OYSTER BAY TOWN
$3.8M bond OKd for park improvements
The town board yesterday approved selling $3.8 million in bonds to pay for park improvements this year and $320,000 in bonds for solid waste district improvements. Officials say they have not yet determined which projects the money would be used for. -- BILL BLEYER
PORT WASHINGTON NORTH
Village Board trustee resigns, will move
A trustee on the Port Washington North Village Board resigned this month, saying he planned to retire to his home on the East End.
Michael Schenkler, who served on the board since 2004, announced at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting that he had stepped down as trustee and deputy mayor of the village, which has roughly 1,300 dwellings.
Schenkler said he planned to sell his Port Washington North home and retire to his home in East Hampton.
Mayor Bob Weitzner replaced Schenkler with Matthew Kepke, the village’s communications commissioner, and appointed trustee Steven Cohen as deputy mayor. Kepke will remain in office for the rest of the term, until March 2015, while Cohen will remain as deputy mayor until April 2014. -- JENNIFER BARRIOS
Three firms can apply for solar sites
The town board has given three contractors permission to file applications with PSEG Long Island to build solar generating sites on town properties, although any applications they file would have to pass both a future review by the town and technical review by the utility.
The contractors — SunEdison, OnForce Solar and Sustainable Power Group — operate solar power facilities in the United States and other nations. They collectively proposed 13 different solar projects in East Hampton, using the capped landfills in Montauk and East Hampton, unused town properties and public buildings.
The town board voted at its work session earlier this week to give the firms permission to file the applications with PSEG, noting that the utility has set a Jan. 31 deadline for getting project submissions.
Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said the projects could generate more than $800,000 a year in revenue for the town based on lease arrangements, but noted that none of the projects have yet been accepted by PSEG. Any project that is approved by the utility would then have to be reviewed and approved by the town.
The proposed applications would require the companies to operate the photovoltaic solar systems, and the leases would run for 20 years. -- MITCHELL FREEDMAN