Town News – Autumn 2013
We are slowly moving out of Summer and toward the elections in November. Several local elections are scheduled—don’t forget to vote.
The LIPA conduit project that extended through the high season is still underway. 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 were put out of commission by Hurricane Sandy, and LIPA has been drilling a new state-of-the-art conduit under the bay to Southold to ensure adequate electric power for years to come. The tunnel was drilled but the pipe failed to go all the way through and efforts are continuing.
The efforts to control deer and ticks on Shelter Island is an on-going effort. This year eighteen 4-Posters, plus four more on Mashomack, were deployed, but this may need to be increased to effectively control the ticks. The efficacy must be weighed against the cost, as stocking the 4-Posters will tickicide and corn on a regular basis is expensive. The Deer & Tick Foundation has donated $8,000 to the Town to continue the program. The Town is also working with the DEC to expand the deer hunting season to reduce the numbers. Since deer are a host to ticks, as well as causing damage to vehicles and plantings, this is in the public’s advantage.
The Town Board enacted a moratorium to delay implementation of the ban on irrigation systems adopted 10 years ago which would have gone into effect September 1. The new date is May 1. The Town has appointed an Irrigation Committee containing a cross-section of views and is hiring an independent consultant to further study the issue and make recommendations to the Town Board this winter. In addition, in July the Town Board adopted a law regulating lighting.
Town budget season is upon us. Please check Channel 22 and the newspaper to stay on top of the development of what looks to be a very challenging 2014 budget.
The Highway Department has been busy with many projects.
- The Town Board has invested in a new street sweeper that is much more efficient and cost-effective than the prior one. You’ll probably see it passing by your house one day, keeping the roads clean and neat.
- The Ram Island Causeway project is complete except for the grass planting.
- The end of Reel Point was dredged and the spoil will be used to replenish some of the land washed away by Hurricane Sandy last year.
- The Silver Beach Salt Pond drainage project on East Brander Parkway is in its final stages of completion.
- Repairs from Hurricane Sandy continue. Erosion at the town landing on Brander Parkway has been completed and the fire ramp on South Silver Beach Road has been restored to its pre-storm condition. Shell Beach restoration is continuing and the Dawn Lane bulkhead is being addressed to buy some more time until it can be replaced.
- In an effort to maintain and extend the life of our roads, crack sealing is being done and lines on the roads are being re-painted.
- An MS-4 drainage project at Shelter Island Country Club (Goat Hill) will start in October in an effort to collect surface runoff before it enters Chase Creek.
- Vegetation along sides of the roads will become the focus for the remainder of the year. There should be about 10’ of grass between your vegetation and the pavement--if not, the vegetation is subject being removed. The formula for planting along the roadway is to dig the hole ½ the mature width plus 10’. If you have any questions about where to plant trees and shrubs along the road please contact the highway department before putting shovel to ground.
- The Taylors Island restoration project is approaching completion.
- A solar array project is being explored where the Town will lease land at the recycling center cap area in exchange for cash and coverage for the recycling machinery and highway equipment. The trees at the recycling center will soon be planted out as street trees.
The Recycling Center continues to be a busy place. Top soil is being screened and the composting area is being readied for this year’s leaf season. The paper shredder will be at the recycling center on October 12th form 9 am-1pm. Please bring your sensitive documents for safe and secure disposal. The STOP day to collect hazardous materials (paints, pesticides, etc.) continues to be every first Saturday of the month.
Keep an eye on the newspaper for weekly reports on Town news and on this webpage for quarterly updates.