January 10, 2020
The Village has changed its court schedule in order to conform to the new criminal justice laws of NYS. Court will now be held every two weeks instead of once a month. This change was primarily made to accommodate the new rules requiring arraignments within 20 days of the issuance of a summons. I would like to thank Police Officers Ray Mahdesian and Brian O'Connor, Police Commissioner Mel Ettinger and Village Justice Mark Kleczka for implementing this new schedule and figuring out how to do it without incurring additional costs to the Village. They really did a super job.
The Village has sent out Requests for Proposal (RFP) for the new check valve that will be installed in a drain pipe behind Village hall. The RFPs were sent to four contractors and the return date is January 17th. The new check valve is needed to prevent back flooding of Asharoken Avenue by Northport Bay during astronomically high tides and storms.
The Village is putting together the bid for a new police car to replace the one that was totaled in an accident last year. The cost of the new car will be fully covered by the Village's insurance carrier.
I have been working with NYS Senator Jim Gaughran to finalize the $70,000 grant request by the Village to augment the dunes in the beach lot area. Senator Gaughran has made it clear that he is doing all he can to expedite the process. The NYS DEC permit that the Village has obtained does not allow Asharoken to work on this project between April 1 and August 31 so we are striving to get it done before the end of March.
Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce and I met with National Grid to discuss the replacement of the old natural gas line between Village hall and Duck Island. Once it is replaced, National Grid will connect all of the existing users of natural gas to the new main. This project will require multiple street openings and as part of the project National Grid will then cover the cost of milling, repaving and striping of this section of the road. The project is expected to commence at the end of March and more updates will follow as information becomes available.
The Village received confirmation that it will be getting a new outboard motor for the police boat from the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Development boat at no cost to the Village. The new motor comes at a very opportune time. The existing outboard has required substantial maintenance over the last years. At the end of last season it was determined that it needed a new lower unit. This would have been a very costly repair. Thanks so much to Harbor Master Joe Affrunti for making this possible.
Please make sure that you place your trash and recyclables curbside only on the day of pickup. This will minimize the chance of animals, vehicles or wind knocking over the cans and spilling the contents. Your cooperation is really appreciated.
Have a great weekend!
Mayor Greg Letica