JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Housing Board Chairwoman Mary-Faith Westervelt.
Members of the Community Housing Board (CHB) have been doing their homework, identifying possible sites for affordable — or community — housing, although they haven’t targeted any specific site for possible development.
Member Abby Dress released statistics at the May 31 meeting at Town Hall she’d received from town assessors showing there are 2,447 residences on the Island. The average value of those single family houses on Shelter Island is $1.4 million, Ms. Dress said. The median value is $930,000. (more…)
TIM PURTELL PHOTO Connie and Keith Lustofin were the first Islanders to use the electric vehicle charging station next to police headquarters this week.
Good news for electric car owners — Shelter Island’s electric charging station next to police headquarters in the Center is up and running. (more…)
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Supervisor Jim Dougherty
In the wake of tests revealing Fresh Pond is unsafe for swimming, Supervisor Jim Dougherty said it’s time to seek expert opinions on solving the problem. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island’s new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, met with department chiefs Monday morning to listen to their ideas and provide an overview of what’s probable, possible and unlikely.
With a New York State-imposed tax cap for municipalities, finding funds for necessary projects and services has forced Shelter Island to up its game in securing government grants.
One strategy the Town Board has developed is to return to a method it employed in the past — hiring a professional to discover what money is available and bring it to the Island.
The board and town department chiefs met its new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, who operates Mesiano Consulting serving Long Island and the upstate capital region, at a public meeting Monday morning at Town Hall. In her presentation, Ms. Mesiano Higham gave them a realistic view of what they could expect and what would be unrealistic in meeting funding needs.
She said that most grants require municipalities to lay out money and await reimbursement. That’s a challenge for Shelter Island and one that will require careful balancing of which grants to pursue.