Islip leaders vote to sell some town-owned land
The Islip Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to sell two separate parcels slated to become a Costco store and possibly a manufacturing plant for nearly $3.6 million.
The action allows the town to begin a sales contract with North Babylon-based P&M Builders to buy one of the parcels, the 22-acre former landfill at Sunrise Highway and Denver Avenue in Bay Shore for $25,000. P&M would be required to remediate the polluted site, at a cost estimated at $25 million, and build a new town animal shelter.
For the second parcel, the town agreed to sell Hauppauge-based West Rac Contracting Corp. 17.9 acres of town-owned surplus land at 275 Carleton Ave. for $3.59 million. The land now has Department of Public Works maintenance garages.
Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, chairwoman of the town's space and consolidation committee, said the parcel could possibly be developed into a manufacturing plant.
"Opening these tracts of land to development puts these properties back on the tax rolls, increases business opportunities in our town and creates local jobs," she said in a statement.
In other business, the town tabled two proposals.
Town Clerk Olga Murray had proposed attaching fees to town permits for parades, carnivals, festivals and other events.
Murray said the events have cost the town more than $100,000 in overtime last year for setup, cleaning and security, and the proposed fees -- $500 for carnivals, circuses and street fairs and $100 for other events -- would help offset that. But several heads of community organizations voiced concerns, and Murray agreed to postpone a vote on the measure until Feb. 12.
Donna Periconi, president of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Chamber of Commerce, said she's concerned that some of the outdoor concerts her group hosts would incur a fee. She added, "It would be sacrilegious to charge our veterans to have a parade on Memorial Day."
Bergin Weichbrodt concurred.
The town board also tabled a proposal from the town's ethics board that would make optional a requirement that the board hold an annual public hearing in March. Ethics board chairman Nicholas V. Campasano had said the public had not attended the meeting in the four or five years it was held, and the proposal would save the town money on advertising the meeting.
But council members objected, saying they'd like the ethics board to resubmit the proposal without changes to the meeting schedule.
"We have to be transparent," said Councilman John C. Cochrane Jr.