Town of Shelter Island
Shelter Island, New York
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Town News – Spring 2016


With one exception, the winter wasn’t bad and the town didn’t have to spend too much to keep the roads clear of snow.


When thoughts turn to Spring, the Town’s 4-Poster Tick control program commences. The units are in place and the town has consolidated the job of controlling ticks, deer and domestic pets into one position called Animal Control Officer. Winter is the season for harvesting deer, and there was a substantial harvest this past winter. The reduced population results in fewer deer-vehicle collisions and damage to forest undergrowth and landscaping.


The Town has hired the USGS to do some testing throughout Shelter Island of both water quantity and water quality, to provide a baseline for future decisions. They will commence the project this Spring under the oversight of the Water Advisory Committee. At the same time, Town officials are monitoring the development of the Long Island Nitrogen Plan to ensure that the concerns of Shelter Island are treated fairly and that the focus is not entirely on the west end of Long Island.


State legislation now provides that up to 20% of Community Preservation Fund receipts can be used for water quality improvement projects, subject to approval of the voters in a permissive referendum. Each East End town is approaching it differently, but Shelter Island hopes to have a plan ready for the voters in time for the November 2016 election.


Efforts are underway to keep garbage cans off the road. The Town is working with garbage carters to allow only house-side pickup, which was traditionally the system on Shelter Island. When cans are left at the curb-side they can very smelly, or be knocked over by animals and the wind and distribute garbage throughout the neighborhood.


Keep an eye on the newspaper for weekly reports on Town news and on this webpage for quarterly updates.


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