For the third consecutive summer, portable generators are being placed on Shelter Island while debate continues about how to address power issues there. They will be located at the Old Highway Barn site off South Ferry Road.
Fourteen large trucks carried the generators across Monday morning with the aid of North Ferry workers, who diverted traffic so that boats could accommodate one truck per trip.
Last week, the Shelter Island Town Board passed a resolution turning thumbs down on PSEG’s effort to build a substation on land adjacent to the Shelter Island Historical Society.
At the same time, Southold Supervisor Scott Russell has reiterated that he will take whatever action necessary to avoid a second attempt to run cables underwater to connect with a substation in Greenport.
Bortech, a subcontractor to the Long Island Power Authority, failed in its attempt at placing the cables two years ago, but the disruption to North Fork residents was so extensive the utility company had to pay to relocate a number of residents that summer.
The residents had only just recovered from damage to their houses caused by Superstorm Sandy when the LIPA/Bortech project began. They complained of noise, dirt, traffic diversions and other disruptions to their lives.