SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD MEETING 9.12.16
CHICKENS ONE DAY, FEATHERS THE NEXT
September 14, 2016 --
A Hammond Road resident spoke at this past Monday evening's Village Board meeting seeking guidance on how to go about getting approval to raise chickens and re-install coops on her property - a year and a half after the City of Glen Cove forced her to give up her brood, which she said had to be slaughtered. A third of the resident's property sits in Sea Cliff, while the remaining portion, where the chicken coops had been located, are in Glen Cove.
She explained that she was the target of a smear campaign initiated by a neighbor, who claimed that the chickens had created an unsanitary condition by attracting vermin.
The neighber circulated a petition, the woman continued, that ultimately led to the City's action against her
The woman, who is in her eighties, said that the topography of her property would make it difficult for her to have the coops on the Sea Cliff side as that would require her to walk up and down three flights of stairs to reach them, and thus preferred to have the chickens reside in Glen Cove.
Village Attorney Brian Stolar said that unfortunately the Village does not have any jurisdiction over the Glen Cove side of the property, and that would require approval from the City.
If she were to get approval to house the hens in Sea Cliff, then she would have to get the approval of 75% of her neighbors living within a 200 foot radius of her home.
The question was raised as to whether that included Glen Cove residents. Mr. Stolar said that his interpretation of the statute is that it does.
Mayor Kennedy asked if it was possible to interpret it in another way, to which Mr. Stolar said he didn't think so, and then read a section of the statute aloud.
The Mayor said that he would try to help the resident through the process.
"We will consider your plight and see what we can do about it," he said. .
About six residents sat with their neighbor in support of her cause.
Referring to the requirement that Glen Cove residents would be included in the 75% requirement, a resident suggested that "the law be amended so Sea Cliff people are not subject to the whims of Glen Cove people."
Another resident, speaking in support, said that she had "never seen anyone take better care of their home and of nature."
BACK TO WEEKLY
Sea Cliff's Bravest Gets a New Member - Trustee Robin Maynard congratulates resident David Pierce after swearing him in as a new member of the Sea Cliff Fire Department at this past Monday evenings Sea Cliff Village Board Meeting..
Mayor Bruce Kennedy announced the following:
- This year's Sea Cliff Mini Mart will be held on Sunday October 2, 2016
-On Tuesday, September 13, the following roads will be milled prior to paving
- Summit and Central Avenue
- Park Way
SEA CLIFF MUSEUM SEEKING RESIDENT'S COLLECTIONS
Trustee Kevin McGilloway said that the Sea Cliff Museum's next exhibit will be "The Collections of Sea Cliff Residents." Any resident interested in having a collection included in the exhibit should contact Village Museum Director Sara Reres (671-0090).
Trustee McGilloway also announced that the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library will be holding an Offbeat Artifacts Sale on Saturday, September 24 from 8 am until the afternoon. He said that this year, the fundraiser would be holding five sales, one more than this past year.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN - Trustee Dina Epstein said that the Village held a very successful event this past Friday evening celebrating the new butterfly Garden at the Marden/Lafayette Avenue Triangle. Click here for article on the opening.
-Resident Jack Toback expressed concerns about the County Legislature's recent passage of legislation approving the City of Glen Cove's proposal to grant tax breaks to Garvies Point developer RXR and to reallocate tax and PILOT revenue from the property so as to increase the city's share while decreasing that of the County's. He said he was especially bothered that the county had not done an evaluation of the financial impact of the proposal, but that he appreciated the Mayor speaking against it and Legislator Delia Deriggi-Whitton's efforts to block its passage. Mr. Toback said that he believed the County's action ought to be reviewed by the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA). Mr. Kennedy agreed with Mr. Toback, saying that the Legislature did not take into consideration that the cost of the county services provided to residents of the re-development project would exceed tax revenues generated by it. (click here for article on the legislature's vote)
- Resident Phil Como thanked the Board for its support of this year's 9/11 observance held at the clock memorial in front of the Sea Cliff Children's Library. (Click here for article on Sea Cliff's 9/11 observance)
- Mr. Como also stated that Representative Steve Israel will be attending this year's Sea Cliff Veterans Day Observance on November 11. Considering that his successor will have just been elected to office a few days before Veterans Day, he suggested that the Board issue a proclamation thanking him for his service.
- Additionally, Mr. Como suggested to the Board that to protect the monument at Memorial Park a 28 inch high wrought iron fence ought to be placed around it with a little gate allowing entry. He said he priced the fence and that it would cost $1800 and that the James F. Brengel American Legion Post #456 would contribute half its cost if the village could contribute the other half.
- Resident James Foote expressed concerns that a for-profit childcare facility was looking to move into the building that had once housed Harbor Day Care. He said that an application is currently before the Zoning Board of Appeals. In particular, he questioned whether it would be appropriate for a for-profit enterprise to use public land (Central Park) on a regular basis, and whether there is an adequate number of parking spaces nearby.
- Mr. Foote also expressed support for the resident seeking to house chickens on her property.