News from the Town of Southhold June 2015

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June 2015


A very productive meeting was held in New London on May 1st to develop an action plan to address long-term and short-term improvements for the Fishers Island Theatre that will be essential for its operation in the future. Attendees included Councilwoman Louisa Evans, Meg Atkins and Luke Fowler of Friends of Fishers Island Theatre and Gordon Murphy, Assistant Manger of Fishers Island Ferry. Also attending from the Town of Southold were engineers Michael Collins and Jamie Richter, Jeff Standish, Department of Public Works director and Phillip Beltz, Special Projects Coordinator.

The Town received notification of grant funding availability through Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization that awards a total of $500,000 throughout the county. This grant funding opportunity requires a significant match of dollars but is an excellent vehicle to address some of the needs of the theatre. It was agreed that the most pressing need for the theatre is the renovation of pilasters, lintels and roof with a cost estimate of approximately $225,000.

At the May 5th Town Board meeting, the Board agreed with the recommendations and proposed renovations. Through leveraging funding commitments from various sources, renovations will hopefully be achieved through the following: The Town Board will allocate $100,000 as well as provide $25,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds, Friends of Fishers Island Theater committed $50,000 towards the project, the Fishers Island Ferry District will provide up to $10,000 for contingency expenses. On May 19th the Town Board authorized applying for $50,000 from SC Downtown Revitalization funds to close the gap in anticipated expenses for renovations. The application deadline is June 22nd.


In an effort to foster dialogue with residents throughout the Town of Southold, Supervisor Russell and the Town Board completed their hamlet-based community meetings to hear citizen concerns, suggestions and questions. Approximately 50 residents attended the open-end discussion format. Fishers Island residents are encouraged to attend the annual Fishers Island Town Board meeting on Wednesday, August 5th at 1:30 p.m. in the Fishers Island school gymnasium. This is an excellent opportunity to ask the Town Board questions and express concerns.


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