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Brookhaven committee set to make town green

Brookhaven Town Hall is located at 1 Independence

Brookhaven Town Hall is located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. The town is offering free drug testing kits to concerned parents. (Aug. 17, 2008) Photo Credit: Newsday File / Bill Davis

Going green in Brookhaven will begin at Town Hall, according to Supervisor Edward P. Romaine.

Romaine’s resolution to form a Green Buildings and Grounds Committee to make town government more efficient in consumption of natural resources was passed unanimously at Tuesday’s town board meeting.

The committee is responsible for a “comprehensive audit” of Town Hall, located on a 42-acre parcel in Farmingville adjacent to the Glacier Ridge Preserve, according to town officials. The audit will include measuring energy and water consumption, landscaping practices, and solid waste production.

Committee members will include Romaine, town attorney Annette Eaderesto, commissioner of waste management Matt Miner, parks and recreation commissioner Edward Morris, planning commissioner Tullio Bertoli, building manager Mike Reilly, and staff from the Division of Land Management.

“If we’re going to clean up Brookhaven and our environment, we need to take the first steps right here at Town Hall,” Romaine said in a release.

The board also unanimously passed a resolution to waive all town animal shelter fees for adoption and neutering, spaying and vaccination from June 21 through Sept. 20, to encourage residents to take home one of the 180 dogs and 70 cats housed there.

The town also will host a hurricane preparedness seminar Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at Town Hall (1 Independence Hill, Farmingville). Representatives from LIPA, FEMA, the state and county emergency management agencies, and other groups will speak about the upcoming hurricane season. The seminar is free; registration is required at www.brookhaven.org/hurricane.

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