiations to the Civics. The Town officials informed us that they also contacted the Bank and are not getting updates. The Civics stated that we have been approached by two business parties who are interested in the purchase of the property and we have contacted Sunoco officials who are open to proceed with other potential buyers. Out of the two businesses who have approached the Civics, we feel the one business we would support would be Mario Fischetti who already owns property in the area - including the nice row of stores across the street from the Sunoco property - and he would work with the Civics in ensuring that what is built there would be to the satisfaction of the community. The Town officials endorsed our going forward with such proposal, thus we will contact both parties to proceed. In the meantime the Civics have reached out to the Bank Chairman to attempt to open a dialogue and get an update from the Bank officials on their attempt to purchase the property; we are awaiting a reply.
* BEAUTIFICATION OF GH BUSINESS AREA: The Civics concluded, some 3 months ago, submitting a project plan to the Town to beautify the GH business area with a $500,000 funding promised by the Town in lieu of the Park, when the Bank decided to purchase the property. This plan has been approved by the Town; we discussed ground breaking for this project and the Town agrees the project will continue with projected start date of possibly late June. The project encompasses the installation of antique lighting to be installed from the RR tracks are along GH Road west to the 4 corners, south to Bernard's and north to the Promise deli. Within the same area curbs and sidewalks will be replaced and enhanced, where needed - note that not all of these areas are in need to repair, however, many are. Along the business area the plan will look to complete the brick sidewalks already started by the Fischetti properties (Jack Shack), and lastly updated garbage containers are to be installed along the store fronts.
* HALMS PROPERTY: The Civics informed the Town officials that we are working together with the real estate developer handling the sale of the 5.3 acres of mixed zoning land for sale, and we will look forward to their cooperation in working with us to ensure the property once built it enhances the GHRoad area. We also informed the Town officials that currently there are ongoing discussions to build 55 Townhouses for 55+ owners, as well a discussion to build 20 to 22 homes. The Civics are involved in these discussions.
* LUNDY'S PROPERTY: The Civics representatives complained that the Town has not taken any decisive steps to condemn or otherwise have the owners take care of the close to 8 acres of land that have been without any occupancy for several years. Furthermore, the Civics stated their fear that young people are at risk of starting a fire or having the dilapidated building fall and cause unauthorized visitors to the property to be hurt. Town officials promised to look into this matter and address possibly demolishing the existing building. Town officials agreed to look into this matter and let us know what can be done as a next step.
* CELL ANTENNA INSTALLATION: Civic representatives discussed a projected plan to install a cell antenna near the community center fields that the community has opposed by signing a 900 name petition already submitted to Town officials. The Civics requested the Town, when and if in receipt of an application to disapprove such request. The Town officials will conduct research to see if an application has been submitted
mitted at this time.
* REQUEST FOR A TURF FIELD: Many of the Civic representatives are parents of local children who participate in Soccer and Lacrosse and who are not able to play under the current conditions of the Community Center fields. Civic representatives stated that there are some 16 turf field that have been built by the Town across their jurisdiction, however, the GH area is not being addressed. Town officials agreed that there is a need for a turf field and asked the group to come up with a location where they could build one with lights so the field can be used more extensively. The Civic representatives stated that we would like such a field to be built at the community center with no lights as neighbors to the field would not be happy with lights and late games. The Civic left with the task of finding a local pace where such field could be built with lights, or to come back to the Town with a proposal for a turf field with no lights located at the community center.
* PREVIOUS PROMISES BY THE TOWN TO PURCHASE PROPERTY ALONG SHORE ROAD TO BUILD A BOARDWALK: The Civic repetitive presented the Town officials with a 2005 letter from the Town stating the desire to put together a long term plan that would improve the quality of life in the Glen Head - Glenwood area, something that never came to fruition, and a point that we would very much like to revisit. Town representatives agreed to discuss such plan and discuss further details with us at our next meeting.
The Civics concluded the meeting by agreeing with the Deputy Town Supervisor to hold scheduled follow up meetings to ensure all items discussed are delivered. We set or next meeting for Monday June 9th at 9 am at the Town Supervisor's conference room.