FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2014
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North Hempstead Town Board Round Up
Board approves use of digital CO detectors for places of public assembly
North Hempstead, NY – The North Hempstead Town Board held their public meeting at Town Hall on April 22. Here were some of the highlights:
Carbon Monoxide Digital Detectors Approved
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Bosworth and the Town Council on April 22 unanimously approved the required use of digital carbon monoxide detectors in places of assembly (0-50 people) and public assembly (50 or more people). The resolution was amended following an April 1 hearing to include detectors that provide digital readings of carbon monoxide levels that may not reach levels that trigger an alarm. Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, who spoke at the April 1 hearing, had suggested the council require the digital readers after citing health concerns attributed to low level exposure of carbon monoxide.
“I appreciate Mr. Lewis’ contribution to our April 1 hearing. We listened and acted on his suggestion to require digital detectors,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “I believe that this change in the Town Code will help save lives by warning of dangers long before an alarm is sounded.”
Overlay District Amendment Tabled
The board also tabled a proposal to amend a local law aimed at eliminating illegal rentals in New Cassel. The residential “overlay district” affects approximately 1,500 homes in that area and bans basement bathrooms with more than two fixtures; outside stairway entrances to basements; basement bedrooms; and more than six feet in any horizontal dimension, or separate closet space.
Councilwoman Viviana Russell stated that town officials plan to initiate a committee to study the issue, comprised of homeowners, community leaders, government officials and other interested parties.
Presentation Given on Schumacher House
- A public hearings date was set for May 13 for proposals to build a four-story, 165-room hotel at in Port Washington and for a full-service gas station and convenience store on Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park.
- Supervisor Bosworth and the Town Council also approved a $5,000 monetary gift from the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington to create a garden along Main Street near the Port Washington LIRR station. This is in addition to a $5,000 donation approved at the prior Town Board meeting on April 1st.
A presentation was given on the restoration and stabilization of the building by a team of BBS Architects and Steward Preservation Services. They presented a plan for the first phase of the work- stabilization and exterior renovation- and discussed their concept plans for interior restoration which will be done in a later phase.
The next Town Board meeting will be on May 13 at 7:30p.m. For more information, visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.