Village notes: Peaker plant, carnival, and Greenport named ‘Tree City’

03/24/2014 10:20 PM |

Greenport Village Hall

A proposal to build a peaker plant on Moore’s Lane next to the existing Hawkeye electric plant has been withdrawn, Mayor David Nyce said Monday.

The proposed power generating facility is known as a “peaker” plant because it would run only on diesel gas during peak hours.

Global Common first pitched the idea last month to the Village Board after Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) announced it was seeking sites designed to replace the use of old infrastructure at existing plants and improve transmission capabilities across Long Island.

Mr. Nyce said Global Common withdrew it’s application after the company wasn’t able to find a second site on the South Fork, which would be needed to produce enough power to met requirements outlined by PSEG, officials said.

Seaport Museum carnival approved

The East End Seaport Museum will be hosting its first-ever carnival in Greenport this summer.

The Village Board approved the non-profit’s request at Monday night’s meeting to use the Moore’s Lane Polo Grounds for a three-day carnival on Labor Day weekend.

The event will feature carnival games, rides, food and fireworks, museum chairman Ron Breuer said prior to the vote.

The museum is also planning to host a series of new events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its annual Maritime Festival this September, he said.

“We are gearing more events toward bringing young families to Greenport and the carnival is one of them,” Mr. Breuer said. “It is something we always thought about doing — it’s exciting and a different kind of atmosphere than the Maritime Festival.

The Seaport Museum is also organizing an art show, maritime yard sale and ghost tours at Bug Lighthouse, he added.

Village named a ‘Tree City’

For the seventh consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Greenport a “Tree City.”

The designation recognizes the village’s commitment to preserving trees and promoting healthier communities, according to the foundation.

Last year, Greenport’s Tree Committee removed 43 trees deemed hazardous and planted 35 new trees, deputy mayor George Hubbard said.  The committee has also worked with Greenport High School students to teach them about the importance environmentalism, he said.

In addition to earning the designation for the past seven years, Mr. Hubbard said the village also received the designation three other times during the 1990s.

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