02/01/19 4:30pm

At a recent Town Board meeting, a draft of Shelter Island’s Mission Statement was discussed, and since the goals of clean water, responsible growth, maintenance and safety are hard to argue with, the board soon reached what Supervisor Gary Gerth called “a Kumbaya moment.”

A mission is something you intend to do, and a good mission statement guides the enterprise like a border collie bringing an unruly flock of sheep home. Many organizations have them, and too often they are a vaguely worded, forgettable series of sentences, written by committee, and subsequently forgotten. (more…)

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07/19/18 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Vincent Novak asking the Town Board Tuesday to discuss his proposal to sell his property to the town in public rather than private.

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Vincent Novak asking the Town Board Tuesday to discuss his proposal to sell his property to the town in public rather than private.

The Town Board changed the lead item on its Tuesday work session agenda concerning a land preservation proposal two hours before the one o’clock meeting. The board moved the discussion from a public airing of the matter to an executive, or private, session. (more…)

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07/13/18 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO The view from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.

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The view from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.

The Town Board could reverse a decision recommended by the Community Preservation Fund Advisory Board (CPF) not to purchase property on Fresh Pond. (more…)

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07/11/18 11:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO View from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.

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View from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.

The Town Board could reverse a decision recommended by the Community Preservation Fund Advisory Board (CPF) not to purchase property on Fresh Pond.

The CPF Advisory Board turned down an offer to buy the site owned by Vincent Novak at 48 Lake Drive because there is a house on the property and custom has dictated that land purchased with CPF money should be vacant. (more…)

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06/05/18 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Housing Board Chairwoman Mary-Faith Westervelt.

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…)