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Reel Point

Reel Point

With November 10 the target date for Suffolk County to dredge the area around Reel Point that provides access to Coecles Harbor, Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. is awaiting word from Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) if the Army Corps of Engineers will move quickly to shore up the eastern side of the land mass that juts southward into Coecles Harbor.


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03/06/18 4:30pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO After the March 2 nor’easter, this view of Reel Point shows waves that have carved out extenisve sections, something Waterways Management Advisory Council Chairman John Needham called ‘alarming.’

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO After the March 2 nor’easter, this view of Reel Point shows waves that have carved out extenisve sections, something Waterways Management Advisory Council Chairman John Needham called ‘alarming.’

Severe erosion resulting from a series of nor’easters have wreaked havoc on Reel Point. Waterways Management Advisory Council (WMAC) Chairman John Needham termed the damage done by the most recent storms as “alarming.” (more…)

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08/05/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Who owns the bottom of the canal leading to Merkel Creek? That answer could decide the town’s role in future dredging.

Who owns the bottom of the canal leading to Merkel Creek? That answer could decide the town’s role in future dredging.

South Ferry Hills residents who live around Merkel Creek are likely to get the town to kick in $5,000  for dredging incidental to bulkhead work the members of the South Ferry Hills Homeowners Association are tackling.

But whether they’ll get support for future maintenance dredging by the town remains uncertain. (more…)

09/11/13 4:30pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | More help will soon be on the way to save Reel Point since Suffolk County signed off on further dredging of Coecles Harbor.

It may not be Christmas, but members of the Shelter Island Waterways Management Advisory Council might feel they’ve received a gift three months early from Suffolk County.

Dredging has been approved by the county for Coecles Harbor and Dickerson Creek.

While all necessary dredging is important, the work at Coecles Harbor has been critical to navigation for boaters going in and out of that body of water — so critical, in fact, that the Army Corps of Engineers undertook emergency dredging in late June and early July around Reel Point.

On September 5, Supervisor Jim Dougherty asked WMAC members to sign off on the two projects that require the town to give easements, rights-of-way and identify nearby surplus areas suitable for the dredge spoils.

Once the paper work is returned to the county, dates can be set for the work on both projects.

In other business, the WMAC will recommend approval to the Town Board of an application from South Ferry to construct 170-feet of new retaining wall with a 10-foot return on the north end; and providing 210-feet of 1- to 3-ton rock armoring at the offshore face of the wall. The area landward of the wall would be filled with about 400 cubic yards of clean trucked-in soil and re-graded and re-vegetated with native plantings. A deteriorated brick walkway and docking at the southeast side of the ferry service building would be replaced.

The WMAC also authorized Chairman John Needham to continue to work with marine contractor Josh Horton to clarify the application for rock revetment for Eva Gayer at 167 North Ram Island Drive. Members want to see the area for the work staked out and know more about elevations that would be created by the use of what Mr. Horton told Mr. Needham could be 500 to 600 cubic yards of fill for the project.

In other actions, the WMACagreed to recommend that the Town Board approve the following projects:

• Applications from 3 Bay Shore, LLC for removal of fixed dock sections and an existing access ramp and floating dock and associated anchor dolphins to make way for construction of a six 10-inch diameter anchor piling and installation of two 10-inch diameter tie-off pilings and construction of a 3-foot wide crossover dock stairway to the beach. They also approved a request for a Riparian mooring, but recommended some changes in placement from what was originally requested.

• An application from Anne Taranto of 99 Gardiners Bay Drive for construction of 120 feet of 2- to 4-ton profile rock revetment following the lower edge of the slope. The project would entail fill a void area landward with about 75 cubic yards of clean trucked-in fill and re-grading and re-vegetating the area with Cape American beach grass.

• A private mooring for Matthew Nizza of 6 Terry Drive.

• A private mooring for David Basile of 68 Tuthill Drive, but the Council is recommending that the mooring be placed to the southeast of the area originally requested.

• Bulkhead renovation for Michael Shepherd of 7 Chequit Avenue.

08/07/13 8:27am

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board met Tuesday in work session. From left, Town Attorney Laury Dowd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, and Councilmen Peter Reich and Ed Brown.

At Tuesday’s Town Board work session a resident wanted more information on a new inter-municipal organization the board is inclined to join.

“We don’t know very much about it,” Emory Breiner told the board. “And that’s the problem.”

One of his concerns was the possible loss of sovereignty if Shelter Island joins the other East End towns and villages, plus Brookhaven and county and state agencies, in an organization promoted by the Peconic Estuary Program. The PEP is a coordinating group of government, environmental advocates, academic institutions and businesses interested in surface water policies.

The idea is a committee will be formed and each municipality will have a representative. Dues are to be paid annually — with the participants having the option of terminating the agreement every year — that will go to hire a coordinator.

All towns will pay about $7,500 in annual dues, with the villages paying less and the county and state paying more.

The coordinator will track regulations and keep an eye out for grant opportunities. Since all parties share the Peconic estuary, by working together the individual entities will have more weight and influence, the PEP has said.

In briefly reviewing Tuesday a presentation given last week on the new group, the board seemed to agree it was worthwhile. “If we enlist, it’s only for one year,” Supervisor Jim Dougherty said, adding that the $7,500 tab isn’t restrictive.

“Nothing jumped out at me as to, ‘why not?” Councilman Paul Shepherd said.

But each participant in the new group having a vote concerned Mr. Breiner. “I don’t like the idea that other towns will have a say in Shelter Island projects,” he said.

Councilman Peter Reich gave an example of towns working on plans for new septic systems. “If we push the county for different septic systems, it’s going to be all five towns working with the county on it,” he said. “It’s better than one town trying to do it.”

Supervisor Dougherty said other towns couldn’t interfere with what Shelter Island decided to do.

“Does a grant come to Shelter Island or through the consortium?” Mr. Breiner asked.

“There’s no loss of home rule whatsoever,” Mr. Dougherty reiterated.

In other matters, Supervisor Dougherty reported that July cash receipts for the town were up substantially over July 2012. The town took in $130,750 last month as opposed to $103,00 a year ago.

Building permits were off almost $13,000 however, but garbage bag sales and land fill receipts, among others, more than made up the difference.

The board agreed to set a public hearing August 9 on its Watershed Management Plan, a comprehensive look at the Island’s surface water resources. By putting a plan on the record, grants and other sources of funding for remediation and capital projects will be easier to secure.

Town Attorney Laury Dowd said the pan is available at the Town Clerk’s office and she would upload the material to the town’s website.

Commissioner of Public Works Jay Card Jr. told the board that about 900 feet on the western side of Peconic Avenue has suffered a 7 to 8 foot loss of beach over the years. The town has been advised to seek a Hazard Mitigation Grant to fix the problem and there’s the possibility the Army Corps of Engineers might join in, resulting in little or no cost to the town.

Mr. Card also reported that the town’s agreement with Winters Brothers Waste Systems of East Hampton to haul the town’s solid waste was up December 31. It’s a two-year deal with a two-year option.

“In order to have a smooth transition it’s important to get it out to bid to have plenty of time for the next contractor to have everything ready to go by January 1,” Mr. Card said.