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  1 Asharoken Avenue
  Asharoken, NY 11768
  (631) 261-7098
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December 10 & 11:
Eaton's Neck Fire Department to Hold Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

December 2, 2016

A new sign for our Village
A new sign for our Village
Dear Neighbors:

New Sign:
I would like to thank Mike Mere, an Asharoken resident, for generously donating the beautiful new Asharoken welcome sign that marks the entry to our Village. The previous sign was damaged by a snow plow last winter.

Sand Replenishment Project:
The sand placement project is going well with about 34,000 cubic yards of sand placed to date. The expected completion date is December 12.
More sand to replenish the beach
More sand to replenish the beach
The photo shows the sand pile currently in the boat ramp parking lot that will be spread on the beach in the next two weeks.

ASDRP Project:
Finally, the ASDRP project survey on the beach restoration will be mailed out Tuesday, December 6. The mailing will include a FACT SHEET on the ASDRP project and a survey form. Each property will receive one survey form. Your input is critical to assist the Board on whether or not to continue with the ASDRP project. Please read all the information carefully and return your survey in a timely fashion. A time line of dates will be included.

Wishing everyone a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

November 28, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

Recently there have been stories in the press and on News12 about deer hunting in the Village. Although it may appear from these reports that there is a lot of hunting in Asharoken the truth is that the number of properties that allow hunting is extremely small. If you live on the strip it may appear that the deer population is very small but on Eaton's Neck, Bevin Road and Sandpiper Farm the herd of deer is substantial.

Deer are beautiful and graceful animals but they are also very problematic from the health and safety perspective for the human beings that they live alongside. Deer ticks are vectors for Lyme Disease and Babesiosis, both of which are very serious diseases that can have long-term health consequences. Many people and their children in Asharoken and Eaton's Neck have contracted these diseases. Auto accidents with deer, which are common, can lead to serious personal injury as well as costly damage to your vehicle. Deer are also a major nuisance by consuming expensive landscaping.

It is my opinion that doing nothing and allowing the deer population to grow unchecked is not in the best interests of the Village. For example, sharpshooters had to be brought into Lloyd Harbor last winter to control the deer population. Approximately 400 deer were culled. In addition the Village of Lloyd Harbor permits bow hunting for deer on private property. Asharoken must have a reasonable and safe way to manage the deer herd. Birth control and/or sterilization are ineffective and very costly, and even if implemented would take up to ten years to show any results. Unfortunately, hunting appears to be the only other viable option.

Recent events have illustrated that the NYSDEC regulation of a 150 ft. setback from a neighbor’s house for bow hunting may not be sufficient for our Village. This regulation effectively limits hunting to very few parcels in the Village already. But it still may not be enough for the physical and psychological well-being of our residents. One option that the Village could consider is altering its code to mandate a 500 ft. setback from a neighbor's house for bow hunting. This was the previous DEC regulation. By enacting this hunting would be permissible only on Asharoken's very largest properties, and only with the permission of the owners. This could be tried out for a year to see how it works. Because any change to our Village laws will take several months to adopt, I would ask anyone who is now legally hunting to respect the concerns of your neighbors and work with them to minimize any problems.

I realize that the deer problem is very controversial but as a community we must approach it in a rational way that puts the safety and health of all of us first. I would like to hear your opinion on the setback change and any other ideas you may have on how to deal with this issue. You can email me at gletica@asharokenny.org.

On another note, last week the Village received a copy of a letter from the NYSDEC explaining exactly what is required from the Village in order for the ASDRP to go forward. Click here to read the NYSDEC letter. The Village responded to the NYSDEC this week: Click here to read our response. I anticipate that the Village will send out a survey to everyone on whether to go forward with the beach restoration project in the next couple of weeks.

Wishing you a great day,
Mayor Greg Letica
Upcoming: Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Trustees Work Session scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016 was cancelled.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30pm.

The last meeting of the Board was November 1. To view full schedule of Board of Trustees meetings, click on the "Government" tab above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.

Except as otherwise noted, all Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY. Work session meetings are held at 3pm. All meetings are open to the public.
October, November 2016 Meeting Minutes Online

The following meeting minutes of the Asharoken Board of Trustees are now online: Minutes are posted on this website as they become available. Contact the Village Clerk if you have any questions. Archived minutes, as well as the full Board of Trustees meeting schedule, can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.
Enivronmental Review Board Public Hearing:
Transcript Now Online

On October 24, 2016 the Asharoken Environmental Review Board held a continued public hearing to consider two dock applications. Click here to read the transcript of the hearing.
2016 Holiday Party

Asharoken's Seventh Annual Holiday Party was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Northport Yacht Club. Click the image above to view a slideshow of the festivities. Many thanks once again to Carole Casamassima for organizing such a successful and fun event.
Updated ZBA Permit Application

The Village of Asharoken has released an updated Zoning Board of Appeals Permit Application as of November 2016 which is now available online. Click here to view and print the full updated application.

All Asharoken forms available online can be found by clicking "Government" above, then "Permits & Applications".
New eMail Addresses for Village Officials, Employees

As of November 1, these are the new email addresses to reach Asharoken Village Officials and Employees:

Position Official / Employee New eMail Address
Mayor Gregory D. Letica
Deputy Mayor Mary P. "Pam" Pierce
Trustees Melvin Ettinger
Laura Burke lburke@asharokenny.org
Ian Jablonski
Village Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse nrittenhouse@asharokenny.org
Building Inspector Doug Adil dadil@asharokenny.org
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

Thursday, October 28, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

The groin repair project is going very well. The focus has moved to the beach lot area and significant progress has been made this week.
Groin Repair
Groin Repair
The sand placement, after a slow start, has begun to move down the beach at a nice pace and has reached house 140. The consistent strong winds have made things a little challenging but the contractor and his crew have done a nice job. Next week National Grid informed us that the sand placement will begin earlier in the morning, at 5am to take advantage of the tides.

The Village staff and officials will be switching to a new email domain, asharokenny.org on November 1.

Carole Casamassima informs me that there are very limited number of seats available for the Holiday Party on November 5. If you would like to attend please call Carole at 631-261-1895.

Wishing you a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!
Mayor Greg Letica
ASDRP Archive Updated

The Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Plan (ASDRP) Archive has been updated as of October 26, 2016. To view the complete archive, click on "Government" above, then "ASDRP Archive" or click here.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

October 14, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

I'd like to share with you two infrastructure projects currently underway in the Village.
  1. The Village hired a contractor to remove exposed steel from both concrete groins and timber groins. These groins were installed in the 1950s and are all located on the Sound-side beach. The concrete groins located between houses 100 and 138 all had exposed steel removed, and are now much safer. The week of October 24 the contractor will begin work on the timber groins in the beach lot area.
  2. Starting this week National Grid began placing 45,000 cubic yards of sand on the Sound-side beach commencing at house 100. This is the third placement of sand by National Grid which will bring the total amount of replaced sand in the last 6 years to 135,000 cubic yards.
    National Grid Sand on Beach 2016
    National Grid placing sand on beach
I would like to thank Mike Deluca for encouraging the Village to repair the groins, as well as our Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce who is doing a great job supervising both the groin and sand project. Thanks to Pam for her dedication to Asharoken.

Just a reminder the Village Holiday Party on November 5 is only a couple of weeks away. Thanks to Carole Casamassima for all her efforts organizing this wonderful community get-together. Keep in mind that tickets sell out early.

Have a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
2016 Asharoken Coastal Cleanup a Huge Success

The Coastal Cleanup Crew collected over 5,000 pounds of debris
Photo: Cathy Zimmermann
The Coastal Cleanup Crew collected over 5,000 pounds of debris
On Saturday, September 24, from 9am to 5pm, we once again found our many dedicated volunteers at Asharoken Beach hard at work. The event was our annual coastal cleanup, sponsored by the Village of Asharoken and the American Littoral Society.

The committee reached out to and met with local Suffolk County middle schools and high schools, extending to them the benefit of trash and data collection, while obtaining community service hours. A win-win for everyone, but especially the local shorelines.

Residents, families, students, scout troops, and dedicated environmentalists showed up and cleaned up. An entire 20 yard dumpster, generously provided by the Town of Huntington, was filled to overloaded capacity weighing over 5,000 pounds!

Beach Captains Cathy Zimmermann, Deb Masterson, and Michele Tilleli worked alongside our volunteer residents Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce, Tracy Aboff, Jamie Pierce, and Joe Tilleli. The entire Coastal Cleanup committee extends a warm thank you to the Village, Mayor Letica, Village Clerk Rittenhouse, our volunteers and all those who cared enough to come out and cleanup. Click below to view a slideshow of the day. See you next year!
Water Main Installation Status

The Suffolk County Water Authority installed a new 16" diameter water main in order to increase pressure to Asharoken and Eaton's Neck homes and fire hydrants. The project began on July 12 and ran for approximately 10 days.

A portion of Eaton's Neck Road was closed from the corner of Ocean Ave and Eaton's Neck Road to the back entrance of Steers Ave.

At this point the installation of the new water main is 100% complete, no more road closures will be occurring. The new pipe is not in service, the SCWA has to flush it out and take samples before they can hook it up completely. The temporary road patch will remain until SCWA completes their final restoration of the road, which could be late Fall.

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