A public hearing on Monday led to the approval of an application for a Williston Park resident to build a backyard pool.
The Cardone family, of 20 Charles St., met with the Board of Trustees before the regularly scheduled meeting for a discussion about the construction.
“The Cardones approached the buildings department regarding the installation of an above-ground, semi-in-ground pool in their yard,” village building inspector Kerry Collins said. “It meets all specific criteria in regards to installation of a pool and does not require any other hearing.”
The proposed pool will be 15 feet by 26 feet, he said.
“My biggest concern is safety issues, especially with young children,” Mayor Paul Ehrbar said.
Joseph Cardone, a father of two, assured the mayor that the pool would be safe and that he had already heeded the advice of Collins on an unrelated property adjustment.
“We installed springs on the gates to our fence,” Cardone said. Collins recommended that springs be installed to the gates of the Cardones’ six-foot fence for swifter closing. “That was a good suggestion, and now the gates close really fast.”
Sensors will also be installed in the pool to monitor when someone has entered the water.
“We’re members of the village pool as well,” Cardone said, “but we’d like to use our pool for family time.”
The Cardones will begin construction as soon as possible and look to open the pool sometime next summer.
In the regularly scheduled meeting, Trustee Billy Carr reported that Village Justice Kevin J. Kylie heard 123 cases in September and collected $10,407.76 in fines.
Seven residential building applications and nine residential plumbing permits were issued for the month, Collins said.
Collins also discussed the extent of home improvements in the village.
“You got a lot of people moving into your community, spending big dollars on their homes,” Collins said. “These extensions are up there between $200,000 and $400,000, and these people are here to stay.”
Trustee Michael Uttaro reported that the police aided in 26 cases for the month, including one burglary and nine larcenies. He urged the public to take steps to prevent crimes.
“Please make sure you lock your doors, don’t leave valuables in sight,” Uttaro said. “Your best line of defense is simply making sure your doors are locked.”
“The reality is they don’t break car windows,” Ehrbar said. “They just get the cars that are unlocked and it’s so simple to do.”