Approve Standard Work Days for Elected and Appointed Officials - June 7th, 2012
RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Westhampton Beach hereby establishes the attached schedule as standard work days for elected and appointed officials and will report the following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System based on the time keeping system records or the record of activities maintained and submitted by the officials to the Clerk of this Body.
Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law
Beginning on January 1, 2012, the law will:
- Prohibit the use of phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizer unless establishing a new lawn or a soil test shows that the lawn does not have enough phosphorus.
- Prohibit the application of lawn fertilizer on impervious surfaces and require pick up of fertilizer applied or spilled onto impervious surfaces.
- Prohibit the application of lawn fertilizer within 20 feet of any surface water except: where there is a vegetative buffer of at least 10 feet; or where the fertilizer is applied by a device with a spreader guard, deflector shield or drop spreader at least three feet from surface water
- Prohibit the application of lawn fertilizer between December 1st and April 1st
- Require retailers to display phosphorus containing fertilizers separately from non-phosphorus fertilizers and to post an educational sign where the phosphorus-containing fertilizers are displayed.
This provision DOES NOT impact agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens
- Picking the Right Fertilizer
Fertilizer labels have three bold numbers. The number in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus in the product, e.g. 22-0-15. Use of products with 0.67 in the middle or lower is not restricted. Products with a number higher than 0.67 may only be used if a new lawn is being established or a soil test indicates it is necessary.
- Getting a Soil Test
The NYS DEC recommends that soil testing be done by a laboratory that routinely performs soil nutrient analysis testing. The results tend to be more accurate than home test kits and most labs will also provide fertilizer application recommendations. Labs can be found through a web search or through the local Cornell University County Cooperative Extension office. Please see "Offsite Links" at the right. Tests generally cost in the $10 to $20 range (in 2010). Soil may also be tested using a test kit, but these tests tend to be less accurate and do not come with fertilizer recommendations.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP):
HEAP is a federally funded program that provides heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also provides emergency assistance for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP assists with furnace repairs and/or replacements for households with inoperable heating equipment.