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TOBAY Board Sets Busy Public Hearing Schedule

It's that time of year when the town board has to review its contracts and long-standing agreements.

The agreed to a busy set of five public hearings to be held at their next full meeting on Feb. 28.

Some of the hearings are routine renewals of long-standing agreements, but often raise ongoing issues about those agreements. There is also a proposal to finance $4.2 million in improvements to town parks.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board set public hearings on these five subjects:

  • Proposed improvements to . The plan includes a variety of projects including improvements and upgrades to athletic fields, fencing, sidewalks, curbing, asphalt and electrical systems in parks. The estimated cost of the improvements is $4.2 million, which will be financed by the issuance of serial bonds.
  • Proposed improvements to the town's public lighting district consisting of upgrading the underground street light wiring system at various locations. The town would also purchase and install new LED street lighting fixtures, the initial phase of which will done under a grant. The town could issue $430,000 in serial bonds to finance the project.
  • Proposed one-year fire protection contracts with Bayville Fire Company No. 1, Farmingdale Fire Company, Glenwood Hook & Ladder Engine and Hose Company No. 1, Inc., Roslyn Fire Company-Highlands and Roslyn Fire Company-Rescue, as well as the Wantagh Fire District, which covers Tobay Beach. The contract period will run from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012.
  • Proposed contract for the rental of fire hydrants from the Oyster Bay Water District for the calendar year 2012. The agreement covers the rental of 223 at $20,070.
  • Proposed improvements to the town's Solid Waste District which would replace, as necessary, wells and pumps for the groundwater treatment facility. To finance these improvements, the town is considering the issuance of $1.3 million in serial bonds.  

The hearings will be held in the Hearing Room of Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, beginning at 10 a.m. Following the regular town business, the Town Board will be available to listen to public comment on any subject.  

Mike Polansky February 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Simba -- I hadn't noticed, but my daughter and her family live right by the Old Bethpage Elementary School and I will check it out. This is something that should be called to the attaention to Rebecca Alesia, "our" Councilwoman, and it can be taken care of.
John Rennhack February 09, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Mike, I'm all for maintanance. The Hicksville Garage was run down. And I can tell you I've heard from people in other parts of the Town complaining about infrastructure especially roads. The garage was let to slide and then the public was lied to about its condition. There are very hard working employees and then there are the patronage jobs. And there are alot of them. Lots of party committee people and family members working in the Town. Salaries have increased for the connected and jobs are available for the connected even in an economic downturn.
John Rennhack February 09, 2012 at 05:13 PM
1) You are talking about the most basic things gov't does getting done. It's not rocket science to clean a park of schedule garbage pick-up. Once it's running it keeps on running. 2) There is no bickering because it is one-party rule. No dissenting voices is bad government. 3) Town taxes are increased every other year, over 50% in the last 7 years, spending has increased, borrowing has increased - and borrowing for general operations which is a bad sign, the Bond Rating has been lowered and while everyone else is careful with money, the Town board gave itself double-digit pay increases. The only thing keeping the Bond Rating from getting lowered again is the fact that the agencies know that the Town isn't afraid to raise taxes to increase revenue.
John Rennhack February 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
And zoning issues??? I can give you a personal hell story of zoning issues.
John Rennhack February 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Mike, I made the Town aware that my street sign for the last few years has sadi "Avenue" instead of "Street." It still says "Avenue." And Rebecca Alesia may be good for road waork but right after winning her first election to the board on the Taxpayer Revolt line she took off on vacation and missed the Town budget vote that increased taxes. THE most important job a council member has and she takes off 2 days after getting elected.

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