Roslyn Estates talks safety, road repairs

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Sean McCarthy, the commanding officer of the Third Precinct, said Monday that the recent consolidation of the Third and Sixth precincts had little effect on service to Roslyn Estates

“There’s the same number of cars, 617 is still your post car,” McCarthy said in addressing trustees at the village’s regularly scheduled meeting. “You didn’t lose any posts and you didn’t lose any people. All cars are pretty much staffed identically to how they were merged.”

McCarthy heard several concerns from residents in attendance about teenagers parking their cars in the Village Hall lot and hanging out in the nearby park. Residents, who expressed concern that they had called the precinct but didn’t get a response, got a tip from McCarthy.

“For just about any call for service, call 9-1-1.” he said.

McCarthy explained that direct precinct calls are not recorded, and records are not made of their date and time. The person answering the call will then call 9-1-1 after the phone call to report any concern or emergency.

Residents also addressed concerns that motorists regularly ignore stop signs and drive fast. McCarthy said he’d make sure officers patrolled the area regularly.

The board tabled a decision awarding a bid to one of two companies for the village’s planned street improvement, opting instead to schedule a public hearing for next months’ meeting to determine how much of the project to undertake.

“If you save more money by doing it together, it leaves more money for work down the road,” Village of Roslyn Estates Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg said.

One of the companies, D&B Architects and Engineers, gave the village a construction estimate of $100,00, a total officials said did not include the cost of necessary surveys. The other bid went undisclosed in the meeting. 

Trustees said they planned to decide on the project’s engineers by next month’s meeting, bid the work by March and have trucks on the road by April.

Village Clerk Bryan Rivera suggested separate bids for different parts of the project. Trustees have said they would like to fund most of the project with grant money. 

“Either way I want to spend this money as smartly as we can,” Schwartzberg said.

In addition, Schwartzberg suggested erecting signage on village roads to prevent motorists from driving fast, saying “It’s definitely the No. 1 item people in the village come up to me with.” 

The village will also hold a public hearing at next month’s meeting to determine the village’s responsibility for maintaining rights of way in front of residential property.

Village Attorney Chris Prior said the village’s responsibility in maintaining those areas was removed from code several years ago, but the board is looking to re-establish the responsibility of maintaining the property.

If the code were to be rewritten, trustees said, homeowners would have the responsibility of the area’s upkeep, while the village would maintain and remove trees as needed.

“I have a feeling if you do a 50/50 of responsibility with the homeowner there will be a grey area,” Isaac said.

Rivera said he has received full reimbursement funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs to signage damaged by Superstorm Sandy and said he expects to receive the remaining $13,000 requested in debris removal for a $109,000 total.

Schwartzberg said FEMA has increased its aid to the village from 75 percent to approximately 90 percent.

The board also set a public hearing for next month to amend a chapter of village code revising the boundary lines of the Birches Sewer District. Trustees next meet on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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