March 31, 2017
Dear Fishers Islanders:
Enclosed are our 2017 East End Sticker Rates and the regulations governing vehicular and bicycle traffic on East End roads. This information also may be found on FIDCO’s web site at www.fidco.us.
We have kept the simplified categories we developed last year to avoid confusion at the Gate House and to streamline the application and payment process. The three Residential Vehicle categories are: East End Property Owners, West End Residents & All Island Renters and Year-Round Residents. The Commercial Vehicle categories will remain intact. All 2017 rates will remain the same as last year. Bicycle stickers will continue to be free of charge; however, we would like to remind you that the bicycle waiver must be filled out and signed for each bicycle sticker obtained.
Every vehicle entering the East End must have a FIDCO sticker affixed to the upper right hand corner of its windshield where the sticker can easily be seen by the Gate House attendants. Stickers may be purchased at the Utility Co. office or at the Gate House. We require that specific vehicle identification information be provided for each sticker purchased, and we now are encouraging everyone to complete auto, commercial and bicycle sticker forms on the FIDCO website (although physical forms will again be available for the 2017 season). Additional information, including policies regarding rental cars, guest passes and bicycles, may be found in the attached instructions as well as on the FIDCO website.
I would like to use this opportunity to update you on several matters of interest.
LPR Camera System
As discussed last year, a license plate reader system is planned to take the place of the current sticker system for gate passes in 2018. As we finalize testing and implementation, 2017 will be a transitional year where both systems will be deployed in parallel. Accordingly, we are requesting your help, and patience, during the transition so that we are successful in fully deploying the LPR Camera System for 2018 seamlessly. As you approach the Gate House, please be sure to come to a complete stop where indicated and then proceed when the light turns green. If you do not see the correct indication, please make the Gate House attendants aware so they can correct any error as soon as possible.
When the LPR Camera System is fully functional, you will be able renew your gate pass online prior to your arrival on the island, and it also will eliminate the need for us to ask you for redundant information year after year.
Safety on our roads continues to be our foremost concern. Over the last several years, there has been a concerted effort to create a safer environment on the Island. The Recreational Path, speed bumps at the Gate and the Club, and improved signage have made a big difference. Nevertheless, we continue to have periodic accidents, which often involve speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol.
FIDCO and the New York State Police will continue to monitor traffic on the East End roads. However, we need everyone’s cooperation when it comes to obeying the STOP signs and adhering to the 30 mph speed limit on the main road and 15 mph speed limit on the dirt roads. I also would ask residents whose driveways cross the Recreational Path to be particularly careful as you turn onto the main road. A few close calls with bikers and pedestrians were reported over the last few summers, so please be vigilant. Also, motorists and cyclists are now expected to come to a complete stop at the Gate House crossings in order to improve safety at this particularly dangerous and congested intersection of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please take the time to remind your family members and guests of our traffic rules and regulations and lead by example. PLEASE SLOW DOWN.
We will be continuing our long-term program to repair the dirt roads where erosion and poor drainage have damaged the roadbeds. As we did last summer, we will be adding fill in certain spots, grading the roads and clearing overhanging brush and trees. Our objective continues to be improved travel and visibility on the dirt roads and to provide the Fishers Island Fire Department and other emergency vehicles better access to residential properties. Again, please heed the posted 15 mph speed limit on the dirt roads and note the additional “Warning” signs which have been deployed in the last 12 months.
A number of Fishers Island residents continue to express concern about the proliferation of road paintings. These neighbors feel, quite understandably, that the volume of paintings, and the ostentatious nature of some of the more recent paintings, detracts from the beauty of our Island. I would ask those of you whose children might be inspired to decorate our road to please bear in mind the feelings of others.
Guest Passes and Rental Properties
All guest passes must be obtained at the Gate House. Residents who purchase a gate pass may request two 5-day passes per guest but they MUST register the guest’s vehicle information online or with the Gate House. If the number of passes or days exceeds these limits, your guest will be expected to purchase a sticker. In addition, ALL renters of East End and West End properties are required to buy stickers for each of their vehicles.
On busy summer weekends, the beach roads and parking lots become very crowded and access by emergency vehicles and nearby residents is impaired. In the past few summers, we posted an attendant at Isabella Beach to redirect traffic to parking spaces on adjacent roads. This approach had favorable results and we plan to continue the practice this year. Cars with guest passes may park at the beaches; however, families with guests are encouraged to minimize the number of cars at the beach. We are asking everyone to consider carpooling, biking or walking to the beaches to alleviate the congestion.
Jim Wall and John Bergquist will be returning as gate attendants and we are delighted to announce that Patty Cook will be joining the team. These employees help to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone and are always attentive to your needs. Please stop by the Gate House at a quiet moment to introduce yourself to them and to welcome Patty to her new position.
P.B. Weymouth III