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November 6th Newsletter

TODAY ARE THE ELECTIONS!  DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!  Voting takes place at the Shelter Island High School

A REMINDER:  The Dering Harbor Community Association (DHCA) encourages all residents to use Dering Harbor as their voting place.  Virtually all Dering Harbor residents live most of the year elsewhere, but have chosen Dering as the place to cast their ballots.  This clearly creates a logistical problem during the offseason.  DHCA facilitates voter registration and absentee forms available online with the click of a button.  See forms on our website homepage.  www.deringhaborcommunity.org

ELECTRIC POWER RETURNED AFTER 5 DAYS IN DERING HARBOR AS OF 5:30PM, NOVEMBER 2, 2012

LIPA POWER GRID-A LIVE LOOK AT WHO HAS NO POWER http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outagemap.html

ELECTED TRUSTEE LINDA ADAMS OPPOSES SHARING MEETING AGENDA WITH RESIDENTS
In the October 20th, 2012 Board of Trustee’s meeting, Trustee Linda Adams made her feelings known by announcing her opposition to Mayor Tim Hogue’s decision to make available to the residents of Dering Harbor the Thursday before, the planned agenda for the next meeting.  The availability of the agenda before each meeting was a goal of the Dering Harbor Community Association to increase transparency, openness and communication with the village residents.  Residents now will be informed of upcoming items and issues on the agenda that may be of their interest. Trustee Linda Adams stated that state law did not require the sharing of agendas with Dering Harbor residents.  She also did not feel the village needs to extend itself to residents in that regard. The Dering Harbor Community Association suggests that if DHCA members support the dissemination of agendas, they may also send an opinion piece to editor@deringharborcommunity.org and we will be happy to post any response or opinion they may have. They may also contact their elected Trustee Linda Adams or Mayor Tim Hogue and communicate their thoughts on this matter.

MAYOR HOGUE ANNOUNCES HE STILL HAS NOT RECOMMENDED TO TRUSTEES ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS APPOINTEE

Mayor Hogue said at Trustee's Meeting that he has not been able to come to an agreement with the Trustees as to who should serve in the open position on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Mayor Hogue has eleven people to select from.  This dilemma now enters it's third month.

Editor's Note:
  Dering Harbor Community Association member Patrick Parcells said the following "I don’t think that anyone really bought the explanation that only 8 residents occupied the 19 Village board seats because the Trustees could not find residents willing to contribute.  I understand that about a dozen residents have recently expressed an interest in contributing to the local government. Hopefully Tim and the Trustees will take advantage of this newly discovered and capable talent pool going forward."

CLICK THIS LINE FOR ARCHER BROWN'S NOTES ON OCTOBER 20TH TRUSTEE'S MEETING AND LEARN WHAT TRANSPIRED.

NEXT Board of Trustee's Meeting is November 17th, 2012 10am.

CLICK ON THIS LINE FOR THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2012
 
DERING HARBOR FACES HURRICANE SANDY (see photos below)
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has left many residents of Long Island and other New York coastal areas without homes due to the massive destruction.  Many homeowners who are fortunate to still have their homes are without electrical power and access to necessary supplies.  The Long Island Island Power authority has been scrambling to repair transformers and power lines throughout Long Island.  The task is daunting due to fallen trees and flooding of roads making access to areas in need of repair extremely difficult.  Fortunately, Dering Harbor for the most part was spared the complete wrath of Hurricane Sandy.   

If you have photographs you wish to share we will be happy to post them on our website.  Please send images to editor@deringharborcommunity.org 

                                                                           


Your Dering Village Tax Dollars at Work (A series of inside looks with a Wry Eye)  Village of Dering Harbor Local Law 3

What a nuisance!  Nobody enjoys nuisances.  In fact in writing this I may be a bit of a nuisance.  Nuisance.  Such a strange word, encompassing a wide variety of annoying things.  However, a nuisance to one person may seem a trifle to another.  It is with this in mind, I sat down and decided to peruse the Village of Dering Harbor Local Law 3 that regulates Public Nuisances.   I was much relieved to see I was not included in their list of annoyances.  I first noted in the document something about polluted water and reptiles in regards to swimming pools.  As a pool owner, I have never spotted a reptile in my pool and if there was one, I am certain that David Attenborough would have stood poolside discoursing on the evolutionary history of said reptile.  Are there residents in Dering Harbor that use their pool as a sanitation dumping ground?  I don’t think I’ve seen anyone’s pool filled with rubbish, refuse, debris, papers or foreign materials.  What constitutes foreign materials?  Perhaps British wool, a guillotine, an embassy?  What if you are an owner that is designated to have a nuisance?  My daughter can be a nuisance.  Should I report her to the Village of Dering Board of Trustees?   If I have a car in my driveway that is not esthetically acceptable to the Village of Dering, a car I would plan to restore, should I store it in my swimming pool?
 
I noted in 3.0 Public Nuisances Prohibited that no person shall create, maintain or allow any nuisance to remain on any premises within the Village of Dering Harbor.  This is followed by 4.0 Public Nuisances Declared in which there is no mention of someone making a public nuisance of themself.  Line I is rather a nuisance.  Outdoor stairs, porches, hand railings, balconies and swings not maintained in accordance with the Uniform Building Code.  I find this rather confusing.  I have never seen a building with swings attached to it.  Line J. mentions abandoned swimming pools.  Are there abandoned swimming pools in Dering Harbor?  How sad.  Line L. The use of spray paint, dye, chalk or similar substance to mark or deface any building structure I perfectly understand, but a hillside?  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen graffiti emblazoned on a hillside.  What a nuisance!  Line Q.  I fully agree that anyone who stockpiles fill dirt should be driven out of town along with the dirt. 

I just have a few more nuisances to point out. 

S.3.  Materials stored on rooftops that are visible from the public right of way.  How many of us in the Village of Dering Harbor driving along our dainty roads have spotted personal items balanced precariously on a 45 degree angled roof?

T. Dumping refuse and waste matter upon the following:

T.3.  Private property with or without the consent of the property owner.

I’m sure on any given day a light spirited owner would welcome the dumping of waste matter and refuse on their front lawn with written consent.

AA.  What constitutes the opening of an offensive or unwholesome business or establishment operated in a manner dangerous to the public health, safety and welfare?  A nuclear plant?  An arms depot?  Perhaps a terrorist social club?

I could be a total nuisance and go on further.  But I shall desist after this last item.

Section 6.0
B.  Notice of public nuisance.  Upon determination that a public nuisance exists, a written notice shall be issued to the property owner.  The notice shall read “Notice of Public Nuisance” in letters not less than one (1) inch in height.

Does this mean that depending on the gravity of the nuisance one could expect to receive a “Notice of Public Nuisance” in letters up to (6) feet in height?
That would be a nuisance!

Editor

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