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12/14/16 12:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board decided Tuesday to set up a new committee to vet clean water projects.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board decided Tuesday to set up a new committee to vet clean water projects.

Ticks and water quality were on the Town Board’s Tuesday work session agenda.

The board heard a report from Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on efforts to calculate the number of ticks on the Island and strategies in 2017 to reduce their population (see  previous story).

With the passage in November of a law allowing the town to take up to 20 percent per year from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for clean water projects, the board agreed to set up a new committee to identify and vet the projects.
Until the election, the CPF was used solely for purchasing, preserving and maintaining open space through a real estate transfer tax. (more…)

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11/30/16 12:32pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Resident Larry Adler warned the Town Board it will face costly lawsuits if it persists in limiting short-term rentals.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
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…)

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11/29/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay is calling for a radical shake up of the governing body.

COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay is calling for a radical shake up of the governing body.

A Suffolk County legislator is calling on county officials to let the public vote on reducing the size of the legislature, a proposal that has received mixed reaction from East End officials. (more…)

11/11/16 12:36pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The practicalities of repaving the Island's roads is a subject the Town Board is debating.

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…)