01/26/15 2:23pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A fierce blizzard scheduled to hit the Island tonight,has resulted in more town closings.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A fierce blizzard scheduled to hit the Island tonight,has resulted in more town closings.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty has just announced that Town Hall will be closed tomororw, January 27, including the weekly Town Board work session.

Essential town services, such as the police and highway departments will be operational through the blizzard, Mr. Dougherty said.

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01/21/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board at its Tuesday work session discussed test well levels, FEMA grants and residency requirements for town employees.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board at its Tuesday work session discussed test well levels, FEMA grants and residency requirements for town employees.

What a difference a week makes.

At the January 14 Town Board work session, Supervisor Jim Dougherty reported what he termed “encouraging” news for December’s test well levels. All 13 well’s water levels were up.

But Tuesday Mr. Dougherty gave a polar opposite report for mid-January levels. Eleven wells were down, with the Dering Harbor Village well at its lowest level since testing began seven years ago. The Rocky Point Avenue, Big Ram and Little Ram wells are 20 percent below their January averages. (more…)

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01/20/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Town Engineer John Cronin says the need for information from well testing is critical.

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Town Engineer John Cronin says the need for information from well testing is critical.

Students, staff and teachers at the Shelter Island School in the 1980s will remember informative signs that the water was unsafe for drinking. When an addition was put on the school in 1992, one of the requirements for construction was that the school’s well had to be relocated. (more…)

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01/14/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO John Hallman at the October 2014 hearing on the draft irrigation law. Mr. Hallman warned the Town Board it would be creating problems if it endorsed the proposal.

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John Hallman at the October 2014 hearing on the draft irrigation law. Mr. Hallman warned the Town Board it would be creating problems if it endorsed the proposal.

Ten years.

That’s how long town officials had between the time an irrigation code on inground sprinkler systems was adopted in 2003 and the September 1, 2013, deadline when homeowners would have to stop using them. (more…)

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01/14/15 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Shelter Island Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Ed Brown. Councilman Peter Reich was absent. Councilman

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Shelter Island Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Ed Brown. Councilman Peter Reich was absent.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty said essential financial and environmental figures are favoring Shelter Island. (more…)