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March 27, 2012 Minutes
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Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association

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March 27, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting was called to order at 7:10PM by Vice President Laurie Green, acting president.

· Pledge of Allegiance

· No minutes of December 2011/January/February 2012 were read

· Treasurer’s Report read at end of meeting

· Laurie Green introduced the following guests:

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Will there be modifications to bus routes? The plan is to have meetings school by school, parent by parent with the Transportation Company.

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What programs would be cut? K-2nd grade would cut instrumental music, art, Phys. Ed., and library.

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Are there any indications that we are being heard and getting our fair share of tax money from Albany? Dr. Rella met with Senators La Valle and Englebright – there is no money in Albany, but they will try to get school district more aid.

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Comment made: we are paying more and getting less.

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Audience noted that meeting is Thursday at 7:30PM, while the Town Hall meeting is the same day at 5PM.

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How many children in each class? As of now mid-20; with the Dr. Rella’s plan there will 30, with Tax Cap or contingency there could 35+.

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Will the district be going to the Princeton Plan; can it be reversed in a few years? The Princeton Plan will be in effect, and the possibility of reversal is not in the plan. If there is extra money, it would be used to lower class size of K-2nd grade first. Loud objections from the audience, concern is we are losing our neighborhood schools.

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Is there any guarantee the children K-2nd grade will be together in the 3rd-5th grade schools? The district is trying to work this out.

1) The Carman’s River Protection Plan; this is still on the table, the councilman is trying to put together “Road Map Resolution” using the good parts of the protection plan, buying open spaces and up-zone 0-5 year watershed. There is $37M in bonding for the CRPP, the councilman is trying to get money from this for the Road Map Plan.

2) Multiple family housing – which will be affordable housing, a combination of apartments, condominiums and houses. Councilman’s plan to deal with this issue is to implement J-6 zoning – retail stores with apartments above, but only in the communities that want it, with input from Town. Supervisor and Councilman most likely to vote for this. Mark Lesko, Town Supervisor, told the councilman that Heatherwood is off the table. The councilman believes there is still concern unless this is put in writing.

3) Pine Barrens Act – has been in existence since 1995, we have been buying in or community “The Terryville Greenbelt”, the TOB has 500 credits of Land Zone. Councilman would like to see down zone of A1 (1 house/acre) and/or B1 (1 house/2acres). He has voted for 10% for the community benefit: 5% to buy back credits for the Pine Barrens and 5% to buy back open spaces. This is possible two month process.

Audience Questions –

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Will the TOB build anything within this 2 month period? No, even if voted on at the March 6 meeting it would take more than two months. As an aside, the councilman noted board members are from our community.

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What is Councilman Panico’s view of the tax rebate? The councilman argued do the residents want $30 rebate or use to buy back greenbelt?

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What is happening with Heatherwood Golf Club? Point was made the owner can sell to another Golf Club or sell as A-5 (1 house/5acres). Supervisor Lesko claims he will not allow multi-family housing at this site.

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Is our community trying to not increase multi-family housing? SFR stated there is very limited MF housing zoning, we need to fix the code that restrict MF Housing.

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Why are they not developing in the Transportation Hubs such as Ronkonkoma, JS? SFR agreed it makes more sense for a transit oriented development area. Our community needs to work together with Mayor Garant and Supervisor Lesko. The supervisor gave a commitment with money, hopefully they will work in tandem with PJS/T community.

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Reminder from audience member that Hamlet Study had MF housing plans in our town. The study did indicate more research was required; also said the same thing about the Laurence Aviation site. SFR said there was a soil remediation done on this site 2 years ago.

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If the CRPP is tabled again – what are the amount of times it can be tabled? SFR: indefinitely. Can they continue to table until they just wear the people down? Yes, it could happen, but SFR will continue to vote it down.

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Where is the Carman’s River? East of Bellport before Shirley. It encompasses three school districts: William Floyd, Longwood and South Country.

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Is it possible to incorporate arbor preservation in greenway? SFR agrees, maybe changing zone? Certain trees, based on diameter could be preserved.

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Resident of PJ Village stated that both sides of the train tracks (PJ Village and PJS) be working in correlation with each other because it will impact both towns. (Lefkowitz owns both sides of the tracks). SFR stated there is a NYS law requiring townships work with the towns they abut, he wants both sides to work together. He has asked Mayor Garant but the mayor has not provided any information on meetings or plans. The councilman suggests PJS/T residents attend PJ meetings to voice their opinions.

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Why is MF housing being pushed on our community? Where are the people coming from? Our community already has apartment complexes with vacancies, where is the planning? Where is a study proving we need this? SFR is against dumping MF housing in our community,, residents must come to TB ask for full disclosure, the people must weigh in with the TB.

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Data should be with every MF Housing proposition

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Ed Grabowski waived committee reports and meeting minute readings.

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State of nominations Joan Nickerson declined running for Recording Secretary; nominated were:

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Laurie Green attended TB March 6, 2012 meeting where she invited Supervisor Lesko to attend CA meeting; but he declined asking that the Executive Board meet him at his office.

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Laurie spoke about the TB meetings and how powerful they are, especially if caught in time. She encouraged members to attend meetings. She found that it was in writing that all propertied in our hamlet have been removed from CRPP . Her concern now is with MF Housing, Patchogue/Longwood/Centereach are in favor, how will affect our hamlet?

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Lou Antoniello discussed Trotters Track/Gentleman’s Track off of Canal Rd. and the CRPP – Councilman Steven Fiore-Rosenfeld said the Town agrees to preserve the track. Also, Lou discussed the greenbelt around the high school, the purchase was made with open space money. There was a handout for members to write down their ideas of what they would like to see on Route 11, Route 347 and Bicycle Path blighted areas. Supervisor Lesko will assist us in getting what we want in blighted areas.

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There is a fundraiser at JKF Middle School March 30th :”Haircuts for Haiti” to benefit the Wings Over Haiti fund. Cactus Salon will be on hand to provide haircuts at 15/haircut all proceeds to go the fund.

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Audience member asked what is happening at Old Jack In the Box property. There is a fence, looks like some construction going on. Laurie Green said there is a 2-story office building going in.

Old Business –

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Burger King has been voted down due to strong opposition. TB denied BK application; letter was read from TB.

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Ed Grabowski spoke about the Comsewogue budget, LEAD Program (about bullying) kids receive a certificate and a $5,500 scholarship.

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Treasurer’s Report: Lou Antoniello as of February 29 we had $2,231.65 beginning balance, disbursements of $116.86, and deposits of $130 leaving a statement balance of $2,244.84. Dues were collected in the amount of $60.00 which brought our total to $2,304.84 Lou stated that the balance is always around the $2300 mark. He also said the bank statement does not come in time for the meeting date; a suggestion was made to ask the bank for electronic statements – Lou will look into this.

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Audience member asked about status of Getty Station property at Bicycle Path and Rte. 112. Uncle Giuseppe’s is looking to purchase property, remediate gas tanks and build something there.

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Audience member asked about status of Hess station on Washington and Rte. 112. Has all approvals, passed the TB, ZB and PB. This should be complete by the end of year. AT second planning board meeting a Hess executive commented that if it wasn’t for Sterling Woods and the Civic Association they would have given up putting a station there. The plan is a “Hampton” style building, fully landscaped.

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Lou Antoniello presented the design book for our hamlet, asked that residents take pictures of building designs they see and would like in our community to be put in the book, e-mail to Laurie Green at nocelltower1@aol.com. The design committee can then take into account what designs we want in our town. Auto Zone was not interested in our design suggestions.

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Beautification Committee, Joan Nickerson spoke about the “Great Brookhaven Cleanup Day” April 21 thru June 6. If anyone has an area in mind for cleanup register at brookhaven.org. The town will supply gloves, bags, etc. Register on site and go to Brookhaven town Hall to pick up supplies. HS students will register themselves and help with cleanup and plantings. Last year the committee planted around the JFK school flagpole.

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Port Jefferson Village resident thanked the association and said we were great!

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Update on Pax Christie – public needs to be kept apprised, CA may follow-up meeting with Pax Christie, going to meeting with St. Charles. The Terryville FD was at the building, there was an issue with unlocked door , residents have concerns with those not admitted, are there other ways to access building? Laurie Green said we cannot afford to let this go – the CA and PC need to be genuine in working together. Inspector Oswald and members of Social Services conducting outreach.

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Audience member questioned if Dr. Hernandez would come to another meeting. The members were informed Dr. Hernandez was let go, and no replacement has been appointed as of yet.

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Next Meeting – April 24, 2012 at Comsewogue Library 7:00PM. Meetings are held 4th Tuesday of each Month.

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Meeting Officially adjourned at 9:05PM

 



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