SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD MEETING - HIGHLIGHTS
TREE LAW PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 12th
The Village Board voted to hold a public hearing on January 12 at 7 pm for the proposed tree law that has been more than a year in the making and that significantly changes village regulations for tree removal.
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BOARD APPROVES CHANGES IN CABARET LICENSE FOR OAK ROOM TAVERN
A public hearing was held during which the board received input from the community on an application to renew and amend the Caberet license for the Oak Room Tavern on Sea Cliff Avenue. The current license, which expires the end of January, allows for live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 to 11 pm. Chris Doran, co-owner of the restaurant asked that the new license allow for music to be performed on Thursday evenings as well, with the stipulation that live performances only take place two nights per week. The change, while not increasing the number of nights music would be performed, would allow the restaurant greater flexibility in scheduling. Trustee Carol Vogt, who was presiding over the meeting in Mayor Bruce Kennedy's absence, noted that the license issued three years ago had 11 conditions attached with there being no problem with 8, but there had been issues regarding three. They involved the time when music ended, and soundproofing in the rear of the restaurant. Mr. Doran said that those issues resulted from a misunderstanding and that the issues had been taken care of. There have been no complaints for more than a year and a half, he said. Several residents spoke in favor of Mr. Doran's application. Joe Krupinsky of Locust Avenue questioned why there needed to be any regulations at all - except for that which requires music to end by 11 pm. "Why do we have to regulate the nights," he asked. "Bands and musicians sometimes are not available." Trustee Vogt asked Mr. Doran whether he was seeking permission to host music on any other nights, and he replied that he was not. Mark Hagin, who lives on Sea Cliff Avenue, close by to the restaurant, said that he had never had an issue with noise or other problems. Todd Warren, who lives on 10th Avenue behind the restaurant, said that he is "totally fine with" the application being granted and that any problems that existed early on had been fixed. Another Sea Cliff Avenue resident said that she had no objections to the application. She did however express concerns about some behavior that takes place outside of bars and restaurants after 11 pm. When the weather is warmer, she said that she sometimes finds beer bottles and cocktail glasses on her fence. Mr. Doran said that his business is a restaurant first and a bar second and that his clientele tends to be a little bit older. He said that when he has seen a younger crowd in front of the restaurant loitering and being loud he has asked them to move along.
The board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Doran's application.
RENOVATIONS AT SEA CLIFF CHILDREN'S LIBRARY UNDERWAY
Village Administrator John Mirando reported that the contractor that was awarded the bid for upgrades to the Stenson (Children's) Library building has made preparations for the demolition work. Renovations there should be complete by the end of the winter. The Children's Library has temporarily relocated to meeting room C on the second floor of village hall. All Children's programs will continue to be held. CLICK HERE FOR NORTHWORDNEWS ARTICLE
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Vincent La Manna with Trustee Carol Vogt following Mr. La Manna's swearing in at Monday's Village Board meeting as an alternate member to the Sea Cliff Planning Board for a term to expire April 2016.