Southold Town plans to make it clear that a portion of Old Sound Avenue extending west from the intersection of Love Lane and Route 25 in Mattituck is one way only.
“There’s been a lot of concern with traffic still disobeying the one-way,” town engineer Jamie Richter said at Tuesday’s work session. Old Sound Avenue only becomes a two-way street at Westphalia Avenue. — READ
After four winter storms battered Southold beaches earlier this year, officials will find $10,000 in the town budget for restoration. — READ
Two deer grazing behind a Cutchogue home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
A decades-old law in Southold Town could soon be eliminated to ease the process for residents to obtain deer hunting permits following a recommendation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The proposed legislation before the Southold Town Board would eliminate a 1960s law that requires hunters to receive a special permit from the town clerk’s office in addition to a state-issued hunting permit.
Southold Town officials are looking into the feasibility of relocating the justice court to the community center on Peconic Lane.
The Town Board has had to turn its attention to the court in recent months to acknowledge safety concerns and a lawsuit that alleges Southold Town — along with several other East End municipalities — lacks adequate conference space where attorneys can meet privately with clients.
The Town Board is currently considering whether to build a new facility or reconfigure existing town buildings to create a safer, more efficient court.
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During its work session on Tuesday, Town Board members discussed holding court on its regular days — Monday and Friday mornings — in the community center as a temporary solution.
Southold Town Recreation Department director Ken Reeves said the space is mostly used at night and he believes scheduling court on Monday and Friday mornings won’t be an issue.
Councilman Jim Dinizo is expected to chair a committee tasked with finding out if the community center is a viable spot for the courthouse.
Southold Town is proposing a code change that would allow builders pay the town a fee rather than replace trees removed during construction.
The code currently requires builders plant a certain amount of trees on a property they are developing. The Planning Board determines the number of required new trees when a site plan is submitted, town officials explained this week. (more…)
A helicopter at East Hampton Airport (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)
The Town Board on Tuesday appointed eight people to its newly formed Southold Town Helicopter Noise Steering Committee. (more…)
A highway department truck turns onto Main Road in January. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Southold Town Board members have a packed agenda for Tuesday morning’s public work session. (more…)
Recycylable grocery bags. (file photo)
Should Southold Town ban local retailers from supplying plastic bags to customers?
That is the question the Town Board is discussing during a public forum scheduled for Thursday, July 17. (more…)
Hoping to complete a draft version of its 12-chapter Comprehensive Master Plan by 2016, the town is applying for a New York State grant to move the work along. (more…)
BETH YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Southold Town officials said the high usage at Strawberry Fields in Mattituck has hurt the athletic fields there.
Southold Town Board members may vote in a matter of weeks on a policy to restrict for-profit bike rides and footraces on town roads. A policy is being drafted that would ban all for-profit outdoor events and limit the number of participants in nonprofit bike rides to 600. Nonprofit footraces would not be subject to that cap.
Last month Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said these types of activities are doubling in size and straining the police department’s resources. The policy would not affect events that have already been approved by the town this year. Any proposed event would still require the board’s approval.
Chief Flatley’s comments prompted the board to revisit other private uses of public land, specifically at Strawberry Fields, which is deteriorating due to a high volume of usage.
“We just can’t host private businesses earning income off town property,” Town Supervisor Scott Russell said. He added that many residents are upset nonresident sports leagues are destroying the field.
Currently the town requires sports teams to provide proof of residency. Nonresident groups are charged $150 a day to use the field. In the future, they may be required to prove that 65 percent of their team members live in Southold Town.
The policy is being reviewed by the recreation department and will be taken up by the board at an upcoming meeting.