The Glen Cove City Council has delayed action until next month on a planned shift in the city's contract awards policy and two proposed traffic-related changes.
Each proposal was the subject of a public hearing at Tuesday night's council meeting.
Mayor Reginald Spinello said the city's charter review commission asked for the delay on the contract-awards change so the panel could examine the proposal.See also2013 Glen Cove payrollsSee alsoMore Glen Cove news
The proposed shift would allow city officials to bypass the lowest bidder in awarding contracts. The city could choose to make decisions based upon "best value," which includes factors such as quality, reliability and efficiency, in addition to cost.
Current city law requires the city to accept the lowest bid that meets requirements of a project.
A 2014 report by the state comptroller's office said cities that choose a "best value" procedure must use "objective and quantifiable standards" in evaluating bidders or provide a written justification for choosing a bidder based upon best value.
Marsha Silverman, a Glen Cove resident who works as a financial data analyst, asked whether there would be enough safeguards in place so a best-value contract "doesn't go to best friend."
A public hearing was also held on how to address complaints that auto repair shops use residential Pearl Street to park cars, sometimes for days at a time.
The proposed restriction would bar all parking on the west side of Pearl from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Resident Michael Martino, 56, spoke against the proposed change, saying daytime restrictions would complicate parking for residents.
"If you take away half the spaces, where are the other half of the cars going to go?" Martino asked.
He suggested a law that limits the number of cars auto-repair shops can park on Pearl.
A third hearing concerned the Glen Cove Police Department recommendation that stop signs be placed on Dosoris Way at Oak Lane.
Lt. Pat Wright said there have been two accidents at the three-way intersection in the past year and several other accidents elsewhere on Dosoris.
Bill Alesi, 69, who lives near Dosoris and Oak, said he's seen two or three near-accidents at what he described as "a dangerous intersection . . . I don't think we should have to wait for a fatal accident."
Rick Smith, who declined to give his age, said stop signs would slow down vehicles traveling toward the nearby Glen Cove Hospital.
Spinello proposed that the council discuss the three issues Sept. 16 at the next pre-council meeting, which is open to the public.