Property Improvement Message
The Property Improvement Committee would like to thank Freeporters for their
response to our recent message in this publication. In response to the question:
"What can I do to help?" here are some suggestions.
1. Keep property free of debris: (a) pick up bottles, papers, etc.; (b) rake up leaves;
and (c) securely package garbage.
2. Be mindful of: (a) littering; ,(b) vandalism; (c) curbing pets; and (d) lawn
3. Prevent minor repairs from becoming major ones: (a) replace screens/windows;
(b) attend to leaders and gutters; and (c) repair fencing.
4. Recruit neighbors: (a) by friendly conversation and (b) offering assistance.
If you have a problem or question, please call the appropriate Village department.
Review Of Energy Plans
The Board of Trustees has directed that a prudency review, by an independent
engineering firm, be done of the Village's four options to meet Freeport's long-term
energy requirements, they are: the original option of 12MW of new dual-fueled diesel
engine generating capacity; 12MW of new dual-fueled combustion gas turbine
generating capacity; some amount of gas turbine generating capacity (8MW) in
combination with nuclear purchases from the Power Authority; and purchases of
all new capacity needs by obtaining nuclear power from the Power Authority. Due
to exorbitant and escalating costs, both our original plan (first listed) and that proposed
,,by a group of residents (last listed) are not viable, but all will be reviewed again.
According to Mayor Dorothy Storm, "These review steps are one of the safeguards
established for each level of engineering and the reason we are now entering our
fourth year of study. We are dealing with a multi-million dollar project. We are being
slow. We are being deliberate. We are being prudent. This allows us to react to
constantly changing times and influence. The result will be reliable, low cost and
independent power for years to come."
Help The Carnival
On Saturday, March 23, the Columbus Avenue School PTA will hold a Children's
Carnival for" the entertainment of the over 800 pre-K and kindergarten students
complete with games, entertainment and food. Organizers say it is a chance to show
the children how much they mean to us and the community.
The PTA is reaching out for support from carpenters, singers, artists, mimes, helping
hands, etc. Materials such as paper goods, wood, nails, ribbons, balloons, food, etc.
are also needed.
Those that would like to participate in any way, or to donate materials, are asked
to call 623-5835.
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Meet with Mayor:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., every Friday
Public Meetings: 8:00 p.m.,
1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month
- February 1991 - News
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR...
I Sreeport was quick to visually display our support for the troops, and their families,
-1 of Operation Desert Storm.
For that, gratitude must first -go -to the Freeport Girl Scouts, and most particularly Leader -
Joyce Rommel. They took on the task of locating a supply of weatherproof yellow ribbon
in a scarce market and provided 7,000 yards, cut into strips and bows by the Scouts, free
to residents. They were made available at several locations along with 20,000 badges provided
by the Village. Both were also provided to PTAs for further distribution.
. ^With the Girl Scouts taking on the job of decorating municipal properties, the Exchange
Club volunteered the chore of tieing ribbons on all metal utility poles while I ordered the
display of American flags (with yellow ribbons) along Merrick Road, normally reserved
for Memorial Day, to go up for the duration of the conflict. Our thanks also go to Atlantic
Nursery', The Nursery, Woolworth's, Dur yea's Florists, RMP Publication Services, all Freeport
veteran 's groups, and the many individuals who helped in the effort.
Whatever our individual opinions regarding the best approach to the Middle East crisis,
Freeporters have shown a united front. We pray for the swift and safe return of the men
and women of Operation Desert Storm.
Finally, I draw your attention to the articles on the Village's purchase of the old
Meadowbrook Bank Building and the prudency review of the Village's long-term energy
requirements. Late breaking news: We are told that Home Depot, the giant home improvement
chain, will open for business late next month or early April. They will join Staples in the
complex just west of Meadowbrook Commons. — Dorothy Storm
THANKS FOR YELLOW RIBBONS. Mayor Dorothy Storm and Board of Trustees paid public tribute
to the Freeport Girl Scouts for their part in helping the Village show its support for the troops of
Operation Desert Storm. (See "Message.")
Trustees: Vincent DiCostanzo, Ralph Smith, Victor Cohen, Anna J. Cacciatore; Village Justice: Michael Solomon
Village Clerk: Karen A. Navin; Counsel: William Glacken; Treasurer: Michael Haran
Transfer Station Reopened
Due to the removal of the Village from
the Town of Hempstead Refuse
Disposal Unit, the Freeport Transfer
Station at 175 Albany Avenue has been
reopened for its previous hours of each
Saturday, except legal holidays, 8 am to
3 pm. Freeport residents may no longer
use the Town's Transfer station in
In making the announcement, Super-intendent
David Lovejoy remarked that
many residents never need utilize the
Station as most items may be put on the
curb on 'collection day as long as they
keep within the limit of five cans, bags
or bundles per residential unit. He also
noted that car batteries, while accepted
at the Station, are recyclable and should
be returned to the place of purchase.
Only passenger cars, station wagons
and window passenger vans, with a load
equivalent to what can be carried in a
passenger car or station wagon, will be
admitted to the Station and proof of
residency is required.
There wi|l be a $5 fee per entry.
Transfer Station tickets can be pur-chased
during working hours at the Tax
Counter in Village Hall, the Recreation
Center and the Public Works Office at
355 Albany Avenue. They may also be
obtained by mailing a check, made out
to the Village of Freeport for $5 per ticket,
and mailed to the Treasurer, 46 North
Commercial vehicles and trucks will
not be accepted at the Freeport facility
and must continue to go to the Merrick
Transfer Station where they will be
weighed and the appropriate fee paid.
1991*92 Budget Adopted
Following a public hearing, the Board
of Trustees adopted a 1991-92
municipal budget of close to $27.4
million, or an increase of $1.17 per $100
of assessed valuation. While the budget
reflects a $1.1 million increase in
assessed valuation due to the develop-ment
of Meadowbrook Commons, it also
reflects the statewide mandate to
decrease the value previously put on
telephone central office equipment by
The contingency fund in the budget
reflects union contracts to be worked out
this year with both the Civil Service
Employees Association and the Police
Benevolent Association. The budget also
contains a half million dollars for seven
new police officer positions.
Solid waste continues to impact
heavily on the budget with the disposal
fee imposed by the Town of Hempstead
going from $79 per ton last year to $83
in January and another increase
expected mid-year. During 1990, refuse
disposal for residents was funded by the
inclusion of the Village within the
boundaries of the Town's Refuse Dispo-sal
District. Due to incompatible refuse
collection regulations, Freeport is no
longer included in the district. A system
of user fees has been implemented
among all users of curbside collection
The 1991-92 budget shows a 10% cut
in state. aid and the lack of federal
revenue sharing. Village taxes constitute
approximately 25% of the total real
t Village Purchases Landmark
Mayor Dorothy Storm has announced
that the Freeport Community
Development Agency has purchased the
landmark Meadowbrook Bank Building
at 70 West Sunrise Highway (northeast
corner of North Grove Street). Many
Freeporters had been concerned that the
six story building, which serves as a
beacon to both rail commuters and
motorists, would be demolished as part
of the Freeport Plaza Urban Renewal
The cast granite, limestone and brick
triangular building contains M,211
square feet plus basement and was built
in 1928. It is one of the oldest office
buildings in Nassau County and the
tallest commercial building in the area.
The tall, free-standing clock at the
building's entrance, also of concern to
historical preservationists, is part of the
Last occupied by the National West-minister
Bank which moved to the Elks
Plaza, the building has been vacant for
nine years and has been held by several
different owners who had no success in
marketing it due to the lack of parking.
The purchase price of $690,000 was
arrived at after two appraisals. It is being
funded through a special $700,000
Community Development grant from the
Nassau County Consortium.
The building is on the westerly end
of the Urban Renewal project area which
begins at Church Street and is bounded
by Sunrise and Freeport Plaza. The
Village has a contract agreement with
Philips Associates, owners of the Mea-dowbrook
Commons, for the $3 million
purchase of the site, minus the bank, for
the redevelopment. All structures will be
demolished with the present occupants
relocated by the Community Develop-ment
Mayor Storm explained that on-going
negotiations with the building's last
owner had proven fruitless in that'he'had'
no interest in rehabilitating the structure
nor reaching an agreement with Philips
to alleviate the parking problem. "The
Board of Trustees became convinced
that the best method of saving the
landmark building was its purchase and
Village negotiations with the area's
developer to get the parking sufficient
to make the structure viable. With its
valuable location on Freeport's revital-ized
Sunrise Highway, we feel confident
that a purchaser can be found to reha-bilitate
this landmark into modern office
space. Another option is its use for
municipal offices, a less costly approach
than the Village Hall expansion dis-cussed
for the past two years."
Antiques & Collectible Show
The LI Arts Council At Freeport will hold its first Antiques & Collectible show
at the Recreation Center on Sunday, March 10. It is being coordinated by Lennon-
Hall Antiques of Forest Hills. Some 200 dealers will be displaying, and offering for
sale, a variety of items including Americana memorabilia, artwork, furniture,
accessories, etc. The show will be from 11 am to 5 pm with an admission fee of
$3. Early admission, at 10 am, .will be $5.
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