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07/20/16 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.

The Town Board’s business was once again consumed by the issue of airbnbs —unregulated short term rentals booked on the Internet — at the regular Town Board meeting Friday, July 15 and at Tuesday’s work session.

The proliferation of the unregulated rentals has sparked outrage from some residents, who complain about Island residences turned into so-called “party houses” nearly every weekend with drunken and loutish behavior disturbing the peace and changing the character of their neighborhoods. (more…)

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06/20/16 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO They served side by side in the Building Department for years. Brother and sister Bill Banks and Mary Wilson shared a moment of cake-cutting at their retirement party last Friday at Town Hall.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO They served side by side in the Building Department for years. Brother and sister Bill Banks and Mary Wilson shared a moment of cake-cutting at their retirement party last Friday at Town Hall.

Shelter Island Town Hall staff held a festive retirement party for Building Inspector Bill Banks and Building Permits Coordinator Mary Wilson on Friday. (more…)

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02/25/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board at Tuesday's work session. From left, Town Attorney Laury Dowd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session. From left, Town Attorney Laury Dowd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.

The Town Board discussed a question that parsed language and took a look back into history at its Tuesday work session.

The issue was defining differences between a private road and a right-of-way. Building Permits Coordinator Mary Wilson described it as being “in the realm of nothing is simple.” (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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01/30/14 1:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO |  The ZBA approved a special permit to renovate this house at 54G West Neck Road.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
The ZBA approved a special permit to renovate this house at 54G West Neck Road.

As expected, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night approved a special permit for Andreas Hommert to renovate a house at 54G West Neck Road, but turned down a request to locate an air conditioning unit and generator in a lean-to attached to the back of the house. (more…)