Dear NCC Members,
Noyac Civic Council Encourages Community Involvement.
The Noyac Civic Council is actively promoting community awareness and participation. The next NCC meeting on November 15 will focus on educating the public on the synthetic turf proposition the Sag Harbor Board of Education will place before the voters on December 14. The proposal to install synthetic turf has been hotly debated, especially in light of more recent studies raising questions about its safety. The Sag Harbor School District will ask voters to approve spending an additional $365,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund to supplement the $1,620,000 Bond for installation of Synthetic Turf at Pierson due to bids that came in higher than what was approved by voters in 2011. If voters approve the additional $365,000, it will be to install a smaller synthetic turf plan than what was proposed in 2011 with a newly estimated cost of $1,985,000.
Superintendent Katy Graves and Business Administrator Jennifer Buscemi of the Sag Harbor School District will present the details of the December 14, 2016 Capital Reserve Fund vote. In addition, Patti Wood, Executive Director of Grass Roots Environmental Education Organization will educate the community on synthetic turf vs. natural grass. We hope you will attend this important NCC meeting at the Old Noyac School House at 7:30PM to hear the details. The public is invited.
The Noyac Civic Council will hold its Holiday Dinner Dance at Muse in the Harbor on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 6-10 PM. The festivities will include a 2 hour open bar with passed Hors d'oeuvres, choice of a 3 course dinner, music, dancing, door prizes, and raffles. This year's grand prize is for the L.I. Ducks' Luxury Suite for 20 people courtesy of the Empire National Bank. This prize includes food and non-alcoholic beverages at a game of your choice in 2017. Our Scholarship Fund raffle is for a Foursome of golf at The Bridge Golf Course. Door prizes include gift certificates from local merchants, restaurants, a kayak outing, baskets of cheer, and automotive services just to name a few. Reserve a table for you and your friends for the best holiday party in town! Last year the tickets sold out. Purchase your tickets at the Whalebone General Store on Noyac Road.
The Suffolk County Health Department just released a comprehensive investigative report on compost/vegetative organic waste management facilities (VOWM). In light of the fact that the Sand Land Mine and mulching facility is seeking to expand 40 feet closer to the top of our aquifer, our source of groundwater on the East End, this report is significant. The samples analyzed in this study document a range of contaminants including 19 pesticides, multiple metals (including arsenic, manganese, cadmium, thallium and cobalt), elevated radiological detections, and a range of pharmaceutical and personal care products which can be associated with the deposition of septic waste. The study also confirmed the contamination of private wells in excess of maximum contaminant levels for several analytes (Mn, Cu, Fe, Zn) at the only test site where residences were located in close proximity to the VOWM operations. Click here to download a copy of the report. The "Recommendations" on page 95 are noteworthy.
1. Contact the NYSDEC to support the recommendations of this study: Email acting Commissioner Basil Seggos or call 518-402-8013.
2. Send an email to your family and friends with this information.
NOTE: The Sand Land Mine's appeal of the DEC's denial of its application to expand is nearing a trial date. The NCC Executive Committee will represent you, the community, in this judicial process.
Elena Loreto, President Noyac Civic Council
NCC members and their dues are appreciated by all. The Noyac Civic Council takes an active role in the quality of life issues of our hamlet. The NCC needs citizen volunteers to attend and report back on local meetings, help form and chair committees, facilitate outreach, etc. Please join the NCC and consider volunteering to promote the NCC's work. Just call Elena at 725-3304 to learn more.
We hope to see you at our next meeting!