Proposed parking lot to cost taxpayers $1.85 million over 30 years

Bond referendum, Nov. 6


Residents of the Town of Hempstead’s Sanitation District 6 – which services Elmont, Franklin Square, Garden City South, Lakeview, Malverne Park, North Valley Stream, South Floral Park and West Hempstead – caught wind recently of a bond referendum to vote on a new employee parking facility to the tune of $1.85 million, over 30 years.

We called and spoke with a gentleman named Frank – presumably FrankĀ Sparacio, Secretary of the District Board, who said:

“People have to park who work here — [We have] about 150 employees. Currently we are renting the parking lot from the Village of Garden City and we have been for about 40 years. I look at it like this: If you qualify for a mortgage, are you better off buying and owning, or renting? It’s in our best interest, I believe, and it’s better to buy it otherwise they’ll sell it to someone else.
The village probably could charge us more. It’s prime real estate.”

When asked what would happen if the bond doesn’t get approved next Thursday November 6th, Frank remarked, “If it doesn’t pass I don’t know; Garden City could sell it to a private developer.”

He also added that the property would be a benefit to those to whom it belonged — “the people [of the district].” “It’s a 30 year bond. At the end of the bond if you adjust for increase in rent, it brings savings to the taxpayer, and surely it will go up in value — which is also good for the people.”

Meanwhile, many residents are frustrated by the lack of communication and transparency in advance of the vote. According to a commenter on Newsday‘s discussion board – at Monday’s Argo Civic meeting – officials agreed to the following conditions:

1. They will NOW put the agenda of their board meetings on their website (prior to the board meeting) in accordance with NYS Law.

2. They will NOW post the time of their board meetings on their website in accordance with NYS Law.

3. They will NOW post the commissioner election dates on their website

4. They will NOW post the date of the bond referendum on their website.

[Commenter – Felix Procaci, Newsday]

As referenced above, the Sanitation District 6 Board which meets every other Wednesday will meet tonight October 29th at 5:30 p.m., 80 Cherry Valley Avenue.

By law, Sanitation District 6 and Town of Hempstead are required to issue public notice which was made available in Newsday publications on Oct. 18th, 25th and once more before the vote.

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Residents of Sanitation District 6 are encouraged to take a vote and let their voices be heard next Thursday November 6th at 80 Cherry Valley Avenue in West Hempstead where voting will be opened between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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