Nothing ‘positive’ about slaughterhouse at town meeting
ISLIP TOWN—In addition to a full agenda of regular business, the issue of a proposed business had local residents speaking out during Tuesday’s Islip Town Board meeting.
Islip Terrace resident Jeff Greenside voiced opposition to the proposed chicken slaughterhouse in his neighborhood. Greenside, who lives on Beaver Dam Road, the same street where the applicant is looking to put the slaughterhouse, recalled a recent Islip Town Board of Appeals meeting where about 300 people showed up to protest the project.
“Hundreds of people spoke during the [meeting]; none of [the comments] were positive,” Greenside said, adding that he has reached out to New York State Congressman Peter King (R-Seaford) and New York State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) regarding the slaughterhouse. This publication reported on the meeting that Greenside referenced in the article “Slaughterhouse protest,” which was published on Oct. 25, 2018.
Greenside also voiced his concerns that a slaughterhouse would negatively impact the air, water and traffic quality in the neighborhood. He gave his opinion that it is in no way a positive addition to the community, and asked for the town board to put a stop to the project “immediately.”
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter told the speaker she shares the same concerns as many other local residents. The decision, however, rests with another governing board, as Suffolk County Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-East Islip) pointed out in an online post a day before the protest at the zoning board of appeals meeting.
“The decision is up to the zoning board of appeals,” Cilmi wrote on Oct. 22, 2018. “It will not be before the town board. Under the current zoning of the property, a poultry slaughterhouse is permitted as long as they meet the [proper] criteria.”
In another recurring matter, two representatives from the Suffolk Student Climate Action Committee once again urged town officials to move towards more renewable forms of energy. The committee’s founder, Melissa Parrott, said that other townships in Suffolk County, including Brookhaven, East Hampton, Southampton and Southold, have already taken large strides in “going green.”
The SSCAC, which is largely student run, describes itself as a “grassroots, nonpartisan group” encouraging local elected officials to make the transition to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030.
Parrott thanked the town board for always “keeping their doors open” to the committee. She also applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent initiative to make the state 100 percent carbon neutral by 2040. “This is big,” Parrott said, adding that smaller municipalities, like Islip Town, must do their part in helping to combat climate change.
Carpenter, in response to the committee’s comments, said Islip Town has “been forward thinking” regarding environmental conservation and a leader in recycling for years. Carpenter said the town “stayed the course” with its dual-stream recycling system, where numerous townships “jumped on the single-stream bandwagon” a few years back.
This was in reference to recent news that the townships of Brookhaven, Smithtown and Southold would no longer be collecting glass in their curbside recycling programs due to the arguably inefficient system. From now on, the aforementioned townships will be separating their recyclables for weekly pickup, a system similar to the one Islip has been using for years.
After the public portion, the town board addressed a full agenda of resolutions, largely to renew basic services for the community in the coming year.
Carpenter was authorized to enter into an agreement with Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance Inc. to provide ambulance services to the Bay-Shore-Brightwaters Ambulance District for the 2019 year. She was also authorized to enter into agreements with Exchange Ambulance Corporation of the Islips (East Islip, Islip, Islip Terrace and Great River) and Community Ambulance (Sayville) for another year.
The Islip Arts Council will manage the Islip Art Museum for another year.
Carpenter was also authorized to enter into an agreement with Nelson and Pope, Engineers and Surveyors for design and construction oversight services for a community skatepark at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.
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