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NOTICE: The Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Old Westbury will convene to hold a special meeting on Monday, October 31st 2016 at 3:00p.m. at Village Hall, 1 Store Hill Road Old Westbury, NY. Click here to learn more.
TOWN HALL MEETING | SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
This event represented the first “Town Hall” meeting in the Board of Trustees’ efforts to open communications with the residents of Old Westbury. Close to 90 residents were in attendance, along with the entire Board of Trustees and Department Heads. Topics covered during the meeting included:
- Police Department upgrades to the residential alarm monitor system
- Police Department’s continued training program for all officers
- Police Department’s prescription drug “drop box” located at Police Headquarters
- Review of the Old Westbury Garden Resident Picnic held on July 28
- Future development of the Village’s Web-site and residential database to better improve communications with our residents
- Updates and actions to be taken as a community against increased aviation noise over Old Westbury
- Current and future roadwork projects and an explanation of the process by which roads are ranked for future improvements
- A budget overview, including the current budget as well as the forthcoming one
- Future water project requirements: Construction of Well 7, water main replacements, ground storage tank project and various other related capital improvement projects that are being considered
- Overview of the recent local laws and fee changes
This meeting was held in the garage area of the Department of Public Works, located behind Village Hall. The specific location allowed the Board of Trustees to display various pieces of equipment that services the Village, as well as the new garage that houses our larger equipment. Some of the items on display for the public’s viewing included the Highway Department’s 2014 Komatsu Pay loader, 2015 Backhoe, 2016 Freightliner Street Sweeper and several dump trucks, along with our newest addition, a 2016 Mack truck with a double-sided snow plow and rear-mounted sander. Several water department pick-up trucks with snows plows and a Police Department SUV patrol car were also on display.
The meeting ended with a series of productive questions and answers from the public. As always, residents of the Village of Old Westbury are always welcome to attend these meetings to discuss issues of concern or anything else that may be on their minds.
NOTICE: Please be advised that there will be a Planning Board meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2016 starting at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.
BRIAN RIDGWAY APPOINTED THE VILLAGE OF OLD WESTBURY’S NEW ADMINISTRATOR:
The Village of Old Westbury has announced that Brian Ridgway has been appointed Village Administrator. In his new position, he will report to the Mayor and the Board of Trustees and coordinate with all the Village departments to ensure the effective delivery of municipal services.
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LONG ISLAND SCOTTISH FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES: The Village of Old Westbury welcomed the Long Island Scottish Festival & Highland Games to Old Westbury Gardens on Sunday, August 28, 2016. The Village of Old Westbury Police Department assisted in providing traffic control to the event.
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Click here to view photos from the Village Picnic.
The Gardens counted over 125 people who attended. Our thanks again to our hosts at Old Westbury Gardens, Nancy Costopulos, Paul Hunchak, Charlotte Enoch and the entire Old Westbury Gardens team who keep this jewel of a garden in spectacular condition. Sitting on the lawn, enjoying neighbors and music on a warm summer evening was lovely. A pleasure to meet and greet so many longtime residents and newcomers. Old Westbury is filled with accomplished people. Interesting to speak to all. We look forward to creating a tradition of this annual picnic. Will add next years date to the calendar at soon as possible. Hope to see you there. Mayor Carillo and the Board of Trustees.
WATER SAFETY AND CONSERVATION: As a reminder to have your backflow device tested before the September 1st due date, it is a good idea to ask your irrigation company to test the device when your irrigation system is turned on at the beginning of the Spring season and have them send the completed report to the Village Hall at 1 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568 or fax to 516 626-1296 Attention: Thomas O’Connor, Superintendent Water Department. If you have rain sensors, which are recommended to conserve water usage, they should also be tested annually.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OLD WESTBURY WATER DEPARTMENT: For the 3rd Consecutive Year, the Village of the Old Westbury received an award and trophy for having the "Best Tasting Water in All of Nassau County!"
TREES COMING DOWN: You may have noticed Asplundh cutting down trees on behalf of PSEG. Stumps will be ground within days. Marina, Mike Malatino and I met with chief arborist for PSEG again yesterday to assure that our goals are in sync. Trees coming down are all dead or ailing. We welcome PSEG's commitment to tree health and safety and are happy to work with them. For the first time in years, PSEG has had access to our village; and according to documentation, our electrical outages are some of the worst in Nassau County. Going forward, PSEG's new vegetation management program will be kinder to our trees. The utility is picking up the tab for this work and it is considerable. During this process, the Beautification Committee will have time to weigh in on what is best to plant going forward. It is painful to watch in the short term but it will be quick. Spring is coming and we all know how gorgeous Old Westbury is during Spring. Stately red maples are about to burst in bloom around the Village signaling the beginning of our growing season. Please post photos of your favorite Old Westbury Spring moment.
ROAD REPAIRS BEGIN: As previously reported, the Board of Trustees authorized, by unanimous support, a 1.6 million dollar expenditure to repair the Village's most needy roads. Work on August Lane, Dowling Court, Horseshoe Road (from Stone Arch to dead end), Pheasant Run, St. Andrews Court, and Terrace Court will begin in late Spring and carry on through the season till completed. This project is formally referred to as the Village Road Improvement Program for 2016. These roads were chosen after a thorough new evaluation by village engineer Bowne AET Group to categorize the state of each road. Next year, we will move onto the next list of most needy roads. Simultaneously, the Highway Department will continue to repair spot issues on the roads that need immediate tending. The money for this project came directly from tax revenues. No bonds or loans were taken to do this work and taxes were not raised to fund it.