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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
September 24, 2012
President – Walter Mugdan
Sheldon Rosenblum – Vice President
Secretary – Charles Manna
Treasurer – Gary Savage.
Board Members Present
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.) Gary Savage gave the Treasurer’s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $18,487.01 as of September 24, 2012. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.
Also present: Victor Mimoni, Assistant to Councilman Halloran.
Concerns were expressed about late night activity at the Armenian Center just south of the Long Island Railroad station at Little Neck. On occasion, the center hosts weekend parties that sometime extend late into the night. The neighbors are concerned about the noise and activity surrounding the property. Mr. Rosenblum suggest that the next time such an event occurs and if the activity reaches an unacceptable noise level, the neighbors should call 911 to complain. Police will be sent to observe; if there is illegal action occurring while they are present, they can take action. Sheldon checked and found that there is no liquor license, so it cannot be sold there. The center is limited to 250 people and can be cited by the fire department if the crowd exceeds that limit. The center can have gambling-type activites but making a profit is not allowed. If enough complaints are made the precinct can call the other authorities – the fire marshal, the fire department, the health department and the NY State Liquor Authority. They have the power to close down and/or fine the facility if violations are found. (Note: at the September, 2012 meeting there were no further reports of loud or disruptive events since the May, 2012 meeting when this issue first came up.)
Several members had requested a North/South left turn signal at Marathon Parkway and Northern Blvd. Such a signal was installed several weeks ago.
254-17 40 Ave – neighbors have expressed concern that commercial vehicles have been allowed to park on the Driveway. The owner is not living in the house there and the vehicles are not his. They belong to a neighbor. Commercial vehicles cannot be parked on residential streets overnight (enforced by the Police Department). In addition, they cannot be parked on residential driveways overnight either (enforced by the Buildings Department). President Mugdan called 311 to post a through the DOB web site. The panel trucks routinely parked at this location have the “Francis Albert Construction” label on their sides. The complaint has been entered on the DOB website, but no disposition is yet shown. (In response to an earlier complaint, posted in Spring, 2012, an inspector from the NYC Department of Buildings issued a violation that required the owner to attend a hearing. The owner did not show, and no further information about the disposition of the matter is shown on the web site.)
Former Board member and President John Costanza passed away last spring.. The Westmoreland Homeowners Association sent condolences and several members visited the wake. At the May meeting the membership approved a $100 contribution to the Alley Pond Environmental Center in John's memory; that contribution was made and acknowledged over the summer.
As we try to do for all new construction in the community, Mr. Mugdan sent a letter listing the Westmoreland deed restrictions to the owner of the house at 59 Nassau Blvd., and the contractor currently building the extension there. The purpose of the letter is to remind the owners and builders of the restrictions. The work at this location appears to be in compliance.
New Business –
The Douglaston Historical Society will host a walking tour of Douglas Manor on October 14, 2012. The cost is $20 for the tour or a total of $100 for those who also wish to attend the reception in the evening.
There have been noise complaint regarding roof-top parties at Il Bacco restaurant on Northern Boulevard. Neighbors called to complain about the late night disturbance and the restaurant was happy to comply.
Someone has been stealing the Department of Sanitation waste barrels that have been located on Northern Blvd. The only one left is located in front of Chase Bank.
Glenwood Street has been repaved following installation of sewer lines. The road lines have not been painted yet.
Our next meeting will be held on November 19, 2012.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM.
Charles Manna, Secretary
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