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February 12, 2016 letter from Mayor Letica

posted Feb 19, 2016, 4:24 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 4:25 PM ]

February 12, 2016
Dear Neighbors:

Yesterday the Village emailed everyone a copy of Asharoken's response to the USACE on the proposed Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Project and also posted a full copy to the website at asharoken.com. I would encourage everyone to take the time to read the Village's response. Additional supporting information is on the website including some excellent photographs that support the Village's position. I will keep you informed once we receive a response from the USACE.

The Village owes Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce an enormous debt of gratitude for her tireless work to get this response written. She spearheaded this project and did a phenomenal job, producing a clear, concise and spot-on reflection of the Village's feeling on the ASDRP. Pam has been fully invested in the beach restoration for the last couple of years. She has become an expert on the project, solicited letters of support for the project, attended countless meetings, ran small group information sessions at her home and always represented the Asharoken in a diplomatic and professional manner. She has really done a remarkable job for the Village. Thank you so much Pam.

I would also like to thank Village Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse for an excellent job in providing needed data for the report, editorial input as the report was prepared, and the unenviable task of assembling all of the documents for distribution. As always Nancy went above and beyond what is expected of her to help Asharoken. Finally, the Village's Coastal Geologist, Aram Terchunian, gave Asharoken excellent guidance throughout the process.

The Village will strive to find Co-Sponsors for the project to defer the costs if the residents desire to go forward with the restoration. I have already spoken to Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone about the Town of Huntington joining the Village as a Co-Sponsor. This week I also wrote a letter to Suffolk Legislator Dr. William Spencer seeking his assistance to help Asharoken get Suffolk County on board as a Co-Sponsor. Click here to read the letter. Realistically, because Huntington is constrained by a tax cap with a 0.12% limit, and Suffolk County is having serious financial difficulties, additional funding may be very challenging to acquire. But the Village will do all it can to get outside financial assistance. The better news is that if this project were to go forward the earliest it could start would be in 2018 so there is ample time to explore Co-Sponsor support.

Next week the Village will be sending out a timeline and explanation of the upcoming steps as we move forward with completion of the Feasibility Study.

I hope that everyone stays warm the next couple of days. Fortunately, our February cold snap will only last a couple of days this year compared to last year where it was the entire month. So toss an extra log on the fire, put on an extra sweater, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the beauty of Asharoken in the winter!

Wishing everyone a great weekend, Mayor Greg Letica