August 28, 2003
I. Guest Speakers
Ms. Linda Albo, of ALBO (Real Estate) Agency and Mr. Jack O'Connor, of CBRE (Real
Estate Services) were our guest speakers. Ms. Albo is a local realtor whose client,
FRP Development Corporation (Family Recreational Park), is a group that has already
made a proposal to the Town of Riverhead to construct a family-oriented theme
park in Calverton. Jack O'Connor is acting as real estate broker for the Town
of Riverhead. Their presentation described plans for development of a 130 acre
parcel within the former Grumman Industrial Park, currently known as the "Enterprise
Park At Calverton" or EPCAL. The Riverhead Town board passed a resolution
in July, 2003 to draw up a contract between the Town and FRP. The theme park
would also include a 150 to 200 room hotel and a Karting Track (Go-carts, possibly
an indoor track). If all goes as planned, the Park could be completed as soon
as June 2005. All questions pertaining to the proposed theme park were answered
to the best of our guests ability in open forum style.
II. Treasurer's Report
Business Account: $2.432.96
Duck Pond Account: $1,839.88
III. BNL Report by Helga Guthy
The Peconic River Clean-up effort has taken top priority and appears to be on
track and going well. BNL responded positively to a letter sent recently by the
IV. W.R. Energy Committee
A. The Committee, Shoreham Civic and W.R. Civic were notified that during the
power outtage of 08/14/03, the temporary generators were in use and the 79.9
MW maximum was waived for a ten day period. Currently, the restriction is back
B. This Summer, it had been noticed that the sound emanating from the power plant
facilities had taken on a different tone. After talks with LIPA and Keyspan Energy,
they agreed to set up monitors at six different locations, and then systematically
shutdown and run each generator separately to determine which generator(s) were
emitting the unwanted sound.
C. Recently, Sid Bail, our Civic President was notified that LIPA has offered
to meet with the W.R. Energy Committee to "make some proposals", which
could help to alleviate some of our concerns. This action leads Sid to suspect
that LIPA found something to validate the claims of the committee.
D. To date, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Abraham, has ordered that power be
transmitted from Connecticut to Shoreham through the Cross Sound Cable indefinitely.
They are still trying to determine the cause of the outtage.
V. Waterways Committee
The Long Island Waterborne Transportation Study continues with regard to establishing
a need for a new ferry terminal somewhere along the North Shore of L.I.. So far,
they do know that the distance between Shoreham and Connecticut is greater than
any other proposed location. Also, it has come to their attention that Shoreham
has no harbor!
VI. Masterplan Update
The Town of Riverhead's building moratorium will soon expire. Town board members
have been working diligently on completing the masterplan update. With numerous
work sessions bringing the Plan closer to fruition, Councilwoman Barbara Blass
believes that it may be possible to complete the Update without extending the
moratorium beyond the October 1st, 2003 date previously set.
VII. New Business
A. There were concerns raised about the prospect of "Mosquito Control" here
in Wading River. Solutions were discussed; including contacting "Vector
Control", the department of Suffolk County responsible for mosquito spraying.
B. Brookhaven Township, which currently does not impose a 2% real estate tax,
as other towns currently do, has decided to place a referendum on the ballot
for this R.E. tax to be voted on this November's election. The money garnered
from this tax will be used for land preservation in the Town of Brookhaven and
is supported by Supervisor John J. LaValle, Assemblyman Steve Englebright and
NYS Senator Kenneth LaValle. This tax should generate a substantial amount of
revenue for land preservation in Brookhaven as it is the largest township in
C. The Calverton Civic is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" Night
at the Riley Avenue Elementary School on October 15, 2003 starting at 7 P.M.
D. The Rocky Point Civic, Shoreham Civic and the Wading River Civic will be holding
their "Meet the Candidates" night on October 16, 2003, slated to begin
at 6:45 P.M. at the North Shore Public Library. The guests will be various candidates
running for the First and Sixth Districts of Suffolk County Legislature, as well
as, candidates for Riverhead Town Board; including the Supervisor's race.
E. ABCO ( the Alliance of Brookhaven Civic Organizations) will sponsor their "Meet
the Candidates" night on October 20, 2003 scheduled to commence at 7 P.M.
at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. Candidates running for Suffolk
County Executive, Brookhaven town board members and Brookhaven Supervisor will
be the guests.
This concludes the minutes of the WRCA for August 28, 2003.