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Public Hearing June 25th, 2019- Local Law 6 of 2019 & 30 E Main Street

PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN THE UPSTAIRS CONFERENCE ROOM,

153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK,

ON TUESDAY,

JUNE 25, 2019

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph Scordino

Trustee Kevin Muldowney

Trustee Tony Davida

Trustee Mary Adams

Trustee Robyn Silvestri

Attorney Gerard Glass

The meeting opened at 7:00 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Mary Adams.

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, June 25th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the adoption of proposed

Local Law #6 of the year 2019

amending current Village Code Chapter 343, Article XI, Section 60, Schedule II: Speed Limits; pertaining to certain areas of Frederick Ave., Livingston Ave., Cadman Ave., and Litchfield Ave.

Complete text of the above Local Law is available in the office of the Village Clerk, on the Village website: www.villageofbabylonny.gov, or can be requested by calling the Village Clerk’s Office at (631) 669-1500.

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

Village Attorney Gerard Glass explained the purpose of this local law was to reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on select streets within the Village limits.  Although Village Code Enforcement is not able to enforce the speed limit, reducing the speed limit is another tool to try to control speeding.

The Board agreed that this Local Law is another tool to try to reduce speeding on these select streets.  Signs have already been added to stop signs in the area alerting drivers that cross traffic does not stop but drivers are not obeying traffic signals and driving distracted.  Compounding the safety issues in this area is the fact that the phone app, Waze, diverts drivers to these streets.

Mayor Scordino and Legislator McCaffrey successfully prompted Suffolk County to conduct a traffic study and are awaiting the results.

It was also noted that the West Babylon Library holds a Community Forum with the 1st Precinct on the first Thursday of each month; the next Community Forum will be held on August 1st.  Residents were encouraged to attend.

The meeting was open to the public;

Many residents addressed the Board and offered several suggestions including speed cameras, speed bumps, moving the stop signs, making certain streets one-way streets, working with Waze to avoid diverting traffic to these streets, additional surveillance by Suffolk County Police, etc.

Jerry Mees, 309 Park Avenue

Santina Fawess, 127 Livingston Avenue

Graceanne Sawczyn, 292Livingston Avenue

Nancy Hemingdinger, 58 Shore Road

Grace Druiett, 257 Park Avenue

Michele Viola, 279 Livingston Avenue

Joe McDonnell, 60 Livingston Avenue

Bruce Hoffman, 133 Livingston Avenue

Mike Reilly, 196 Livingston Avenue

Cindy Rodgers, 34 Smith Street

Lorna Penny, 283 Livingston Avenue

Valerie Basile, 19 Argyle Avenue

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, at 7:55 p.m., it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

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The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing at 153 West Main Street, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the application of Christos Paloubis to make renovations to Mulberry Street Restaurant, located at 30 East Main Street, Babylon, NY, including the addition of a second floor storage area and expansion into neighboring space.

Copy of application and plans may be examined at the office of the Village Clerk, between the hours of 10am and 4pm 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:                               Representative:                                   Property:

Christos Paloubis                    Mark Mancini                               Mulberry Street Restaurant

7 Palmer Drive                        Mancini Architecture                   30 East Main Street

Sayville, NY  11782                 222 Middle Country Rd.             Babylon, NY 11702

                                                    Suite 226                                

                                                    Smithtown, NY  11787           [Section 014/ Block 02/ Lot 069.001]

Mr. Mancini addressed the Board and explained that the restaurant has not been updated in approximately 13 years; the plans are to update and expand the restaurant and take over the storefront to the south.  The second floor will be over the newly expanded space and will be used for storage and office space only to facilitate operations and not for additional seating.  The air conditioning units will be moved from behind the building to the roof top.

The pizzeria portion will be moved into the new space; a central bar, with a maximum of 12 seats, will be added to the existing space.  Restaurant seating will also be increased; maximum seating, inclusive of the bar seats, will not exceed 145.

Attorney Glass questioned if alcohol service will be solely in connection with food service; Mr. Paloubis clarified for the Board that this is a family restaurant, not a bar, and the business model is the same as it has always been. He has always had a full liquor license and is not looking for bar business; the bar is for customers who might like to have a drink while waiting to be seated.  The hours will not be changing, there will be no live entertainment or dancing, etc., music will be background only, over a radio.  There are no intentions to have open dining windows and no alcoholic beverages will be permitted outside. There is no service to the outside tables; they are strictly for pizza purchases.

The landscaping in the shopping center will be redone. Details are still being worked out to replace trees, etc. that were removed from the parking lot and adversely affected the Carriage House by taking away shade and privacy from their patio seating.  Mr. Paloubis expressed concern over planting trees with roots that may raise the curb, such as oak trees.  Attorney Glass suggested that Mr. Paloubis and Cindy at the Carriage House work out a mutually agreeable landscape design to address the issue and submit a detailed landscape plan to the Board.

The Board also inquired about the parking lot and the frequency of refuse pickup, which will remain the same at twice a week. The parking lot was recently repaired and additional dry wells were added to handle the prior problem with flooding.  Pizza Delivery trucks park in front only when they are in use. When the delivery trucks are not in use, they park in the lot behind the building.

The meeting was opened to the pubic;

No one spoke against this application

Those who spoke in favor of this application:

            Rick Hess, 36 Ketewamoke Avenue

            Frank Curtin, 420 Fire Island Avenue

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

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

Meeting adjourned 8:25 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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