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Last Updated: June 30, 2015
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Round 2 at the Bayville Village Meeting
• Loriann Cody
On Monday evening, June 22nd, Bayville village residents met once again with Mayor Paul Rupp and the Village Board of Trustees at Bayville Intermediate School, to discuss three proposed zoning changes, which could change the face of commercial property in Bayville. Once again, the village ran three legal notices outlining the proposed changes (2015-3, 2015-4, 2015-5), but with one major difference; the change in the definition of the term, "Residential Building," (Section 80-3 of the Village Code) as a building containing 5 units or more. (Originally, the board had specified 10 units or more.)
More than 350 concerned residents attended the last meeting, on April 27th, and this meeting was no different. It was standing room only, with residents filling the seats, lining the walls and overflowing into the outer hallway.
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 PM, and after a brief introduction where the proposed zoning change legal notices were read out loud, Bonnie Franson, Land Use/Environmental Planner from H2M Architects and Engineers, gave a presentation. The Board of Trustees authorized Ms. Franson’s presentation in an effort to add clarity. Ms. Franson outlined the definitions of ‘Zoning Chapter 80’ and ‘Land Uses,’ and had maps (perhaps too small for some in the audience to see) that showed which areas comprised the business districts (Bayville Avenue, Ludlam Avenue and the Crescent Beach Club area), which properties were affected by the proposed changes (perhaps as few as four). She also told the audience that any project affected by the zoning changes would need to go through “multiple approvals, not to mention county approvals.”
Mayor Rupp then read from an excerpt from the Village Charter where it outlined the rights of the Board to vote on and adopt the zoning changes without any additional input from the public. The Mayor asserted that this new Board, who ran for office with the pledge “revitalize Bayville, change for the better,” was elected by an “overwhelming majority” by the residents to do just that. His comments about “reducing blight and encouraging young people to live in Bayville” was met with polite applause. He then opened the meeting for public comments.
Though the atmosphere of this meeting was a bit less rancorous than the April meeting, of the more than 30 speakers that were given the floor before 10:30 PM, more than 85% spoke against the proposed changes. With crowd chants of “hell no, we don’t want it,” and “what's wrong with the way it is?” the majority of speakers asked for the proposals to be put to a public vote in a referendum.
Suggestions to the board included: doing a feasibility study to better understand the impact of the zoning changes on the village services, sewers, water quality, schools, taxes, and the surrounding environment. One resident, Barbara Garielle, suggested the creation of a group comprised of residents, business owners, engineers and the Village Board, could do the study. She noted, “why the rush?”
Several residents were concerned that once the zoning changes were passed, all future projects would then only need a variance, something much easier to pass. One resident asked about the size of the ‘unit,’ concerned that the zoning changes would allow for SROs (single-room-occupancies.)
Mayor Rupp noted that while he wasn’t exactly certain as to the rent on the apartments, he thought that they would be priced in the $2500 to $3000 monthly amount, hoping to lure in the young professional.
However, not having a train station, does put Bayville at a disadvantage with regards to attracting the young professional to rent in the Village.
Former Mayor Victoria Siegel asked how the proposed changes would help the business community. She advised the Board to ‘keep your discretion’ and not change the zoning laws.
Mayor Rupp pointed out that 3-4 businesses were approached about relocating to Bayville but that none would commit (especially in this economy) while the blight still exists. He noted that the Board is working with the Chamber of Commerce to attract businesses.
The Steve’s Pier property and the Steve’s Pier parking lot were mentioned, but Ms. Franson pointed out that those two properties would not be affected by the zoning changes.
Plans to bring some kind of medical offices were also discussed, and it would seem that the North Shore Long Island Jewish Healthcare System is considering the area for an urgent care facility.
One resident said that it would be “the height of arrogance for the Board to conduct the vote after people left.”
One resident asked how much the H2M presentation cost the taxpayers, and Mayor Rupp ordered Ms. Franson not to respond, noting that the costs were included in the general budget.
Despite the obvious public support for a referendum, the Village Board voted on the zoning proposals close to midnight. With two nays, the Board passed the zoning changes. With the change from 250 feet to 50 feet, the Gallo property, Mohring property and an additional project will be affected.
The building at 14 Ludlam Avenue was discussed at the meeting. One resident noted that accidents may occur with a driver backing out of the garage. In order to meet ADA requirements the sidewalk will need to be modified, thus losing more parking places. In it’s current state, the building does not meet the New York State code for accessibility.
BLANK, Stephen J. Professor, on June 27th, of East Norwich. Beloved husband of Hana. Meet at Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, on Wednesday 11:00 AM. Graveside Service Wednesday 11:30 AM.
Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. www.oysterbayfuneralhome.com
GRANDINETTE, Ida I., on June 26th, age 87, of Naples, FL, formerly of Bayville. Beloved wife of Anthony. Loving mother of Maria, Steven, and Anthony. Cherished grandmother of Dillon, and Danielle. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Memorial Visitation Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY, Wednesday 4-8 pm. Memorial Mass St. Gertrude RC Church, Bayville, NY Thursday, 11:00 AM. Interment is private. Ida loved learning, literature, and the arts, in lieu of flowers a donation of a book in her name to your local library would be appreciated. www.oysterbayfuneralhome.com
MOONEY JR., James David, of Centre Island, passed away pacefully June 24th in Vero Beach, FL, after a long illness. He was born May 20, 1921 in Anderson, Indiana, to the late James D. Mooney and the late Lenore Jane (Watson) Mooney. He was educated at Rugby School in England, Philips Academy, Andover,the US Naval Academy class of 1944, and a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1947, where he received a B.S. degree in engineering.
After graduating from the Naval Academy and completing flight training in Pensacola, he served in World War II as a fighter pilot in the Navy, first on land in the South Pacific (Guadalcanal, Munda, the Admiralty Islands), and then carrier based aboard the USS Essexwith Air Group 15 and on the USS Enterprise with Air Group 20. With this latter, on one mission when the Group Commander’s plane could not take off due to mechanical problems, Ensign Mooney took his four plane Grumman Hellcat division and led the entire flight into battle with the Japanese fleet in the Philippines; during this engagement, he scored a bomb hit on an enemy destroyer. He shot down one Zero and sank two armed merchant vessels in Naha Harbor, Okinawa. With the Fighting Fifteen, his four plane division, led at the time by fellow and former Oyster Bay resident Homer Voorhest, sighted the Japanese “decoy” force, which was then decimated by Admiral Halsey’s air groups as part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world’s largest Naval engagement.Lt. Mooney was awarded the Air Medal in 1945 for his service with Air Group 15, and the group received two Presidential Unit Citations for destroying more aircraft and sinking more shipping than any other air group in the Pacific theater, including 68.5 aircraft in a single day in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, a combat record that remains today. In 1953, he was a lecturer at the Naval War College in Newport, RI., on “The Principles of Organization”.
On being discharged from Naval service, Mr. Mooney worked for some years in international finance, setting up an industrial development bank in Yugoslavia for the United Nations Center for Industrial Development. During that time, he also wrote for the Center, authoring a paper entitled “Long Range Planning for Industry in the Developing Countries”. During that time, he made many appearances on public broadcasting TV panel discussions on the subject of international trade and finance. He spent the last 15 years of his working life in the security industry, serving as a consultant in marketing and finance for firms such as Burns, Pinkerton’s, and others. He was a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, in which he was designated as a “Certified Protection Professional”. In retirement, he enjoyed serving regularly as a substitute teacher for several local schools on Long Island, teaching a wide variety of subjects, and as a docent at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
In 1979, he was elected a Trustee of the Incorporated Village Centre Island, Nassau County, New York, and was then appointed Police Commissioner and served for four years. In 1983, he was elected Mayor, and re-elected in 1985.
Mr. Mooney was a long time affiliate of the American Legion, the Navy League, the US Naval Academy Alumni Association and its New York City chapter, and he was a member of the Cove Neck Tennis Club (at which he played regularly into his nineties), the Piping Rock Club, and the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club.
He was pre-deceased by his two sisters, Mrs. J.K. “Marti” McGrath of London and Mrs. F.S. “Pat” Anderson of Tucson, Arizona, by his three brothers, Michael, John, and Alan, and by his son, James D., III. He is survived by his wife Gloria, his daughter, Mrs. R.A. “Barbara” Wilson, his son Richard A., and four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 61 East Main St., Oyster Bay, on Thursday, July 2nd at 11:00 AM.
WOODSTOCK, Joseph S., on June 26, age 94, of Oyster Bay. Beloved husband of Eleanore. Loving father of Mary Wallace Robinson (Francis), Mary Noel Hurder (Dave), Mary Allison Mann (George), Gina McEvoy (Dave), John, Thomas Darrel (Donielle), Mary Ellen Meyerdierks (James), Andrew (Sharon), Mary Martha Pierce (Charles), Paul (Laura), and Mary Jude Rozenveld (Jan). Cherished grandfather of Francis Robinson (Amy) Noah, Nate, Lee Robinson (Ellen) Gabrielle, Kaia, Joseph Robinson (Erin) Liam, Abigail, Emmett, Chantal Masterson – Dillon, Kayla, Andrew, Gweneth, Paul Robinson, Kai, Meghan, Joseph III, Tabitha Huff (Glen Huff), Patrick, Olivia Mann, Sean , Mia Pierce, James Meyerdierks, Josiah Mann, Kyleigh McEvoy, Colin McEvoy, Tanya Mann, Jenna, Julie, Naomi Mann, Sebastian Rozenveld, Joseph McEvoy, Austin Mann, Christian Rozenveld, Elle Pierce, Madison Mann, Kathryn, Isabella, Chloe Rozenveld, Charles Pierce III, Madeleine Rozenveld, Luke, Ava, Lily, Mary, and Thomas. A donation to Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Blvd., Woodbury, NY 11787 or The US Department of Veteran Affairs www.va.gov is appreciated. oysterbayfuneralhome.com