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While many town committees have volunteer members, two — the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals — pay members for their work.
It’s hard to crack down on the volunteers with excessive absences, but the Town Board may get tough on members of those two committees. (more…)
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Three high school students addressed the Town Board Tuesday. From left, Nicolette Frasco, Olivia Yeaman and Julia Labrozzi.
High school teacher Peter Miedema brought his senior class in government Tuesday to attend the Town Board’s work session. At the end of the meeting, when residents can address the board on any topic, three students, Julia Labrozzi, Olivia Yeaman and Nicolette Frasco eloquently explained their concerns that in the near future there’s the possibility there will be no place for them on the Island. (more…)
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Resident Larry Adler warned the Town Board it will face costly lawsuits if it persists in limiting short-term rentals.
After several months of discussions, Town Board members agreed at their work session Tuesday to streamline a comprehensive short-term rental proposal that will be the subject of a late January public hearing. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The practicalities of repaving the Island’s roads is a subject the Town Board is debating.
The Town Board has concluded the least stressful budget season in several years. The board scrutinized every line in Supervisor Jim Dougherty’s proposed budget and came up with a generally responsible spending plan for 2017.
But there are two areas — one that needs attention before the November 18 budget is solidified, and the second, which the supervisor promises will be addressed after the dust has settled on next year’s spending. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Councilman Paul Shepherd, shown here at an earlier work session, said Tuesday that he welcomed legislation on the issue of short-term rentals.
The Town Board at its Tuesday work session continued to move toward drafting legislation on short term-rentals to put before the public.
The board has been debating the topic for months since reports by residents complaining of weekend renters displaying boorish, drunken behavior with all-night parties at non-owner occupied premises. The debate has since changed — as Councilman Paul Shepherd said heatedly to two residents Tuesday who were advocating limited legislation on the issue — from quality of life concerns to the “commercialization of residential neighborhoods,” with reports of property owners using their homes solely for short-term rentals. (more…)