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07/21/14 8:00am

 

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO |Peggy and Walter Johnson in front of their house. Behind their property, beyond the trees, PSEG has proposed building an electrical substation.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO |Peggy and Walter Johnson in front of their house. Behind their property, beyond the trees, PSEG has proposed building an electrical substation.

Peggy and Walter Johnson first walked up the narrow lane 30 years ago and knew immediately that near the top of a steep rise, they’d found their home.

The little road off Route 114 rises quickly once past the south side of the Haven’s House, built in 1743 and now the home of the Shelter Island Historical Society. Like many places on Shelter Island, when you walk or drive up to the Johnson’s house, you feel as if you’ve entered a hidden world. (more…)

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07/18/14 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Thom Milton has chaired the Irrigation Committee for the past 11 months.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Thom Milton has chaired the Irrigation Committee for the past 11 months.

This is the final installment of a three-part special report on water issues on Shelter Island.

What started as a trickle became a flood.

The initial charge to the town’s Irrigation Committee appeared simple enough in September 2013: investigate how many automatic irrigation (sprinkler) systems exist on the Island and what their impact is on the Island’s aquifer. It looked like a relatively straightforward task.

Wrong. (more…)

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07/18/14 10:11am

 

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Island residents and town officials at the perimeter of the PSEG Jamesport substation on a town-sponsored field trip to the site Thursday morning.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Island residents and town officials at the perimeter of the PSEG Jamesport substation on a town-sponsored field trip to the site Thursday morning.

The facility is in Jamesport, up a dirt road screened by trees from Sound Avenue.

A chain link fence topped by barbed wire defines the perimeter. The other side of the fence is a complex of huge, gray transformers and circuit breakers. Lights are placed on 30-foot high poles and there are several lighting rods, looking like whisks, placed around the facility. A red sign on the metal fence states: “Electrical Equipment Inside — Can Shock, Burn or Cause death.” (more…)

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07/17/14 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Town engineer John Cronin will be able to get an intern started on creating a database of existing cesspools and septic systems on Shelter Island using money from The Group for the East End.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
Town Engineer John Cronin will be able to get an intern started on creating a database of existing cesspools and septic systems on Shelter Island using money from The Group for the East End.

Town Engineer John Cronin won the day with enough Town Board members agreeing Tuesday to accept $4,000 from the Group for the East End to pay a student intern to collect records on existing septic systems and cesspools. (more…)

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07/16/14 10:08am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Irrigation Committee Chairman Thom Milton fielded questions from the Town Board Tuesday.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
Irrigation Committee Chairman Thom Milton fielded questions from the Town Board Tuesday.

If you have one of the town-permitted 109 irrigation (sprinkler) systems, you should be allowed to continue to use it.

That’s’ provided you agree to upgrade it and you may have to certify it, at least annually.

Although still sketchy, that’s the major recommendation from the Irrigation Committee gave to the Town Board Tuesday. The committee has spent almost a year gathering data and debating its recommendations. (more…)