Town of Shelter Island
Shelter Island, New York
Recent News

Town News – Spring 2015
We are finally putting a tough winter behind us. The Highway Department has done a GREAT job of keeping the roads free and clear despite record low temperatures and frequent snowstorms. The highway workers have spent many dark, windy nights out at the plows while most of us are in bed listening to the wind howl. Many thanks for their efforts!
The Town Board passed the revised Irrigation Law. More info is available on this website at Basically, it requires all existing irrigation systems to obtain an annual permit prior to operation. The law requires an upgrade of equipment to modern technology and efficiency and requires that the system be certified by a licensed irrigation contractor. Systems with cisterns will be required to submit proof of filling with off-island water and legal grandfathered irrigation systems must supply a current chloride test level to ensure that the irrigation well is not salting the drinking water. Application forms, brochures and other information are posted on the town’s website. The building department is administering this law and the issuance of annual irrigation permits.
The Town of Shelter Island has been actively involved in limiting helicopter noise traveling to the Hamptons in the summer months. This involves meeting with federal and state legislators, attending meetings in East Hampton on the issue and disseminating information to affected parties. The Town banned helicopter take-offs and landings on Shelter Island some years ago—it should not have to endure the helicopter noise of other communities that have not been as foresighted.
The Town has joined the Code Red system, where important informational alerts can be sent directly to you via phone, text or email. You need to register with Code Red to be part of the program. Visit or the Shelter Island Police Department website to register.
The Suffolk County Health Department has been looking into updating the standards it uses for septic system design and sponsoring pilot programs. The Town has applied for funding to install an advanced septic system at Legion Hall, in the center of town, as a demonstration project for the community. Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is also being actively considered for a County pilot program for an advanced septic system to reduce nitrates.
The Green Options Committee has developed a map of town walkable spaces (at no cost to the taxpayers). The map can be picked up at Town Hall. You can check out some of the town’s beautiful open space properties and reap the benefits of Town and Community Preservation Fund purchases.
Keep an eye on the newspaper for weekly reports on Town news and on this webpage for quarterly updates.

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