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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
November 21, 2005
The meeting was called to order
at 8:05 p.m. by President Walter Mugdan. A motion was made and seconded to waive
the reading of the minutes from the September meeting. Treasurer Frank Keenan
gave the Treasurer’s Report, indicating a balance on hand of $16,444.48 as of
November 21st. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s Report, the motion
was seconded, and the report was unanimously approved.
Mr. Mugdan proceeded to address the main topic for the meeting – the neighborhood’s forestry and the need for replacement of those trees in the area that have reached the end of their life span with new ones. He noted that the reverse side of the November meeting notice contains the appropriate Tree Request form. After completing the form, a homeowner interested in securing a tree can either send the form directly to Community Board 11 or give it to Mr. Mugdan for the proper disposition. He stressed the fact that the beauty of our area is due in large measure to the lovely trees that grace our streets and reiterated the importance of maintaining this aesthetic by taking advantage of the free tree placement program offered by the City. Discussion ensued about the threat that the Asian Longhorn beetle poses to the area trees and information relative to the problem was circulated among the members. Any suspected infestation should be reported promptly to the Department of Forestry.
Next on the agenda was an update on the ongoing construction projects in the area as follows:
250-22 44th Avenue – This site changed from a non-conforming 2 family to a one family home that appears to conform. Although our organization does not have a copy of the actual plans, the building appears to meet proper guidelines.
41-93 Morgan Street – Building appears to be in compliance.
41-90 Morgan Street – Certificate of Occupancy has not been granted as of yet.
40-09 Westmoreland Street – The Association has a copy of the plans but not the blueprints.
39-37 Glenwood Street – Plans were received and will be reviewed.
Mr. Mugdan then updated the members on the result of action he took with respect to Century 21’s misleading marketing of a home at 39-33 Glenwood Street as suitable for a “mother-daughter” arrangement. The New York State Department of State (which licenses realtors) responded by declining to take action and Century 21’s main office advised that, although they have no control over the actions of their franchises, they would look into the matter. However, Mr. Mugdan’s notification of the situation to LIBOR (the Long Island Board of Realtors) produced a favorable result in that, at a hearing held on November 10th, the realtor’s actions were deemed to be inappropriate because the advertising “paints an inaccurate picture of the property in question”. A written reprimand will be placed in the realtor’s file and Mr. Mugdan is satisfied that we were able to make our point and have our concerns discussed formally.
Discussion then turned to the R2A zoning proposal. It was reported that a flyer announcing a meeting hosted by the Little Neck Community Association, Inc. (a long dormant neighborhood organization) contained inaccuracies and misrepresentations relative to the specifics of the proposal. Members who attended the actual meeting described the atmosphere as combative and highly charged. In an effort to set the record straight, Mr. Mugdan advised that he would write a letter to The Little Neck Ledger expressing his dismay with the inaccuracies contained in the circular. Sheldon Rosenblum advised the members that it may be necessary to show our support for the proposal by attending any meetings that may relate to it.
It was reported that 2 parcels for sale at 41-69 Glenwood Street (one containing a house and one without) were not especially attractive to builders because of the zoning requirements of the Town of Hempstead. The property is located in both Nassau and Queens counties.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.
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