Municipal Building is a place familiar to most Freeport residents. Beyond the
partition is the. billing department, from which are sent the bills submitted to
users of electrical.current. Mrs. Mary L. Renton is supervisory clerk in
-charge. To her the readers of'electric meters:turn over their daily reports.
The reports submitted are analyzed .and reduced to cash figures by the cleri-cal
staff, after which they are turned over to the operators of billing machines
for transcription and mailing. The personnel of the department includes: Mr;
Fred Trautwein, Mrs.Rita Condon, Miss Idella Whaley, Mrs_Charlotte Quick,
Mrs. Florence Zundel; billing operators are: Mrs. Virginia Heberer and Mrs.
Adele Wilde. Mrs. Katherine Buhle is in charge of deposits and refunds. The
electric consumer's billing department operates as a branch of the Comptrol-ler's
office, under the supervision'of MilfordF. VanRiper.
. The Board of Trustees has recently approved franchises for the oper-ation
of buses through the Village of Freeport in conformity with routes out - '
lined by the Nassau County Dept. of Franchises to provide more adequate serv.
ice. First route covers Freeport to Bellmore run operated by Star Bus lines.
Inc. , for operation along Henry Street between the Bus Terminal and Broadway
Grand Avenue between North Main St. and North Columbus Avenue ;N6rth Col-umbus
between East'Seaman Avenue and Village line at Babylon Turnpike, at
or near Forest Avenue. .The second route is for operation of buses by Utili-ty
I_>ines,Inc. on Freeport to Amityville run. Operation in the Village calls for
Henry Street between the Bus Terminal and Merrick Road;route will then fol-low
Merrick Road - which is a County highway - eastward.
FIREMEN'S MEMORIAL'FIELD ..'.'L- :
In conformity with a resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees last
year, work is proceeding on construction of a practice and tournament field for
use of the Freeport Fire Department, in the eastern area adjoining Meadow-brook
Causeway. It is anticipated that work will be substantially finished by
the Fall to make it possible for the Fire Department, to have facilities avail-able
for training purposes and for carrying on of,tournaments.
A dangerous jog in the roadway at Broadway, North Columbus and Par-sons
Avenues is being eliminated by joint action of the County Department of
Public Works and the Village. Title has been taken to a triangular piece of pro-perty
which will make it possible to eliminate the sharp curve at that point at
which numerous accidents have occurred and serious catastrophe on several
occasions narrowly been avoided. The re-designing of the road will provide
ample room for operations. Since both North Columbus Avenue south of Grand
Avenue, and Broadway are County roads, the work on these streets is being .
done under the County auspices'. - . • . . . '
If you are thinking of having a new sidewalk and curb constructed, be
sure the contractor is one who is licensed by the Village, and is duly bonded.
Otherwise, if his work does not prove satisfactory you will have.not redress.
The Village, through its Village Engineers-Baldwin & Cornelius Co. , has set
up specifications for sidewalk construction and fixed grade elevations, which
must be observed. A call to the Village Clerk will give you complete details.
HEDGES on STREET CORNERS
The Village Clerk reports that with the waning days of summer,he has
received several complaints regarding overgrown hedges and shrubs at street
intersections. He requests that all bushes within 20 feet of the curb line at
corners more than 3 feet in height from street grade be trimmed back to rran
imize traffic hazards, in compliance with the law.
Vol. 1 - No. 5 September, 1952
PUBLISHING the "FREEPORT" BULLETIN
Your Village employees are the editors, publishers,mechanics and
circulation agents of this monthly municipal bulletin issued for your informa-tion.
The little paper, after the copy has been edited, is first assembled in
type on an IBM electric typewriter. The pages are then photostated and re-
-duced in size from the ordinary typewritten form to the page form of the pub-lication
you are now reading. This negative is reproduced on a sheet which is
known as a "master" or similar in general operation to a stencil. The "mas-ter1!
is put in a machine known as a multilith for reproduction. ^Nine thousand
copies are published monthly. The Village Board hopes - that you enjoy your
copy of the bulletin, which is being sent to you regularly; that you will thereby
be informed of municipal matters and suggests that you keep them as a refer-
: ence file.
NEW PARKING REGULATIONS
With the opening of the new public school at Merrick Road and Bay-view
Avenue, parking regulations have been approved by the Village Board as
follows :No parking .to be permitted on schooldays on the west side of Bayvie w
Avenue from Merrick Road to Smith Street; on the south side of Merrick Road
from Bayview to Washington; on the east side of Washington Street from Mer-.
rick Road to Smith Street. A parking area is being provided by cooperation of
the school authorities and the Village, Board immediately adjacent to the side-walk
on the north side of Smith Street from Washington Avenue to Bayview Av.
. The month of July saw 14 permits granted for the construction-of new
buildings in Freeport at a cost of $289.500. In addition, 15 permits were is-sued
by'the Building Department for additions and alterations to existingbuild
ings at an estimated cost of $28, 000.Permits have been issued for the follow-ing
commercial buildings: No. 188 North Main Street-for retail sales of clo -
thing, cost of construction $60,000; 147-151 West MerricfcRoad-for offices ,
cost $100,000; 83 Hanse A venue-for manufacturing of plastic articles, cost-
$18, 000;. 401 -403 South Main Street-for manufacturing use, cost $54, 000.
The growing popularity of the Freeport Public Library has created a
demand for added space. This has resulted in the letting of a contract for an
accessory building for the storage of surplus books and equipment and also to
house the library^ newly acquired Bookmobile.. The Bookmobile will be a trav-eling
library, details of whose operation will be published later. The new ac-
cessory building will be of stucco construction and will be located immediately
north of the Memorial Library building.
- VILLAGE VETERAN
Chris Jarvis, a maintenance mechanic at the power plant, is the oldest
worker for the Village of Freeport, in point of service. He entered the employ
of the Village on August 15, 1909 and, with the exception of a brief interval, has
served during the intervening forty-three years. Chris's first job was as a fir e
man in the power plant in 1909, which was then operated by steam. At that time,
;he was one of four employees, and electricity was produced by the power sup -
plied by two engines which, with the dynamos attached, had a total capacity of
about 150 KW per hour. The power plant passed from vertical steam-operated
to horizontal boilers and later to its present type of operation, with oil-burning
diesel engines. Chris suffered an accident a few days ago, and, while tempor-arily
on leave of absence, is expected to return to work soon.
- KNOW YOUR HYDRANTS
All 840 of the hydrants in the Village have received a "spic and span"
coat of yellow paint -not only to protect them against the weather but also to in
dicate the available amount of water at each hydrant. This is for the conveni -
ence of the fire department, in making hose connections at fires.
So that you may know your hydrants, the red top indicates that the hy-drant
carries a 4'inch supply line, the yellow indicates a 6 inch supply line arid
the green top indicates a supply line of 8 inches or more. For visibility at the
night time, strips of luminous tape are being placed around the caps.
BIG ENGINE ARRIVES ' .
The new Baldwin -Lima -Hamilton diesel engine, "which is to supply the
Village with 3100 K. W. per hour of additional electricity, has come to town.
The arrival of the giant motor which weighs one-half million pounds, presented
an unusual problem in transportation. There are few pieces of automotive eq-uipment
of size capable of handling such a weighty piece of machinery. When
the apparatus was rolled from the freight yards down the Sunrise Highway to
the Power Plant, it attracted much attention. It has since been placed on its
concrete foundation and the remaineder of its installation is proceeding. The
engine-generator will be capable of carrying one-third of the average load of
electricity used in the Village. In the meantime, however, the use of electri-city
is increasing so rapidly that further additions are. in prospect.
HOUSE to HOUSE SELLING
In conformity with a Village Ordinance, all persons who sell merchan-dise
.by going from house to house must be licensed. This ordinance was en-acted
for the protection of our citizens and house-holders should ask to seethe
credentials and licenses of all persons whom they do not know personally. In
case of doubt,or upon failure of the person selling merchandise to show hisli-.
cense, make an immediate report to Police Headquarters so that a check - up
may be made. - -
The Nassau County Harbor Patrol operates motor craft to seethatthe
laws affecting the use of waterways be observed. Motorboats privately opera
ted may not proceed on any waterway within the limits of the Village of Free-port,
in the excess of 4 miles per hour and the rate must be slower whenever
a dangerous wash is created. Another regulation is enforcement of the ordin -
ance prohibiting throwing or dumping of any type garbage or refuse into water.
Bulletin issued monthly in the
interest of residents of the
Village of Freeport
ROBERT L. DOXSEE, Mayor
Leonard D. B. Smith
Seward J. Baker
For information concerning Village
facilities, residents are invited to-phone
the Village Clerk -
E.T.CHESHIRE - FReeport 8-4000.
Board of Trustees -2nd Monday
Board of Appeals -3rd Wednesday
Sewer Commission-On Call
Planning Board -On Call
Plumbing Board - 3rd Monday
Civil Defense -Last Thursday
Water -One of Nature's greatest gifts.
Men have died for want of it, fought and died to acquire it.
Long Island is blessed with water at its best.
Filtered by. Nature and in ample quantity.
Ample will be the supply, just as long as we use it with discretion.
"Waste not - want not. "
The Village Water Department has kept pace with the ever increasing
growth of the community and times. The cost of operation has increased from
100%to 200% over the past twenty years, which presents a real challange to the
Department's operation, as the present water rates were established in 1927.
It appears inevitable th at a slight increase will be mandatory in the near future.
The conservation of water will not only protect the supply, but will help to keep
down the cost of operation. •
FIRE DEPARTMENT NOTES
In conjunction with the other departments, at -the South Shore Volun-teer
Firemen's Association Parade and Tournament held inOceanside recently,
the Freeport Fire Department under Chief John Marra, won four prizes. The
Freeport Department was judged to be the best in appearance,had the best ap-pearance
of band,the best appearing apparatus and had the second largestnum
ber of men in the line.
All Freeporters who happen to be in Hicksville on Labor day, Sept. 1,-
will see the firefighters in line at the. parade there. The department will al-so
appear at the Mardi Gras Parade in Rockaway Park on Sept. 6.
There will be an exhibit of fire equipment by the Freeport Bank, Mea-dowbrook
National Bank and the Freeport Memorial Library, during Fire Pre -
vention Week-October 5 through October 12. The exhibits will be under the di-rection
of-First Deputy Chief, Franklin Grempel.
The new firehouse for Hose Company #5, at Leonard Avenue and Star
Place, is beginning to take shape and it is expected that by the end of the year,
it will be ready for use. This Firehouse will be an attractive structure faced
with red brick. ..- : -
PROCESSING ELECTRIC LIGHT BILLS
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