A public hearing allowing small take-out restaurants to add up to 16 sidewalk seats as part of East Hampton Town’s Downtown Montauk Outdoor Dining Right-of-Way Pilot Program closed at the town board’s meeting last Thursday.Under the program, the fire marshal’s office would review the locations of tables, making sure passersby have enough room to walk, and approve a permit to the tune of $150.“We know everyone likes to dine outside during the summer, so we hope this makes it good for businesses, and makes it clear for code enforcement,” said Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, who is the board’s liaison to the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee.Springs resident David Buda questioned whether there were any provisions within the program to protect against any litter generated from the takeout restaurants.Overby said there aren’t any provisions in the proposed program, but there are in the town code. She said she believed the businesses, Montauk Chamber of Commerce, and the town could work together to ensure litter does not get out of hand.The chamber has installed trash cans for recyclables, which are sponsored by local businesses, and the town has been picking the refuse up, Overby said.“Always, litter is a problem,” she added.The proposal came out of the town’s business committee. It’s the third part of the pilot program legislation, which first made it possible for restaurants to have outdoor dining, then was followed by a provision allowing smaller takeout restaurants to have 16 seats in their establishments.In other Montauk news, the board moved forward with plans to pursue temporary housing for seasonal workers in Montauk. The town is sending out a request for proposals, which will be due back by July 31. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on May 9. The idea behind the project is to provide affordable local housing for the hamlet’s seasonal workforce, which would also reduce the amount of congestion on the roadways in the summer season.The board approved $150,000 in funding for the Hampton Hopper to run a shuttle bus in Montauk for the summer season. The cost will be offset by a $100,000 in state grant funding set aside by Assemblyman Fred Thiele.The Ditch Witch was approved once again as the town’s mobile concessionaire for Otis Road at Ditch Plains Beach. The bid came in at $12,825.Also, at the town board meeting:• The board scheduled public hearings on the acquisition of properties under the Community Preservation Fund. The properties included 105 Sycamore Drive, Springs for $290,000 and 269 Fairview Avenue, Montauk for $585,000, respectively.• Christine Ganitsch was appointed to the CPF Advisory Board.• Oyster gardening fees for the East Hampton Shellfish Education and Enhancement Directive were set at $250 for first-year oyster gardeners and $150 per year thereafter. The fee will entitle oyster gardeners access to oyster growing gear, assistance from the town’s shellfish hatchery staff, and oyster seed in order to maintain their crop of 1000 oysters as determined by New York State.The town’s hatchery will also assist oyster gardeners who would like to cultivate oysters off their own docks for an initial fee of $350, under the assumption that the farmer would keep the gear used to grow oysters. The farmers would also have to obtain a license to collect shellfish from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Subsequent sustaining member fees would be $100 and would entitle the gardener an annual allotment of new oyster seed in order to maintain their state allotment of email@example.com Share
A decision to fit ETCS Level 2 on DB’s main line between two major cities in south Germany means that three separate signalling and train control systems will operate in parallel on one route,DEUTSCHE Bahn has called tenders for supply and installation of ETCS Level 2 on its 171 km corridor between Nürnberg and München. Bids for the €35m project close in early July, and completion is planned by the end of 2009. Between Ingolstadt and München the route consists of tracks upgraded for trains to run at 200 km/h, but over the 89 km north of Ingolstadt a 300 km/h Neubaustrecke was opened in May 2006. The entire route is fitted with DB’s LZB inductive train control system which is mandatory for trains operating at speeds over 160 km/h.Despite this, DB is to equip the route with ETCS Level 2. Asked to explain, DB says that the route forms part of the Stockholm – Verona corridor designated by the EU in the ETCS migration strategy. As funding from the EU is conditional on the route meeting the requirements of the latest TSIs, the line has to be fitted with Level 2. There have been suggestions that the Federal Railway Office instructed DB to install Level 2 on the route, but EBA says this is not the case and that the requirement was part of an agreement with the European Commission.DB says the ETCS equipment will operate in parallel with the existing LZB – the two systems will remain separate, and trains running at 200 km/h or more will use one or the other system depending on the onboard equipment with which they are fitted.As the upgraded line between Ingolstadt and München is also used by trains running at less than 160 km/h, conventional lineside signals and associated train protection equipment will remain in place. This means that three separate signalling and train control systems will be operational on the same line.Asked what advantages Level 2 offers over LZB, DB points out that it is standard European equipment which will allow trains not fitted to operate with DB’s own signalling to use the line. In terms of safety and capacity, LZB and ETCS Level 2 are comparable, DB notes.DB has yet to decide how many vehicles will need to be fitted with ETCS to run over the line, and separate tenders will be called for supply of onboard equipment. On average 72 trains a day use the Neubaustrecke in each direction, with 120 trains a day each way on the upgraded section.DB has already installed Level 2 equipment on a section of the main line from Berlin to Halle and Leipzig. The 39 km northern section between Ludwigsfelde and Jüterbog was one of the national ERTMS test lines enjoying funding from the European Commission, but the 120 km southern section was funded nationally. Level 2 is also being installed on the 128 km route from Saarbrücken to Ludwigshafen as part of the TGV Est Europ?en programme. However, as 200 km/h will not be possible on the 33 km section between Kaiserslautern and Neustadt, Level 1 will suffice. The work will be completed by December 2008.
In welcoming the Deputy First Minister to The Crichton, Dame Barbara Kelly, CCLG Chairman, was delighted to engage CCLG Members in a discussion with the Minister around the importance of the partnership and the strategic priorities for The Crichton going forward and valued the opportunity to report on the achievements of the Group to date. Dame Barbara Kelly, Chairman of the Crichton Campus Leadership Group said: “The Crichton partners strongly believe that The Crichton, Dumfries and Galloway and the wider South of Scotland has untapped potential to contribute to the Scottish economy and as a group we are committed to addressing the unique needs of the region, our learners and employers and in supporting inclusive growth through continued collaboration. We very much welcomed the visit from the Deputy First Minister to The Crichton this week and hope that he will add his support to our ambitious plans for The Crichton and the South of Scotland.” The Scottish Government backed the establishment of the Crichton Campus Leadership Group in 2013 and with co-operation from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) they launched the Group with representation from the five academic partners; Dumfries and Galloway College, The Open University in Scotland, Scotland’s Rural College, University of Glasgow and University of the West of Scotland. The Crichton Trust, The Crichton Foundation, Crichton Carbon Centre, Dumfries and Galloway Council, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership are also active members of the Group. The ambition to put The Crichton on the world map as a Centre for Business Innovation and Collaboration is exciting news for the South of Scotland and should significantly contribute to the economic prosperity and wellbeing of the region.” In fitting with the theme of the visit, The Deputy First Minister also paid a visit to Criffel View, which is prominently located between the academic campus and The Crichton Business Park, to hear from The Crichton Trust about their plans for developing the building into Crichton Central to create new flexible ways to work and collaborate. It is hoped that Crichton Central will attract new businesses and further enhance the facilities and opportunities for exchanging ideas and knowledge between those in academia and those in business. The Crichton partners are keen to harness the economic asset of an ageing population and to build an age-friendly, inter-generational, knowledge exchange community where people of all ages can work, innovate, invent, learn, live and contribute physically, economically, socially and culturally for as long as possible. Building on over 20 years’ experience, the partners discussed their Statement of Ambition and outlined the priorities relating to sustaining and growing equitable and accessible learning opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the rural area. They clearly identified their plans to increase Higher Education provision in the region and to offer more choice to learners. As well as offering a high-quality educational experience, the Group stressed that in order to ensure the future sustainability and success of The Crichton Campus, all learners must also benefit from an enhanced and vibrant student experience. Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP during his recent visit to The Crichton. Left to right: Gwilym Gibbons (CEO, The Crichton Trust), Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, Dame Barbara Kelly (Chairman, CCLG), Dr Ian Macmillan (Chair, The Crichton Trust) and Professor Russel Griggs (Chair, SOSEP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInCollaboration is key to the ongoing success of The Crichton in Dumfries and this week, Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP met with members of the Crichton Campus Leadership Group (CCLG) to discuss the strategic priorities of the partnership. It was very encouraging during this visit to see academic and business partners working more closely with local agencies and to hear their plans to tailor learning opportunities to meet the specific needs of regional employers. Partners are also committed to enhancing the student experience and increasing research and knowledge exchange activities. Commenting on the strength of local partnerships, the Deputy First Minister said: “All partners recognise the importance of a collaborative approach to delivering Higher and Further Education across Dumfries and Galloway.