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Board Recap: Town Hall Meeting on Molloy Field Proposal; Ban Bamboo?

Mayor Murray to host Town Hall Meeting on proposed Molloy College athletic fields partnership.

Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray announced that he will host a Town Hall Meeting at the S on May 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss the with ; a proposal that would upgrade four existing athletic fields in the village with synthetic turf and create one new one, providing multi-purpose playing fields for soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey and lacrosse.

Murray said at Thursday's briefing session that a representative from Cameron Engineering will also be at the meeting to explain and update residents on where the village stands with the project.

According to the proposal, Molloy would pay the full $6 million cost of the upgrades at the , Lister Field and Centennial Park in return for gaining home fields for its softball, field hockey and baseball teams.

Since it is a non-village meeting, Murray said anyone is allowed to attend, but only Rockville Centre residents can speak at the microphone.

The village signed a with Molloy, but a deal between the two has yet be finalized.

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Ban Bamboo?

Will planting bamboo in your yard soon be illegal in Rockville Centre?

Some village residents have complained that after neighbors planted bamboo in their own yards, the plants' roots popped up on their property and caused extensive damage. Master garderner and landscaper Bob Schenone said bamboo is an "invasive species" and its roots travel horizontally underground, spreading from one property to an adjacent one fairly quickly.

Schenone explained that bamboo roots are strong enough to break through a garage floor, and can cause severe damage if its roots aren't properly contained underground.

Village Attorney Tom Levin said some villages on the North Shore have already banned planting bamboo, and Murray asked him to look into how other municipalities drafted its legislation.

Frank May 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I for one am going to that meeting. I want to know: 1. Why Morgan Days is not part of this proposal? 2. Why Bligh field can't remain un-lit and reserved for little leaguers only? Everybody on the Southside is blind from the lights from Lister. Adding lights to Bligh will be a slap in the face. 3. Who is responsbile for the continued maintenance and condition of the fields (it's going to be pricey to maintain NCAA level fields)? 4. Can we continue to park in Bligh field for the annual fireworks show? 5. Will the project include dog runs? Don't want to mess up the fields. 6. Will there be a boat launch at Bligh? yes, people kayak all the time on Mill River. 7. Will fishing/crabing be banned off Bligh field? yes people fish and crab at bligh 8. How much time is reserved for Molloy and during what times of the week, month, and year? 9. who will be responsible for the insurance coverage (and premiums) for property damages incurred to East Rockaway and Lynbrook residents. Molloy, RVC? 10. Will we consider "living barriers" to mitigate property damage? 11. Will RVC police enforce parking? Many players and fans currently do not use the lots at lister or bligh and instead park on South Park avenue and side streets. And why can't residents of East Rockaway and Lynbrook attend the meeting? These proposals will affect them as well. @ Ellen. i agree. Bamboo is bad for our local environment.
opinion-ated May 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
They can attend, they just cant speak at the microphone. That will leave you more talk time Frank!
Frank May 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
as of today, I'm officially outta here. House went into closing so I'm technically a resident only for the next 2 months. My two cents are worthless now... I just hope that someone carries the torch and pushes for real change in RVC. It's a good town, but so deeply mired in red-tape, graft... i fear for its future. this town needs someone young with vision to make RVC the destination of the future. Good luck puff puff Paula!
opinion-ated May 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Thanks Frank, have fun Kayaking, fishing and crabbing in the Keys...but watch out for the next BP oil spill .... it will happen again.
opinion-ated May 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
So if you want someone young does that mean you voted for Michael Leboff ?? He might have been the one to do it !!!

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