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Oyster Bay agenda: Roads, waters, waste

Oyster Bay’s town board will consider resolutions Tuesday to form a grant-funded watershed protection group and award a contract for much-awaited Syosset road improvements.

The board, which meets at 10 a.m., will also hold public hearings on annual agreements with fire and solid waste disposal districts. But the most anticipated action pertains to Jackson Avenue in Syosset.

A 1-mile stretch of the road, from Jericho Turnpike north to the railroad tracks, has been a source of residents’ complaints for years. Large portions are without sidewalks and full of rough, patchwork pavement.

Oyster Bay took responsibility for the road from Nassau County last year, after the county failed to secure full funding for the project.

In addition to re-paving the road and installing sidewalks, the town will also make drainage improvements and straighten a curve that has been blamed for numerous accidents.

If approved, the project resolution will accept the $4.03 million bid of Hicksville-based contractor Carlo Liza & Sons Paving. Town leaders have said work can begin shortly, with expected completion within a year-and-a-half.

Also on the agenda:

The town is expected to approve a grant agreement with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, a multijurisdictional organization aimed at overseeing a 40-square-mile watershed to improve water quality.

The $46,000 grant was awarded late last year, and is supplemented by $10,000 from the town and $4,000 worth of office space donated by the nonprofit Friends of the Bay. The committee expects to balance development with enhancing fish and wildlife habitats and managing stormwater pollution.

Another resolution will hire a coordinator for the committee. Robert T. Crafa, a longtime Friends of the Bay member, is slated to receive up to $41,615 for 15 months of work, through June 2012. He will develop a formal structure for the group, coordinate input from municipalities, secure future funding and handle public education, according to the town.

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