Fellow Village Resident's: As a group this neighborhood is taking a positive step in the right direction. They want to make a difference and are helping each other the old fashioned way. Results are already being seen. Think about what you and your neighbors would like to see happen in your area. We all have the ability to make a difference in our community in large and small ways.
CEDAR GROVE STREET-Beautification Initiative
Dear Mayor, Trustees, DPW, CDA:
The names below represent the homeowners whose properties either face or their side yard is adjacent to Cedar Grove Street, from North Ocean Avenue east to Maple Avenue. Outlined below are several concerns and requests we are introducing with the hope that we achieve results.
Five of the family’s have recently chosen Patchogue Village as their community and these new residents are making tremendous improvements to their properties. Your consideration of this matter is greatly appreciated.
#1 We are inquiring to see if there are beautification grant funds available to assist us in doing street border plantings along the street. Only three of the houses face the street and the rest are side yards. There continues to be a problem with litter and people walking their dogs and not cleaning up after them.
Our goal is to plant along the road and maintain it so that it looks like part of someone’s yard with the hope that it will be a deterrent to the offenders.
One neighbor is a Landscape Designer and has offered his expertise in proper plant selection for the areas. We have already begun the clean up and planting and have seen improvement with the garbage.
#2 Cigarette butts are one of the largest problems on the corners. We are requesting signs addressing littering, posted under the stop signs at the corners. Or maybe "Our Village is not Your Ash Tray"
#3 The block between North Ocean and Jayne Avenue is very dark. One night one of the residents had to interrupt a couple and ask them to move along.
We are requesting that an additional street light be installed on that stretch of the street as a deterrent. Also, an additional street light is needed closer to Maple Avenue end of Cedar Grove as well.
#4 Several of us have spoken to Mayor Pontieri and Trustee Keyes regarding the overall condition of our street and the set back dimensions. The pot holes are patched yearly, but it doesn’t seem to help, there are large ruts at each end and the crown of the road causes puddles in some areas where drains might be helpful as suggested by the Mayor. Several of the homes are considering doing driveways and aprons and are not sure what their property line is or how they seam the apron into the street properly. We have witnessed cars driving down the street and bottoming out due to the topography of the road.
#5 We are requesting that a “No Parking Sign” be installed at the corner of the fence of the property on the Southeast Corner of North Ocean and Cedar Grove St. There is a large rut in the side of the road from people parking. Parking that close to the corner also obstructs visibility.
#6 One of the family’s suggested that consideration be given to making the street a One Way block.
#7 We are requesting that a staff member of the DPW be assigned to our street to assist us in picking up the litter that is frequently deposited, by pedestrian traffic and thrown out of car windows.
#8 We would also like to have the Village arborist look at the 108” oak tree on the street and determine the age and would like to see if it could be registered by the Village on the National Tree Registry.
#9 We would also like the yellow sign outside of 111 Jayne Avenue replaced with one without graffiti along with the Stop Sign on the Corner of Jayne and Cedar Grove Street. War is scribbled under the Stop. Although, we all would like to stop war, we don’t need it written on our Stop signs. Several of the Stop signs and traffic signs are loosely placed in the holes as well, we would like them secured.
#10 Also, there is a problem in the neighborhood with a large dog, “Boxer”, it has terrorized the neighborhood, pinned people in their car, menaced a young mom as she picked up her son off the bus. She had to run into a neighbor's home. I was walking home one evening from a neighbor’s home and the dog came out of the bushes at me. I immediately ran back into the house and called code enforcement, only to be told that the dispatcher could not send the unarmed men out. My response was so you would rather see a child mauled? This dog has attacked other dogs in the area and animal control has been called a number of times. The address of the owner can be provided. The SCPD was called and they responded but we could not call animal control at 9pm.
Please see the attached page of names. I represent the Cedar Grove Street Beautification Initiative as the spokesperson to the Village, however if you would like to discuss this as a group we can make arrangements to accommodate you. Thank you for your interest in our suggestions and concerns. The signature page is not included in this email, but is on record.