Deadline Monday February 12 for officer and director applications

Because February 10 falls on a Saturday, we are extending applications for director and officer positions to Monday, February 12. Please contact Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800 or mail resume and cover sheet or list of activities to gerry7th@gmail.com

General Meeting, Election of Officer and Directors

The April General Meeting includes the official election of Officers and Directors.  Residents of the West interested in applying for Officer and Director positions should follow the procedures passed and implemented in 2017.   Deadlines for applying for officers and directors to be considered by the WPOA Nominating Committee is February 10

Applicants​ ​will​ ​send​ ​letters​ ​of​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​resumes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​President​ ​no​ ​later​ ​than​ ​February 10.  By mail: Gerry Kelly 135 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 or email gerry7th@gmail.com

The Meeting will also include updates from all directors and appointed and elected officials

LIRR Notice – Stewart Manor Platform Replacement

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is pleased to inform you that it will begin Phase 1 of a four-phase platform replacement project at the Stewart Manor Station on the Hempstead Branch on January 16, 2018.
The project scope includes full replacement of both station platforms, new platform shelters featuring artwork displays, new LED lights throughout the station, new signage, security cameras, Wi-Fi accessibility and customer help points where assistance with medical or other emergency situations can be summoned by the push of a button.  New light poles will also be installed, along with new stairs and concrete work, and new speaker systems to improve station announcements and customer communications. During construction, pedestrian traffic will be limited on parts of the platform
To fully replace both platforms, the work is being completed in four consecutive phases. Customers will be able to board and disembark trains in both directions at all times for the duration of all phases of the project, as crews will work on one half of one platform at a time.
FIRST PHASE OF STEWART MANOR PLATFORM REPLACEMENT WORK
The south side west end of Platform B, up to the underpass, will be closed to the public beginning the morning of Tuesday, January 16, 2018 until mid-March 2018.
·         Commuters should be prepared to board the first four designated cars when going eastbound and the rear four cars going westbound.
·         Work is taking place solely on LIRR property and no traffic detours will be required for this effort.
·         This will not impact service and timetables will be available at stations and at www.mta.info/lirr.
ADDITIONAL PHASES OF STEWART MANOR PLATFORM REPLACEMENT WORK
The following three (3) remaining phases are preliminarily scheduled with the completion of the project estimated for August 2018. Further details will be included in upcoming notifications as dates are finalized.
·         Phase 2 – Southside east end of the platform replaced with no ADA accessibility. Other stations with ADA accessibility during this time frame are Nassau Blvd and Garden City.
·         Phase 3 – Northside west end of the platform replaced.
·         Phase 4 – Northside east end of the platform replaced with no ADA accessibility and limited station building availability.
Source: Garden City News (gardencitynews.net)

NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR BOARD FORMED AT JANUARY 16 MEETING

Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors

Hereafter​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Electors​ ​Meeting​ ​in​ ​January,​ ​there​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​formed​ ​a​ ​committee​ ​to​ ​be​ ​known​ ​as​ ​the Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​to​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​seven​ ​(7)​ ​Voting​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the Association​ ​at​ ​least​ ​three​ ​(3)​ ​of​ ​whom​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​other​ ​than​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors,​ ​and appointed​ ​and​ ​elected​ ​officials​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Village​ ​and​ ​School​ ​District.​ ​Five​ ​(5)​ ​members​ ​of​ ​this​ ​committee shall​ ​constitute​ ​a​ ​quorum.​ ​If​ ​the​ ​membership​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​Village​ ​and​ ​School​ ​Board Trustees​ ​meets​ ​the​ ​criteria​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors,​ ​that​ ​committee​ ​may continue​ ​to​ ​nominate​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​officers​ ​and​ ​directors.

The​ ​notice​ ​for​ ​the​ ​January​ ​Electors​ ​Meeting​ ​shall​ ​advise​ ​the​ ​general​ ​membership​ ​that​ ​this​ ​Nominating Committee​ ​will​ ​be​ ​formed.​ ​The​ ​chair​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​will​ ​be designated​ ​by​ ​the​ ​president​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association.​ ​The​ ​president​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association​ ​or​ ​his​ ​designee​ ​shall​ ​act as​ ​an​ ​advisor​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Directors​ ​and​ ​Officers​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee.

Immediately​ ​following​ ​the​ ​formation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​committee,​ ​the​ ​Secretary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association​ ​and​ ​Publicity Director​ ​shall​ ​advertise​ ​that​ ​the​ ​WPOA​ ​is​ ​seeking​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​Officers​ ​and​ ​Directors​ ​on​ ​the Association​ ​website,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​official​ ​newspaper​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Village,​ ​and​ ​by​ ​other​ ​means​ ​approved​ ​in​ ​the By-laws.​ ​Applicants​ ​will​ ​send​ ​letters​ ​of​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​resumes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​President​ ​no​ ​later​ ​than​ ​February​ ​10.

The​ ​responsibilities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​members​ ​and​ ​chair​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​include​ ​a​ ​review​ ​of​ ​the letter​ ​of​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​resumes​ ​of​ ​all​ ​candidates,​ ​a​ ​interview​ ​(either​ ​in​ ​person​ ​or​ ​by​ ​teleconference)​ ​with each​ ​candidate​ ​to​ ​clarify​ ​the​ ​candidate’s​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​to​ ​answer​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​the​ ​position​ ​being

sought,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​candidate​ ​of​ ​the​ ​duties​ ​of​ ​said​ ​position.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​case​ ​of​ ​a​ ​candidate​ ​who has​ ​previously​ ​served,​ ​or​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​serving​ ​the​ ​WPOA,​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​interview​ ​may​ ​be​ ​waived.

Members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​​Committee​ s​​ ​hall​ ​not​ ​include​ ​officers​ ​or​ ​directors​ ​ ​​who​se​ ​​term​s​​ ​​for​ ​​office​ ​​are exp​iring ​​​and ​​are ​​eligible ​​for​​ eith​​er ​​ele​ction ​​or ​​​re-e​l​ec​ti​on ​​​to ​​​a ​​position ​​​as ​​​Office​r ​​​o​r ​​Director.​ ​M​e​mbers ​​of the​​Nominatin​g ​​Comm​i​ttee​​ shall ​​​not ​​be ​​​nominated ​b​​y ​​​th​e ​​Nominating ​​​Co​mmittee ​​​to ​​run ​​as ​​either ​​an Officer​ ​​or​ ​a​ ​Directo​r.

On​ ​or​ ​about​ ​March​ ​1,​ ​it​ ​sha​ll​ ​​be​ ​the​ ​​duty​ ​of​ ​​said​ ​​Nom​i​nating​ ​​Co​mmittee​ ​​to​ ​file​ ​a​ ​report​ ​in​ ​writing​ ​with the​ ​Secretary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association​ ​​that​ ​contains​ ​​the​ ​names,​ ​addresses​ ​​and​ ​bri​ef​ ​​backgr​ound​ ​of​ ​​th​e members​ ​of​ ​​the​ ​​Association​ ​whom​ ​​they​ ​​nominate​ ​for​ ​e​l​ectio​n​ ​​and​ ​th​eir​ ​​terms​ ​​of​ ​​office.​ ​This​ ​information shall​ ​be​ ​posted​ ​on​ ​the​ ​WPOA​ ​website,​ ​published​ ​in​ ​the​ ​official​ ​newspaper​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Village,​ ​and​ ​​by​ ​other means​ ​approved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​By-laws​.

Any​ ​​fifteen​ ​​(15)​ ​Voting​ ​​member​s​ ​​of​ ​the​ ​​Asso​ciation​ ​​m​ay,​ ​​at​ ​any​ ​time​,​ ​​not​ ​late​r​ ​​than​ ​​twenty​​ ​​(20)​ ​​d​ays pr​i​or​ ​t​o​ ​​the​ ​​s​u​cceeding​ ​​annual​ ​meeting​ ​nominate​ ​any​ ​person​ ​or​ ​pers​ o​n​s​ ​​i​n​ o​​ pposition​ ​​to​ ​any​ ​​of​ ​​th​e ca​ndid​a​t​es​ ​nominated​ ​o​n​ ​​the​ ​​regu​l​ar​ ​ticket​ ​​by​ ​filing​ ​wit​h​ ​the​ ​​Secretary,​ ​a​ ​petition​ ​​over​ ​​their​ ​​signatures, which​ ​notice​ ​shall​ ​include​ ​the​ ​address​ ​of​ ​each​ ​signatory,​ s​​howing​ ​their​ ​nomination​ ​​of​ ​​such​ ​​o​pposition candidate​​ or ​​candidates ​​with ​​a ​​​brief​​background​.​​​It​​​ shall ​​​then ​​be ​​the ​​​duty ​​​of ​​​the ​S​​ecretary ​​to ​​mail ​​each resident​,​ ​​at​ ​least​ ​ten​ ​(10)​ ​​days​ ​​prior​ ​to​ ​said​ ​​succeeding​ ​​annual​ ​meeti​ng​ ​​a​ ​​copy​ ​of​ ​th​e​ ​​nominations​ ​​so mad​e​.​ ​No​ ​additional​ ​nominations​ ​will​ ​be​ ​accepted​ ​at​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​meeting,​ ​at​ ​which​ ​time,​ ​the​ ​vote​ ​for officer​ ​and​ ​directors​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place.

12/14/2016

January 16, 2018 General Meeting letter to WPOA residents

General Meeting of the WPOA

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at Homestead School

 

 

January 16 is the WPOA’s ANNUAL RESIDENT ELECTORS MEETING, at which time the Nominating Committee will report its selection of candidate Robert Bolebruch, for re-election as Village Trustee. Bob Bolebruch has been a resident of Garden City since 1995. A member of the WPOA for 22 years, he served as a director for 7 years, and was president for 2 years. Mr. Bolebruch has long been active with the community’s young people, coaching Garden City boys’ baseball/basketball and girls softball teams. He served as a Garden City Athletic Association board member for 13 years; was GCAA Softball League President for 3 years, and Head Director of GCAA Field Hockey for 4 years. He served as a member (9 years) and President (3 years) on the GC Scholarship Committee. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Business, Mr. Bolebruch has been employed in the securities industry since 1987. Mr. Bolebruch will share with the General Membership some of the significant accomplishments he has worked on during his Trustee tenure, to date.

 

Our President, Gerry Kelly, will speak to residents about proposed changes to the By-Laws, including the creation of a new technology committee and social outreach committee. The WPOA has a long list of ideas for 2018 with a return of our successful meet and greets. Any member of the WPOA can sign up to assist in the various social gatherings this year including a return of the Bird Sanctuary Tour and Summer Party at Edgemere Park to new pizza gatherings in neighborhoods and a night at the GC Pool. Gerry will also review procedures adopted in 2017 and form a new nominating committee for Board of Directors and Officers.

 

January begins a new WPOA membership year. All residents of the Western Section are encouraged to join. Any resident of legal age who is an owner or tenant of real property and lives in the Western Section is eligible for membership in the WPOA. General meeting notices are mailed to all households in the West and advertised in the local newspaper. Please consider becoming a dues paying member. A membership form is located attached to this letter. You can return it with your dues at the January 16 meeting or mail it to WPOA, P.O. Box 7976, Garden City, NY 11530 or pay through our website, gcwpoa.com, through PayPal, accepting all major credit cards. Remember: please give your email for occasional important news and Village alerts from the WPOA.

 

The WPOA is the Western residents’ first access to Village government. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact the appropriate WPOA director. The WPOA website, gcwpoa.com, provides current Village and Western Section news, as well as contact information for directors, trustees and village officials, details on WPOA General and Officer and Director meetings, and quick links to other “favorite” websites.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the WPOA January 16 General Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Homestead School.

 

Sincerely,

Gerard Kelly, WPOA President

Backflow Testing on Lawn Sprinklers-Village Notice & Explanations

VILLAGE ANNOUNCEMENT: MANDATORY BACKFLOW TESTS

For anyone who has not responded to prior notice for mandatory backflow testing, the deadline letters have been mailed. You have twenty (20) business days to comply with the letter or a fine of $1,500 will be assessed. This is the final notice. The Nassau County Health Department has mandated all devices must be tested annually and has designated the Water Purveyor (Village of Garden City) responsible for enforcement. The Health Department considers all untested devices a hazardous threat to the water supply. As such, they have given the authority to the Village to shut off water services to residences that do not conform. In addition, the Village risks incurring a Nassau County Health Department fine which would be passed on to the residences.

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ABOUT BACKFLOW TESTING

The Nassau County Department of Health requires that all automatic lawn sprinkler systems undergo an annual backflow test on the prevention valve installed on the water main. Test results are forwarded to the Village of Garden City for compliance. Many homeowners coordinate the turning on of their systems with a backflow test in the spring; however, individual homeowners may have the test completed at different times of the year. Many plumbers, sprinkler companies and even landscapers can provide a certified tester.

NON-COMPLIANCE

While Garden City has approximately 6800 active sprinkler systems (6500 of which are residential devices), on average 30% do not comply with annual testing. Therefore, the Village has begun to take a stronger stance on compliance.

HOW DOES THE VILLAGE HANDLE NON-COMPLIANCE

Three warning letters are sent to homes and commercial businesses. The first letter: 30 days prior to the date on which the property would be in non-compliance. The second letter: A final notice letter sent after device is registered non-compliant for failure to test. An additional 15 business days is granted to complete the testing and fines are outlined if the device is not tested. The third letter: Notice outlining Fines and Water Shut-Off. This grants an additional 30 days to comply.

WHAT IS THE FINE FOR BACKFLOW TEST NON-COMPLIANCE

 The current fine for non-compliance is $1,500. No business or homeowner, including senior citizens, is exempt from providing the results of a backflow test to the Village. The certified tester files the proper paperwork with the Village at the completion of the test, so the homeowner is in compliance with the County requirement.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, you can call the Engineering Division of the Village Public Works Department at 516-465-4010.

Stewart Manor Train Parking Lot Closed During Construction

As part of the Village’s 2017-18 paving program, the Stewart Manor Train Station Parking Lot is scheduled to be repaved. This work will include adding additional lighting, new curbs, new asphalt and bringing the lot in compliance with all ADA standards, including adding compliant sidewalk ramps with detectable surface pads.

The work on the lot will commence on October 11 and last approximately four weeks. During this time the lot will be closed for parking. We will be adding temporary parking on the surrounding streets for use by all permit holders who normally park in the lot. During construction, temporary permit-only parking will be available in the following locations:

  • Plaza Road: from New Hyde Park Road to Roosevelt Avenue
  • Manor Road: near Station House – South Side off New Hyde Park Road
  • Adams Street: from Manor Road to Stewart Avenue
  • Roosevelt Street: from Manor Road to Stewart Avenue>

The MTA/LIRR is currently renovating the station in order to accommodate an anticipated influx of commuter traffic while work is being done at the nearby New Hyde Park train station/intersection as part of the third track project. The Village was planning on repaving the Stewart Manor parking lot this year as part of its road paving program but in talks with the MTA they agreed to reimburse the Village for the cost of repaving, upwards of $350,000. We had requested that the MTA/LIRR cover the cost of the repaving as part of the Third Track initiative.

More Details and Visuals

General Meeting September 9/19 draft of Hector Garcia, LIRR update

Guest Speaker: Hector Garcia, LIRR Senior Director of External Affairs

Mr. Garcia mentioned the history of the LIRR going back to 1834 1st train to Greenport. 1990s planning and surveys to bring RR up to date.

Ronkonkoma new train yard, more cars. Jamaica connections, more tracks to go to Penn and Brooklyn directly including a tunnel for Amtrak trains so they do not have to crossover LIRR tracks.

LIRR is busy sprucing up and updating GC Stations from Country Life Press to Stewart Manor. Stewart Manor will have new platforms, new paved parking lot and sidewalks.

The Third Track is funded and start to finish about four year starting in 2019. 2018 will be design process time with the last quarter or 2019 1st quarter building the Covert avenue underpass. New Hyde Park follows and will take nine months. The third track will award contracts based on delivery of service along with cost. Preconstruction surveys and project hotline will be established to keep residents informed. Penalties on contractors for not fulfilling dates on time.

The New Hyde Park Avenue crossing will be raised 5 feet along the line and behind Greenridge Avenue. The sound walls will be at least 8 feet tall but neighbors are asking for more. (20 feet).   The sound walls will be at least four feet above tracks. The tallest train is 15 feet.

For more information check amodernli.com

The Village’s MOU is still in process and not final details not available at this time.

 

Questions for the LIRR came from a number of members in the audience.

The height of the sound wall along the tracks behind Greenridge Avenue, Nassau Haven Park and behind Bird Sanctuary. Residents asked for a wall of 20 plus feet while the LIRR representative stated, as of now, it would be 4 feet above the tracks. (With the tracks rising 5 feet along New Hyde Park Road, this would put the wall at 9- 10 feet at this time.) Harry Choban, resident of Greenridge Avenue disagreed with LIRR representative about the foundation requirements of higher retaining wall pointing to sound walls along highways and other travel routes that are well above 20 feet. Mr. Choban concerns included the open garbage containers traveling along his backyard and the tall railroad cars of up to 15 feet.

The start of project.? No sooner than 2019. With Covert Avenue going first, New Hyde Park would initiate sometime in 2019.

Other questions focused on the history of delays on other projects, location of staging areas and traffic flow. The LIRR has purchased a parcel on the New Hyde Park Road train station, which would be primary area for staging construction, and recent projects have been on time or ahead of schedule.

 

Letter from MTA

Recent Communication Regarding Submission of Amendment to the MTA 2015-2019 Capital Program, Letter from MTA,
dated May 26, to NYS Department of Transportation submitting proposed amendment to the MTA Capital Program Review Board.

WPOA Passes Resolution – MTA/LIRR

The WPOA Board of Directors unanimously passed a Resolution, requesting the MTA/LIRR provide thorough responses to the questions and concerns raised in the Beverage & Diamond/Vertex report about the Third Track Project. You can read their report on the Village website, click on the navigation button on the left side of the homepage.

You may also wish to read the MurphyLetter, that was submitted to the MTA/LIRR on behalf of Garden City and the Villages of New Hyde Park and Floral Park, which outlines the requests and concerns of the three villages.

In accordance with the deadline of the comment period, the WPOA submitted these comments to John McCarthy, Special Advisor for Agency Operations and Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Edward Dumas, Vice President for Market Development and Public Affairs, MTA/LIRR.

MTA/LIRR Draft Environmental Impact Stmt.

The MTA issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project (the Third Track) on November 28. DEISrelease the press release accompanying the announcement of the DEIS and the Executive Summary. For further details or to register a comment, go to amodernli.com.

The project office is open on the south side of the Mineola railroad station. Hours are: Tuesday-Wednesday, 11-7; Thursday-Friday, 7-3; and Saturday, 10-3. Visitors are encouraged to drop in and ask questions.