VILLAGE BOARD BRIEFS
A newly adopted taxicab ordinance protects the rights of passen-gers
with regard to rates, owner and driver identification, safety in-spection
of cabs, and taximen's qualifications, good character, be-havior,
etc... Hanse Park is being filled in preparatory to becom-ing
a recreation area, on Mill Road a short distance east of Main St.
***** TEEN-AGE BAND TO COMPETE
The Freeport Recreation Band will compete in the first annual
Battle of the Bands Contest on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the South Shore
Mall in Bay Shore. R.H. Macy's is a co-sponsor along with the
Long Island Recreation and Parks Association. Winners will be fea-tured
in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and outfitted in blazers for
HIGH HONOR FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
Freeport, rated fourth highest in the State for excellence of traf-fic
safety procedures, has received an Award of Merit from the State
Citizens Council on Traffic Safety. A plaque has been presented to
the^Police Department, along with seven books on law and suggested
methods of enforcement. .
Only Rochester, Elmira and Floral Park led Freeport in the rat-ings,
it was announced by the State Traffic Safety Council. Mention
was made, in the award, of this village's "significant contributions to
traffic safety" as well as its"inspired leadership and devotion of time
and abilities" to diminish human and economic losses.
Accident, prevention was just one of the factors considered by jud-ges.
Others were handling of traffic enforcement .highway signs, street
lighting, traffic signals, bicycle regulation, the wo^k done by safety
committees, control of traffic at schools -- in fact, efforts of the en-tire
community. , . .
Meanwhile, for the second consecutive year, Freeport won a cit-ation
for" its reclord'orho pede'strial fatalities. Thi£ award- fr'crfrr'th'e, -
American Automobile Association was presented in Mayor Robert J.
Sweeney's office August 8. Except for one fatality in I960, Freeport
had no deaths from accidents to pedestrians from 1958 to 1963.
Arthur R. Muller, chairman, Commission on Human Relations.
Roy R. Gockley, chairman, Mayor's Committee for Youth.
Dr. Benedetto Caruso, Assistant Police Surgeon.
LATEST ADVICE FROM CIVIL DEFENSE
In a CD alert, all persons should stay where they are and take
advantage of whatever cover is available there or nearby, according
to Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Bulger, Nassau County CD Director.
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
ROBERT J. SWEENEY. MAYOR
HENRY M. ALTENGARTEN
FRANK W. 80MER8
GEORGE H. FAIRBBRG
FRANCIS J. MU880
JOHN J. MAC DONALD
LEONARD D. B. SMITH
JOHN O. TB88IER •'
•TELEPHONE FR 8-4OOO
"The Boating and Fishing Capitol of (he East"
GROVE-EAST PARK A 'HOMEMADE' 'PROJECT
Except for shrubs donated by civic associations, citizens andGirl
Scouts, and its fence, the new sit-in park on South Grove Street at
East Avenue was created by village employees using materials al-ready
on hand. Park Department worker s landscaped thearea, High-way
Department men built the walks, Electric Department linemen in-stalled
lights. Latest addition is a number of ten -foot benches made
by the Building Maintenance unit of the Highway Department. The
Park Commission plans to add more shrubs and a drinking fountain in
the near future. Residents have found this centrally located haven of
rest a real convenience. Like other parks it is light?-4. all night - an
innovation which, along with police action, has eliminated vandalism.
THE VILLAGE SANITATION DEPARTMENT
The Sanitation Department is divided into four separate units --
collection, incinerator, land-fill and garage. The department is un-der
the jurisdiction of the Sewer and Sanitation Commission. Supt.
John S0 Marra is in charge of the Department, with the various units
directly responsible to either the Assistant Superintendent or a Fore-man.
In the COLLECTION UNIT, Mr. Marra said, "A Foreman and 42
men collect all garbage and trash in a five-day, 40-hourweek. Six
routes north of Merrick Rd. have garbage service Monday and Thurs-day,
while six routes south of Merrick have their garbage picked up
Tuesday and Friday. All trash within the Village is collected at the
curb Wednesday except during holiday weeks when we eliminate this
trash collection. This is necessary to make-sure that all homes have
twice-a-week pickup of garbage.
"We collect over 300 tons of garbage and 200 tons of trash week-ly.
At present each route picks up at more than 700 homes on rear
door garbage collection and 1,400 homes on curb trash collection.
"The business area, waterfront, restaurants, apartment houses
and boatyards are served by the recently installed Dempster system.
This is done with two trucks and four men who at present are empty-ing
281 containers. More and more business places are requesting
containers, but unfortunately they will have to wait until next year for
the new budget when we hope to purchase more of them.
"One man washes and cleans all the trucks daily from 1 to 9 P. M. ,
thereby letting the drivers and helpers spend all their time on their
routes. This work is directly supervised by the Foreman who not
only makes sure that all personnel are assigned to jobs, but also han-dles
any complaints conning to the attention of the department. "
The INCINERATOR UNIT'S 13 men are directly responsible to the
Assistant Superintendent. The present incinerator was built in 1927
when- Freeport had only 18, 000 inhabitants. Some -repairs-and slight
alterations have been made, but this plant is outdated. A proposed
modern incinerator will have a capacity of six tons per hour in good
weather compared to the old one's two and one-half tons per hour.
"Storage for over three days'^garbage collection will be provided .
in the new plant, " said Mr. Marra.
"The old incinerator worked a five-day week, three shifts per day.
At times it was necessary for some men to work on Saturday to burn
all the garbage collected. Because of the plant's low burning capac-ity
and the amount of garbage, the incinerator worked to capacity and
had no safe margin for breakdowns. When the new one is built it will
greatly increase the Sanitation Department's efficiency."
The LAND FILL AREA is rapidly nearing its capacity -- a fact
which forced the closing of this area recently to all contractors and
out-of-town people. There is no charge to residents if trash is brought
in a private auto or station wagon, but a fee of $6 per ton is charged
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FIREMEN'S DRILL AND PARADE SEPTEMBER 7-8
Thousands of visitors from all over Nassau County will beattract-ed
to our Village on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, for a County
Battalion Championship Drill and Parade sponsored for the fourth
year by Freeport's firemen. About 30 departments are expected to
participate. The public is cordially invited, free of admission charge.
Activities will get under way at a block party Saturday at 1 P. M. ,
with games and refreshments, in the municipal parking lot opposite
the Hook & Ladder Co. firehouse on Church St. near Merrick Road.
The parade will start at 6:30 P.M. from, Brookside Avenue, proceed-ing
east to Church Street. This will befollowed by continuation of the
block party, presentation of trophies and dancing and games.
On Sunday, September 8, the Championship Drill will begin at
1 P.. M... on. Firemen's Field ,- -Sunrise Highway and Buffalo'Avenue.
Mayor Robert J. Sweeney has proclaimed the week beginning Sep-tember
2 as "Firemen's Week."
Freeport Kiwanis - Recreation Department Midget Football will be
conducted for all local youngsters between the ages of 10 and!4 years,
and between the SOpound and 110 pound weight classification.
Adult touch football is being organized now. For further inform-ation
concerning the Fall recreation program please call the recrea-tion
office, FReeport 8-4000.
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for all trash brought in trucks or trailers. At present this unit is
handled by one man who operates the bulldozer and buries trash on one
day per week.
"A big problem for the collection foreman, who supervises the land-fill
division, is children setting fire to the trash," said Mr. Marra.
"The, department -has been falsely accused by residents and non-resi-dents
of intentionally starting fires in the land- fill area. Such blazes
not only are costly but also keep sanitation men from doing their reg-ularly
assigned jobs. We do not like to call the Fire Department fre-quently,
and tie up their equipment,fp;r many hours, when ..the trucks
should be free to answer real emergencies."
The GARAGE UNIT comprises a foreman and seven men, directly
supervised by the Assistant Superintendent. Orginally the garagewas
intended to make only minor repairs on the few vehicles then owned by
the village. Today it does all repair work and servicing needed on the
120 vehicles except for an occasional job done by an outside garage.
"An accurate service record is maintained to make sure that all
vehicles are properly serviced when required," Mr. Marra pointed
out. "Each has its own workfolder listingr epairs and servicing, thus
providing a complete history on all vehicles. Every vehicle owned by
the village is supplied with gasoline at the garage."
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