The Southold Town Board, at a meeting on Tuesday, June 5, voted to allow pump-out boat services to the Village of Greenport during special events and emergencies, and accepted a bid to construct a solar panel system at the town animal shelter.
The board voted unanimously on a resolution allowing the Town Supervisor Scott Russell to execute an inter-municipal agreement with Greenport regarding the supply of town pump-out boat services to the village during special events and times of emergency need. In addition, the boat can offload effluent waste for the pump-out boat at the Greenport Pump-out Station for the period of June 1 to October 31, subject to approval by the town attorney.
Pump-out boat programs vary slightly between Twin Fork towns, but they exist for the same reason — the Peconic and South Shore Estuaries and Greenport Harbor are designated “Vessel Waste No Discharge Zones.”
On the North Fork, the service is available in Cutchogue Harbor Marina, Brewer’s Marina, and Sterling Harbor Marina in Greenport, Port of Egypt Marina and Brick Cove Marinas in Southold, and Greenport Harbor.
The POBs are all available to serve recreational boaters in need of waste removal approximately from Memorial Day through October 31, but the schedule varies slightly by town.
They can be contacted on marine radio CH 73 to arrange a time and meeting place for waste removal. Fees may vary between towns because some marinas have received grants to cover the services while others have not.
In addition, the board accepted a bid from Ronkonkoma-based SUNation Solar Systems to construct a solar panels system at the Southold Animal Shelter in the amount of $564,752. The project will generate power for the shelter, which is located on Peconic Lane.