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Volunteers needed at Arrowhead Park - Saturday April 22nd



Please help and ask others to assist as well for this Earth Day event!  


Two local nurseries have donated several trees to the civic organization to be planted at Arrowhead Park.  Brookhaven Town has donated soil and compost.  Now we need volunteers to get the trees in the ground.  Bring your own shovels & gloves, and wheelbarrows if possible.
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LRCO Second Community Survey

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is always looking for new ways to ensure it is meeting the needs of the community.  We issued our first survey last summer.  This second survey focuses on recreational activities.  

Please follow the survey link below and share your thoughts so we may help make our community a place we want it to be.  And please share this with other members of the community - the more voices we hear from, the more effective this survey will be.

https://goo.gl/forms/V1ERJu4672or7HGj2


Thank you!

Public Hearing for Ronkonkoma Hub - February 7, 2017

There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7th at 2:30PM in the Legislative Auditorium of the W.H. Rogers Building (located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11787) regarding the proposed expansion of the Southwest Sewer District (Suffolk County Sewer District No. 3) to support the Ronkonkoma Hub development. 

The proposal was originally presented at a public hearing last year, but was not voted on by the Legislature due to concern it was not clearly expressed this would come at no cost to the taxpayer. These improvements will be paid for using Sewer District Serial Bonds and a grant from the Empire State Development Corporation, with contributions from the developer of the Ronkonkoma Hub. The expansion of the Southwest Sewer District will provide sewage treatment to previously un-sewered areas, creating a favorable ecological and economic impact to the County, and allowing for the construction of an asset within the District that has the ability to generate revenue and future cost savings to District rate payers.

This hearing is critical to the redevelopment of the Ronkonkoma Hub.  The County Legislature is deciding on the appropriations for the pump station.

This issue has recently become "political" and if the appropriations are not approved, then the entire project is at risk.  The project requires proper sewering to move forward.

It would be helpful if community members in favor of project attend the hearing and state their support of the project and relay how important it is to redevelop the blighted area around the train station.

Another Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

On Monday January 25, community members attended this Planning Board hearing to speak about the proposed office building at the corner of Portion Road and Ackerly Lane.

Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Vice President Dawn Hopkins along with nearby property owners addressed the Planning Board. The owners of nearby parcels spoke of their concerns about the amount of trash that currently accumulates on the property as well as the youths that congregate in the parking lot at night. Their fear is that this new building will create more of an opportunity for these behaviors. A significant concern was the placement and height of the proposed building that will allow the occupants to look directlyinto the kitchen and backyard of the house next door.

The civic pointed out that the required notice of property change to the community was incorrectly posted on public property (telephone pole) instead of the Friedman property. We also spoke to the lack of posting on Ackerly Lane where the proposed building would actually be built. As a result, the Planning Board determined there must be a correct re-posting done on Ackerly and Portion. The application will be reheard at the February 8 Planning Board meeting.

New Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

There is a new hearing date for this proposed office building, at the corner of Portion Road and Ackerly Lane. The hearing will be on Monday January 25th at 4:00 PM. This hearing is number 4 on the agenda. The agenda reads:

Portion Properties LLC @ Ronkonkoma
Location: S/EC of Portion Road (CR 16) and Ackerley Lane
Description: To construct a 3,230 sq. ft. Office building (medical office) and associated site improvements, with parking variances.
Tax Map#: 0200 64900 0200 031001
Council District: #5
Log#: 15SP0013
Area: 2.157 acres
Zoning: J Business 4
School District: #5 Sachem CSD
Applicant Info: Scott Friedman c/o Portion Properties, LLC 500 Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

We have previously communicated our concerns about the original proposal. In December, we met with a representative of the property owner to discuss those concerns and review a revised proposal.

​The building itself is much improved; the architecture matches the current office building at that corner and appears to be compliant with the Land Use Plan (LUP) for this part of the Portion Road corridor. [See images below.]

The LUP also suggests that a new building on this property be aligned with the existing commercial frontage along Portion Road, as is the existing building, as opposed to being placed on a residential side street (Ackerly Lane). Placing the building on Portion Road would also protect the residential properties on Ackerly and Conway.

However, should the building be placed on Ackerly, we would recommend the following protective measures:
Maximize the size of the buffer along the east, south, and west property lines
Within these buffers, use as much of the natural vegetation as possible supplemented with additional evergreen landscaping, such as Leyland cypress.
The buffer should also address the grade change across the properties and try to limit the visibility of the structure at the second floor level.
Use landscaping to disguise the retaining wall that’s visible from the street.

We are also concerned that proper noticing of this hearing has not been done; the required signs on the parcel itself have not been posted properly.

We encourage nearby property owners to attend Monday’s hearing to share their concerns and comments on this proposal with the Planning Board.

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Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

Thanks to all of you to attended this hearing on October 5th.  However, the developer did not properly notify neighboring residents as well as the community in large, about the Planning Board hearing.  As such, the hearing will be re-heard on Monday November 9th, 4:00 PM at Brookhaven Town Hall.  Please plan to attend to ensure your voice is heard on this proposal.   You now have a second shot to address the Planning Board to ask for changes or to ask that they deny the proposed development as presented.  See notes below from our prior email to you for more information and why the civic organization has serious concerns about this developer's plans.

The hearing is number 9 on the Planning Board agenda; this is how it appears on the agenda:

9. Portion Properties LLC @ Ronkonkoma
Location: S/EC of Portion Road (CR 16) and Ackerley Lane
Description: To construct a 3,230 sq. ft. Office building (medical office) and associated site improvements, with parking variances.
Tax Map#: 0200 64900 0200 031001
Council District: #5
Log#: 15SP0013
Area: 2.157 acres
Zoning: J Business 4
School District: #5 Sachem CSD
Applicant Info: Scott Friedman c/o Portion Properties, LLC 500 Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 


Thank you!

Brookhaven Town Road Paving - Your Action Needed

Thanks to all of you who responded to our road paving request! The civic compiled a list of nearly 40 local streets that are in poor condition and submitted it to Councilmen LaValle and Foley; we asked them to forward the list to the Highway Department as there is no published e-mail address for Highway Superintendent Losquadro.

Now we need you to keep the pressure on. Please contact the Councilmen; their e-mail addresses are provided below. Please also contact the Highway Department, a link to an online contact form is provided. We need to make sure we get our fair share of tax dollars allocated to our poorly maintained streets and roads.

Thank you.

CouncilmanLaValle@brookhaven.org
CouncilmanFoley@brookhaven.org

http://www.brookhaven.org/Elected-Officials/Highway-Superintendent

Brookhaven Town Road Paving - Follow Up

As you know, the last general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization was dedicated to a discussion of ROAD CONDITIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY. This was part of an ongoing effort by the civic to explore how roads are paved, how is it decided which roads will be paved, and how paving dollars are allocated by hamlet and by council district within the Town of Brookhaven.
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Street Sign Clean Up

The civic is once again compiling a list of street name signs and traffic control signs that are missing, vandalized or in generally poor condition. Send your list of signs to the civic; we will verify and forward on to the appropriate town departments for review and possible replacement.

Members can share this information with the civic three ways:
Bring the list to the next civic meeting
Mail the list to the civic at P.O. Box 2916, Lake Ronkonkoma, 11779
E-mail the list to information@lakeronkonkomacivic.org

We are also compiling a list of streets in the community that are in need of paving or resurfacing. Please include that information in your correspondence to the civic. Provide us with the full street name. Note, this list is not for pothole repair, we are looking for entire streets that need serious attention. For pothole repair, please call 451-TOWN.

A Reminder From the Membership Committee

Our fiscal year ends soon and that means it’s time once again to renew your membership.
You can pay for your renewal online, safely and securely, by using your credit card or PayPal account. Just visit the Civic membership page:
http://www.lakeronkonkomacivic.org/membership/membership.html

You will be automatically transferred to a secure PayPal-hosted page where you can complete the payment for your membership using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa, or if you have a PayPal account, you can use that too. Your credit card information remains safe and secure with PayPal's encrypted website; the Civic does not store, nor have access to, your credit card data.