ICB Minutes February 9, 2021

Island Community BoardISLAND COMMUNITY BOARD
P.O. Box 371, Fishers Island, NY 06390
631-788-7647

ICB Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2020
5:00pm
Zoom Meeting

This meeting was not recorded
ICB did not hold a meeting in January 2021

Total Participants: 83

The ICB meets monthly in a public forum with the community to review and discuss Island priorities. Minutes of monthly ICB meetings are posted on the ICB website.

ICB Representatives: Willard Soper (President), Candace Whitman (Vice President), Dicky Riegel (Treasurer – Seasonal), Meg Atkin (Year-Round), George de Menil (Seasonal), Nate Malinowski (Year-Round)

Willard:  Minutes of December 8th meeting approved.

Dicky Riegel—Finance:  Liberty Bank Balance is just over $6,000, including some end-of-year contributions; PayPal balance is approximately $800, after Zoom service payment; both accounts are in good shape.  Governance: An update of the by-laws, including voting rights for ICB Board members, is underway; Michael Roberts, local attorney, is assisting and providing legal advice.

Chris Ingram/Di Shillo—IHP: Dianna reminded everyone who wanted to be vaccinated on the Island (for COVID) to fill out the survey posted on fishersisland.net; also reminded to keep up with the ‘Symptom Tracker’ survey that is emailed three times a week.

Chris: All of the IHP office staff have received both vaccines, and a majority of the Island First Responders have received both as well.  Chris was able to get some Islanders who are 75 or older vaccinated in CT through Yale/New Haven; Governor Lamont has now issued an order preventing NY (FI) residents from getting vaccinated in CT.  Suggestions were made to write to both Gov Lamont and Gov Cuomo, and Lee Zeldin regarding this situation.  IHP is diligently pursuing getting an allotment of vaccine to be distributed on Island; every Monday Dianna contacts Albany with this ongoing request.  Dianna added that there are many people on Island who are trained and qualified to administer the vaccine if Fishers gets an allotment.  There are no positive COVID cases on Island now.  Everyone is urged to continue with testing and safety protocols.  Some Island organizations/clubs are hopeful that the summer ’21 season will be more ‘normal’ than it was last summer; at this point, Chris thinks that will not be the case—masks, social distancing, indoor dining restrictions, etc. will still be in place.

Willard:  As a service to the community, ICB is undertaking a project to review Cost Trends on Fishers Island.  ICB will review recent historical costs as well as identify future increases.  Areas to be reviewed include property taxes, homeowners’ insurance, utilities and commutation.  Challenges and savings opportunities will also be reviewed.  More information will be forthcoming at future ICB meetings.

Geb Cook/FI Ferry Dist:  Ferry Dist Board has decided to rotate chairmen quarterly; Ace Ahrens is the immediate past chair; current chair is Heather Burnham.  The ferry welcomes Tom Cashel to the Board to fill the unexpired term of Bill Bloethe, Jr, who has resigned; Tom continues to serve as Finance chair for FI Ferry.  The Race Point ferry has been in dry dock since last fall, having a complete overhaul including new engines (going from three to four); upgrade is partially funded by a grant from the State.  At the January Board meeting the surcharge* placed on fares last spring was reviewed; it was decided that the surcharge would stay in place and be reviewed quarterly—next review will be in April.

*Surcharge applies to both cars and passengers; rates are 10% for Island residents and 30% for seasonal residents.

John McGillian/FI Recreational Path: The proposal to construct and manage an extension of the Rec Path (along the Navy fence from the edge of Hay Harbor property near the 4th tee to the intersection of Wilderness Road and Oriental Avenue) has been approved by Southold.  The Rec Path Foundation has received bids that are being reviewed; it is hoped that construction will begin by April.  There will be some cost savings because the project is privately funded and not subject to certain State guidelines.  We are hopeful that the extension will be completed by Memorial Day.  Free bicycle bells—designed by Margaret Benkard—will be distributed at the Gate House along with 2021 bicycle stickers, which are also free to Island residents.

Louisa: The Town Engineer is putting a resolution on the agenda at the next Southold Town Board meeting, February 23, to go out to bid on the FI sidewalks project; it is still hopeful that work will be completed this spring.

The two candidates for the FI Neighborhood Aide position have been interviewed by Town Supervisor Scott Russell; it’s expected that there will be a resolution re hiring someone at the  Town Board meeting on February 23.  Contacts for the Neighborhood Aide will be Town Supervisor Russell on LI and me (Louisa) on FI.

Willard:  FIDCO rep Mimi Gary has asked ICB to remind everyone that the 2021 East End stickers are effective as of January 1stand can be obtained at the Gate House.

The Walsh Park/Ferry District apartments obtained a certificate of occupancy in November; currently five of the six units are occupied.

Meg Atkin, Mere Harr and Amy Harris have formed a committee to welcome new families to the Fishers Island year-round community.  Meg reported that they welcomed almost 50 new families with home made chocolate chip cookies delivered to the newcomers’ homes.

Q & A:

Q to IHP: If an Islander has rec’d one or both of the COVID vaccines, is it still necessary to get tested?
A—Chris & Di: Yes; also to continue filling out & submitting the symptom tracker.

Dianna:  If you have been vaccinated—other than through IHP—please be sure that your MyChart info is up to date.  Send copy of vaccination information by mail to IHP, PO Box 344, FINY, by FAX to 631-788-7968, by email to dianna.shillo@lmhosp.org, or you may drop off a copy at the IHP office.

Q to IHP:  Is there a way to create a “fast track” for those 75 and older to get the vaccine?
A—Chris: We are doing everything possible to get people, especially seniors, vaccinated.

Q to IHP:  Would it be possible to get Angel Air to fly vaccines to Fishers from Long Island?
A—Chris:  We first need to find an allotment of available vaccines.

Q to Geb:  What, if any, efficiencies might be expected from the new Race Point engines and prop changes?  Will it help the District reduce operating expenses such as fuel usage?A—Geb:  Yes, new engines will provide more fuel efficiency and reduce smoke/odor. Q to John McGillian:   Will island contractors be involved in the Rec Path extension project?A:  No answer; John had left the meeting. From Meg Atkin to ICB(Direct Message): If people have been vaccinated on LI can they share the location? Willard (and Susie):  Please fill out survey(s), keep getting tested, and continue to follow Island protocols re COVID … masks, social distancing, etc.

Be safe! And stay healthy— The next ICB (Zoom) meeting is scheduled for March 9th at 5 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
MaryBeth Guimaraes
ICB Secretary

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