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Public Hearing February 27, 2018 - Local Law 1 of 2018 & Swell Taco, 135 Deer Park Ave.

PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM,

153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK,

ON TUESDAY,

FEBRUARY 27, 2018

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph Scordino

Trustee Kevin Muldowney

Trustee Debbie Basile

Trustee Tony Davida

Trustee Mary Adams

Attorney Gerard Glass

The meeting opened at 7:03 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Muldowney.

The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held at the Municipal Building, 153 West Main Street, Babylon, NY, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the adoption of Local Law #1 of the year 2018, authorizing a property tax levy increase in excess of the limit established in General Municipal Law §3-c.

Complete text of the above Local Law is available in the office of the Village Clerk.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place, and they will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Attorney Glass explained that the Village adopts this Local Law each year in case it is necessary; when the Budget is reviewed, this provides authorization if we need to exceed the tax cap limit, which for the 2018 Tax Year is actually 1.0112%.  If we do not exceed the limit, this Local Law will be repealed.

Mayor Scordino reiterated that we need to adopt this Local Law for protection, explaining that it is not actually a 2% tax cap.  He also commented that the Village has not raised the tax rate for the past three (3) years and strives very hard each year to maintain the tax rate.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard, to consider the application of Brooke Jankow, Principal of Brooke and Steven Restaurants, Inc., to expand the restaurant, Swell Taco, located at 135 Deer Park Ave., Suite 2, Babylon, NY.

Copy of application and plans may be examined at the office of the Village Clerk, between the hours of 10am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place and they will be given the opportunity to be heard.  All applicants and their duly appointed representatives must appear in person at the above hearing.

Applicant:       Brooke Jankow

                          Brooke & Steven Restaurants, Inc.

             19 Sumpwams Place              

 Babylon, NY  11702                          

Property:         [Section 010 / Block 04 / Lot 004]

 Swell Taco

 135 Deer Park Ave., Suite 2

 Babylon, NY  11702

Brooke Jankow approached the Board and explained that while she was in the process of bringing everything in compliance after the last Public Hearing [June 27, 2017], the building at 135 Deer Park Avenue was sold.  The new owner offered her the use of another office space; she would like to take advantage of this and move her current office, which would then allow for her to add 11 additional indoor seats.  This basically entails removing a privacy wall.  She would like to make these alterations as quickly as possible.

Brooke also commented that she pays for extra dumpster pick-ups to maintain the area; she is aware of the requirement that all music is to be ambient background music, all windows close when the last guest leaves, and everything is closed by midnight.

The Board advised her that construction should be avoided on Sundays so the residents of the neighboring apartments are not disturbed.  They also reminded her that any special events must be approved by the Village Board.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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