by John Nugent
The Mineola Board of Trustees unanimously approved contracts for work on 1,4-Dioxane, PFOA and PFOS treatment at Water Well No. 4 at its meeting on Wednesday.
A general construction contract in the amount of $2,577,800 was awarded to Metro Group of Long Island. L.E.B. Electric, Ltd. was selected to perform electrical work with a winning bid of $1,376,000.
Funding will be provided from several sources including the #4 municipal bond, WIIA grant funding, the 2022-23 water fund budget, and the water fund unreserved fund balance.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, a resident expressed concern about the many empty stores that continue to blight the downtown area of the village.
Mayor Paul Pereira responded that the board shares that concern and is focused on finding new ways to attract new businesses to the area.
Pereira said he has been actively recruiting businesses to consider establishing a presence in Mineola.
Also, the mayor said there are multi-million dollar grants available to foster the growth of new business ventures. “NY Forward” and “Restore New York” are two of these being explored by the board.
A presentation by the village’s urban planner will be made at the board meeting on September 21 to address this issue.
The mayor announced that there will be a “Remembrance Ceremony” at Memorial Park at 8:30 am on Sept. 11 to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.
Pereira asked everyone to remember the words, “Never Forget.”