Archive for July, 2010

Safety Notes on Opening Fire Hydrants

July 24, 2010

From the DEP:

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection would like to remind New Yorkers that opening fire hydrants without spray caps is illegal, wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure and put lives at risk if there is a fire. Children can also be at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can knock a child down, causing serious injury.

The unauthorized opening of New York City fire hydrants often spikes during heat waves. Firefighters need adequate water pressure to put out fires. Opening a hydrant without a spray cap lowers water pressure and can hinder firefighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps. The reduction of water pressure resulting from illegally opened hydrants can also cause problems at hospitals and other medical facilities. Opening a hydrant illegally can result in fines of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both. New Yorkers should call 311 to report open fire hydrants.

Hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap. One illegally opened hydrant generally releases more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute, while a hydrant with a spray cap releases 20 to 25 gallons per minute. Spray caps can be obtained by an adult 18 or over, free of charge, at local firehouses.

DEP manages the City’s water supply, providing more than 1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8 million in New York City. The in-city distribution network consists of 6,600 miles of tunnels and water mains, and includes approximately 109,000 fire hydrants throughout the five boroughs.

Contact: Farrell Sklerov (718) 595-6600

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Town Hall Meeting July 21st

July 16, 2010

Please note that the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be holding their monthly Town Hall meeting next Wednesday, July 21st, at 8 PM.

This month’s meeting will be held at the American Legion Post 118 at the corner of 91st Street and 89th Avenue (behind PS 60).

Come out and listen to what your neighbors have to say — and give us a piece of your mind too!

WRBA Town Hall Meeting – Guest Speaker SOP

July 9, 2010

This week, the WRBA reviewed their Guest Speaker SOP – written guidelines as to how we handle the order of selection of speakers at the WRBA meetings. We fully appreciate the time our representatives take to speak with us and by having written guidelines, there is less room for error – and less chance of the board accidentally offending any parties.

For this SOP, we have broken up the parties into the following groups which will also serve as a hierarchy:

(1) Elected Officials

(2) Representatives of Elected Officials

(3) Officially Declared Candidates for Public Office

(4) Members of Recognized Organizations

(5) Private Citizens

And within Categories (1) through (3) we will have a secondary hierarchy:

(a) Federal

(b) State

(c) City

(d) Borough

Item 1. Any person belonging to one of the above categories can request the opportunity to speak beforehand, via email or telephone. Also, at the sign-in desk, there will also be a separate Pad where people can sign in, asking for the opportunity to address our residents. Once the meeting has begun, the list will be delivered to the person running the meeting.

Item 2. All speakers will be asked to limit their remarks to around 5 minutes. We should discreetly keep track of the time and gently let them know when they have 1 minute left.

Item 3. After the speaker is finished, the Board Members should be given first chance to ask questions. Then it should be opened to the residents. The board members should always try to limit their questions to ensure that the residents get to speak.

Item 4. The Elected Officials are recognized and asked to speak first, in order of the hierarchy, as described in the note above. Next, the representatives of Elected Officials (in order of the hierarchy). Then, the Declared Candidates (in order of the hierarchy). This is followed by the Members of Recognized Organizations, and then Private Citizens.

Item 5. Should any persons that fall within Group 1, 2 or 3 show up late, and their turn has passed, they will be slotted into the very next available slot (i.e. they will speak next).

Item 6. Only persons from Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 — and invited guests — will address the residents from the front of the room. Private citizens shall address the residents from the audience.