LONG ISLAND SAFE TRAILS COALITION
Minutes of meeting 3/10/03
The meeting was called to order by Chair Ken Kindler at 4:10 PM.
Attending: Ken Kindler, Dianne Rulnick, Dai Dayton, Jodi Grindrod, Larry Kutash, and Ed Porco
Since there was no quorum in the January meeting, the minutes taken at that meeting are considered notes and are attached to these minutes.
Town Board Presentations: It was decided that Ken Kindler would make presentations to the Town Board as a manifestation of the coalition in action.
Hike Leaders Guide: Ed will make available to the coalition a copy of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society’s hike leaders guide and Ken will do the same submitting a copy of the Greenbelt Conference’s guide.
Hunting Schedules: Dianne will obtain a copy of the hunting regulations from Southampton Town Hall and Larry will do the same from East Hampton Town Hall. There seems to be much confusion regarding hunting and a study of the regulations appears in order. Dianne suggested we invite Howard Roth to a meeting to discuss the hunting situation in Southampton and East Hampton and to dispel his concern that the coalition is anti-hunting. Prior to the next meeting, Ken will ask again for some input on this matter from the Pine Barrens Enforcement Council.
Website: The Hike-LI.com website will carry the text of adopted minutes of the coalition. Also included in the website is an introduction to LIST and the informational pamphlet. Ken asks that members review this web page and offer any additions or changes at the next LIST meeting.
Distribution of Pamphlets and Cards: The pamphlets will be mailed to the membership by each member-organization. The cards will be distributed to hikers at each hike. The LIGTC included the pamphlet in its winter newsletter.
Letter writing campaign: Each member will bring a letter on ATVs and present it at the next meeting with sufficient copies for all present. At that time, a schedule of mailing to local newspapers will be discussed. It was suggested that each member ask the groups we represent to write also letters advocating against illegal use of ORVs. In particular, we should stress personal experiences.
Consumer Affairs Office: An invitation will go out to Charles Gardener, Director of Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs, to attend our next meeting to discuss retail store infractions of state law regarding signs outlining state regulations on ATV use on public lands. Ken will write a letter including the questions we have about enforcing the new “Truth in Selling Law”, and invite Mr. Gardener to our April 14 meeting.
**A NOTE FROM CHAIR; NOT PART OF THE OFFICIAL MINUTES**
**Subsequent to the March 3 LIST meeting Capt. Richard Otterstedt, (NYS Environmental Conservation Police) Chairman Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council indicated that there was a meeting between Charles Gardener, Steve Laton, Vice Chair (Suffolk County Department of Parks Security Director) and Ray Corwin, Executive Director Central Pine Barrens Commission about this issue.  I will update the Council on the results of that conference at the next meeting.**
Protected Lands Council: Ken believes we can use the canvass letter approach adopted, by the Council for the Pine Barrens, in our area. We believe it will be more effective to address such letters to specific names and addresses.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 PM. THE NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY 14 APRIL AT 4PM AT GSF OFFICE. THE SUBSEQUENT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY 12 MAY AT 4PM AT GSF OFFICE.
Respectfully submitted -
Ed Porco


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