Owl Hill Update
The Planning Department has advised that the Town has officially signed the contract required by the State in order for the Town to secure the $500,000 preservation grant that it was awarded by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the acquisition of acreage at the Owl Hill Site. The Town has commissioned an appraiser to value the property for the purpose of determining a fair market value per acre. We will keep the community apprised of further developments.
As a note to our members: If you or any person or company that you do business with requires additional sewer flow rights in order to expand a business in Smithtown or Suffolk County, please contact the FSA so we can put you in touch with the parties who are in charge of the TDR Programs (Transfer of Development Rights) in our area. As reported in several of our prior newsletters, the local TDR programs allow commercial property owners to expand their business in exchange for their purchasing development right credits (aka density flow rights) from undeveloped land, resulting in the preservation of that lot in perpetuity. In short, these TDR programs offer us the opportunity to preserve and protect more acreage in our beloved hamlet – – let’s take advantage!
In the heat of summer we bring encouraging news for future winters in our beautiful Fort Salonga. Thanks to the grass roots efforts of the FSA’s membership, together with support from Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio, we are pleased to report that National Grid’s gas lines will be expanding in two Fort Salonga neighborhoods by the end of this summer.
Bikerides… sleepovers… swimming… bunnies… horseshoes… tennis… orioles… osprey… flowers… home-grown veggies… turtles crossing Fresh Pond Road to lay their eggs by the golf course. I do like this place in the summer! Then again, the other three seasons always bring a smile.
I’m writing following our midsummer directors meeting—always an evening of lively conversation focused on the interests of the good folks in Fort Salonga. There are a number of areas for current attention. Kindly, consider them as you think about our hamlet. Read More
Great news! Thanks to the help of our neighbors, word has spread and the FSA’s natural gas interest registry has expanded to more than 180 homes as of August 1.
This summer the FSA submitted a detailed database to National Grid for a street by street gas main analysis. Since then, National Grid’s representative has advised us that several of our neighbors are within a “reasonable” distance from a natural gas main. For gas conversion purposes, the term “reasonable” means either directly in front of a gas line or close enough to a gas line that the cost could be reduced or eliminated if some neighbors join in the conversion process. Read More
Your FSA Board of Directors has been in continual contact with the community and elected officials during the past few months. Thanks to each of them for their assistance in organizing our membership mailing, natural gas meeting, Spring Egg Hunt, and annual Spring Brunch.
Let’s begin with our recent Spring Brunch at Indian Hills Country Club. This year’s event featured guest speakers Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards. Both noted their appreciation for the partnership the FSA displays in advocating our needs. To wit, Ms. Edwards cited Huntington’s response to our call to have the lot on the southwest corner of 25A and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road cleaned up. The good news is this site will never be a 7-Eleven (old issue, we won). And the town has advised the lot owner to get the property up to code.
At the brunch, Ms. Edwards addressed our concern for management of Bread and Cheese. To paraphrase, she said she understood we don’t care who repairs and cleans up the road, we just want it done! (We hope Huntington will tend to the west side of the road soon.)
Where is natural gas service in Fort Salonga? Is it on your street? Near your home? National Grid provides natural gas service on Long Island, but service in Fort Salonga is limited.
View the FSA’s map of natural gas lines in our hamlet and register your name and address with the list here on www.fortsalonga.org.
Natural gas service is appealing because it costs less than heating oil. The downside is the high cost of bringing new service to a neighborhood or street, especially if the homes are far apart, as they are in Fort Salonga. So, how is service expanded into a new area? National Grid will pay for the cost of the first 100 feet of new pipeline along a road for each household that commits, and an additional 100 feet of pipeline from the road to a home.
The FSA board is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a community meeting with representatives of National Grid on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Fort Salonga Elementary School.