Five takeaways from the town’s hamlet community meetings

Southold Town special projects coordinator Phillip Beltz presented the Town Board Tuesday morning with findings from the recent hamlet community meetings. 

Held in each hamlet in Southold, the meetings were designed to give residents the opportunity to discuss community concerns with town officials.

Mr. Beltz, who pointed out that traffic and parking concerns were the most abundant of all during Tuesday’s work session, highlighted five complaints the town is considering directly addressing:

Engorged ticks. (Courtesy photo from the University of Nebraska)

• The Town Board may soon form a tick committee, after residents asked for another group to meet regularly to discuss tick issues in addition to the already existing Deer Management Committee. Town Supervisor Scott Russell said he envisioned a five-person committee that would include a health care expert and a biologist as members.

The community center at the Peconic Landing campus in Greenport. (courtesy)

• The Town Board may host meetings in Greenport and Mattituck next year and some meetings could be held on Thursday nights instead of Tuesdays. Residents said town meetings would be better attended if held in different locations and later in the week, when more second homeowners are more likely to show up. Peconic Landing and the Human Resource Center were suggested locations for offsite meetings.

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• The town is looking to make sure all of its facilities have automatic external defibrillators after one resident expressed a concern that they currently do not. Board members suggested looking into grant opportunities to fund any necessary purchases.


• Applicants for special event permits may soon be handed a letter from the town highlighting the proper way of disposing garbage. Some residents during the hamlet meetings expressed trash and safety concerns, particularly relating to races held on local roadways.

Mattituck train station.

• The town highway department may soon restripe the Long Island Rail Road parking lot on Pike Street in Mattituck. Residents voiced concern over the number of large trucks taking up space in the lot. Councilman Bill Ruland said a simple restriping could solve some of the issues with the lot and Supervisor Scott Russell suggested the highway department do the work.

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