June 14, 2006

Tall Ship Visits Greenport

Village Administrator Dave Abatelli reported that the Blue Nose II will be docking in Greenport's harbor this week.

The tall ship is expected to arrive in the village at approximately 9 a.m. today and will stay until Friday morning.

Free tours will be offered while the ship is anchored.

The Blue Nose II, which hails from Nova Scotia, is 181 feet long, and 132 feet high. A typical Nova Scotia Grand Banks fishing schooner, she was built in July, 1963 and carries a co-ed crew of 18.

For more information, call Mitchell Marina at 477-2200.

Change in Fee Schedules?

Abatelli suggested increasing zoning board of appeals application fees. Currently, said Abatelli, the village loses money reviewing applications, and an adjustment is necessary.

Village Trustee Jamie Mills, who was running the work session in the absence of Mayor David Kapell, said the idea is a good one, but suggested that there be a mechanism to protect the process from becoming "onerous" for someone who was coming to the ZBA for a "straightforward" use variance.

Say Thanks

Town Attorney Joseph Prokop reported, in regard to the KACE LI, LLC annexation case, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is acting as lead agency in the state environmental review.

KACE LI, LLC, owner of a 17-acre hamlet-density zoned property located on County Road 48 in Greenport, filed a petition last July 14 with the town of Southold and the Village of Greenport to annex the property to the village, paving the way for a proposed workforce housing development.

Prokop also reported on the Stirling 123 case, and suggested that the village board take the time to commend the members of the village zoning board of appeals for all their hard work, and to "encourage them for their good work and emotional effort" on what can be trying projects.

"They're on the front line, trying to protect the interests of the village," he said.

Emergency Preparedness

Trustee Ben Burns reported he is pleased to see the press and public working together to emphasize the importance of being prepared in an emergency.

To that end, Burns said he held a tabletop drill earlier in the week with key officials to discuss key points and evacuation in the event of an emergency.

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