Apply For Aid For Sewer
Nassau County this week made
formal application for State and
Federal aid that could bring in
$ 79 million for construction of
the 105- square mile sewage disposal
County Executive Eugene Nick-erson,
who signed the papers in
his office at a meeting with a
New York State official, said:
" Our chances for obtaining
up to 85 per cent Federal and State
aid for this $ 93 million project
are excellent. Our goal is nothing
less than to bring Nassau County
residents the finest sewage disposal
system in the nation."
Nicker son added, " District
Number Three will protect the
health and well- being of 560,000
residents of mid and southeastern
Plans for the sewerage system
include: An ultra- modern $ 24
million treatment plant at Sea-ford
covering 50 acres of land
east of Wantagh causeway and
south of the proposed Wantagh-
Oyster Bay expressway. The
plant initially will be able to purify
45 million gallons of sewage
daily. Ultimately, it will have
a capacity of 120 million gallons
Over 80 miles of interceptor
sewer lines, nearly enough to
stretch from New York to Philadelphia,
will be installed to serve
area residents, Nickerson said.
The cost of installing the reinforced
concrete pipe, ranging in
diameter from 18 inches to nine
feet, will come to $ 42 million,
the costliest aspect of the work.
A 10 to 12 inch diameter pipe
to carry sludge 10 miles from the
new plant to the existing Bay
Park treatment plant will be
laid at a cost of $ 3.5 millions.
A booster pumping station having
a capacity of 6.5 million
gallons of sewage will be erected
to lift raw sewage into the interceptor
pipes leading to the plant.
The plant will be erected at
Newbridge Av. south of Merrick
Rd. in Bellmore at a cost of
$ 250,000. In time, 10 other such
booster stations will be erected
throughout District No. 3.
The District is bounded on the
south by the South Shore Bay
areas; its western boundary is
a random line from Freeport
to Roslyn; its eastern boundary
is the Suffolk County line; and
it is bounded on the north by
the glacial ridge line which runs
parallel with and north of Northern
Nickerson discussed hi" plans
Wednesday afternoon following
a meeting with William K.
Shaffer, New York State Chief
of construction grants activities
for the pure water division of
' the Health Department.
Of the $ 93,554,500 which the
first phase of the District No.
3 work will cost, New York State
could pay 30 per Cent of the cost
under the State Pure Waters
Act. The Federal government
is expected to pay at least up
to 30 per cent of the cost under
the Federal Water Pollution Control
Act, and perhaps up to
55 per cent of the cost of the
project, using the Clean Water
The $ 93 million project is expected
to require five years to
complete. Plans call for a 20-
year $ 335 million plan to install
some 1,700 miles of sewers
under the streets of District No.
The new treatment plant will
be started next summer and is
scheduled to be put in service
According to John H. Peters,
Nassau County Deputy Commissioner
of Sanitation and Water
Supply, in charge of the project,
District No. 3 home owners
now must rely jon septic tanks
and private cesspools.
Select TOB Arboretum As One
Of America's Fine Gardens
The Metropolitan Commuter
Transportation Authority this
week said it " welcomed" and
was ' definitely interested' in a
plan for leasing and development
of Long Island Rail Road stations
and their air rights.
In a letter to Sol Wachtler,
the North Hempstead Supervisor
and Republican candidate for
County Executive and Chairman
of the Board of Supervisors'
Committee on Transportation,
MCTA chairman Dr. William J.
" Our overall goals for improving
the physical and economic
posture of the Long Island
Railroad I would admit of cooperative
efforts with private
enterprise and local communities
in developing railroad station
He added, " Similarly, we are
definitely interested in possible
air rights development, where
it i s practicable "
Ronan also said, " We agree
with your premise that privately
financed developments could
be of valuable assistance in
bringing new revenues to the
railroad and in strengthening the
economic base of the local communities."
He added, " We would welcome
opportunities to explore valid
private investment proposals of
the kind you mention."
The plan, which he advanced
in a letter to Ronan on July
5, called for encouraging the use
and development of the railroad
station properties by private investors
and use of air rights
over stations for revenue producing
Wachtler said the affirmative
response of the MCTA is " a
major step along the road to
the development of a comp ?-
hensive transportation prog- m
for Nassau County."
He said he would '^> egin immediately
to investigate methods
for encouraging private investors
to look into the potential at LIRR
In his letter, Ronan also said
he did not feel that revenue
obtained from leasing station
acreage or air rights could be
substituted for station maintenance
charges currently billed
to the County.
Wachtler, however, said he
felt that the costs of station
maintenance could be included
In contracts with the lessees,
and that " this matter can be
further discussed as the proposal
takes more concrete form."
Wachtler said, " This is an
exciting and hopeful development
for the good of Nassau County.
I shall follow it through
Schedules Adjusted To Improve
Home- To- Job Bus Schedules
The New York State Office of
Transportation and the Tri- State
Transportation Commission announced
that schedules and routes
for the home- to- job Speed Shuttle
have been improved.
The Federal and State sponsored
Mass Transportation Demonstration
Project provides low-cost
public transportation for
workers at Engineer's Hill and
other industrial parks in Plain-view
from points as distant as
Andrew G. Schiavone, Project
Director, announced the changes,
which become effective Monday,
New schedules will be distributed
to present Speed Shuttle
riders on all buses. They are
also available to the public by
calling the Mid- Island Transit
System, the project bus operator,
at ( 516) 333- 5700.
The present Speed Shuttle service
is the pilot route in an
eventual Island- wide service designed
toprovide practical public
transportation to major employment
areas. It is authorized by
the Federal Urban Mass Transportation
Act of 1964, under the
auspices of the U. S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development,
the Tri- State Transportation
Commission and the State
Office of Transportation.
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Residents of the Town of Oyster
Bay will be happy to note
that Planting Fields Arboretum,
site of the State University of
New York in Oyster Bay, has
been selected in the July issue
of Flower and Garden magazine
as one of eleven distinguished
gardens or arboretums in the
Eastern United States and Canada.
The national magazine each
year publishes a tour guide to
the country's finest gardens and
arboretums. This year, the editors
selected 28 gardens or arboretum
s from throughout the
United States, and also named the
EXPO ' 67 Rose Garden in Montreal,
Canada as prime attractions
for horticulture aficionados.
The Planting Fields Arboretum
is on the 409- acre former estate
of the late William Robertson
Coe, who donated the facility
to the State University of
New York. It now serves as the
headquarters for its program in
International Studies and World
Affairs, and as an international
In making its selection, the
magazine made mention of some
of the Arboretum's major attractions.
Under the guidance of
Arboretum Director Gordon
Jones there are represented over
600 species and hybrids of rhododendrons
and azaleas, considered
by experts to be the finest in
the East. Gr enhouses covering
1 1/ 2 acrr contain orchids,
hibiscus, a. itiuriums, in addition
to the oldest and largest camellia
collection under glass. The Synoptic
Garden is five acres o*
ornamental shrubs arranged L
alphatetical order, and identified
by botanical and common
names as well as the country of
The greenhouses are open 8: 30
a. m. until 4j00 p. m. Monday
through Friday, except holidays.
MCTA Interested In LIRR £
Station Use Proposal
Participants in Massapequa Public Library's first Children's Art Show a r e DariaO'Rourke, of 7 Pittsburgh
Ave., age 6 and Mark Barnett, of 41 Richard Place, age 10 pictured receiving their certificates
from Mrs* Caren Donnelly, Children's Librarian at the Central Avenue Building. The event which attracted
more than 100 parents and young people, was held in the Children's Garden at the library.
Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, July 27, 1967
Supervisor Michael Petito ( center) presents Stuart K. Gordon ( right) and Herbert Goldstein, a certificate
of merit in recogni/. ation of their contribution as members of Petito's committee on Air Pollution.
Petito cited them for giving the Town of Oyster Bay and County programs to combat air pollution
efficient direction which has lead to unproved legislation for dealing with the problem. Gordon served
as chairman of the Citizen's Committee and Goldstein served as Science Advisor.
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