Mostly business at Town Board meeting
ISLIP TOWN—In addition to regular business, a local resident questioned some of the funding for planned town projects during the latest Islip Town Board meeting, which was held Tuesday, March 20.
There were only a handful of speakers during the public portion of the meeting. One of them, Bay Shore resident Thomas Santorelli, cited a news article that stated Islip Town received $500,000 in grants for Bay Shore Pedestrian Plaza, which required $150,000 in matching funds. The plaza was reported to encompass a stretch of Park Avenue, near West Main Street.
The Town of Islip applied for $250,000 for the project, according to Santorelli’s claims. He then argued the town received that amount, not just for the proposed plaza, but for the Town Hall West bathrooms as well. The total budget for these projects, Santorelli said, is $678,622.37, and if the $250,000 grant is deducted, that leaves $428,622.37 of which the town will, theoretically, be leaving to the taxpayers.
Santorelli then read a letter he says he received from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, which, supposedly, said there is no record of the $500,000 grant through the government office for the pedestrian plaza project. He added there was no evidence of a $150,000 grant mandate.
“These files cannot be found here via FOIL because you have kept them from taxpayers and the media,” Santorelli said. “I’m going to drop this [information] on the [Suffolk County district attorney’s] lap,” he concluded.
The town board then addressed a full agenda of resolutions after the public portion of the meeting ended.
Supervisor Angie Carpenter was authorized to enter into a lease agreement with Lou Delli-Pizzi and Peter Rhome for one parcel of town-owned bay bottomland for the purpose of shellfish cultivation in the Great South Bay. She was also authorized to execute any and all documents required to apply for and accept permitted service from the Document Heritage and Preservation Services for New York, as well as a one-year extension of the memorandum of the understanding with the Animal Lovers League to assist the Town of Islip with their trap/neuter/return program.
The town board approved to rescind the initial charge card policy adapted in 2009—under a different administration—and replace it with a new charge card policy.
Carpenter was authorized to ratify and approve the collective bargaining agreement with the United Public Service Employees Union for the Blue Collar Collective Bargaining Unit, as well as the White Collar Collective Bargaining Unit. She was also authorized to enter into various agreements for programs to be held throughout the Town of Islip to be funded by either registration or grant fees.
The Town of Islip Ethics Board also appointed two new members.
Carpenter was authorized to execute both Supplemental Agreement No. 2 with New York State Department of Transportation, as well as any other documentation necessary therewith, and any and all documentation required to apply for, and accept, funding from Suffolk County Revitalization Round XVI grant program. She was also authorized to enter into an agreement with the Suffolk County for the purpose of applying for and accepting federal grant funding to reimburse the town for the cost of employing law enforcement personnel and security at Long Island MacArthur Airport.
Due to the possibility of snow, the Island Hills scope hearing, which will review the environmental impact of the proposed development on Lakeland Avenue, was rescheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. Sign-in will begin at 5 p.m. at 401 Main Street.
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