JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel, right, with Jennifer Beresky at the Town board budget hearings Thursday.
The Town Board Thursday morning appeared amenable to a larger than requested budget for the Deer & Tick Committee, while waiting word on whether a second successive $100,000 state grant will be forthcoming to offset the cost of deploying 4-poster units. (more…)
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Katherine Garrison at home on Shelter Island.
Katherine Garrison considers herself a southerner, even though many of the most important milestones of her life have taken place far north of the Mason-Dixon line.
This mother of five has seen all of her kids either already graduated from the Shelter Island School, or will be in short order. She’s been on the school board and now works at the Shelter Island Library.
But Katherine was born in Dothan, Alabama, about 12 miles from the Florida line, was raised and schooled in the South, and lived there happily until she moved to Shelter Island 11 years ago with her husband, Alan, and their children. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. smiled through his lengthy budget presentation Tuesday afternoon. He’ll be called back by the Town Board to make his case for substantial spending increases before the 2016 spending plan is solidified.
If you’ve been celebrating word from Supervisor Jim Dougherty that the town’s 2016 budget could come in at a 2.9 percent increase, don’t uncork the champagne yet.
That number was based on a budget proposal of $7.96 million in taxes, an increase of $221,116 needed in taxes to fund the current year’s spending. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Town Board met in a work session Tuesday.
At the Town Board’s Tuesday work session, the members returned to the question of penalizing property owners who break Building Department regulations, especially those who willfully build in restricted areas, such as protected wetlands.
The issue came to a head several weeks ago when it was discovered that Gary Baddeley had ordered construction on his South Ferry Road property without filing plans with the Building Department, and had built past a buffer into environmentally sensitive wetlands. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty, right, and candidate Art Williams, after speaking Tuesday to the Women’s Community Club at the Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall.
Incumbent Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty defended his record and candidate Art Williams attacked it.
There were no surprises at a meet-the-candidates luncheon Tuesday hosted by the Women’s Community Club at the Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. (more…)