Greenport school board members voted unanimously to approve the district’s $23.8 million Capital Improvement Plan at their meeting Monday night.(more…)
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Mattituck Park District residents overwhelmingly approved a proposal to sell the Pike Street parking lot in Mattituck to Southold Town in a referendum last Tuesday.
The vote was 95 to 7 in favor of selling the land for $230,000.
The park district acquired the lot for $2,500 in 1948 pursuant to a special park district referendum, but the 1941 state legislation that created the district requires that it either develop a park on the .75-acre parcel “or divest itself of the parcel,” according to park district attorney David Prokop.
Since the land was never developed as a park, the district decided to sell it.
“We really had no business ever being in the parking lot business, so it’s very refreshing that the people of Mattituck allowed us to do the transfer,” said park district commissioner Jerry Goehringer, co-chair of the three-member commission.
The next step is for the town and the district to close the sale, he said.
The park district owns and manages several parks and beaches in Mattituck and Laurel.
Southold Town already authorized the sale and issued a $250,000 bond, which includes costs like title searches and surveys, and that bond was not challenged in a 30-day permissive referendum, according to town attorney Bill Duffy.
“We have received the contract,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said by email after the vote. “If everything goes well, we would hope to be able to close 30 to 45 days from the signing.”
Cutchogue East Elementary School
34900 Main Road
Cutchogue Fire House
260 New Suffolk Road
East Marion Fireman’s Hall
9065 Main Road
Fishers Island Community Center
66 Hound Lane
Greenport Fire House
236 Third Street
Greenport High School
720 Front Street
Greenport United Methodist Church
621 Main Street
Mattituck High School
15125 Main Road
Orient Public Hall
1160 Village Lane
Southold Fire House
55135 Main Street
Southold High School
420 Oaklawn Avenue
Southold Town Recreation Center
970 Peconic Lane
Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for the Suffolk County First Legislative District special election.
Republican Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Democratic Southold Councilman Al Krupski are vying for Ed Romaine’s seat, which he vacated after he was elected Brookhaven Town Supervisor in November.
Board of Elections representatives said Friday that voters will go to their usual general election polling places, except in Ridge, where voting has been moved from the Ridge Firehouse to the Ridge Elementary School, due to damage to the firehouse during Hurricane Sandy.
Voters who are unsure of their polling place can look it up here.
The first district stretches from Middle Island to Fishers Island and includes Shelter Island (until the district lines change next year).
Times/Review Newsgroup will be live blogging from the candidates’ headquarters tonight.
Mr. Walter and Mr. Krupski squared off in a debate Jan. 7. Click here for full coverage.