The Lindenhurst Village board voted unanimously at its Tuesday to hire a special traffic consultant and a special architectural consultant in connection with the proposed erection of a CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Montauk Highway and Wellwood Avenue.
The move came after David Woods, president of the Heer Park/Meridale Civic Association, passed out a letter to the board expressing his organization's concerns about "potential hotspots" in the planned work, and stating that his civic association is avidly against the building.
Woods also questioned which version of the plan is under consideration, saying that based on what he's seen, the planning board and the zoning board might not be looking at the same set of plans.
Prior to the vote Mayor Tom Brennan stated the board is "not happy" with certain elements of the proposal.
"We're very concerned about the parking plan," said Brennan. "We're not happy with the 24 hours. As for the drive-through, I believe that has been withdrawn, but we'll have to clarify this."
To be hired are Philip Cimino, traffic engineer, at $185 per hour for engineering and planning work, and $145 per hour for technician work. Also to be hired is Stephen Fellman, RA, a special architectural consultant to the Village, at a rate of $125 per hour. The expenses are to be paid by the applicant, pursuant to Village code.
In Village Business
The board accepted a recommendation from a project review committee to add an additional 137 linear feet of marina bulkhead and boardwalk to the Wellwood Avenue Marina Bulkhead Rehab (Lindenhurst Docks) project, Phase II, due to approval of insurance recovery funding.
Stout Construction of Patchogue was awarded the work, in the amount of $177,253, and reimubrsement for the funding will be sought from the Village's insurance carrier and/or FEMA. According to Village Clerk Shawn Cullinane, it's anticipated the work will commence on June 18 and take approximately six weeks.
The board agreed to purchase a new 14KW generator in the amount of $3,250 from Long Island Emergency Power of Deer Park, for . Funds for this purchase are to be appropriated from a 2006 NYS Community Capital Assistance Program Grant.
The board also agreed to have properties at 697 North Erie Avenue, 323 South 15th Street and 954 South Fourth Street cleared of debris, junk and rubbish, overgrown vegetation and other materials, and have them boarded up, after having previously contacted or attempted to contact the owners of the property concerning unsatisfactory conditions on and around the properties.
The cost of the work will be added as a special assessment to the taxes on the property owners, with an additional surcharge of $200 added to each clean-up.
In addition, Edward Fox was appointed as Associate Justice of the Village of Lindenhurst, effective June 1, 2012, for the remainder of a term to expire April 1, 2013.