At a work session Tuesday, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell unveiled a tentative budget for 2019 of $47.3 million.
The proposed spending plan calls for a 3.7 percent increase in spending and a 2.3 percent tax increase. For homeowners with an average assessment of $6,000, that means an increase of $45 per year, the supervisor said. READ
Southold Town fire districts will hold public hearings Tuesday, Oct. 16, for their 2019 proposed budgets.
Fire districts are the taxed entities that fund local fire departments. They are run mostly by volunteers but receive tax money to maintain facilities, purchase equipment and pay certain employees.
Following are the budget proposals for each district, and the hearing times and locations. READ
When Southold Town switched to single-stream recycling in 2014, the benefits outlined were multi-fold: A projected increase of 20 percent in recycling, decreased costs on the overall cost of garbage disposal and added convenience for residents.
Four years later, while recycling has increased, according to solid waste coordinator Jim Bunchuck, unintended consequences and changes in the global market may force Southold Town to reconsider how it approaches recycling. READ
Looking out into the distance during the overnight hours from the 68-foot yacht Prospector is to see nothing but black. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is no ambient light. Just darkness — until a brilliant bolt of lightning brightens the sky for miles. (more…)
A Greenport business owner called police last Monday around 10:08 a.m., after he noticed damage to the door handle of his store, police said. It appeared that an unknown person pried the door handle in attempt to gain access to the store, but did not gain entry, the report states. READ
A bill passed by the Senate Tuesday will require the Federal Aviation Administration to reassess the unpopular North Shore Helicopter Route. READ
Listings prepared for Times Review Media Group by Suffolk Research Service, dated Aug. 6-12, 2018.
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Southold Town passed a $290,000 bond for the increase and improvement of facilities of the Fishers Island Ferry District last Tuesday night.
The bond will cover replacement engines on the MV Munnatawket estimated to cost a maximum of $150,000. The Silver Eel Channel will also be dredged for a maximum cost of $140,000. READ
The Greenport Village Board drew another big crowd on the topic of regulating short-term rentals during a two-hour public hearing last Thursday. (more…)
Government liaison officer Denis Noncarrow told board members during Tuesday’s work session that he’s preparing to apply for 2019 Community Development Block Grants on behalf of the town.
He said he’s currently waiting for 2018 funds, amounting to $130,000, to be released to the town. Those funds will be used to repave the parking lot at the Southold Town Recreation Center and install new doors on the south side of the community center that comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. READ