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Mighty North Fork Triathlon returns in ’18, board OKs legal action to block federal dredge dumping plan

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Southold Town resident parking permits will now be valid for a two-year period commencing Jan. 1 of every even-numbered year, beginning with 2018, under a code amendment adopted by the town board Tuesday night.

Under another local law adopted Tuesday, property owners whose nonconforming buildings are severely damaged or destroyed by an accidental cause such as fire or flood, will be allowed to rebuild the nonconforming building to the dimensions of the building that was destroyed.

“This isn’t a giveaway,” Town Supervisor Scott Russell said during the public hearing held before the vote Tuesday. “This is basically letting you have what you already had before some catastrophic event.”

Both measures passed unanimously.

Mighty North Fork Triathlon to return in ‘18

The board granted permission for Community Action Southold Town to hold the Mighty North Fork Triathlon on Sunday, May 27 on Cedar Beach Road, Paradise Point Road, Bayview Road North, Anchor Lane, Pine Neck Road, Jacobs Lane and Main Bayview Road.

Russell said he is glad the organizers of the “very popular event” were able to “develop an event that is consistent with the town’s road use policies.”

“One of the biggest regrets I had in having to support a special events on town properties and roads policy” was the impact it had on the Mighty North Fork Triathlon, Russell said. “I’m really pleased everything is worked out now.”

Town to join legal action vs. EPA

Southold will seek to join the state’s lawsuit seeking to block federal Environmental Protection Agency rules allowing dredge spoil dumping in the Long Island Sound. If the town can’t join that suit, it will file a suit of its own, according to a resolution approved by the town board this week.

Councilman Bob Ghosio requested the move and thanked board members for supporting it.

“I felt it was imperative for us to get involved and posssibly attach ourselves to the lawsuit that New York State filed,” Ghosio said, “and I’m glad we decided even if we can’t do that we’ll still do something.”

Noting that the EPA’s dredge dumping plan has been “described as a bone-headed idea,” Russell stressed the dredge spoil is from “nine separate private dredging operations — not a public project.”

In other action Tuesday, the board:

  • set an Oct. 24 hearing on the distribution of the town’s expected share of Community Development Block Grant funds, typically $50,000 for local housing and community development needs.
  • set a tip fee of 4 cents per pound for the acceptance of recycled industrial shrink wrap at the town’s transfer station, because the product is without value on the recycling market,
  • granted permission for Mattituck Presbyterian Church to hold an “Emerging Artisan Fair” and to close a portion of Old Sound Avenue, on the corner of Love Lane and Route 25 in Mattituck on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • granted permission for the Southold school district to use certain roads in Southold for a 5K race on Nov, 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at the elementary school parking lot.
Denise Civiletti
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