Manorhaven adds motorcycle parking

Stephen Romano

The Manorhaven Board of Trustees voted Thursday to add two motorcycle parking spots to the village on Juniper Road and Firwood Road.

The first spot is adjacent to 35 Juniper Road and the second is between 56A and 58 Firwood road. The board unanimously approved both spots at July’s meeting.

Mayor Jim Avena said that the spots are being designated for motorcycle parking because they are too small for cars. He added that cars were parking in the spaces and blocking residents’ driveways, and that instead of eliminating the spaces, the village decided to accommodate motorcycle riders.

The penalty for illegally parking in the spots will follow the existing village parking violations, said Steve Leventhal, the village attorney. The first fine is $50 and if it’s not paid within 30 days, it will increase to $100 and continue to increase incrementally every 30 days, he added. Signs will be placed to indicate the motorcycle spots.

This issue was discussed in the past, but a law was never enacted. 

A resident complained about a car  parked in one of the spots, but a ticket couldn’t be issued because a law didn’t exist, Avena said.

The village also voted to add two stop signs on both sides of the intersection of Cambridge Avenue and Cottonwood Road.

“Both Trustee Ken Kraft and I feel strongly about adding these signs to improve safety,” Avena said.

Trustee Rita Di Lucia said that the intersection has become increasingly dangerous, especially on weekends when people are trying to leave the village quicker and avoid traffic.

“People are cutting down Cottonwood Road to get out of town and blowing through stop signs,” Di Lucia said. “It’s dangerous.”

Trustee John Popeleski also addressed the meeting, announcing the village’s participation in the Port Washington Water District’s plan to educate residents on conserving water. 

Popeleski represented the village at the water district’s news conference on July 21 where politicians came together to discuss cutting back on the district’s water use by 15 percent.

The board voted unanimously to support the water district and to “hopefully prevent a major problem in the future,” according to Avena.

Avena said that with the help of the village code enforcer, the village would follow the district’s plan and continue to enforce Nassau County watering ordinances.  

By Stephen Romano

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