Rockville Centre is considering launching an initiative to improve and increase recycling efforts by homeowners and businesses in the village, board members said at Tuesday's board meeting.
Trustee Edward Oppenheimer said that this effort is not only good for the ecology, but would also save the village thousands of dollars by increasing recycled refuse and thereby lessening the costs associated with handling garbage refuse.
“Currently, we pay $70 a ton for garbage and we receive about $25 a ton for the paper we pull out of the refuse,” he said. “Even if we can reduce 10 percent of the amount of garbage that we dump by recycling more paper from residential and commercial garbage streams, I estimate that the village can save or receive $100,000 a year.”
$50,000 Electrical Relay Modification Approved
The board awarded service contracts of nearly $50,000 to Bana Electric for a relay modification. According to village administrator Keith Spadaro, Rockville Centre doesn’t produce all its own electric – some of it is imported from LIPA.
“The switches have to line up,” Spadaro said. “LIPA replaced their switches on their end, so we have to replace the switches on our end.”
Rec Center Improvements
A Lego program called Bricks 4 Kidz, was also approved for $15,000, which will go to a contractor who will provide the program and the supplies at the RVC Recreation Center. The program is meant for children who are 3 and older.
The board also announced that a large section of the recreation center’s playground has recently been replaced, with a new cushioned safety surface and more accessibility for disabled children.
Board Approves Maintenance Fee Amnesty Program
The board approved a six-month amnesty program on home maintenance fees, where residents can bring their homes up to building code without being assessed the usual $1,200 fine.
“In my opinion, it was just a moneymaker in the past and I don’t think it’s fair,” trustee Michael Sepe said. “I think it penalizes people who want to do the right thing."
But according to Oppenheimer, the fines are a matter of safety, not for extra revenue.
“I don’t think it’s unfair and I don’t think it’s a money grab,” he said. “We’re trying to keep the village safe.”
Sepe agreed that safety is the board’s top concern, but that people who get caught are not going to have the fee waived. It’s only for people who come forward on their own.
Defibulators Sought By Coach
Local sports coach Lou Medeiros addressed the board about the availability of defibulators at the recreation center and sporting events. He equated the need for these devices to the mandate of having fire extinguishers in all public buildings.
“In case of emergency, if rescue personnel were delayed, this is something that would be very important,” he said.
Although the village recently did order a defibulator, which will arrive within a month, they said it would be very difficult supply one to every sports location and coach.
"We're trying to figure out the logistics, because for every coach to have their own is not possible," Deputy Mayor Nancy Howard said. "To leave them on location probably is not the best way to do that because of theft and maintenance."
Mayor Francis Murray agreed, stating “It’s going to take a while to figure out how to pass them off from coach to coach or team to team.”
Local Teen Awarded for Assistance During Bus Accident
Teenager Samantha Mehrkens received a community service award from the village for helping out after a bus accident she witnessed earlier in the year. According to Deputy Mayor Nancy Howard, the girl called 911, helped a student who was knocked down and led her to safety, among other efforts.