Westmoreland Association, Inc.
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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
November 16, 201

Officers Present
President – Walter Mugdan
Treasurer – Gary Savage
Secretary – Charles Manna

Board Members Present
Robert Timmerman
Phil Toscano

Officials Present
Amad Mazaar from NYC Councilman Peter Vallone’s office

Old Business
President Walter Mugdan called the meeting to order at 8:05 P.M. A motion was made, seconded and unanimously adopted to waive reading of the minutes. (Mr. Mugdan noted that the minutes were available for review on the Westmoreland website.)

Gary Savage provided theTreasurer’s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $20,241.40 as of November 16, 2015. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.

Participatory Budget Meeting was held October 29, 2015 at the Little Neck Community Church. Delegates are being recruited for four committees:
1. Education and Youth
2. Parks and Recreation
3. Cultural and Community
4. Streets and Transit
Last year’s project for the Library did not get enough votes to be in the top five selections, but it was popular enough for Vallone’s office to support. The result is a planned community room expansion and the installation of a new HVAC system.

Vallone is calling for the Federal Aviation Administration to modify helicopter routes through northern Queens to stop annoying the residents. They would like to see the routes moved further north over the sound so that the noise would be minimized. A motion was made and passed in support of Vallone’s petition.

City Planning Commission, under the encouragement of our mayor, is proposing significant zoning changes that affect building in the R5 and higher category. It would allow an increase in building height. The local community board is against this proposition. It would increase density to an unacceptable level. It would also increase the number of cars that are competing for limited parking space. Vallone argues that the change undo’s years of effort to reduce FAR in the county. Besides, builders can apply for variances. There are already checks and balances to help to filter appropriate development. A motion was made and passed to express our opposition to this proposal.

New Business
There was a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Glenwood and 41st Drive. There is no Stop sign on the 41st Dr. sides of the intersection (only Glenwood). The accident involved a Mercedes and a School Bus. We are petitioning for a four-way stop there. In the past, DOT said, “No, not enough accidents.”

Commercial News:
Citibank finally got the necessary CO documents for the new building on the old Scobies lot. Hopefully, they will open soon.

Staples building – nothing yet

"Vape" (e-cigarettes) shop on Northern and 254 Street. Undesirable business; shoddy workmanship in the reconstruction.

There are now thirteen so-called Spas in the Little Neck/Douglaston stretch of Northern Blvd. Some residents would love to see surveillance cameras and warning signs posted along the way. One member will propose them at the next Participatory Budget meeting.

The schedule for the upcoming year’s meetings will be March 21, May 16, September 19 and November 21, 2016.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted

Charles Manna, Secretary


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