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…)
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…)
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Residents Brian Sweeny (left) and Corky Diefendorf want a change in the town’s policy on moorings, but their fight may have only just begun.
Two Shelter Island residents called on the Waterways Management Advisory Council Monday night to request a change in town policy affecting moorings. But they’re unlikely to get any immediate satisfaction. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Town officials have been meeting to discuss a code change that would create a new, environmentally protected zone.
When the Water Advisory Committee meets later this month, members will weigh in on a proposal to create a new, so-called “fragile” zone, or areas that are environmentally sensitive. This new fragile zone would overlay some current areas already protected, known as the “Near Shore Overlay District.” (more…)