It was business as usual at the monthly meeting of Community Board 11 in Bayside on Monday night.
Members of the Transportation Committee reported that several relevant issues had been discussed their recent meeting, including a proposed speed hump on 36th Avenue between 218th and 219th streets members deemed “not a good idea” because it “would only divert the drivers to 38th Avenue.”
In addition, a proposed speed hump on 36th Avenue, between Bell Boulevard and Corporal Stone Street, was denied because “the problem in regard to traffic is the double-parking of vehicles for drop-off and pick-up at PS 41,” their report said.
The committee also indicated that a request had been made by an area resident to remove a bus shelter at the northeast corner of Springfield Boulevard and Union Turnpike, as it was seen as an obstruction and potential danger. The committee recommended the removal of the ad from the shelter rather than the entire structure, thereby allowing westbound drivers on Union Turnpike wishing to turn north on Springfield to see pedestrians attempting to cross.
Because of recent developments of multi-family homes in the area, leading to a scarcity of parking spaces, a request was made to remove the overnight parking restrictions on the west side of Francis Lewis Boulevard south of Crocheron Avenue. The committee, by unanimous decision, endorsed the request.
Also, Bernard Haber, the committee’s co-chairman, indicated that the right lane of the exit ramp for the Long Island Expressway on the southbound Clearview Expressway is sometimes backed up past Northern Boulevard.
He drafted a letter to the state Department of Transportation requesting a study to help mitigate what was described as “continual traffic congestion.” The committee approved the drafted letter unanimously.
CB 11 members did not vote on the committee recommendations as they were informational only.
Among the speakers during the public participation section was Oakland Gardens resident Woo Park, who expressed the need for a traffic light “to ease congestion and for greater safety for the children” at the entrance to the Alley Pond Environmental Center on Northern Boulevard in Douglaston.
A joint Government Affairs/Legal Committee report indicated that members unanimously voted to adopt a City Council resolution asking Washington to make co-ops and condominiums eligible for federal disaster assistance grants, rather than just the loans for which they are now eligible.
The committee expressed the belief that the board should have been contacted before the resolution passed the City Council.
Earlier in the evening, Deputy Inspector Jason Huerta, commanding officer of the 111th Precinct, indicated that there has been a rise in robberies and car break-ins in the area, with the precinct showing an overall 6 percent increase in crime for the year to date.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) announced that new state legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR Exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in subsequent years.
She will hold a workshop on the matter on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at her office at 159-16 Union Turnpike. To RSVP, call (718) 820-0241.
For further information, visit the department’s website at tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036.