Gets Rental Permit
Freeport Superintendent of Buildings Louis Bello
issues' permit to landlord Charles Kotze under
the new Village Ordinance that requires licens-ing
of all dwelling units that are rented. Mr.
Kotze is the owner of houses on Ray Street and
So. Main Street. In accordance with the ordi-nance,
the Building Inspectors checked the
houses and found them in satisfactory condition.
Mr. Bello pointed out that under this new local
ordinance all rental properties must be regis-tered
with the Building Department by September
1, 1973, whether it is one room, a one-family
house, or a multi-family apartment building.
Mayor William H. White said the purpose of the
new law is to assure compliance with all Village
building and zoning codes, particularly those
covering the number of persons or families per-mitted
in a particular house or dwelling. It
is also designed to protect tenants against
sub-standard living conditions by having the
Building Department verify that all rental prem-ises
are clean, safe, in sanitary condition, in
proper repair, and free from rodents or vermin.
Village Seeks To Join County Sewer System
To meet the new environmental standards for sew-age
disposal, the Village of Freeport is seeking
to tie-in with the Nassau County sewer system.
Freeport Mayor William H. White announced that
a tentative agreement has been reached with
County officials, which would make it possible
for the Village's sewage to be piped to the
County's new Disposal Plant at Wantaqh.
Mayor White said, "Our engineers and consult-ants
have made exhaustive studies to determine
if there would be any possible benefit in re-. .-
taining complete control of Freeport1s Sewage
Disposal system, but it was found that this
would be financially impossible*"
The Mayor pointed out that the Village cannot
obtain any federal or state aid for a local proj-ect,
inasmuch as all Environmental Protection
Administration officials have taken a regional
approach, on the basis of greater efficiency
and lower costs with larger and fewer outfalls.
Such outside financial aid would be available
for the tie-in between the Village collection
system and Nassau County's collection systen
In the agreeaent between the County and Village,
Freeport will own and maintain its collection
system but will not be responsible for sewage
treatment. The collection system will feed in-to
the County system in Merrick and wind up
going through the Wantagh disposal plant and
the ocean outfall two-and-a-half miles off shore.
"This joint venture with the County makes good
sense for both County and Village taxpayers,"
Mayor White said. "The engineers estimated
that capital costs for the Village to undertake
the necessary project alone would be about
$6,000,000, to be borne solely by Freeport tax-payers
because no federal or state aid would be
available to us.
"On the other hand the County's capital cost
for the additional facilities will be about
35,000,000, but a minimum of 60? of this cost
will be offset by federal and state aid. Free-port
will pay a proportionate share of capital
costs and of operating expenses to the County's
Sewage Disposal District No.3.
"Therefore the Village will be paying its fair
share, but both the Village and the County will
have the benefit of at least 53,000,000 in fed-eral
and state aid."
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Village Hall Visitors
Brownie Troop 2199 of Freeport, accompanied by some of the parents, toured Village Hall as part
of their learning experience. Here, Deputy Village Treasurer James Lyons shows the girls how the
data processing equipment works, to keep track of electric, water and tax bills automatically.
How To Avoid Water Damage In The Home
damage in just minutes. Only fast action by
someone who knows exactly where the shut-K)ff
valve is can minimize the damage.
Under no circumstances, Mr. Voelker reminded,
should a person touch a light fixture or an
electrical switch while turning off the water,
or while standing in any water that may be in
Homeowners can minimize the amount of water dam-age
caused by sudden leaks in a pipe or a valve
by taking a few precautionary measures, accord-ing
to Edward Voelker, Superintendant of Water
Distribution of the Village of Freeport.
With the exception of small children, every mem-ber
of the family, including teen-agers, should
know where to turn off the water in case of emer-gency.
Water from a burst pipe can cause great
Trustees: George H. Fairberg, Ralph P. Franco, Thomas J. Lovelidge, H. Berkeley Swezey
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo - Treasurer: Leonard D.B. Smith - Counsel: Oakley Gentry Jr.
Freeport Mayor William H. White, left, shows the recent storm's impact to State Senator Norman Jo
Levy, and to Richard Overgaard, Special Assistant to Congressman Norman F. Lent, while homeowner
Mrs. Mary Carey surveys the damage on her property on Nassau Avenue. When the large tree was up-rooted
by the storm it demolished her garage and the car inside.
In the wake of the fierce windstorm of last month,
Mayor William H. White has applied for federal
disaster aid, attempting to recoup for the Village
the hundreds of thousands of dollars in unantici-pated
costs caused by the storm.
Assisted by State Senator Norman J. Levy and the
staff of Congressman Norman F. Lent, Mayor White
toured the storm damaged areas and had Freeport
officials compile records of the damage and the
work involved in the clean-up.
Mayor White said the storm was actually a torna-do,
which struck in various sections of the Vil-lage.
"When trees fall during an ordinary wind-storm,
they fall in the direction of the wind,
but in this tornado trees were uprooted in all
four directions and store windows were drawn out
rather than blown in," he said.
Although only a few minutes in duration, the
storm wrecked havoc with a combination of wind,
driving rain, and lightning bolts. In some cases
hugh trees were torn up and fell onto parked cars
and roadways, tearing down hundreds of electrical
lines. Freeport Municipal Electric crews worked
around the clock to restore power to homes as
quickly as possible, assisted by extra crews
brought in from Con Edison in New York City, and
other men from Endicott, N.Y0 and Fairport, N.Y.
The Highway Department coordinated with the elec-tric
crews, clearing away broken limbs and brush
as soon as the electricians determined the work-men
were safe from live wires.
Superintendent of Public Works Edwin Prefer was
in overall charge of the Village departments dur-ing
the emergency. Every available man was
pressed into overtime service, Mr. Prefer said,
to eliminate hazardous situations and clear the
streets for traffic and emergency, vehicles.
Fire Chief John Horton reported that his depart-ment
had 117 calls from the time the storm hit
on Saturday night, June 9th, until the following
afternoon. These calls included fire alarms, ac-cident
aid, and short circuits. There were two
house fires which the Fire Department quickly
extinguished. Firemen assisted at street inter-sections
where traffic lights were out of order.
Floodlight trucks were also pressed into use to
light the way for electric department and high-way
The Police Department promptly handled all calls
for inforaation and assistance. Police Officers
were on hand throughout the night and the next
day, wherever there was any problem or potential
Village employees in the Sanitation, Parks, Sawer,
Water and all other departments worked double
shifts without let-up, Mr. Prefer said, cooperat-ing
excellently to get the job done.
Mayor White said, "the greatest accolades should
go to the residents of Freeport for taking this
serious emergency in stride, without complaint
and with a fine spirit of cooperation and help-fulness.
I have never been prouder of my home
town than I was during the week of the storm and
its aftermath, for the way Freeporters responded
when we needed their courage and understanding."
Public Works Superintendent Edwin Prefer checks progress of the clean-up operation with Highway
Foreman Richard Mitthauer.
Mayor William H. White presented certificates
of satisfactory completion to Freeport depart-ment
heads in a special Management Training
Course given in Freeport over a five week per-iod
by the United States Civil Service Commis-sion.
Freeport and Hempstead department heads took
this course jointly, at no cost to either Vil-lage,
as a result of a special federal grant
obtained by the two communities under the In-tergovernmental
Personnel Act. Since neither
Village could meet the minimum population re-quirement
of 50,000 persons, they filed a joint
application which was prepared by Village Clerk
Thomas DeVincenzo and approved by the Federal
This was the second phase of a training program
for supervisors and department heads. Mr.
DeVincenzo said it was designed to help develop
a better understanding of sound management prin-ciples,
for those department heads and supervi-sors
lacking formal training, and to serve as a
refresher for those who had the educational
background or previous management training.
Mayor White said of the training course, "We
are very pleased to be able to give this addi-tional
training to our Village supervisors be-cause
today's environmental and social problens
place greater and greater demands upon the mu-nicipal
employees charged with providing these
services, particularly upon those employees re-sponsible
for planning, administration and su-pervision."
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