Meeting On The Road

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The Glen Cove City Council once again found itself outside of the chambers of City Hall for its monthly meeting, holding its Aug. 23 meeting instead at the Glen Cove Senior Center.

“Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to host tonight’s city council meeting,” said Carol Waldman, executive director of the Glen Cove Senior Center. “It is actually a perfect venue for having a substantive discussion of city affairs because many of our members from the senior center actually created the foundation of this city. It’s really thanks to them that we have a thriving city with a rich history and hopefully a very exciting future.”

Waldman said that since 1979, the center has been serving 23,000 meals a year to members and the current membership is approximately 1,800, ages 60 and older. She gave a brief overview of what the center offers, including education, recreation, social service support and advocacy for healthcare, housing and employment.

“The senior center is very proud of its efforts to support our community,” said Waldman. “Our doors are always open for anyone who is looking forward to growing older with dignity, with grace and with support.”

Several public hearings were held, including one regarding changing the zoning district of the parcel of land next to the Presbyterian church on North Street from commercial to residential.

“They’re goal is to split the lots and sell a resident a home,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello.
The resolution to make the change passed and the matter will go to the planning board.

The next public hearing was in regard to restrictions for parking on highways in municipal or beach lots and advertising cars for sale or storing for repairs. The resolution, which also passed, reads: “No person or entity shall park a vehicle upon any highway, road, street, municipal parking lot, municipal garage or beach parking lot for the purpose of displaying such vehicle for sale; or greasing, repairing or storing such vehicle for future repair, except for such repairs as may be necessitated by an emergency and provided such notification has been made to the Glen Cove Police Department.” Violations will result in a $200 fine.

“We had gotten calls in the past that there are repair shops doing repairs on the road in certain streets,” said Spinello.

“This provision should restrict auto repair shops from searching municipal lots for places to store cars until they are repaired,” said city attorney Charles McQuair.

The mayor went over some of the news from the previous week, including the lawsuits regarding the waterfront project being dismissed, the financial approvals of Nassau County and the Glen Cove City School District and latest financial evaluation of the City of Glen Cove released by Moody’s Investors Service.

The report assigned a Baa3 rating and revised the municipality’s outlook from stable to positive. The assessment underscores the city’s credit strengths which included: improved budgeting practices in 2015 led to a surplus of almost $1 million in the general fund; projected elimination of deficit fund balance position across operating funds at the end of fiscal 2016; waterfront development expected to provide increase to tax base and economic activity; and large and diverse tax base.

The positive outlook was attributed to the city’s anticipated sizeable additions to the fund balance in fiscal 2016 following the sale of its waterfront, after which the city expects to have non-negative operating fund balance for the first time since the issuance of its deficit financing bonds.

“This is all good news,” said Spinello. “We still have work to do, but it is still a positive sign.”

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