STAND FOR SOMETHING
Island Advance, 09 May 2013
We are going to ask the Suffolk
County Legislature a question.
Do reports count?
And which ones?
Because if it involves selective
choosing, then the county is in big
trouble. Also, money is being wasted
on them because, honestly, what good
do they do? The Parks and Recreation
Committee shot down a request from
Legis. Kate Browning to close the
Suffolk County Trap and Skeet.
The consensus was that the noise
issue was in litigation, so letís
wait for the decision. From the
get-go, the county made a big
mistake in approving Mark Wroobelís
application without being clear
about noise violation jurisdiction.
He had a right to apply; the
location was just all wrong. The
subsequent haggling began from
there. The county wasnít going to be
the municipality that oversaw noise
mitigation, the town was. So who
cared about the subsequent lawsuits?
Hmm, residential area, one lane each
way in traffic across from the
facility, increased housing around
the facility that began with just a
few people coming. Note, a few
Everyone is saying it was always
there. With a few people coming and
a limited amount of residents. But
development was in the pipeline.
Wroobel had a legitimate business in
mind and was the only one who came
forward; the county should have
thought about the residents and
environmental issues that have
resulted from the approval. As our
stewards, you protect us.
And, in all fairness, if this had
been thought out, Wroobel would have
been in a better place. No one has
paid attention to the repeated
warnings, reports, comments from the
countyís legal counsels, consultants
the county has used and legislators
from years back about the noise
issue, its location on an aquifer
and the lead buildup, except in this
case, Browning provided a detailed
packet. By the way, itís a stoneís
throw from the Carmans River. You
know, the river you had numerous
voluminous reports produced
regarding its protection.
Both Browning and Councilwoman
Connie Kepert have been on top of
this and the town is pursuing the
violations. Itís in court yet again
on an appeal. Wroobel said he would
consider noise mitigation if it was
done correctly. But the county
waited too long. And he said he
would be agreeable to relocation if
it were a good spot.
So, please, donít authorize any more
reports, especially environmental
ones. Because itís wasting our
hard-earned taxpayer money.