ISLAND COMMUNITY BOARD
P.O. Box 371, Fishers Island, NY 06390
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 at https://fishersisland.net/about-fishers-island/island-community-board/
ICB Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Total Participants: 64
AGENDA—ICB Meeting June 14
Approval of Minutes May 10th meeting
Financial Report—Willard Soper
Follow-up on Housing & Peconic Bay initiative—George deMenil
IHP update—Chris Ingram
IPP Report—Elisabeth Parker
Waste Management Report—Bob Evans
FIDCO Report—Mimi Gary Misc
Landscaping, Utility Company housing—Tom Siebens
ICB Representatives: Willard Soper (President/Seasonal), Staley Sednaoui (Vice President/Year-Round), John McGillian (Treasurer – Seasonal), Meg Atkin (Year-Round), George de Menil (Seasonal), Nate Malinowski (Year-Round)
Willard: Minutes of May 10, 2022, meeting approved as written.
Financial Report—MaryBeth (for John McGillian): Liberty Bank balance is $1,583.18—deposits of $150; withdrawal of $1,000—payment to secretary. PayPal balance is $1,750.39—donation of $100; withdrawal of $100—May/June Zoom payments @ $50 each.
Willard: The ICB has very few expenses and we accept contributions—by check or through PayPal—at any time.
George deMenil—Housing & Peconic Bay initiative: The proposal is to increase the property transfer tax from 2% to 2.5%, the proceeds of the increase to be used in the Peconic Bay Communities toward affordable housing. This is an important issue. The ICB has formed a committee to draft a proposal that would be presented to the Town of Southold and would specify how these funds might be applied on Fishers Island. The members of the committee are myself, Willard, Staley, Ellen Harvey, Richard Miller and Gina Scumaci. Fishers Island has contributed to the Peconic Bay Fund for many years, and very little of these funds have been allocated back to Fishers Island. [George’s internet faded, and Willard resumed the report.]
Note: The zoom recording did not begin until after Mr. deMenil spoke.
RECORDING STARTS HERE.
Willard: This proposed tax will be voted on by the Town of Southold; they will either approve it or not. It is a very narrow bill that came out of the legislature. George asked Dick Miller to join the committee because of his legal experience and his ability to read the legislation and help us to understand how narrow this focus is. I would like everyone to keep in mind that fishers Island is not a legal entity; Fishers Island is part of the town of Southold. We do know that the Town of Southold and the Town of Southold have hired a consultant, and they have been asked to make sure that the consultant reaches out to Fishers Island and find out what Fishers Island’s thoughts are about this. Our goal is to try to delve into what is possible under this legislation because it’s pretty narrowly defined. And then to identify the four to six topics or key points that we could address to the Town Council and to the consultant. The work of this sub-committee is to first try to understand the legislation, and determine the scope we can work within, and then present that information to the Community, hopefully by early July. We can then begin to develop some comments and thoughts. We’ll open this up to additional questions later in the meeting. This is very preliminary, and we need to make sure we understand the legislation—Dick Miller and Gina Scumaci have been very helpful on this—and we find out what’s possible and what’s not. We want to make sure we educate the Community first. We know, for one thing, that it allows for an Advisory Board, and we expect to make a recommendation that a representative from Fishers Island be on that Advisory Board. This could be a benefit for us. We’ve been raising this money on Fishers and it all gets used on Long Island and our goal is to change that.
Chris Ingram—IHP: You are all probably aware that there was a COVID outbreak at the Fishers Island Club; on a weekly basis we’re seeing four or five cases that test positive. So far, no serious cases and people are getting through it like the common cold. Everyone has been responsible in terms of isolating for the first five days, and wearing masks thereafter. And alerting people that they may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Also, wearing masks indoors in groups of people if they are feeling that they are at risk. Of course, many people are not doing that and I think that’s their prerogative at this point. As I mentioned in the Fog Horn, there are oral anti-virals that are available for a certain subset of the population. If you contract COVID and think you might benefit from these, give the office a call and we can give you the criteria for eligibility and get that ordered if that’s something you want to do.
Re Fishers Island Home Care initiative—Physical Therapy, Home Care and Hospice care: Next Tuesday will be our first day of Physical Therapy on the Island with John Bradford who has a number of clinics in CT. The set up we have is a little unusual, due to some legal issues we ran into. Due to the newness of the Program and issues related to Medicare and private insurance, no payment can be accepted for these services. The Island Home Care Initiative will be funding the services themselves, although a donation to the Island Health Project specifically to support the physical therapy program would be appreciated in a manner commensurate with a client’s use of the services. Hour-long sessions run $150/hour and half-hour sessions are $75. Contributions would be appreciated when further services are no longer expected, along with an attached memo indication that you are making the donation in support of the program.