Old Westbury trustees decide on continuation for soil application

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The Village of Old Wetsbury Board of Trustees decided Monday on a continuation of an application for the use of soil on a homeowner’s property — after approving the application last month.

The board came to the decision after Abby Pendelton, attorney for Michael and Alonna Ostad, brought up her concerns regarding conditions added to the application that were not previously approved by the board.  

Pendelton said the application was already approved at last month’s board meeting, and that she was told there was going to be nothing on the agenda at the meeting regarding the application.

“Everyone agreed it was an appropriate plan,” Pendelton said. “It does not make sense to me. It was a final agreed upon product.”

Deputy Mayor Michael Wolf said the conditions added to the application came from suggestions by other Village of Old Westbury residents. 

“We value the input from our residents,” Wolf said. “[We] promised residents at previous meetings that we would include these [conditions.]”

The Ostad’s application is centered around the use of approximately 10,685 cubic yards of soil on their property.

In other business, the board accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement of the New York Institute of Technology’s plan to build new student residences, a dining facility, an academic building and executive offices. 

A hearing for the statement is scheduled for Nov. 14, and the deadline for comments will be Nov. 30.

The statement presented at the meeting was crafted based upon responses to comments it received when it was a draft.

The board also approved the creation of a zoning advisory committee. 

The committee will be made up of five people, and will “look at the zoning resolution in the village and propose ideas to the board,” said Wolf.

Government Liaison Leslie Fastenberg said that the committee “is going to be a step forward.”

Police officer Thomas O’Shea was promoted to lieutenant. 

O’Shea’s promotion came after his 28 years of service to the village as a sergeant. 

Prior to the start of the meeting, there was a moment of silence for Thomas Miloscia, son of village police Sergeant Joe Miloscia, who recently died. 

Thomas died of cancer at 18 years old. 

The next board meeting will be on Monday Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.  

 

 

 

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