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Officials from Southold and Riverhead towns, Suffolk County, and New York State met Wednesday morning to discuss how to address traffic issues on the North Fork.

They agreed on one thing: there’s not one “silver bullet” to completely solve traffic problems, but perhaps a combination of methods, whether they be trolley services or other mechanisms, to mitigate them.


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CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley shows off the town’s new police van to the Town Board Tuesday morning.

Southold Town police unveiled a state-of-the-art, fully equipped police command van Tuesday morning, which has enhanced capabilities to protect critical infrastructure such as Plum Island and Cross Sound Ferry.

The $184,000 van was funded entirely by a Buff Zone Protection Program grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the police department obtained in 2011, Police Chief Martin Flatley said.

The van arrived in December, Chief Flatley said, tailored to Southold Town’s specific needs, such as radio frequencies.

During Tuesday morning’s town board work session the chief showed off the van, which includes extensive radio communication capabilities to various emergency agencies and an extendable external camera with 360-degree views.

The van can relay information and images to police headquarters in Peconic, Chief Flatley said. Additional space in the rear of the vehicle can be used for a six-person conference room, he said.

“It sounds like something out of an NCIS episode,” councilwoman Jill Doherty said. “It is very cool.”

However, there is a problem, Chief Flatley pointed out.

“I have no place to park it,” he told the board Tuesday morning.

Chief Flatley said he is currently working with the town’s department of public works to find a spot to park the 12-foot high vehicle during the winter months.

In the future, Chief Flatley hopes the existing fueling shed behind police headquarters can be converted to store the vehicle, once the town constructs its new consolidated fueling station at the highway department building.

“We are really just looking for four walls and a roof to house it,” he said.

The board voted to approve the new fueling station last year as a part of a $3.5 million upgrade to the highway department facility on Peconic Lane in Peconic. The renovations are expected to take up to nine months to complete, councilman William Ruland said Tuesday.

“That is probably the best use of [the police station’s fueling shed],” he said. “With a minimum amount of work you can repurposes it as a space for long time use.”

Chief Flatley said he hopes to start training his force on the new van on Plum Island next month.

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01/19/13 9:00am
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TIM KELLY PHOTO  |  A man searches West Creek in New Suffolk for blue-claw crabs just after sunset this past summer.

TIM KELLY PHOTO | A man searches West Creek in New Suffolk for blue-claw crabs just after sunset this past summer.

When Southold Town planner Mark Terry sat down last year to write the natural resources chapter of the town’s comprehensive plan update, he had enough material for a book.

The long-awaited chapter, which highlights the best ways to protect the town’s land and water resources, has since been broken into two parts. The first, on water resources, was released by the planning department this week.

The town will hold two public meetings — on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 2 — at which residents can air their views on the chapter. The Jan. 31 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Peconic Community Center on Peconic Lane and the Feb. 2 session starts at 10 a.m. at Poquatuck Hall in Orient.

Mr. Terry presented the plan to the Southold Town Board at its Tuesday work session. He said the water section is much more in-depth than the land section, since so many of Southold’s most crucial environmental issues are water-related.

The section deals with groundwater quantity issues and includes water conservation suggestions such as establishing odd-even irrigation days during droughts.

“Everybody on the West End has had this for many years,” said Planning Board chairman Don Wilcenski.

The chapter also addresses water quality for both surface and groundwater and recommends that the town form a water quality committee charged with addressing pollution issues.

Councilman Bill Ruland said he hopes the final draft makes clear that Southold is not going to bend to the will of the Suffolk County Water Authority, and will maintain local oversight of its water issues.

Echoing a claim made often during the authority’s unsuccessful efforts two years ago to expand its service in Orient, the councilman described the water authority as a private agency operating in collusion with the Suffolk County Health Department.

“Sometimes, the degree to which they flex their muscles intimidates the little guy,” he said.

Mr. Ruland added that when many people in Orient said they didn’t public water extended there, the water authority refused to poll residents on their preference.

“We tried to put together a plan that allows the town to take responsibility for its water,” said Mr. Terry.

The planning department is expected to post the water quality chapter on the town’s website this week.

Later in February, the Orient Association will hold a separate meeting at Poquatuck Hall on wastewater issues.

That meeting, set for Saturday, Feb. 16, will include an informational survey on existing septic systems on the North Fork and information on new approaches to reducing septic system pollution.

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