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N. Hempstead to mull country club, energy

The Roslyn Country Club mansion is open and

The Roslyn Country Club mansion is open and serves as a catering facility. The pool and tennis courts have been shuttered for years and trees are growing up through the courts. (Sept. 27, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

The Roslyn Country Club and an energy policy for town employees are on the agenda for Tuesday night's board meeting in Town of North Hempstead.

The board is scheduled to continue the public hearing on its plan to seize the Roslyn Country Club property in Roslyn Heights and turn it into a fee-based membership park for town residents.

The Roslyn Heights club is in the heart of a 668-home Levitt & Sons Inc. development. It includes a pool and tennis courts, which have been closed for about five years, and a catering hall, which is open.

Despite the objections of the club’s owner, Manouchehr "Manny" Malekan, the town floated the idea of seizing the property earlier this year.

Malekan said Monday night that he and the town have agreed not to fight over the property but the town will continue the hearing while negotiations continue. The town would not confirm or deny this, spokesman Collin Nash said.

"I didn't want to sell it or lose it but I don't want to be in a war either," Malekan said.

Malekan said the town taking over the catering facility is off the table. Now, it's on to negotiations over the tennis courts, pool and 10-acre parcel. An appraiser will value the property and the town will decide how much of the surrounding parkland it may want, Malekan said.

If the town and Malekan cannot agree on a price, it will go to a "friendly" condemnation, he said.

Town council members are also expected to vote on an energy policy aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, energy consumption and waste while boosting energy efficiency and the use of green technology.

New rules for town buildings and employees include keeping the thermostat between 76 and 78 degrees when occupied and 83 degrees when unoccupied during the summer. In the winter, occupied building temperatures will be between 69 and 71 degrees, and 64 degrees when unoccupied.

Other measures include printing on both sides, not allowing cars to idle, unplugging unused coffeemakers, printers and radios; and turning off lights in unoccupied rooms.

"We are going to save money," said Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer, who helped craft the policy. "How much I don't know. It's not necessarily how much we're saving but it's doing things the right way and watching out for the environment."

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd. in Manhasset.


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