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07/15/15 1:37pm
07/15/2015 1:37 PM
The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mattituck Park District residents overwhelmingly approved a proposal to sell the Pike Street parking lot in Mattituck to Southold Town in a referendum last Tuesday.

The vote was 95 to 7 in favor of selling the land for $230,000.

The park district acquired the lot for $2,500 in 1948 pursuant to a special park district referendum, but the 1941 state legislation that created the district requires that it either develop a park on the .75-acre parcel “or divest itself of the parcel,” according to park district attorney David Prokop.

Since the land was never developed as a park, the district decided to sell it.

“We really had no business ever being in the parking lot business, so it’s very refreshing that the people of Mattituck allowed us to do the transfer,” said park district commissioner Jerry Goehringer, co-chair of the three-member commission.

The next step is for the town and the district to close the sale, he said.

The park district owns and manages several parks and beaches in Mattituck and Laurel.

Southold Town already authorized the sale and issued a $250,000 bond, which includes costs like title searches and surveys, and that bond was not challenged in a 30-day permissive referendum, according to town attorney Bill Duffy.

“We have received the contract,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said by email after the vote. “If everything goes well, we would hope to be able to close 30 to 45 days from the signing.”

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05/05/15 3:09pm
05/05/2015 3:09 PM
The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The park district says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Southold Town has set aside $250,000 to purchase the Pike Street parking lot from the Mattituck Park District, Supervisor Scott Russell said Tuesday.

The purchase would have to go to voters to approve through a referendum.

The park district has been hoping the town would purchase the parking lot since November, when the district discovered it shouldn’t be keeping the lot, citing a post World War II-era provision in its bylaws.

The 1948 referendum states that in order for the district to maintain ownership of the lot, it would need to develop a park around it. But that hasn’t happened in the nearly 70 years the district has owned the property and no plan is in place to do so in the future. (more…)

12/03/14 4:00pm
12/03/2014 4:00 PM
(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The recount results are in for the Mattituck Park District’s commissioner election, and the outcome is the same as it was originally, with longtime incumbent commissioner Gerard Goehringer defeating challenger Nick Deegan by a 215 to 214 vote margin.  (more…)

11/30/14 5:05pm
11/30/2014 5:05 PM
The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Here are Suffolk Times stories you might have missed over the past week. To make sure you stay on top of breaking North Fork news, follow @thesuffolktimes on Twitter.  (more…)

11/26/14 11:40am
11/26/2014 11:40 AM
The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In 1948, the Mattituck Park District, then seven years old, acquired the parking lot that runs south from Pike Street behind the post office on Love Lane.

Now, 66 years later, district officials say they need to sell that lot — and they’re are hoping Southold Town will be the buyer.

If so, it would continue to be used for public parking.  (more…)

11/21/14 1:20pm
11/21/2014 1:20 PM

The vote to fill a three-year term on the Mattituck Park District Commissioners isn’t over yet.

The unofficial result of Tuesday’s vote gave incumbent Gerald Goehringer 215 votes and challenger Nicholas Deegan 214 votes, according to district clerk Lydia Tortora.  (more…)