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UPDATED: City Council Agenda for Jan. 21: Superblock Settlement, City Manager's Contract

Long Beach City Hall. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Long Beach City Hall. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

The following is the agenda for the Long Beach City Council meeting for Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1 W. Chester St. 

UPDATE: Tuesday's meeting has been postponed to Wednesday

1. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into an Agreement for Professional Services to Update and Increase the Current Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS) Ranking of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City Council wants to do everything possible to fight for lower flood insurance rates in Long Beach. Under the Community Rating System, communities that go beyond the minimum equired by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, can be recognized and rewarded by flood insurance premium reductions and adjustments. We currently enjoy a 10% insurance reduction because of the City’s efforts and we are trying to get to 20%. If we attain a 20% rating, the City of Long Beach will have the highest CRS rating on Long Island.

2. Resolution Authorizing Settlement of Claims Regarding the Property Known as the Superblock.

Legislative Memo: After 35 years of meetings, public hearings, planning and litigations, the City desires to settle all legal matters relating to the property known as the “Superblock” in order to move forward with potential development of the property.

3. Resolution Authorizing an Amendment to Ordinance No. 2078/13 and Ordinance No. 2079/13 in Order to Allow for Height Limits to be Permanently Raised for the Building of Residential Structures.

Legislative Memo: These Ordinances allowed for the raising of the height limit of new residential structures after Superstorm Sandy in order to comply with all FEMA and New York State Building Code requirements and it is the desire of the City Council to remove the time limitation of one year and make these amendments a permanent portion of the City’s Code.

PUBLIC HEARING: Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach Re: Water and Sewers.

4. Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach
Re: Water and Sewers.

Legislative Memo: This resolution is brought before the City Council seeking to amend the City’s Code in order to reduce infiltration and inflow into the sanitary sewer system, groundwater and waterways, by requiring inspection, testing, repair, replacement and ongoing maintenance of privately owned sewer laterals within the City. Inspection will only be necessary by the owner at the time of sale of a property or when renovation costs exceed fifty (50%) of the assessed value of the property. This amendment would be effective April 1, 2014.

5. Resolution Authorizing the Submission of a Home Rule Request to the Legislation of the State of New York Authorizing the City of Long Beach, Nassau County, New York, to Issue Serial Bonds to Finance Extraordinary Expenses Resulting from Superstorm Sandy and to Restore the Fiscal Balance of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City is submitting this Home Rule Request for the third time, as it needs to be resubmitted for the new calendar year. The purpose of this request is to allow the City to issue serial bonds to finance extraordinary expenses resulting from Superstorm Sandy during the last two months of 2012 and into 2013 which are not eligible for reimbursements from state and federal grants as well as the issuance of serial bonds to liquidate remaining accumulated deficits in City funds as of the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. This will provide tax relief from the third year of the inherited deficit surcharge.

6. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into an Agreement for the Removal, Furnishing and Installation of the Diesel and Gasoline Dispensers and Fuel Management System at the City’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility.

Legislative Memo: As a result of Superstorm Sandy, the City’s Vehicle Maintenance facility was completely flooded, severely damaging the diesel and gasoline dispensers and fuel management system. The fuel dispensers will be elevated to make them more resilient and in conformance with hazard mitigation protocol to insure future safety from flood waters. Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA.

7. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Amend the Current Agreement with LiRo Engineers to Close Out Phase One of the Boardwalk Project and Initiate Phase Two.

Legislative Memo: The City desires to amend our current agreement with LiRo Engineering in order to include engineering design services that are needed to complete the entire boardwalk and bathroom reconstruction. Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA.

8. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a Contract for the Furnishing and Installation of a Duplex Plunger Pump and In-Line Grinder at the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant Digester Building with the Lowest Responsible Bidder.

Legislative Memo: The duplex plunger pump has been in use since 1950 and has outlived its useful life. The installation of a new in-line grinder pump will eliminate potential damage to the new plunger pump when unsuitable items are flushed through the system. Money was budgeted and planned and is available in the City’s Capital Program.

9. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Amend the Current Agreement for the Rehabilitation of the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Roosevelt Boulevard Sewage Pump Station.

Legislative Memo: Due to the severity of the damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy, additional work is required. Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA.

10. Resolution Authorizing the City Council to Enter into a Contract Extension.

Legislative Memo: The City Council desires to extend the City Manager’s employment contract for an additional two year period.

11. Resolution Confirming the Appointment of a Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City Manager desires to renew this members' term which expired on December 31, 2013, for another three year term.

12. Resolution Confirming the Appointment of a Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City Manager desires to renew this members' term which expired on December 31, 2013, for another three year term.

13. Resolution Confirming the Appointment of a Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: After public postings for this position and numerous interviews held, the City Manager recommends the appointment of a new member to the ZBA.

14. Resolution Authorizing the Retention of Special Labor Counsel.

Legislative Memo: Said counsel shall represent the City in the area of Labor and employment law on any and all upcoming negotiations with the City’s unions.

15. Resolution Authorizing Publication of a Notice of Public Hearing of an

Application to Waive the Off-Street Parking Requirements for Premises: 8 West Park Avenue (street floor), Long Beach, New York.
Re: Ralph’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream Shop

16. Resolution Authorizing Publication of a Notice of Public Hearing of an Application to Waive the Off-Street Parking Requirements for Premises: 143 East Park Avenue (street floor), Long Beach, New York.
Re: Insurance/Tax Preparation Center


Island Girl January 21, 2014 at 07:14 AM
I hope the impending weather does not deter anyone from attending this important meeting.
Bill January 21, 2014 at 07:30 AM
meeting will/should be cancelled.
Eddie January 21, 2014 at 07:36 AM
While the health-benefits-for-life-after-five-years seems to be off the table, tonight's issues are still the most costly to ever face homeowners. Virtually every person selling a home will need to replace their sewer, basically a $8,000 - $15,000 tax. The Council is also seeking to borrow another $5,000,000, making our total debt about $115,000,000. When these clowns came into power our debt was less than $6,000,000. The 14-story Superblock will cast a shadow on the entire middle of town and bring 500 renters into Long Beach. There's also some shenanigans over the movie theatre -- perhaps another feed trough. Don't miss this meeting. They are banking on you not showing up.
Jessica January 21, 2014 at 07:41 AM
How about details of cm contract? How much is his parachute?
Me January 21, 2014 at 07:49 AM
You need to go and read the actual agenda that is on city website as a PDF apparently as part of item #2 the city is paying to repair the movie theatre on Park Ave? I have no idea why. I like the theatre but why is city going to pay for it?
Wise-T January 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Two towers. Fourteen stories each. More space. Hoo hah!
Penquin January 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM
None of this makes sense, though I know it is true... Try to envision the long shadows the 14 story buildings will cast. I don't understand why the city wants rental buildings. Every proposal seems designed to purposefully bankrupt the city.
Penquin January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Does anyone realize that the school open forum and the city council meetings were scheduled for the same date and time? That was done to reduce the number of residents who attend each meeting. They can deny it all they want. This should not be allowed.
Me January 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Hopefully snow will cause both to be postponed and rescheduled to seperates dates as this appears to have been done either by design or ignorance but these two issues should not be allowed to be explored at the same time since people should have opputunity to attend both
Publius January 21, 2014 at 01:54 PM
The variance for the superblock towers will be submitted to the zoning board of appeals on January 23. Residents should notify ZBA they oppose this huge building and huge proposed change in our zoning rules. From the ZBA Calendar: Case #2367: Application of Shore Road-Long Beach Superblock LLC of 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY for a variance from the following sections of the Zoning Code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach, NY: 9-105.14 (b) Height; 9-105.14 (i) Density for a new mixed residential/commercial development on the property bordered by East Broadway, Riverside Boulevard, the Ocean Beach Park and Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, NY also known as Section 59, Block 116, Lot 38 on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map.
Penquin January 21, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Don't let them reschedule these two meetings simultaneously. Write to city hall. Overwhelm them with e-mails. The "divide and conquer" approach is a cheap tactic and an insult to the residents of Long Beach. If it was a mistake (lol), then it was negligence when these two groups did not work together to resolve the scheduling conflict. We won a small battle as lifetime health benefits are off the table. That's a good start. Here's to more!
Dave Watts January 21, 2014 at 09:05 PM
"10. Resolution Authorizing the City Council to Enter into a Contract Extension. Legislative Memo: The City Council desires to extend the City Manager’s employment contract for an additional two year period."
Penquin January 21, 2014 at 09:20 PM
How does the City Mgr. position work. Is it usually by election? Still learning all this. Thanks
larry teague January 21, 2014 at 09:42 PM
say goodbye to your town. two 14 story rental towers???!! plenty of parking, right? great revenue for the city and the Dem leader. doing repairs for the movie theater (possible connected to the towers) which is a private entity. borrowing millions more and then setting the city up to borrow more when they settle the superblock lawsuits? is anybody paying attention here? there is no money coming in and gazillions going out. is this why the finance department is resigning en masse? two more years of this moron? when the taxes increases start coming, the sewer charge is going to be pennies in comparison. this town is F#&*^ED!!
Penquin January 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM
For what it is worth, I wrote to council and ZBA. I was curious how you knew this was a rental building. Where can I find that information. And I agree with everything you said. Thank you They will change name from Long Beach to Near Rockaway
Penquin January 22, 2014 at 02:17 AM
It would make sense that because they were re-elected, they would want to keep the same city manager. Jack got the crash course following the hurricane. We desperately need an audit. If these buildings are rental, it is likely that city folks would rent to have a summer place. Or maybe they would more of the airline business. I just feel that these buildings would be safer if they were a bit shorter. How quick we forget Sandy - rescuing folks and navigating them up & down 6 flights of stairs. Some folks left gas on without igniting pilot lights. Very scary. In the case of a blackout, flood, or fire, rescue efforts would become difficult. I don't believe our fire trucks could accommodate a 14 story building. Eddie had a good point about the effect of shadows and how it would change the landscape. I guess we have to wait and see. I may go to the meeting with I-Star and ask safety questions - and of course whether its rental/co-op or condo. I have expressed my concerns to the council and ZBA. And not to sound like a broken record - but 500 more people in town? We better get a full functioning hospital and look at the logistics of traffic, congestion, etc. Go to the meeting with I-Star this week. Thanks for the education - I learn a lot from you and Eddie. Have a great night - Lori
larry teague January 22, 2014 at 07:57 AM
imagine this--------1000 more cars going in and out of broadway during the summer. add "commercial" entities to this and what do you think? does zapson give a crap about anything except his own pocket? will anybody on this board ever say anything of substance for the residents? this is so poorly thought out that I am certain it will happen. it is similar to all of the disasters that this group has overseen
Penquin January 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM
1000 more cars - unbelievable - no hospital 500 more apartments. Well forget about selling my co-op. No one will be able to sell a co-op I will be trapped here forever. We are so congested now. I have to get out of here.
Eddie January 22, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Please go far away.
Eddie January 22, 2014 at 04:50 PM
@bob west. Hi Moe
Me January 23, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Posted this in another thread on same subject but isn't there a 20 Mill$ judgment against the city by the original owners that city took property from by eminent domain? Who is paying that? City gets 5.25 but still owes 20 is that how this is all supposed to work?

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