THE FORT SALONGA
One of the oldest civic associations in New York State
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Town Line Industrial Zone, Proposed Zoning Change
YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BE HEARD !
MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT !
The Town of Smithtown has extended the comment period for the proposed MASTER PLAN.
DEADLINE IS : AUGUST 9 before 4:00 P.M.
Once approved, the Master Plan will become the road map for all development now and in the future.
The proposed changes will impact YOU ! The town proposes to rezone 11.5 acres just south of Pulaski Road from light industry to heavy industry. This would be an exception. There is no benefit to our community. This is Fort Salonga's southern, eastern and western borders.
Though the heavy industry zoning would pave the way for an Organic Waste Facility (which we are told is tabled now) and proposed railroad spur, there are other industries that would occupy this area in its place. AND - by allowing this area to be changed from Light to Heavy Industry, it would set a president for future changes by the Town of Smithtown.
End result : more truck traffic, noxious odors, noise, water contamination and significant negative impact on our community and property values!
SAY 'NO' TO THE ZONE CHANGE OF 11.5 ACRES BEING PROPOSED.
MAINTAIN LIGHT INDUSTRY ZONE THROUGHOUT TOWNLINE/OLD NORTHPORT ROADS.
CLEAN UP THE EXISTING BUSINESS ACTIVITY !
DON'T ADD TO THE ALREADY BAD POLLUTION WE LIVE WITH !
SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE !
SEND YOUR COMMENTS NOW TO:
Town of Smithtown
99 W. Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED
Notice of special public meeting
8/3/2021 7:00 PM
Smithtown Town Board
Public Hearing Draft Comprehensive Plan
Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center
420 Middle Country Road Smithtown, NY
ALL residents of Fort Salonga are urged to attend, before it is to late!
For the purposes of this notification we are referring to the Smithtown’s rollout ZOOM presentations of the above comprehensive plan, first for Commack on Jan. 13, 2021 and Kings Park Jan. 21, 2021. Though Fort Salonga is not technically in either we are bordered by both.
First, I would like to congratulate the residents of Fort Salonga for their attendance on the Kings Park session – the largest turnout for all the presentations in the township, having a total of 75 attendees on the call, mostly from our little hamlet. FYI – for all the presentations throughout the town, there were a total of only 203 residents who attended these calls. As you will see, your voices were heard and changes were made, though as you will read – not all is rosy.
During the presentations by Smithtown Planning Board we were informed that the entire Smithtown Industrial Zone on the west side of town, (located immediately south of Fort Salonga, starting at Pulaski Rd. and continuing south along Town Line Rd. and Old Northport Rd.) would be changed from the current light industry to heavy industry. Along with this proposed change in zoning it was mentioned that a rail spur might be installed to service not only the new heavy industry businesses but also the COVANTA waste facility located on Town Line Rd. in Huntington Township. We were told that by doing this (the rail spur), that truck traffic would be minimized because the spur would take care of both waste coming into the zone as well as taking it out. But with the proposed added heavy industry and rail spur, truck traffic could only increase, bringing in waste from all over Long Island. Our other concern is that if this is allowed to proceed as planned, what will stop the Town from doing something like this again in the future, but without our knowledge? It is also our assumption that rail service to this area could only happen late at night, as not to interfere with normal LIRR traffic, causing considerable diesel turbine noise and fumes throughout the wee hours of the night.
Back on Sept. 13, 2018 the Town of Smithtown held a special presentation, including the local civic associations. That meeting was to present the potential for an Organic Waste Processing Facility (OWPF). We were told that the Town was investigating the potential to allow for such a facility in the before mentioned Heavy Industry Zone. This facility would perform several operations, some of which would be catastrophic not only for Fort Salonga but all Long Island, as the land in question lies on top of Long Island’s only source of drinking water. This is where the rail spur comes in, bringing in organic waste of all types to be processed at this facility. To add to this, the potential for noxious odors that would be omitted from this facility would most likely drive residents in the southern part of Fort Salonga to vacate their homes, with little hope of being able to sell.
Recently the Fort Salonga Assn. Board was informed by sources outside of any town department or official of not only this public meeting but also the proposed changes to the proposed Comprehensive Plan. Those changes were instead of totally rezoning the existing Light Industry Zone, their new proposal is to change a small area (in comparison), the area that would house the OWPF business. We were also informed that this property is owned by Toby Carlson. Mr. Carlson owns many businesses, both within this industrial zone as well as other areas in the northeast, and has a reputation for not following municipal regulations, zoning laws or paying fees imposed for these practices.
Though we were told this would not happen if the OWPF were to be approved, in fact most likely our worst dreams could and more likely will unfold – UNLESS – we once again band together by attending this special meeting on August 3 and making our voices be heard – loud and clear. There is limited seating, so we recommend that if you plan on attending you arrive by 6:30. Of late, Fort Salonga has been stepped on, trampled and spat out by both Smithtown and Huntington officials, disregarding current and long-standing zoning, ecological standards and the wishes of its citizens, while chasing the almighty tax dollar.
It is imperative that each and every Fort Salonga resident attend this meeting, if not for yourself then for your neighbor.
The Board of the Fort Salonga Association
Notice for immediate action
PROPOSED BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM
The Fort Salonga Association has been asked to have a meeting with Key Capture Energy (www.keycaptureenergy.com). They are proposing a battery storage facility (we assume using Lithium batteries) to store electricity next to the PSEG substation on Pulaski Road, across from Richter's Orchard. The FSA, as well a surrounding homeowners are extremely concerned about this project, especially the potential environmental effects, both to our groundwater, the "HUM" noise that these units put out and the fire hazard posed by Lithium batteries.
We encourage ALL residents of not only Fort Salonga but all residents and organizations of surrounding communities to attend this meeting, scheduled for this coming Tuesday at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Again - we ask ALL residents of Fort Salonga and surrounding area to attend this important ZOOM informational call.
NOTE: We will ask if the call can be recorded. If so, the recording available will be made available here on the FSA web-site.
Time: May 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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ATTENTION: For this who are interested in or affected by the proposed Owl Hill development, please click here for the latest, including an article from the Smithtown News.
Also, the developer has requested a meeting with members of the Fort Salonga Association.
We are in the process of setting a date and time.
NOTE: The Smithtown Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has scheduled a hearing for March 31.
Check Calendar for details.
New Year, New Issues
We have left 2020 behind, but carried some of last years issues into the new year. Owl Hill, Indian Hills, Bread and Cheese and 7-Eleven highlight the holdovers. As we enter the new year we find new issues facing our community.
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