Great Neck Plaza moves to tighten rules on collection bins

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One of the collection bins that Great Neck Plaza trustees hope to regulate sits in front of the old Stanton Cleaners site at the end of Cuttermill Road. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
One of the collection bins that Great Neck Plaza trustees hope to regulate sits in front of the old Stanton Cleaners site at the end of Cuttermill Road. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

Great Neck Plaza trustees aim to vote on a law to regulate bins throughout the village on Oct. 3, following a review by the Nassau County Planning Commission.

Richard Gabriele, the village attorney, said entities like libraries could still use book collection bins, but that collection bins would otherwise be prohibited unless they are related to what the property primarily does.

“This law had been in front of the board about a month ago and the board requested to revise it to now provide that all collection bins in the village will be prohibited unless those are accessories to the use of the property,” Gabriele said.

The proposed law was also redrafted to fit into the zoning portion of the village code rather than property maintenance, Gabriele said. This requires the Nassau County Planning Commission review the law before the village can pass it.

Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender said in a July meeting that people often forget about temporary collection bins, which in turn creates a “public nuisance.”

Trustees referenced a collection bin on Cutter Mill Road near the corner of Bayview Avenue in front of the old Stanton Cleaners site.

At the same meeting, Deputy Mayor Ted Rosen had said he understands why trustees are pitching the law and what they’re trying to do, but expressed concern that it could amount to “overregulation.”

In unrelated village business, trustees approved conditional use permits for Qilin Bakery on 28 Middle Neck Road and Noir Coffee Shop & Bakery at 25 Cutter Mill Road, which would feature baked kosher goods imported from Israel.

In other village business, village officials said they would likely be approving a contract with the owners of the Galleria regarding affordable housing units at its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

“The village has been negotiating with the owner regarding rent levels there,” Gabriele said.

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