We wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy New Year and to catch you up on what is happening around the Village.
This year marked the beginning of the Roslyn Village Farmer’s Market. The market opened in mid July and ran on successive Saturdays till mid November. It was a very well received addition to our Downtown. We look forward to its return this spring with an expanded roster of local products. Thanks again to Eric Langobardi and Julie Soltz for their efforts in making this happen.
You might have noticed trucks throughout the Village working on the sanitary sewer system. This project will clean out the lines, identify groundwater infiltration, repair and reline the system. We should see a substantial savings as a result of the work being done.
Work on the Lumber Road parking lot was completed and a public walkway along the harbor was begun. This walkway will continue to be developed along both sides of the creek over the next few years. Later this year we will begin a facelift of the main parking lot by Silver Lake and the construction of a new parking lot on Skillman Street. We feel these projects will help relieve some of the parking problems Downtown. In response to residents’ concerns, the board passed a new local law that regulates valet parking in the Village. This law gives us the ability to insure that valet parkers observe all traffic and safety regulations. We want to make sure that everybody feels safe and secure walking and driving Downtown.
We hope you enjoyed the holiday lighting in the Village this year. Through the generosity of the Chamber of Commerce, a beautiful, new lighted ornament was hung across the middle of town.
Several new construction projects are about to begin this year. A mixed use, retail and residential building on Lumber Road and a “townhouse” project on the 11 acres behind the Junior League. Both projects are scheduled to be finished in early 2016.
As a way of saying thank you to the police officers who patrol our Village, we created a break room for them at the Village Hall. This allows the officers to have sit down meals and a place out of the elements to enjoy on their work breaks.
The Roslyn Water District reported to us that the Village was compliant with their conservation efforts throughout the watering season and thus we were able to avoid more serious water restrictions. We want to thank everybody for the effort.
We want to encourage everybody to visit our website. It is newly designed, user friendly and contains just about everything you need to know, from meeting schedules, to all the codes and permitting processes. We think you will find it helpful. While visiting the website, please take the time to register with our Swiftreach911 Emergency Notification system, if you haven’t done so already.
The mayors of all the Roslyn villages got together recently to discuss what efficiencies we might achieve through cost sharing, combining purchasing, information and resources. We have all agreed to continue to meet to explore what we might implement to save money. As these meetings progress we will post the results on our website.
In other municipal news, it is with sadness we note the passing of Len Shaw. Len was Roslyn’s representative to the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, a position he held since the committee’s inception. Len served ably and well and he will be missed. Fortunately, Len’s wife Peedee has graciously agreed to fill the position and we thank her for her commitment to carry on his good work.
In addition to the other capital projects that have been mentioned, the Village is planning to undertake a major roadway repair project, redoing all the roads throughout the Village. We are awaiting an engineer’s report to begin the bidding process, which is expected to begin by early summer.
Finally, as a result of savings from the sewer repairs and the collection of impact and permit fees from the large projects that have come online, we anticipate a tax freeze again this year.
We just thought we would like to end with good news!
Hope to see you around town.
Very truly yours,