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LONG ISLAND SAFE TRAILS COALITION
Minutes of meeting on 9 Sept 2002
Members present: Ken Kindler, Marty Shea, Richard Lupoletti,
Gene Makl, Larry Kutash, Paul Hamilton, Dai Dayton, Steve Laton, Ed Porco,
Ken called meeting to order at 11:10.
Gene and Richard reported on the information card on which
they are working. A discussion ensued as to what and how many telephone numbers
should be put on the card. The dilemma is to keep the amount of phone numbers
down and yet to make the card as useful as possible. Richard and Gene will have
a final draft ready before the next meeting.
The need for an easy to understand central source of
information on hunting seasons on public land was also discussed.
Ken Kindler then spoke to the main purpose of today’s
meeting, which was to coordinate a plan that will effectively address the
illegal use of ATV's and Dirt Bikes in the Long Pond Greenbelt (LPG). He passed
around a number of photos that vividly illustrated the problem. The degradation
of the trails was all too evident. A discussion centered on the possibility of
placing barriers and signs on trails that lead into and off of the LIPA right of
way. In the LPG many trails that
lead to environmentally sensitive areas intersect with the ROW.
The ROW offers a roadway for the off road vehicles to access nature and
recreation trails. In addition to the LIPA ROW, barriers would be needed on the
paths crossing over Old Farm Rd and the Sag Harbor R.R. Spur Trail.
Marty Shea has offered to talk with LIPA about what needs to be done. It
was pointed out that LIPA doesn’t actually own the land, but has an easement.
Who owns the land is not clear at this time.
Ken will start work on a presentation for the various Town
Boards. He will generate some ideas and the board will participate in their
development through correspondence prior to the next meeting.
It was suggested that this presentation should include:
The mission of the LISTC.
Description of the degradation of the trails caused by illegal
off road vehicle use.
The impact the trail misuse and damage has on the utilization
of the resource.
Solicit Town Boards’ help in hiring rangers, police action
and legislation to make penalties stronger.
Propose that the Town Boards sponsor and facilitate the
printing of the brochures developed by the LISTC.
Gene spoke to the sense of a partnership between the Town
Boards and the LISTC.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:30. The next meeting will take
place on Oct 21, 2002 at 4 PM at the office of the Group for the South Fork.
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