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Roundup: Greenport board approves animal waste law
Board approves law on animal waste
Greenport’s village board has given its residents a gentle reminder that if they walk their dogs in local parks or on the streets, they should clean up any mess the pet leaves behind.
The board on Monday night approved a law creating a new section in the village code dealing with animal waste. It requires any person bringing a dog or other pet into any public place to clean up after it. But the village board imposed no penalty for failure to clean up after a pet.
Village officials said they saw no need for penalties at this time.
-- MITCHELL FREEDMAN
Recycling plan aimed at boat shrink wrap
Boaters in North Hempstead can now recycle their boat’s plastic shrink wrap under a new initiative announced by the town yesterday.
The program, available only to town residents, will allow for the wrap used by boaters to protect their vessels during the winter to be recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
The shrink wrap can be taken to the resident drop-off station at the Solid Waste Management Authority Transfer Station, 999 West Shore Rd., Port Washington, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, except for holidays.
Commercial marinas and residential boat owners also can drop off their shrink wrap at the town dock.
The town asks that the plastic wrap be free of lumber, rope, nails and other materials, and that it be clean.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement that the program would “help keep our waterways clean, while preventing plastic from piling up at our landfills.” — JENNIFER BARRIOS
Fee waivers extended for Sandy rebuilding
Lindenhurst Village has extended fee waivers for residents rebuilding homes that were damaged by superstorm Sandy.
The modified building department fee schedule will be in effect until Sept. 1, the second extension since the schedule was adopted on Nov. 20, 2012, just weeks after the storm hit.
Residents who sustained damage to their homes from Sandy will not have to pay fees, such as those for building permits, in order to rebuild or elevate their homes as long as the rebuilding occurs within the home’s existing footprint. The waivers do not include decks or other outside structures, officials said.
Village building inspector Tom Maher said the building department receives about six new applications each week. But out of the nearly 200 homes in the village that sustained substantial damage from the storm, less than half have submitted paperwork for rebuilding, he said, adding that fewer than a dozen of those have completed the process.
“There are people who we determined were substantially damaged and we know we need to hear from them,” Maher said. “Soon we’ll be sending out letters to those people.”
Some residents may be waiting for federal money to pay for the work, he said, and others are likely still trying to decide whether they should elevate their homes or take a buyout. — DENISE M. BONILLA
Village awarded public works honor
Lynbrook has been awarded the Public Works Project of the Year citation from the New York Metro chapter of the American Public Works Association for an energy-savings campaign.
The village installed and implemented new LED streetlights, solar equipment and pool pumps, which resulted in energy savings of more than 32 percent, village officials said. Lynbrook paid for the work with federal stimulus funds, utility rebates and money saved on service contracts, officials said.
Electric usage is the village’s third-highest expenditure, officials said in a statement.
“Lowering the amount of money spent for energy enabled the village to maintain, and in some cases enhance, current service levels to residents, along with lower operating costs on our municipal buildings,” Mayor William Hendrick said in the statement. — PATRICK WHITTLE
Trustees approve tax cap exception power
Babylon Village trustees have given themselves authority to exceed the state’s 2 percent cap on tax levy increases in the 2014-15 budget if needed.
The move was approved by a 5-0 vote Tuesday night.
Babylon Village’s $8.9 million 2013 budget included a 9.71 percent increase that Mayor Ralph Scordino said was driven by a need to replenish the village cash reserves after superstorm Sandy and other expenses.
The tax rate is currently $14.24 per $100 of assessed valuation.
The village will adopt a budget this spring for the next fiscal year, which starts June 1. — NICHOLAS SPANGLER