BY JOE MARVILLI
This week’s Community Board 11 meeting took on a host of issues and made several announcements regarding the eastern Queens community.
The monthly meeting, which took place on Nov. 3 at MS 158 in Bayside, featured presentations by the transportation committee, the budget committee and Open Sewer Atlas NYC. Most items on the agenda went by smoothly.
Bernard Haber and Chris Petallides, co-chairs of the transportation committee, talked about a new public transit study and a street co-naming for CB11’s coverage area.
They mentioned that State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) secured $500,000 in funds for a Northeast Queens bus service study by the MTA. To rectify the agency’s service cuts from 2010, Avella said the MTA is reaching out to community boards, civic associations and residents to find out which areas are underserved. The completed study is due in Spring 2015.
Haber and Petallides also gave their report on co-naming Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway after the Matinecock Tribe. Several Native Americans belonging to this ethnic group were murdered in the 1800s. The cemetery where these members were buried was then destroyed in the 1930s to make way for Northern Boulevard. The committee approved the measure, with the full board also unanimously voting in favor of the co-naming.
The community board also approved its capital and expense budget for Fiscal Year 2016. After some discussion about the placement of certain items on the agenda, the full board approved the budget by a vote of 22 to 3.
Earlier in the meeting, CB11 listened to a presentation by Korin Tangtrakul and Josh Eichen about the Open Sewer Atlas NYC Project. The goal of the venture is to create transparency and clear up confusion surrounding the City’s sewer system, using publicly available data from the Dept. of Environmental Protection.
Collaborating with the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters Coalition, Open Sewer Atlas will map out and research the sewershed/watershed areas of Alley Creek, Jamaica Bay and Newtown Creek, along with two other bodies of water outside of Queens. For those who want to get involved or learn more, email email@example.com.
CB11 member and president of Queens Quiet Skies Janet McEneaney mentioned that the Port Authority will host a working meeting of the Aviation Community Roundtable on Nov. 20 at York College at 6:30 p.m. You can RSVP for the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @JoeMarvilli.