11/28/14 10:00am
11/28/2014 10:00 AM
Widows Hole Oyster Company owner Mike Osinski pleads with the board to let his wetland application move forward earlier this year. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Widows Hole Oyster Company owner Mike Osinski pleads with the board to let his wetland application move forward earlier this year. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Greenport Village is appealing a state Supreme Court decision that found the board mishandled the issuance of a wetlands permit submitted by former trustee Mike Osinski to expand operations of his business, Widows Hole Oysters. (more…)

05/28/14 3:00pm
05/28/2014 3:00 PM
Widows Hole Oyster Company owner Mike Osinski pleads with the board to let his application more forward. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Widows Hole Oyster Company owner Mike Osinski pleads with the board to let his application more forward. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Residents packed the Third Street Fire Station Tuesday night to protest the board’s decision to hold another public hearing on a matter trustees already voted on last year that would allow a 140-foot dock built in Greenport Harbor. (more…)

12/26/13 3:00pm
12/26/2013 3:00 PM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | The Greenport Village board held its last meeting of the year Monday.

The Greenport Village Board has unanimously approved a local oyster farmer’s wetlands permit that allows the business to build a new dock for storage equipment.

Widow’s Hole Oyster Company owner Michael Osinski is now allowed to build a 140-foot dock in Greenport Harbor near the bay side of his property on Flint Street, just south of the North Ferry, to store some of his equipment.

Prior to the vote, Trustee Julia Robins expressed concern about the oyster farm’s expansion plan because the business is located in a residential neighborhood. During a recent public hearing on Mr. Osinski’s request, some neighbors said that although they supported the idea of more oyster farmers in Greenport, they took issue with the business expanding closer to their properties.

Deputy Mayor George Hubbard said Mr. Osinski’s intentions of moving his company’s primary operation to the dock in the bay was “clear in the application.”

“The diagram shows that is where everything is going,” he said.

The Village Board then agreed to amend the permit, clarifying that the oyster farm will be “limited to those activities already permitted by the Village of Greenport and that any alteration of the permit via the Army Corp of Engineers the Village Board would be allowed to further review the permit.”

“It means that what you were already permitted to do, you can keep doing,” Mayor David Nyce said to Mr. Osinski after the vote.

PET WASTE LAW PUBLIC HEARING SET

The Village Board is looking into the feasibility of creating new pet waste regulations.

Trustee Mary Bess Phillips said before Monday night’s meeting that the code committee is in the process of drafting the law aimed at reducing nitrogen loading and meeting MS4 water quality standards. The legislation would require pet owners to curb their animals on village-owned properties.

“This is just part of the process that we would eventually have to do anyway, so we’re dealing with it ahead of time,” Ms. Phillips said.

The Village Board has scheduled a Jan. 27 public hearing to discuss the proposed law.

In June 2012, Southold Town adopted its own pet waste law, which included all animals considered as domestic pets, such as dogs, cats, horses, swine, donkeys and goats. Under the town’s law, violators face a fine of up to $250 for each offense.

VILLAGE DEFINES ‘FAMILY’

The Greenport Village Board has approved a zoning code amendment that defines “family.”

The amendment matches the definition of family listed in the village’s recently approved rental law, which states a family is comprised of “one or more persons occupying a dwelling unit as a single nonprofit housekeeping unit. More than five persons, exclusive of domestic servants, not related by blood, marriage or adoption do not constitute a family.”

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10/20/10 3:32pm
10/20/2010 3:32 PM

Who’s responsible for getting projects done in Greenport Village? That’s what Trustee Michael Osinski wanted to know at Monday night’s Village Board work session. He complained about lack of action on two projects he has been championing, only to be told by the mayor that it’s been his responsibility all along to come up with a capital plan to plot out the work to be done, showing both the cost and the timeline.
That came as news to Mr. Osinski.
In the case of the boardwalk through Silver Lake, the Village Board endorsed the idea in conjunction with the Bay to Sound Trails Project shared by the village with Southold Town and Suffolk County.
But a specific plan of action to build it hasn’t been submitted or approved, Mayor David Nyce said.
Mr. Osinski insisted plans exist and accused the mayor of dragging his feet because it was part of the trails project Mr. Nyce opposes. Mr. Osinski said it was up to village staff members to dig up the plan and bring it back to the board.
The mayor answered that it was up to Mr. Osinski to develop the plan and submit it.
The second project on Mr. Osinski’s radar is expansion of the McCann Campground. Mr. Osinski said the village is using profits from McCann to support the Mitchell Park Marina, which isn’t a great money-maker.
“On any operation, you want to maximize your income,” Mr. Osinski said. While acknowledging that the marina is professionally run, he noted that its revenues aren’t increasing, while the campground nets between $30,000 and $40,000 a year. He recommended hiring fewer marina staff and using the savings to expand the campground to expand and so increase its flow of revenue.
Mr. Nyce said the economy has kept marina revenues flat, but there are more big boats docking there now and that, since more professional management has been hired, the marina has gained a good reputation among boaters.
If Mr. Osinski wanted to draft a capital plan for expansion of the campground, the mayor said, he was free to do so and submit it to the full board for consideration.
Mr. Osinski, who is in his fourth year as a trustee, said he considers it his job to bring ideas to the table that village staffers should carry out.
Prevailing WAGE
The Village Board had to pony up $50,750, taking money from its contingency fund, to pay higher than planned costs for work performed by Marathon Marine on “electric engines” for the village electric department. Marathon has been a frequent vendor whose contracts do not include prevailing wage stipulations. It turned out, however, that those higher wages had to be applied for this work because Department of Labor rules require them for public works projects such as renovations to electrical engines.
IGA FUNDS DANCES
The popular Dances in the Park summer series got a boost in the form of a $6,800 gift from the IGA Supermarket, it was announced Monday.
WHEN WATER RUNS ORANGE
Villagers’ water will run orange on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 31, not because it’s Halloween, but because the Greenport Fire Department will test its hydrants, resulting in the release of rust into the system.
HALLOWEEN
Trustee Mary Bess Phillips promised to dress in a witch costume as she joins village employees in running this year’s Halloween parade, which steps off from Greenport School at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. She and her husband, Mark, are contributing candy for the event.
The parade will be followed by a costume contest and treasure hunt.
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