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Lido-Pt. Lookout Fire Dist. Seeks Public Input for Plan B

Officials to hold community forum Wednesday after residents rejected a $7.5 million bond proposal.

The Ye Olde Firehouse in Point Lookout. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
The Ye Olde Firehouse in Point Lookout. (Credit: Joe Kellard)

Officials and residents of the Lido-Point Lookout Fire District will discuss an alternate plan to upgrade the district’s facilities at a public meeting Wednesday.  

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Commissioner Chas Thompson said the purpose of the meeting — scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the district’s main firehouse, 102 Lido Blvd. in Point Lookout — is to gain input from the public after residents in July voted 758-260 to turn down a $7.5 million bond proposal to repair and expand two of the district’s three firehouses that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

“We would like to tell the public what we need; then we want to listen to them,” Thompson told Patch on Monday.

The original bond was the first the district had ever proposed and the residents had expressed that they wanted more input on the proposal, Thompson said.

The proposal also called for demolishing the district’s Ye Olde Firehouse, a 82-year-old building located across the street from the headquarters building in Point Lookout, in order to construct a 1,900-square-foot fire district and command center. It also called for adding a second floor for showers and other amenities for the volunteer firefighters at headquarters.

After the district takes input from the community at Wednesday’s meeting and considers it, officials will probably hold another public meeting in January or February, with the purpose of developing a new plan and bond proposal.

“Right now, there is no concrete plan B,” Thompson said.

Thompson indicated, though, that the district maintains it needs to create more space at its buildings, and must perform maintenance repairs and upgrades at headquarters and the Lido firehouse, which both need new generators, as well as upgrade the district’s computer and communications systems.

The Ye Olde firehouse no longer serves any firematic purpose for the district and is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Thompson said. The district plans to meet with an architect to see if the building can be repaired to create space for the chiefs and maintain a public meeting room.

“We’re also looking into the historical aspect of the building, if one is there,” Thompson said. “A lot of people in town have ties to that building: they were married there and held family celebrations there.”

“We’re trying to be sensitive to their needs,” he continued, “and see if we can do it at a reasonable cost that’s not going take away from what we need to do firematicly.”

Richard Zampella, president of the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce, who was critical of the original plan, told Newsday last month that the public meeting is a good step. Zampella said: "The Board of Fire Commissioners has decided to turn to the community on issues that affect the quality of life in Point Lookout.”
Lobster December 09, 2013 at 01:21 PM
There is a perfect place on Lido Blvd. right across from the Water Dept. facility to erect a new firehouse to service all of the barrier beach east of Maple Blvd. Plenty of room, easy to elevate. Most funding should come from Town of Hempstead considering a good portion of emergency calls are on Lido Blvd. and the Loop Parkway. The fire department does not just respond to residential properties, why should district home owners have to carry the full cost burden, no mater what the cost is.
Bill Bennett December 09, 2013 at 01:56 PM
The State owns the Loop Parkway ....
Lobster December 09, 2013 at 06:24 PM
So Bill, if the state owns the Loop, how come PLLFD responds to all the crashes on it. We do that for free to the state?
REALITY CHECK December 10, 2013 at 01:01 AM
All the suggestions you raise were considered and researched...they are not feasible...that was already addressed...the fire district doesnt have "millions" of dollars of property...the real numbers were already presented...the property on the water is of little value...again...already addressed...a tax increase is inevitable. ..facilities must be upgraded...a tax increase is the only way...
Bill Bennett December 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM
@ Lobster Yes Its done for free on the Loop. The County also responds and that's done for free too. All the parkways (state own) are done for free by the County and resident's of that area. From the South shore to the North shore / Queens line to Suffolk line.
Penquin December 10, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Based on the dialogue about the school property initiatives - it appear that the property at East School could become available.
Harbor December 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
You really do need the public to pay attention. Here in tiny Island Park all of a sudden the Fire Dept. bigwigs are driving around in four shiny new SUV's at $50k each. Is that necessary? I don't think so
jv December 10, 2013 at 04:35 PM
The first order of business is to oust the scumbags who tried to steal $600/year from you in new taxes with a $7million fireman's recreation room. Right after Sandy hit you with losses and new flood insurance bills. If you can't indict the scumbag, you should at least vote him and every other self serving thief out of office. It's your civic duty. These selfish pricks have destroyed your village. Send them the message.
REALITY CHECK December 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM
@jv 600/yr would be a bargain for what you get...however the REAL amount would have been about % 25 of that...but hey you guys are getting better...last time it was $1100 I think...a firemans rec room huh...didyou actually look at the plan...I doubt it...then you would see how wrong you are @jacket What set of facts will convince you? What part of its not worth millions dont you understand? Check it for yourself...you really believe if you ignore the facts enough they just go away? Ask the fire commissioners yourself? Why not attend their public meeting...what part of asked and answered dont you understand? Its easy for you guys and others like you to make outrageous unsubstantiated claims and watch the chaos and fear it causes while real progress and upgrades which are needed sit idling...knock it off and be productive members of your communities @harbor Maybe you should ask them...
Eddie December 11, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Shame on you for trying to take money from people at this time. You should be run out of town.
REALITY CHECK December 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Who? The fire commissioners? The only shame is that people believed the hype rather than the facts


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