Many issues were addressed at last Wednesday’s Woodhaven Block Association meeting, including the reopening of the Forest Park carousel, area sanitation issues on Jamaica and Atlantic Avenues, and the installation of speed humps on a few Woodhaven streets.
The first order of business was discussion concerned the reopening of the Forest Park carousel, which many Woodhaven residents fought to reopen. The carousel’s vendor, NY Carousel Entertainment, sent Ara Chekmayan, a representative, to the meeting. Chekmayan, who grew up in Woodhaven, said he was very excited to be a part of the project.
“It’s phenomenal to be a part of bringing this historic carousel back to the community,” he said.
After the joy of the carousel announcement, it was back to business as usual.
Many residents expressed their concerns about sanitation issues on Atlantic and Jamaica avenues.
Community members complained about the lack of trash cans, which they said leads to trash buildup on residential properties. Additionally, numerous residents said they are fed up with the amount of extraneous fliers posted on their doors.
Iggy Teranova, of the Department of Sanitation, was at the meeting, and fielded residents’ concerns.
Teranova explained that he would do his best to bring more trash cans to the area, as well as help to reduce illegal dumping on Jamaica Avenue by implementing undercover stings. He also told residents about the Department of Sanitation’s “Illegal Dumping Affidavit Program,” which gives residents incentive to report illegal dumping. The program states that if there is a conviction of an illegal dumping, the person who reported it is eligible to receive half of the fines, up to $10,000.
The next order of business was regarding the implementation of three street humps on 80th Street between Park Lane South and Jamaica Avenue, 90th street between Park Lane South and Jamaica Avenue, and 94th Street between 89th and Jamaica avenues. “These speed humps would help slow drivers down as they zoom through the long and uninterrupted streets of Woodhaven,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, a member of the WRBA and Community Board 9.
The speed humps have not been met without resistance, and some low-rider car groups have expressed concerns about how they will affect their vehicles. President of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Ed Wendell emphatically said, “I guess they’ll just have to scrape by.”