Town News – Winter 2013-2014
Snow is on its way and the Highway Department is prepping its plows and salt/sand to be ready to keep the roads open when it hits.
Sadly, the LIPA conduit project that occupied Crescent Beach this summer was a failure. LIPA attempted to bore a hold under the bay to Southold, but the line broke as it was being pulled through. Shelter Island is served by two electric conduits from the North Fork and one from the South Fork. One of the two North Fork conduits was put out of commission by Hurricane Sandy, so that any further line failure would significantly limit electric power to Shelter Island. With LIPA in the process of being transferred to PG&E, the project has been put on hold and its future is unknown.
The Town Board has been working on ways to increase the harvest of deer on Shelter Island in order to reduce the overpopulation and all the damage that comes with that. In addition, the Deer & Tick Committee has been revitalized and will be reviewing DEC hunting protocols in order to make a recommendation to the Town Board.
The Town’s Irrigation Committee has been meeting all Fall and into the Winter to assess the nature of Shelter Island’s water supply and the impacts of irrigation. A consultant has been hired to provide technical expertise, and there have been a number of updates submitted to the Town Board. Many of the Irrigation Committee meetings are being streamed on TownHallLive, which can be linked to on the front page of the Town’s website.
All Town property owners receiving a Basic STAR exemption are reminded that they must register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. You should have received a letter in the Fall—don’t forget to follow through with the instructions in that letter or your tax bill will jump!
EMS Director Joyce Bausman oversaw the transfer of the Town’s ambulance operation from the Red Cross to the Town. The transfer complete, she is retiring as of the end of 2013, and Deputy EMS Director Jack Thilberg will be assuming her role. This will ensure that the EMS department continues to run smoothly. In addition, long-time Town Historian Louise Green has resigned and the new Town Historian is Bill Clark III.
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