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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
May 11, 2015
President: Walter Mugdan
Secretary: Charles Manna
Board Members Present
Amehd Mazaar from NYC Councilman Vallone's office
President Walter Mugdan called the meeting to order at 8:05 P.M. A motion was made, seconded and unanimously adopted to waive reading of the minutes. (Mr. Mugdan noted that the minutes were available for review on the Westmoreland website.)
Walter Mugdan read Gary Savage's Treasurer's Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $20,241.40 as of May 11, 2015. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.
There is a new precinct commander at the 111th - Deputy Inspector William McBride. Mr. McBride came to the meeting to introduce himself and to speak about issues and concerns that affect our community:
All city parks, including the one located across from PS 94, close at 9:00 PM. If there are individuals who are still there after closing, call 311 and the police will come and remove them.
Mr. McBride discussed current crimes that are occurring in our and other neighborhoods. They include identification theft and other similar scams.
The proliferation of "massage parlors" in the commercial buildings on Northern Blvd in Little Neck. The landlords can face penalties through nuisance abatement laws and the tenants face eviction proceedings. Proceedings can take up to six to nine months.
Nassau County police share information with the NYC police regarding criminal patterns. For instance, there have been several burglaries in the past week (Station Deli - experienced a burglary recently).
Ahmed Mazaar from Councilman Valone's office reported on the results of the
recent Participatory Budget vote. There were four finalists. The fifth place was
the expansion of the community meeting room in the Little Neck-Douglaston Branch
of the Queens Library. Mr. Valone will fund the project with funds from the
remaining discretionary budget.
The Queens Library Foundation is holding a fund-raising party June 6th.
The Department of Transportation responded to our request to install speed bumps on Glenwood Street in the block immediately north of Northern Boulevard. The work was completed in the past two weeks. Our suggestion to install "Children at Play" signs on the same block was not granted. The DOT feels that the signs are ineffective and encourage children to not be careful.
43-20 Glenwood: The Buildings Department permit issued was for renovation of the existing structure, not a tear-down and rebuild. Months earlier, Walter Mugdan had written to the owner and architect asking for the plans. The plans showed that the house was to be extended south. The plans showed that the construction would be in compliance with our covenants. However, two weeks ago, the roof, the second floor and the first floor were completely removed. Evidently, the builder saved a few old pieces of the old framing and integrated it into the new construction. Victor Dadras said that there were at least three complaints filed against the owner.
Udalls Cove Park: There is a 1/4 acre parcel for sale on Sandhill Road (known locally as The Back Road) across from and east of Aurora Pond. There is a commitment by the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee to contribute money towards the purchase from the current owner or a buyer. The Committee has available $30,000. Councilman Paul Valone has committed $250,000. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has committed $250,000 also. State Senator Avella has committed $210,000. It was suggested that the Trust for Public Land may help facilitate the transaction.
The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade will take place May 25th. Those who wish to participate and march with the Westmoreland Association should meet near the Starbucks store at 2:00.
The next meeting will be held September 21, 2015.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Charles Manna, Secretary
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