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03/28/16 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Councilman Paul Shepherd hopes for a wetter than usual summer to maintain well water levels.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Councilman Paul Shepherd hopes for a wetter than usual summer to maintain well water levels.

Water levels in 12 of the town’s 13 test wells are higher than they were in February, Water Advisory Committee member Greg Toner said, releasing the latest report from the United States Geological Survey. (more…)

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12/15/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Ken Pysher has been acting chairman of the Water Advisory Committee, but will be away for a couple of months this winter. As of Monday night, no member has come forward to take on his replacement.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Ken Pysher has been acting chairman of the Water Advisory Committee, but will be away for a couple of months this winter. As of Monday night, no member has come forward to take on his replacement.

Yes, Shelter Islanders, in 2016 you get to be your own Santa Clauses, having expressed your concerns about water quality to the Town Board and how you want your tax money spent.

The town will pay an anticipated $37,600 for testing, but will dig deeper to come up with another $5,800 since learning that a 20 percent discount for testing won’t be applied to the first year of a three-year testing program. (more…)

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10/08/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Highway Superintendent and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. smiled through his lengthy budget presentation Tuesday afternoon. He’ll be called back by the Town Board to make his case for substantial spending increases before the 2016 spending plan is solidified.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. smiled through his lengthy budget presentation Tuesday afternoon. He’ll be called back by the Town Board to make his case for substantial spending increases before the 2016 spending plan is solidified.

If you’ve been celebrating word from Supervisor Jim Dougherty that the town’s 2016 budget could come in at a 2.9 percent increase, don’t uncork the champagne yet.

That number was based on a budget proposal of $7.96 million in taxes, an increase of $221,116 needed in taxes to fund the current year’s spending. (more…)

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08/19/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Irene Fisher of the United States Geological Survey explained the proposal the Town Board is considering for testing of water quality on Shelter Island.

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Irene Fisher of the United States Geological Survey explained the proposal the Town Board is considering for testing of water quality on Shelter Island.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty is leaning in favor of allocating funds in the 2016 town budget to asses water quality in Island wells. (more…)