april 24, 2003
Meeting opened with a moment of silence in honor of Katie Stadnicki and Ed Lapham and the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. Reading of the Minutes
Minutes of March 27, 2003 meeting were distributed, read through, and approved.
III. Treasurer’s Report
$2,894.61 in Civic Account, $1,839.88 in Duck Pond account.
IV. Committee Reports
A. Pondscape Committee – Still working on gaining cooperation between
Riverhead and Brookhaven towns to get this project moving. On May 3 there
will be a Duck Pond “clean up.”
Letters were received from Councilwoman Esposito (regarding press conference on code revisions), Supervisor La Valle (on PRC’s) and Wading River Historical Society (regarding the upcoming craft fair).
VI. Unfinished Business
A. Grace Ionetas is trying to get legislation passed (both state and county) on regulating substance abuse group homes. There has been no further information regarding this legislation.
VII. New Business
B. There is a possibility of a new Planned Retirement Community (PRC) in Wading River. The approximately 11 acre farm at the corner of Randall Road and 25A may have been sold to a Rocky Point developer – Manzi Homes. If regular houses – there would be about 8 new homes. But PRC zoning allows between 3 and 15 units per acre. Based on Lee Koppleman’s study of this kind of development, Brookhaven had discussed the possibility of a moratorium on PRC’s. And although the recent Shoreham hamlet study showed that the public would like to see such property remain a farm. A change of zone would be required for a PRC. The Civic Association asked Brookhaven in October to review this parcel and consider acquiring it with community preservation funds.
C. Guest Speaker: Jim Powell, Vice President Rocky Point Civic Association
There has been a YMCA proposed to be located in Calverton near “Splish Splash”. Joe Van de Wetering has spearheaded Riverhead’s effort to get this going. Mr. Powell began his own crusade for a Y in the Rocky Point area. There is no facility east of Huntington on the north shore with an Olympic size swimming pool.
There would be many positive programs at the Y including child care, elder day care, aquatic therapy, learning programs, performing arts. There could be incorporation into school programs. There could be local swim teams practicing there, including Rocky Point, and Shoreham/ Wading River. YMCA’s do not load into the tax base. The programs are funded by membership fees. There would need to be a major fundraising effort first to purchase the 8 to 10 acres needed to build the facility.
This concludes the minutes of the WRCA for April 24, 2003.
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