WP gives tentative okay to veterinary hospital


The Williston Park Village Board gave conditional approval at Monday night’s meeting to a special-use application for a veterinary hospital at 207 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park.

The facility, to be operated by Gem Del Mar Ventures, is planned as a dog and cat treatment center specializing in simple surgical procedures such as spaying and neutering.

Village attorney James Bradley delineated the board’s conditions for giving a green light to the application, including the following stipulations:

• Hours of operation are restricted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, with no emergency hours at any time.

• No animals will be kept at the facility overnight, and no staff will be on the site after normal business hours.

• All medical waste will be stored indoors at the facility until it is picked by a company licensed to do so.

• No breeding or sale of animals will be permitted on the premises.

• Installation of soundproof panels approved by the village building inspector is required.

• If an animal is euthanized on the premises, the remains must be taken away by a company licensed to do so.

• The staff of the vet hospital is required to clean up any animal waste outside the premises on daily basis.

“I am very pleased,” said Dr. Elizabeth Hardoon, who will be the veterinary physician at the hospital, about the application approval.

There is a 30-day period for comment from residents on the application. Taking that 30-day period into consideration, Hardoon said she did not yet have a target date for opening the hospital.

Residents who live in the neighborhood where the vet hospital will be located raised objections to the application at last month’s hearing on it. No objections were raised during the public comment period at Monday night’s meeting.

In other developments:

• Reporting that there had been several auto accidents in the village in recent weeks, Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar urged residents to exercise caution while driving in the area.

“Slow down and take it easy,” Ehrbar said, noting that the accidents involved village residents.

• Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Keith Bunnell said annual fire hydrant flushing throughout the village is scheduled for the week of Sept. 26.

• Trustee Barbara Alagna said that the men’s and women’s locker rooms at the municipal pool will be replaced with a $15,000 grant secured by Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicollelo (R-New Hyde Park).

• The final gazebo concerts are slated for consecutive Thursday evenings, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

• The annual village 9/11 memorial observance is scheduled to take place on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

• Williston Park’s annual Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Kelleher Field.

Reach reporter Richard Tedesco by e-mail at rtedesco@theislandnow.com or by phone at 516.307.1045 x204



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