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ations of the R oad was made by William Wyer. Trustee of the Long Island Rail-road,
by designation of the Federal Court in the bankruptcy reorganized pro-ceedings.
Mr. Wyer outlined some of the railroad's financial difficulties. He
promised that new cars would be ready for use within the current year, to re-lieve
the strain on the present equipment.
POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT
Among the items of information furnished by the Police Department to
the Board of Trustees in its annual report, there were recorded 427 offenses
against law as compared to 388 in the previous year. One was criminal homi-cide;
8 were robberies; 6 assult; 75 burglaries (breaking or entering); 64 lar-cenies
(except auto theft) over $50., and 222 below $50., auto thefts 48. Of the
offenses 21 were unfounded or false, leaving a balance of 406 actually commit-ted,
of which 39 were cleared by arrests..
In the accident column 850 were reported as against 873 during the
previous year; 828 involved motor vehicles; 20 involved bicycles, and two in-volved
trains; 64% of the motor vehicle accidents involved out of town drivers,
and the balance were 36% Freeport drivers.
There were two accidental deaths reported, both as a result of falls;
deaths from other physical causes attended by police were 52 in number.
Damage to Village property included 3020 street lights; 398 to traffic
lights; 80 to fire lights, and 7 to police lights. Forty seven automobiles were
reported stolen in the Village during the year; all were returned to their own-ers
by the police. Forty two persons were reported missing during the year,
of which 41 were located and restored to their families.
In patrolling the streets, police motor vehicles covered 134,799 miles
at an approximate cost of slightly more than 3£ per mile for gas, oil, repairs
FREEPORT POLICE COURT REPORT
Police Justice, Hilbert R. Johnson, in this report for the year 1952 ,
reports that there were issued 2322 summonses on complaints served by the
Police Department personnel and 'John Doe's', of which 2092 were disposed of
within the year; 89 persons were arrested and the cases disposed of by Court.
There were 8661 parking meter violations; 241 violations of parking permit or-dinance
and 152 other parking offenses. There were fines collected for park-ing
violations in the amount of $8,141.00, and fines collected for other court
cases in the amount of $8,586.00; of these fines $13,765.00 were reported by
Justice Johnson, and $2,962.00 by Acting Police Justice Paul Kelly.
FIRE DEPARTMENT SUMMARY
Chief John Marra has compiled a report covering the activities of the
Freeport Fire Department during 1952. The report shows that 334 alarms were
turned in, of which 273 were by telephone, 60 from call boxes and one by radio.
The number of men called out totaled 11,821 and total loss by fire was $318,240.
Most fires occurred in November, and the fewest in January. Mondays and
Saturdays were the most dangerous days of the week,and the likeliest hours for
trouble to break out were from three to four o'clock in the afternoon. Care-lessly
dropped cigarettes and imperfectly insulated electrical equipment top
the list of causes that lead to fires. The Village Board formally expressed ap-preciation
for the conscientious work of the Department during the past year.
Vol. 2 - No. 3 March. 1953
VILLAGE ELECTION DETAILS
In conformity with the provisions of the Village Law, setting the third
Tuesday in March, annually, as the legal date, -the date of Freeport's village
election this year is March 17. A Mayor and two Trustees, to succeed Mayor
Doxsee and Trustees Baker and Glacken, will be elected.
Preparations begin each year for the village election, as early as Jan-uary,
when the Village Clerk procures from the County Board of Elections the
official registration books, containing the names of all eligible voters regis-tered
the previous Fall. All those on the lists are eligible to vote at the village
election without further formality. Those who are not registered may do so on
registration day, which by law is set ten days before the .election. The Village
Clerk also is furnished with the official list of election inspectors, whose posi-tions
require them to serve both on registration day and election day.
Voting machines, provided by the County, are installed and tested well
before election day. The County also supplies the routine furnishings and ma-terials
needed in taking and tallying the vote. Up-to-the-minute instructions
are supplied to chairman of each election district the day before election day
and registration day, for the information and guidance of election workers.
In the meantime, representatives of parties or groups who wish to pre-sent
candidates, circulate nominating petitions for required signatures. Such
petitions must be filed with the Village Clerk fourteen days prior to election.
After their receipt, the Clerk is required to publish a legal notice setting forth
the names of all duly designated candidates. He also notifies each candidate of
the provision of lav/ which requires him, within twenty days after election, to
file an itemized statement of his campaign expenditures.
After election, the Board of Trustees is required to convene, to re -
ceive from the Village Clerk a tabulated return of the vote, given to him by the
inspectors of election. The Board canvasses the returns and files in the office
of the Village Clerk a certificate of the results. All duly elected candidates
must qualify for office by filing affidavits of their eligibility, and by taking the
oath of office.
H OW The VILLAGE GROWS
Reports for the calendar year of 1952 show that new buildings erected
or planned for immediate construction in Freeport are 255 in number, and have
an estimated value of $2,908,033.00. More than two hundred applications were
filed for additions and alterations, valued at $546,175.00.
CHILDREN LIKE The BOOKMOBILE
The Freeport Memorial Library's handsome Bookmobile has been run-ning
on its regular schedule around the town more than two months, and Mrs .
Elizabeth Kelly, Librarian, announces that during that time nearly 2500 books
have been borrowed from its shelves. This mobile library is equipped to serve
the whole community but figures show that our young people have used it more
than the adults, having borrowed 2400 books, while their elders withdrew only
100. The new Bookmobile is well worth your inspection and every one should
make a point of visiting it at one of the neighborhood stops.
The addition of the Bookmobile was the answer to a need for increased
library, coverage of Freeport. More interest in the Library and library activi-ties
have correspondingly been stimulated. Those Freeporters who wish to
select books and other materials from the whole collection of 44,476 books ,
come to the Library on Merrick Road. Of this number of books, 4, 167 were
new books added during 1952. For those coming to the Library on MerrickRoad
to do reference work, there is now a trained Reference Librarian, ready to be
of assistance . Reference books, particularly some of use to business men, have
been added to the total book collection.
BOY SCOUT WEEK
The Boy Scouts, representing all the officials of the Village ,'took over1
village affairs onFebruary 9th, 1 953, under supervision of Scout Commissioner
Russell C. Appier. Charles W. Swiger, Jr. , a life scout member of Troop 18,
acted as 'Mayor', -with Thomas Connelly and Robert Shunk of Troop 18, John
Montiel of Troop 59, and Paul Dickey of Troop 313, as Trustees. Others who
participated were Russell Bates, Troop 36, as Village Clerk; James MacLaury
as Village Counsel; Philip Fox, Troop 36, as Judge; Scott Mackenzie, Troop 59
as Police Chief; Thomas Judge, Troop 36, as Comptroller; Michael Lano of
Troop 36, Village Treasurer; and Harold Varmus of Troop 59, as Fire Chief.
ZONING BOARD NEWS
Zoning Board of Appeals hearings are scheduled for the third Wednes -
day in each month. Applications will be accepted up to 4:00 P. M. on the sec-ond
Friday preceding said hearing.
At the January and February hearings of the Zoning Board of Appeals
the following applications were considered:
(1) Variance from section 9 A (4) and 12. 10 of Ordinance No. 10. 1 - to permit
increase in the area of the used car lot located at 291 West Sunrise Highway,
owned by George E. Sarant, Inc. . Application was denied.
(2) Variance from section 8 F, 8 G, and 8 G2 of Ordinance No. 10. 1 - to per-mit
the alteration of building at 406 Atlantic Avenue, owned by David Marks, for
residence use. Application was denied.
(3) Variance from section 9 G 1 of Ordinance No. 10. 1 - to permit erection of
building without the required setback and for use as auto laundry on property
located at 34 East Sunrise Highway, leased by Daniel Chorney.
Application was denied.
LONG ISLAND RAILROAD
The members of the Village Board headed by Mayor Doxsee, attended
a meeting held in the Baldwin High School on Monday, February 2nd, to parti-cipate
in a discussion concerning the future management and operation of the
Long Island Railroad. A brief talk was made by Mayor Doxsee outlining the de-sires
of the Village of Freeport for expeditious and reasonable service in co-operation
with other communities served by the Railroad. A report of the oper-
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FREEPORT VILLAGE OFFICE - When Freeport Was 14 Years Old
In 1906, fourteen years after its charter was granted, the Freeport
Village Office was located on the second floor of the building at #29 Railroad
Avenue, Freeport. At that time, the late Hiram R. Smith was Village Presi-dent
and Sylvester P. Shea was Village Clerk. The rent was $12.00 per month
including heat and light, and the lease -which is on file in the Municipal Build-ing
-provided for an extension of another year at a rental not to exceed $15.00
per month. The tall man in front of the first office of the First National Bank
(now the Meadowbrook National Bank) is C. Milton Foreman, and the shorter
man standing in the center doorway is the late Ernest S. Randall, who was the
Village President in 1916 and 1917.
WORDS OF PRAISE
Mrs. Frances E. Bates of 37 Miller Street, Merrick, N. Y. , recently
congratulated the Police Department, under the able leadership of Chief Elar,
on their efficiency, which she felt others in the County might very well emu-late.
Especial praise and appreciation was given to the P. B.C. Director for
the wonderful work he is doing for the youth of Freeport. Mrs. Bates said it
is regrettable that so many citizens take the Police Department for granted,
which fact prompted her to write to the Village Board.
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