VILLAGE OF KENSINGTON
2 NASSAU DRIVE, GREAT NECK, NY
November 15, 2023
Village Hall – 8:00pm
A. Approval of minutes from October 18, 2023
B. BOARD DISCUSSION:
1. Review the recommendations of the Architectural Review Board rendered at there meeting on, November 1, 2023.
17 North – 33 Windows
C. Mayors Update
D. COMMISSIONERS, POLICE, VILLAGE JUSTICE, AND TREASURERS REPORT
E. OPEN TIME:
SCHEDULE OF FUTURE MEETINGS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING – December 13, 2023
VILLAGE JUSTICE COURT – December 11, 2023
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD – December 6, 2023
The Mayor, Board of Trustees and all of the Village of Kensington
employees wish everyone a Happy and Joyous
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting
Village of Kensington, 2 Nassau Drive, Great Neck, NY
September 20, 2023
8:00pm – Village Hall
Present: Mayor Susan Lopatkin
Trustees: Jeff Greener, Phil Bornstein, Brent Greenspan, Carey Ye
The Board meeting was brought to order by Mayor Lopatkin at 8:00pm.
Mayor Lopatkin made a motion to approve the July board minutes, all in favor.
Mayor Lopatkin read a resolution stating that the Village of Kensington had the required examination of the Kensington Village Court fiscal year ending February 2023. It was conducted and completed in compliance with section 2019-a.
Mayor Lopatkin read an additional resolution stating that the Village of Kensington authorizes the Kensington Village Court to apply for a Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP) grant in the 2023-24 grant cycle.
The board had a discussion regarding Scuba lessons at the village pool next summer. Deputy Mayor Greener was approached by one of our residents asking if the board would allow the scuba shop located on Middle Neck Rd to allow the shop to offer scuba lessons on off hours at our pool. The board discussed the pro/cons, risk, time of day, hours, cost, additional lifeguards, cleaning of the pool, etc. If the scuba shop brings the village a proposal, the board will take it into consideration.
Mayor Lopatkin went over the certified audited financial statements from fiscal year ending February 2023. Mayor Lopatkin stated that the auditors first look at the way the village manages the funds for the year based on our budget in terms of revenue and what the village thinks they will need to spend. Net change of $200K of a surplus of revenues over expense. The mayor stated that in the 16 years she has been in office, we have never run a deficit. The village general fund balance is now $2,396,000.00; the village is in good shape. Every year when we create a budget, we appropriate money from our funds so that we don’t raise the tax levy but so far, we haven’t had to use those funds.
In summary, the fund balance for all governmental funds totaled $2,800,000 as of year-end. The general fund balance increased by $200,000; of this amount $380,000 has been assigned for next years’ budget; $60K is restricted to Parkland, $47K relates to prepaid expenditures, $250,000 is assigned for police compensated absences and $1,600,000 is unassigned. The current economic conditions mirrored those of the rest of the region. The Village faces increasing cost and shrinking revenues from non-property tax revenue. The administration has been diligent on containing expenses while continuing to provide efficient services to the residents.
Mayor Lopatkin made a motion to accept the audited financial statements by Skinnon and Faber, seconded by Trustee Bornstein, all in favor.
We received the money from DASNY for the police car grant and the kiddie pool grant.
The Village Hall now has a portico in the front, the windows outside were fixed, the fascia boards that were rotting have been fixed, the outside has been power washed and painted in some areas. We thank Nassau County Legislator Mazi Pilip for securing the grant of $75,000 to upgrade our Village Hall.
The Village might be migrating from Swiftreach to Constant Contact to keep in touch with our residents via e-mail blast. The village has been under the Town of North Hempstead’s contract for quite some time now and they are currently renegotiating their contract. The Town informed us that Swiftreach is looking to increase the fees they charge the town by a significant amount and that’s why negotiations have been continuing. Since the Town may ultimately opt to go with a different vendor, we were advised to evaluate different options we might want to pursue instead. By December, the Town will make a decision and we will be ready to make a change if we need to.
The board again discussed building a pickle ball court at our village pool. We have in the past received a quote to do this and it is quite expensive. The board also considered using the basketball court for a pickle ball court as well. The trustees will research more and we will revisit this at a later time.
On a motion of Mayor Lopatkin, seconded by Deputy Mayor Greener accept the
Police and Treasurers reports.
The board entered into executive session 8:40pm
On the motion of Mayor Lopatkin, seconded by Trustee Bornstein, the
meeting adjourned at 9:00pm.
Notice of any public sale must be given in writing to the village clerk at least 15 days prior to the date of the sale. Limitations and restrictions on public sales such as tag and/or garage sales as well as auctions should be reviewed in the village code book, prior to planning the sale.
Outdoor storage of boats, trailers, recreational vehicles and unlicensed vehicles is prohibited for more than ten consecutive days.
Snow, ice, construction debris, or landscaping debris removed by the homeowner or someone working for them, may not be placed in the street, on the sidewalk or on the property of a neighbor. All such material must be contained within the homeowner’s own property and within the hedge line.
Houses and property must be properly maintained. Yards must be kept clean and free of garbage, building debris, litter, accumulation of brush shrubs and weeds and excessive growth of vegetation. In addition, each property owner is responsible for maintenance of the grass, hedges and other plantings located in the boundary between the owner’s land and the street, and in the easement between properties. Grass must be trimmed regularly, and hedges must be cut to regulation height and be kept free of weeds and saplings.
Trees located within the grass strip in front of the hedge line are village trees. Village trees must be maintained in a healthy condition and kept free of weeds, and watered. The homeowner is not responsible for the trimming or removal of village trees when such is necessary. All other trees on the homeowner’s property are their sole responsibility for care and maintenance.
Dogs may not be allowed to run loose or disturb the peace. They must be curbed at all times and owners are subject to “pooper-scooper” requirements. Dogs must be maintained in such a manner as to prevent any noises which may disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood
Work which is attended by loud or disturbing noises can be performed Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Construction work is not permitted on weekends. Professional lawn maintenance can be done Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Burglar and fire alarm systems must be maintained in a manner that will prevent their continuous operation for a period in excess of thirty (30) minutes.
The use of amplified music after 11:00 p.m. on Friday or Saturday nights is prohibited.
There are restrictions pertaining to the use of homes and accessory buildings and property. Check with the village code for specific applications. In general, however, the only home offices allowed are for the homeowner licensed under the Education Law of the State of New York to practice medicine, osteopathy, physiotherapy, dentistry, podiatry, psychology or chiropractic.
Residents who do not wish to be visited by organizations with licenses to canvas or solicit within Kensington must send written notification of this fact to the village clerk. Their name and address will be placed on a list of residents provided to the organization with the agreement that they will not be visited.
The speed limit throughout the village is 25 m.p.h. Parking on village streets is prohibited between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a. m. Parking on the streets of Kensington at other times is limited to two hours, except in certain marked areas where parking is prohibited at all times. Cars should not be parked with wheels on the sidewalk or grass strips. Trucks and commercial vehicles are prohibited from traversing all east-west streets except when making deliveries within the Village.
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