For the past year, Al Algieri – president of the the East Quogue Civic Association – says his organization has been in hibernation, but now, the group is ready to wake up with a renewed effort.
On Oct. 27, the civic association is hosting an annual meeting in which membership is on the top of the agenda.
"We want to try to reach more topics that different members of our community are interested in," said Algieri.
Currently, Algieri says the civic has 460 paid members, but he hopes that more taxpayers will join. To rally them, for the first time, the civic has sent an invite to the annual meeting to the 2,700 taxpayers in the community.
"This is our biggest membership drive to date," said Algieri.
Aside from talking membership at their first meeting of the year, Algieri says there will be discussion on the controversial T-Mobile tower, proposed for the East Quogue Fire Department.
Since May, Algieri says not much has been discussed about the project.
Invited to speak at the meeting is a Southampton Town Safety Officer, who Algieri said will discuss a September burglary in which a large German Shepherd did not dissuade three men from attempting to burglarizing an East Quogue Spinney Road home.
Also on the agenda is an idea to bring natural gas to downtown East Quogue.
According to Algieri several downtown business and residents are interested in lobbying National Grid to pipe in natural gas. At the meeting, said Algieri, will be a petition that residents can sign requesting natural gas.
"It makes a lot of sense to bring in gas," said Algerir. "The purpose of the petition is to show that the community is interested."
The meeting will round-out with Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera discussing happenings within town hall.
The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at the East Quogue Methodist Church.
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