TRANSPORTATION HELP NEEDED
The Freeport Office of Economic Opportunity has appealed for help in get-ting
transportation for Freeport children to and from the day care center in the vil-lage.
These are the pre-school children of working mothers, who are cared for at the
center. The federally assisted program benefits all local taxpayers, the Freeport of-fice
has pointed out, because it allows many individuals to become gainfully em-ployed
who otherwise would have to become welfare clients.
What is needed is a vehicle that will hold a number of small children, such as
a full-sized station wagon. Unfortunately the municipal government is not able to pro-vide
a vehicle for this purpose. "This would be a wonderful opportunity," Mayor
Sweeney said, "for our dedicated service organizations to respond to a call for help
in a very specific way to benefit their community. I hope one or more of them has the
means to solve the problem for this very worthwhile activity." He urged all interested
individuals or organizations to contact Mr. James Europe at the Freeport Office of
QUIETER FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
Now that Volunteer Fire Department personnel have been equipped with
radio home alarm systems, arrangements have been made to discontinue the use of
several horns and one siren in various parts of the village during the night hours, from
10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. This will minimize the noise which has been bothersome to
some residents located near the fire horns. However, in the event of a two-alarm fire
it will be necessary to sound all horns and sirens so that an immediate full alert can
be achieved. In a major fire, quietude must be sacrificed for public safety.
FULL DISCLOSURE TO AVOID CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Village Counsel Oakley Gentry Jr. has been directed to prepare a "full dis-closure"
local law, since the New York State legislature failed to enact one at its last
session. The state law would have been applicable to the Village of Freeport, but
when anticipated state action did not materialize the Village Board decided to pro-ceed
with its own local ordinance. The law will provide, generally, that full disclosure
of ownership be made by corporations applying for zoning changes or variances.
CHANGE IN ZONING ORDINANCE
The Village's zoning laws require that a building lot must have at least 50
feet fronting on the street in Residence A zones, and 75 feet in Residence AA. (Those
with hardship in the proper utilization of their property may apply to the Zoning
Board of Appeals for a variance.)
This requirement could be circumvented by buying a small piece of adjacent
property which might be only a few feet deep from the front property line. The
frontage would thus be 50 feet wide or 75 feet, as required, but the remainder of the
building lot would be much narrower.
An amendment passed by the Village Board in April, after a-public hearing,
now requires that the 50-foot or 75-foot width go back to the rear building line of
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport 8-4000 ROBERT J. SWEENEY, MAYOR
Public Meeting On The 1st Monday Of Month Only During June, July, Aug., Sept.
RECREATION PROPOSALS AND PLANNING
There was a shift in planning for increased recreation facilities in the billage,
after U.S. officials advised Freeport in March that federal funds would not be made
available for a proposed recreation center at Long Beach Avenue and Russell Place.
The emphasis has now been placed on building a center that can be financed solely
by the village.
More recent inquiries about federal aid for alternate sites resulted in the con-clusion
that no federal money can be anticipated for this purpose, because Freeport
cannot be classified as a "poverty" area. Such federal recreation funds are generally
going to communities where at least 30% of the residents have incomes of $3,000 per
year or less.
The village has a large scale recreation program for many age groups, in parks,
schools and privately-owned facilities, but no recreation building, since fire de-stroyed
the temporary center in the old Grove Street School two years ago. In re-sponse
to a request from civic organizations and youth groups last month, a search
was undertaken for a suitable building to be used as a temporary recreations center,
while planning goes forward for a permanent unit which may also house other ex-panded
The special ad hoc committee of adults and youths appointed by the Mayor
to look into temporary quarters came back with recommendations on April 22.
Proposed locations were not immediately revealed, Mayor Sweeney said, because the
Board did not want to hamper negotiations for purchase. Superintendent of Recrea-tion
Richard Hanak was directed to investigate the premises and negotiate for ac-quisition.
Among the'facilities he is planning for the temporary center, Mr. Hanak
said, would be a game room for pirig pong and other indoor games, a lounge, refresh-ment
area and meeting room for youngsters.
A site being considered for the permanent center is the area south of the Vil-lage
Hall at North Ocean Avenue. The Village Board has asked the architect to make
a feasibility and cost.study.on this.proposal. At the same.time the architect is to pre-sent
the same type of information for another proposal, made by the youth commit-tee,
that the village acquire an uncompleted building at Henry and Commercial
Streets, which was being built as a warehouse and indoor parking garage.
ONE MONTHLY MEETING DURING SUMMER
During the months of June, July, August and September the public meetings
of the Village Board of Trustees are held on the first Monday of the month only, in-stead
of twice a month as for the remainder of the year. All residents and taxpayers
are welcome to attend the public meetings and have their questions answered directly
by the Mayor and the Board.
APPOINTMENTS AND RE-APPOINTMENTS
At the Annual Organization Meeting last month the Mayor and the Trustees
made appointments to the various departments, boards, commissions and commit-tees,
for those positions in which terms of office had expired. The persons designated,
and their positions are as follows:
HENRY ALTENGARTEN as Deputy Mayor. JOHN J. MAC DONALD as
Village Clerk for two years. WYATT ANTHONY as Deputy Village Clerk for one
year. MARGUERITE JOHNSON as Second Deputy Village Clerk for one year.
LEONARD D. B. SMITH as Village Assessor for one year and as Village Treasurer for
two years. JAMES LYONS designated to act as Deputy Treasurer for one year.
MARIE BARBIERI designated to act as Deputy Treasurer for one year.
BRIAN PHILLIPS designated to act as Deputy Assessor for one year. OAKLEY
GENTRY JR. appointed Village Counsel for one year. CHARLES MEHRMANN ap-pointed
Acting Village Justice for one year. WILLIAM NOLL appointed Superintend-ent
of Recreation for one year.
ROBERT KINSEY as Superintendent of Meter Maintenance for one year.
THEODORE COMBS as Superintendent of Parks and Stadium for one year. EDWIN
MC KEEMAN as Superintendent of Sewage Operations for one year. HARRY
CHUISANO as Superintendent of Highway Maintenance for one year. FRED
FRANKEL as Superintendent of Garage for one year. WILLIAM CREVOISERAT as
Superintendent of Water Distribution for one year. LUDOVIC LONG as Superin-tendent
of Electric Utilities for one year.
BALDWIN AND CORNELIUS Co. as Village Engineers for one year. RU-DOLPH
JOSEPH as Police Surgeon for one year. BERNARD ROSS as Police Surgeon
and BENEDETTO CARUSO as Assistant Police Surgeon, for one year. ESTELLE
WATTENMAKER and ALLENE WARZER as Police Matrons for one year.
HALE SMITH as a member of the Board of Ethics for five years, and TRED-WELL
HOPKINS as chairman of that board for one year. ALLAN BERNHARDT as
a member of the Sewer and Sanitation Commission for five years, ANTHONY DI
GREGORIO as counsel and GUSTAV BERKEL as chairman for one year. HENRY
DENGEL as a member of the Water and Light Commission for five years. (Mayor
Sweeney and Trustees Altengarten and Fairberg voted for the appointment of Mr.
Dengel, with Trustees Somers and Lovelidge objecting to the removal of former com-mission
member Peter Bivona.) ARTHUR MOELLER appointed chairman of the
Water and Light Commission for one year, replacing John Mendes who remains a
member (the same 3-2 vote of the Village Board applied to this change).
AL T. CIRINO as a member of the Park Commission for five years and as
chairman for one year, replacing Mannie Messing-in the Chairmanship, who remains a
member. (Trustees Somers and Lovelidge also objected to this change.) EDWARD
YAMIN, MADIE SAYLOR and CHARLES FRIEDMAN appointed members of the
Commission on Human Rights for three years, and EDWARD YAMIN chairman for
one year. STERLING KEYES as a member of the Highway Commission for five
years, and NORMAN SCHMELING as chairman for one year. JOHN DONOVAN as
chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for one year.
WILLIAM ASHLEY as a member of the Planning Board for five years.
(Trustees Altengarten and Fairberg objected to the removal of Henry Spitzler, with
Mayor Sweeney and Trustees Somers and Lovelidge voting for the change.) LLOYD
ORR appointed chairman of the Planning Board for one year. ANTHONY MONTE-NIGRO,
GEORGE HUBSCHMITT, FRANK MC KENNA, JOHN STONITSCH,
LUDOVIC LONG, WILLIAM NOLL, PETER MEYER, CHRIS WILLIG, as members
of the Electrical Board for one year, and ANTHONY MONTENIGRO as chairman.
EDWARD VOELKER, WALTER POPE, PETER FRIED, MARTIN COSTEL-LO,
EDWARD VAN ECK, ED KELSEY, as members of the Air Pollution Committee,
and EDWARD VOELKER as chairman, all for one year. LOUIS BLOOM, CHARLES
FRITZ and JOHN MARSHALL as members of the Examining Board of Plumbers for
one year, and LOUIS BLOOM as chairman for one year. MILTON DANZIGER, JOS-EPH
GALLO, CHARLES MILLS, THOMAS LOVELIDGE and JAMES MAHONEY
as members of the Traffic Safety Committee for one year, and MILTON DANZIG-ER
as chairman for one year. HILDEGARDE SCHUBERT, EDEL AMRONE, SAM
MITZNER, ROBERT BURNS, PAUL and JOAN BOUDREAU, MRS. L. PHELPS,
EVELYN KALEY, HARVAY SINKLER and MRS. T. GIBBONS as members of the
Beautification Committee for one year, and HILDEGARDE SCHUBERT as chairman
for one year.
OTTO KUNZ JR., BENNETT MINTON JR., JOSEPH VAN BLERCK, ED-GAR
RICHARTZ, FRANK BRADFORD, AL LINDROTH, WILLIAM WHITE,
CHARLES PIGADIS, RUSS REDFIELD, AL GROVER, MILTON RIEDEL, ROB-ERT
STROM, ED KALBFLEISCH and RICHARD HALL as members of the Water-front
Committee for one year, and OTTO KUNZ JR. as chairman for one year. JOS-EPH
BADALUCCA, OLIVIA BAKER, REV. BARROW, ROBERT BURNS,
FRANCES BUCHANAN, STANLEY CHAMBERS, PATRICIA COLLINS, JOHN DI
GRAZIA, WILLIAM DlXON, ROBERT FEINGOLD, JEANNIE FISCHER, DR.
ROBERT GREENE, CARL HANDON, SHIRLEY HUGHES, MARGE JOHNSON,
ROBERT JOHNSTON, MARIANNE JACKSON, ROBERT KINSEY, SY KORN,
SUE LEVINE, DANIEL MANDEL, DELORES MILLER, HARRY OGDEN,COLE-VILLE
O'BRIEN, ROBERT O'REILLY, JOHN PHILLIPS, SALLY POPKIN,
FREIDA RADIN, WARREN SAMET, ELLIOT SAMUELSON, DAVIS SEGAL,
ALMA SMALLS, MRS. R. WALKER, INGRID WENG, MRS. F. WHITEHOUSE,
ROY WILDE, LEO YOUNG and MARIE MILLER as members of the Citizens Com-mittee
on Community Planning, and ELLIOT SAMUELSON as chairman, all for one
FRED C. BERGE CO. as Public Auditor for one year, and the compensation
at $3,600. AL VOLLMER INC. designated as Insurance Agents and as broker to pro-vide
bonds for officials of the village and such employees as may be required. BANK
OF NORTH AMERICA, CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, LONG ISLAND TRUST
COMPANY and FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK designated as depositories of the
, . KNQW YOUR VILLAGE
As village departments function smoothly and the conveniences of modern
living are provided, some may not realize the extent of the operating pl'ant required
to maintain essential services to Freeport residents and commercial establishments.
Several hundred village employees and department heads are working to make things
happen when you flick a switch, turn on a faucet, put garbage and trash out for dis-posal,
utilize parks and recreation facilities, or need help in an emergency. In addition
there are scores of dedicated persons serving part-time on village boards, commissions
and committees—overseeing the operating departments, making suggestions for econ-omies
and improvements, and helping to shape the future of their community.
Freeport is fortunate, as an incorporated village, in being able to exercise a
good measure of direct control over services. The Electrical Department, Water, Sew-age,
Sanitation, Highway Maintenance, Fire, Police and other functions are all mu-nicipal
government, administers services for about 40,000 persons, and the total as-sessed
value of all property in the village is about $85,000,000, which means that the
"corporation" comprised of all village taxpayers has property holdings, in market
value, of about $250,000,000.
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