Westmoreland Association, Inc.
251-31 42nd Avenue, Little Neck, NY 11363 
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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association

November 17, 2008

The meeting was called to order at 8:05 P.M. by President Walter Mugdan. 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). Treasurer Gary Savage gave the Treasurer�s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $16,911.36 as of November 17, 2008. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer�s report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.

Old Business:
� Walter Mugdan wrote to the NYC Dept of Transportation requesting a left turn signal be added to the lights at the Northern Blvd & Marathon Parkway intersection. Currently, there is only a signal for cars that are turning onto Northern Blvd. There is a great need for green arrows to permit cars turning from Northern Blvd onto Marathon Parkway.
� Walter Mugdan wrote to the 111th Police Precinct reporting an apparently abandoned car with the Vermont plates. The car was finally towed away from the neighborhood (Morgan and 41st Drive).

New Business
A house at Morgan and 41st Drive is in violation of the covenants. It has erected a fence in the front yard near the curb. Fences must be placed at least 20 feet from the curb in the front of the house. A letter was sent reminding the occupants that the fence is in violation.

Neighbors are complaining about the rug store that is located on the corner of Westmoreland and Northern Blvd. It is displaying carpets on the side of the building and often the carpets and rugs interfere with pedestrian traffic. The President will inquire with Community Board 11 to see whether any official action can be requested.

There are parking violations at 255-16 41st Drive and 33-39 Glenwood. There are cars that are parked on the lawns.

Term Limits � some residents want the association to formally request Tony Avella to run for a third term as City Councilman. However, it is not the policy of our Association to endorse candidates. We only endorse ideas and positions. Those members who are in favor of such a move are encouraged to contact Tony Avella�s headquarters individually.

Walter Mugdan presented a slide show that illustrates the gains that have been made by those people and organizations that have worked to preserve and expand the parks and wetlands in the district. The PowerPoint slide show covered the Udalls Cove Park and Preserve, which includes Aurora Pond, a freshwater pond on the Back Road (Sandhill Road); a large, healthy tidal marsh adjacent to the open waters of the cove; and the Ravine � a steep, wooded segment that runs from Northern Boulevard to the LIRR. The projects carried out there included reforestation and restoration of the land. There is also an erosion control project that is being completed in Douglaston near the Douglaston Firehouse. The presentation also discussed the on-going challenge of eradicating or controlling invasive plant species.

Reminder � May 2, 2009 is the Annual Udalls Cove Preservation Committee Clean-up of Little Neck Bay.

Good News! The city has transferred money to the LIRR to begin the project at the Little Neck Railroad station which will install Quad Gates at the street-level crossing and reduce train whistle noise

The next meeting is March 16, 2009.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted

Charles Manna, Secretary


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