Huntington Town Notebook: Landfill, Shellfish and Golf-Course Restorations

Landfill, shellfish and bunker restoration.

Shellfish Enhancement Program to Contiune
Cornell Cooperative Extension
is set to continue  a shellfish enhancement program and educational internship at begun in 2007. The Town Board approved a three-year contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension to run a shellfish enhancement and educational internship program at Gold Star Battalion Beach. The cost in the first year of the contract is $52,062. The program will commence May 8.

Project goals include maintenance and enhancement of existing shellfish populations; restore shellfish populations that have experienced significant declines or extinction; improve water quality in Huntington's marine surface waters; provide internship opportunities for local high school and college students in aquaculture and marine science; and very importantly, promote stewardship of the resource, according to spokesperson A.J. Carter.

 The interns, local high school students interested in a marine science career, work directly with Cornell staff to receive hands-on training in aquaculture and marine education. They are involved with all aspects of the culturing of seed clams and seed oysters which also included the environmental monitoring of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and the recording of growth rates and mortalities of the cultured shellfish. Daily work includes data entry and graphical displays of the analyzed data.

Town Purchases Anne Frank Sculpture
Huntington artist Thea Lanzisero's sculpture Dress Armor . Now the town has decided to purchase the piece.  The cost of the sculpture is $7,600.

"I am very pleased that Thea Lanzisero's sculpture, Dress Armor, will be a permanent installation at the Anne Frank Memorial Garden," said Councilwoman Susan Berland, a sponsor of the resolution.  "The sculpture was chosen by the Public Arts Advisory Committee as a symbol of the elegance, poise and determination Anne Frank maintained as she endured the horrors of the Holocaust.  It is a very moving and appropriate component to the Anne Frank Memorial Garden that residents will be able to appreciate for years to come." 

Contractor Approved for Landfille Pipe Repair
The town approved a contract with Terry Contracting and Materials Inc. to repair the gas vent pipes, wellheads and gas transmission lines damaged last summer by a brush fire at the East Northport landfill and to restore vegetation damaged by the fire. The contract is for an amount not to exceed $308,270, of which it is estimated $200,000 will be covered by insurance. The project will keep the Town in compliance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation requirements.

At approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 a fire erupted at the former Town of Huntington Landfill located adjacent to the   plant on Townline Road. When firefighters arrived, they were met by a large area of brush involved in fire and spreading rapidly. Methane gas from the landfill fueled the fire; and 100-degree temperatures with high levels of humidity during operations.

Tee and Bunker Restoration
Reconstruction of bunkers and tees at the will continue in Aprilas the Town Board authorized Supervisor Frank Petrone to execute a one-year onctract with Organic Golf Maintenance and Design. The contract, which runs from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012, will cover holes two, three and four, the final three holes on the nine-hole course to be renovated.

Scoreboard, Sound System Donated
The town accepted accepted donations of a scoreboard at k in East Northport from the Louis J. Acampora Foundation and a sound system at the Dix Hills Ice Rink from the Long Island Rebels Youth Hockey Club.


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