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Preservation Board commits to maintenance of sites

JULIE LANE PHOTO The entrance on St. Mary’s Road to the the private property of Dee Clark Morehead, adjacent to a trail that has become overgrown and has no signage to identify it.

Maintenance is the name of the game for the Community Preservation Fund Advisory Committee, which agreed Monday morning  that it needs to establish a regular maintenance schedule for land it has acquired.

The issue came to a head at Monday’s meeting when Dee Clark Morehead, a St. Mary’s Road resident, pointed out that there is no signage and the entryway to the trail that starts on preserved property adjacent to her house is overgrown. Within the trail, there’s a need for regular mowing to take place so the area doesn’t become overgrown, she said.

Ms. Clark Morehead stressed she supports the creation of the hiking trail, but doesn’t want the liability of people on her property.

She asked that the maintenance of the entryway be cleared and posted so  those looking to hike the area are clear where they should park and enter.

Members agreed that this site and others purchased with Community Preservation Fund (CPF) money should  be put on a regular maintenance schedule with money allocated from its budget so trails that are opened and cleared stay that way.

Money for the CPF comes from a 2 percent tax that buyers pay when purchasing East End properties and is used in turn to purchase open space for preservation and  fund water protection programs.

Board member Joe Denny and the Shelter Island Trail Club have worked to open several sites around the town and  mark trails, but club members are volunteers and can’t be counted on to handle all regular maintenance.

He agreed to take on the development of a maintenance plan.

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