11/15/22 Board Reports
Good evening, thank you all for coming. I would like to start by offering my condolences to the Franki family, Jean Franki was on the board of the North End Civic Association when I joined in 1998 and it was an honor to serve on that board with her for many years. It is people like Jean Franki that are the heart and soul of many organizations here in the Village of Floral Park.
Residents are enjoying their new Pickleball courts on Volleyball courts A and C. It is so wonderful to see so many people out there enjoying themselves. Why, why are people playing Pickleball court on volleyball courts? – because the multipurpose rink reconstruction is in full swing. We are expecting to see concrete trucks pouring there next week with completion expected for early spring. Fields remain open, please be aware of your surroundings and do not go beyond the construction fencing.
Beginning yesterday, 11/14, the lights at the recreation center are off, the fields will remain open until Sunday December 4th. Due to the construction, there will be no Recreation Center Tree Lighting this year, I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the Village Tree Lighting on 12/2 and the Covert Ave Tree Lighting on 12/10.
This past weekend, the Hempstead line was inoperable due to a planned outage so the LIRR could install a switch which will allow trains to move on and off the Hempstead Branch to the Main Line. Last week, much maintenance work could be seen underneath the station, as well as under the tracks as the LIRR reinforced their pigeon netting under the trestles.
For the Tunnel Street tunnel, the MTA maintains that they must have vehicular access at that site. The 3rd Track Project is what is called a design/build, meaning that as things come up, they design for them, often leaving the communities along their corridor struggling to mitigate concerns of both residents and the village.
Village officials are meeting with representatives from the LIRR Thursday morning to discuss some upcoming repair work at the Floral Park Station. We are hoping to hear some very positive news about fixes coming to our station at this early morning meeting.
As always, residents are encouraged to reach out directly to the MTA with questions and concerns, as we have found this the most effective way of residents communicating with them. The MTA can be reached at contact.mta.info/customer-feedback or by phone at 516-203-4955 – this is an automated response, but you can ask for “more options” and then ask for “Comments and concerns” to speak to a person.