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Minutes Feb. 25, 2013

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1. Attendance.

Present: Julie Burmeister, Fred Cammann, Leonard Davenport, Ruth Foley, Cathie Gandel,Bonnie Lowe, Norm Lowe, John Millard, Carey Millard, Weezie Quimby, Alejandro Saralegui.

Guests: Liz Plouff, Marrie Scmeelk

2. Introduction of the newly elected Executive committee. By Carrie Millard

-And self introductions of CAC members

3.  Review of CAC procedures.

-Robert’s Rules of Order (handout)

-Town of Southampton CAC Rules of Operation (handout)

Cathie Gandel noted that our role is advisory not setting policy.

4. Cristine Scalera, Southampton Town Councilwoman.

Councilwoman Scalera introduced herself and said she was our appointed liaison with the Town Board. She is going to make a greater effort to have the board respond to issues that our CAC has and issues that appear in the minutes.

Frank Zappone mentioned a slight change to how the minutes get to the council members in that minutes are now sent directly to Ryan Horn at the Citizens Response Center who will then distribute them.  He also said that the CRC can also help with basic town hall info.  And they are very good for Planning Board info. ZBA info will be forthcoming. Jamie Cunningham and Christine Tuffy in Ms. Scalera’s office and in Janice Wilson in his office can make sure The Town council hears of our concerns. The CRC email address is: citizensresponse@southamptontownny.gov

5. Informal presentation of Bridgehampton Commons potential expansion.

-Richard E. Warren, President, Inter-Science Research Associates

Warren described the 30.19 acres site, it’s history, 290,000 sq ft total, with many retailers that they believe that the locals use these stores. A bit more reasonable and affordable as opposed to those on main street. They would like to add 17,000 additional sq. ft.  to the back of TJ Maxx in an unused parking area for house wares and clothing. Over existing parking not the loading docks (the eastern and northern end). He explained that the plan will need parking relief. Parking study done during high use times, never found it completely full, at most 80% occupancy. This plan will not cut into parking spaces. He also mentioned that Dunn Engineering doesn’t think this will bring more customers because they are not introducing a new use. They will also need a need a planning variance because it is over 15,000 sq. ft.

Carey Millard asked about the feasibility of a back door for access to the back door. Warren said that TJ Maxx is not considering that at the moment for a variety of reasons. Len said that he wished that the increased taxes would be applied the Bridgehampton taxing districts (along with that for the rest of the Commons).  He also mentioned that parking behind the store isn’t used but there are a lot of times when it is difficult to find a space nearby and suggested that they could make the back more attractive and hospitable. Weezie Quimby asked if the loading docks be adequate? Warren responded Yes and they are not to be expanded or reduced.

6. Kelly Harris, Director, Hampton Library

Harris said she was visiting the  CAC today because of concern about the crosswalk in front of the Library on rte 27.  There had been a sign but they often get struck down. The library asked for a new sign and was told that there is no money for new signage. “I think in a perfect world we would have a lighted crosswalk like in East Hampton something to make it safer for our patrons, seniors, staff and parents with strollers.

Frank Zappone noted that rte 27 is a state road and the signs are provided by the state DOT, although often the town maintains it. He pointed out that the expense is minimal on those signs but their lifespan is also minimal. He said that the EH town he lighted environment was purchased though a state grant. Fred Thiele’s office could help with that and identify if that grant money is available. A possibility might be a sandwich board that is legal but Hampton Library staff would have to put it out in the morning and take it back at night. Weezie Quimby said that she had done some research on it and the grants have dried up for the illuminated crosswalks and said that perhaps moving the cross walk westward would take it further from all the traffic a the intersection

7. Planning and Zoning Early Warning Committee formation.

Alejandro introduced a new plan to have members of the CAC “own” projects  that come before the Planning or Zoning boards from the beginning stages through to actual development  so that we can comment on projects early on, and  see them through to completion. Frank Zappone said the new citizens portal will help the CAC with this effort.

8. New Business.

A Lizabeth Plouff spoke to the CAC about the green efforts of the town called the Southampton Town Green Homes Program. Southampton has elected to be part of a larger program under NYSERDA which has has divvied up state money to help homeowners reduce greenhouse gases. The program enables almost anyone with household incomes under $250,000 to get a free home energy use assessment. The assessment includes: holistic test of homes, blower thermal imaging, examine efficiencies of home furnace, insulation and health issues. The contractors will make a report  (free) and identify rebates and low interest loans that are available to homeowners. Trying to make very low out of pocket expenses. There have been 120 completed projects in the town of Southampton.

B Lois Favre wanted us to announce the Wed. March 6 at 6pm is the school budget conversation.  Encourage people to attend

C. Cathie Gandel mentioned that Gayle Clyma would like a liaison from our CAC to her Dark Skies Committee (handout). If interested, please contact Cathie Gandel.

D. Weezie Quimby said she had been asked to look at the new electric signage in front of the firehouse which is dreadful. They needed a new sign and thought that it would be helpful. It is computer based and they haven’t had proper training yet on

John Millard asked if the sign wattage be turned down. Cathie Gandel pointed out that if we have concerns we should communicate directly to the Fire Dept.

E Marrie  Schmeelk spoke about 110 Bridge Lane (at Highland Terrace). Marrie informed us that the owner of this property has added an accessory building in the front of his building. He’s going to the ZBA for more relief and asking for a setback reduction from 90 feet to 38.8 feet. This structure has an outdoor kitchen and bar. Already built the accessory structure.

There was a discussion as to whether this is appropriate for the CAC to comment on. Christine Scalera said she didn’t know how appropriate it is for the CAC to act as a body to comment on the ZBA or Planning board business,. Fred Camman commentedIn my opinion it is a shame if we don’t feel if the CAC can’t approach the the boards. Carey Millard added that we have been advised that we are strictly a liason group. John Millard suggested that we look into a formal change in the CAC mission/mandate that would allow us to make recommendations that would carry weight.

F. Carey Millard spoke on the Konner project (Carvel & former B&N land on rte 27) Carol Konner is out of town, but perhaps she will be addressing us in the near future. Adding that it will be a big issue for the hamlet of Bridgehampton

G. Weezie Quimby asked if anybody will be addressing Coucilman Nuzzi’s draft zoning amendment. The response was yes, and he will attend the Bridgehampton CAC meeting on March 3.

H. Marrie Schmeelk asked if outdoor lighting adjustable inn reference to a new house on Ocean Road.  She was directed to the Dark Skies Committee.

9. Adjournment.

June 25th 2012 CAC meeting report

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CAC members present were  helped  by Town Trustees, Eric Schultz and  Fred Havemeyer in their clarifications of the issues involved in the lawsuits concerning the Town Trustees’  authority over beach lands in Southampton Town, as well as over the Town  ponds, bays and inlets.

Also present were  David List and Todd Brun ,   representatives of  Citizens for Access Rights, (CAS),  an activist  group that has been   trying to get similar  protective action concerning public access and usage of the  waterways and beaches of East Hampton.

Also on the agenda was Jeff Mansfield’s description of the proposed Mecox Bay Yacht Club trials which offered  a striking  preview of  the problems that residents of the South Fork  may face concerning beach access and public activities  on the beaches, inlets, and ponds. Members of the CAC who were present  rightly  pointed out that the threat of lawsuits by  beach bordering landowners was ominous  because of the huge economic imbalances that exist between  town, village, and trustees against  the resources available to many of the waterside  landowners.

CAC members learned that there seems a severe controversial relationship between the Southampton Town authorities and the Town Trustees. It also appears that there is a reluctance at the village, town, and state levels for anyone to engage in much active opposition to the landowner demands. It appears the governments are reluctant to act  for fear of spending rare dollars defending against  individual landowners who may engage in   lawsuits aimed at protecting their senses of their privacy .

The Chairman have felt the weight of this  reluctance by Southampton Town officials to act by the lack of  success in their  attempts to get a reasonable response from the Town Attorney and from Chris Nuzzi. The CAR members identified similar reactions they have endured from East Hampton authorities when they inquired  about  similar issues.

Therefore we request the following resolution be approved by the membership of the Bridgehampton for delivery to the Southampton Town Board:

JULY 9 ,2012

A RESOLUTION FROM THE BRIDGEHAMPTON CITIZENS’ADVISORY COMMITTEE

RESOLVED that the Chairmen are authorized to seek an answer from the Town Supervisor’s Office as to whether the Town intends to exercise jurisdiction over the beaches and the portions of the beaches held by Mr. Justice Mayer not to be within the jurisdiction of the Town Trustees. If not, then who does the Town state has such jurisdiction? If the Town states that it has jurisdiction, what agency of the Town will exercise that jurisdiction and what new laws will be required?

Bridgehampton CAC meeting of March 26, 2012

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Request for Additional Deer Crossing Signs: One of our members reported a collision  he had suffered  while driving  on the North  of the hamlet. Mr. Neely said he thought that the problem was so endemic throughout the Town, as well as in the hamlet, that the addition of more deer signs would only serve to add signage to the highways and really have no effect  in solving the problem. He agreed to discuss the problem with his colleagues . The CAC members tended to agree with his analysis

Possibility for Landscape Protection at the Traffic Circle at Mitchell Lane and Scuttlehole Road . Mr Neely remarked that his department was aware that larger vehicles, particularly those with trailers, are unable to complete turns within the bounds of this circle without encroaching its boundaries. This is a common problem with most traffic circles in the town. It was suggested  by the CAC that a better design of the bordering materials might direct offending wheels away from the  sides of the roadway and the tight perimeter. It is obvious there is not enough room at this site to support a wider traffic circle. Mr Neely said he would look into this possibility and perhaps some non-intrusive landscaping

Relief for Long Term Parking at the Rear Lot Behind the Candy Kitchen for Permit Holders. Mr. Neely: In 2005 a town resolution  made a number of changes  to the parking regulations. One   prohibits long term parking in the municipal lot behind the Candy Kitchen between May15 and October 15. It is probable that at this site permit free overnight parking had been permitted  prior to 2005. Since 2005  only permit based  long term parking has been allowed between October 15 and May 15. In recent years the number of permit based  long term parking spaces has been increased by 12 – about a 50%  addition. Mr. Neely’s department is considering introducing an experimental program for this summer which will extend the long term parking by permit program throughout the summer months at this location. CAC members suggested the Town require a separate, additional permit for those seeking to park overnight  during the summer months .

Councilwoman Scalera reported that there will be a public hearing concerning limitations that are proposed  for parking in the Community House driveway. The CAC supports  limitations at this site.

Remarks from Members of the CAC in regard to the Presentation made by the Bridgehampton School District  on February 27, 2012. Subject: Forecast of the Economic Status  and Future Budget Requirements for the School District.

On February 27  eight members of the CAC met at the Bridgehampton School with members of the school administration and the school board to hear a presentation outlining the the present economic status of the district and proposals for addressing a potential shortfall in funding. . Dr. Lois Favre, the school Superintendent, led the discussion. Members of the CAC who were present were grateful for the presentation, and subsequently decided that they would like to respond  at their March 26 meeting.

Eight members of the CAC were present at the February meeting; an additional five members attended the March 26 meeting; one member attended a meeting held at the school in January. Comments from individual members of the CAC have been varied, as have opinions expressed   publicly and privately concerning the School District in recent years.  Each member present at the CAC meeting  on March 26 was asked whether they wished to make comments on this issue.

One member presently has children in the elementary division of the school. He expressed his full support for the school in every way, commenting on the “warm and friendy” environment of the school and the positive education experience he felt his children were experiencing . He particuarly lauded the warm and helpful interaction between students and teachers and among  students themselves. He commented that members of the community who launch criticisms of the school program were not familiar  with the school and stated that before questioning the quality of the school’s educational programs critics  should get involved with the school, spend time at it to better acquaint themselves with the positive educational experience and family environment provided by both  teachers and students.

Three CAC members who were present expressed views that strongly questioned the quality of education offered to  and the paucity  of opportunities for members of the High School population to  expand socially because of the very limited size of  the   High School student body. Each of the three members addressed  the issue of  limited  education and maturing  opportunities for students in the High School from their own different professional and personal perspectives. All three emphasized that the size of their annual school tax obligations had no consideration in their observations. Each stressed that effective High School educational experiences are  usually  delivered in a school environment that serves  a larger student  population -  an environment that offers  greater education and extracurricular experiences  than  is possible in Bridgehampton directly   because of  the limited population of the  Bridgehampton High School.

Three members of the CAC present  remarked that they did not feel knowledgable enough about the School District to offer  comments, but that they were moved by and supported the comments of the parent member.  They felt that the school was striving to cope with its financial burdens.

One member expressed her great enthusiasm for the interactive programs shared by the Hampton Library and the students of the school. Another member opined that analysis of the finances based upon a cost per student methodology  was a flawed approach to determining the validity of the proposed budget.  One member commented by email that it was clear the school simply did not have the money to pay for itself .

Two members have questioned the decision  taken by the school board and the administration that precluded  the Bridgehampton School District from participating in an application  proposed by *Seven East End  school districts and the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Services which will ask New York State  to fund an efficiency study that would consider whether they should engage in shared services and even weigh the possibility of consolidating some of the districts in the group

(Starred and underlined portion quoted from Column One,  front page of the Southampton Press March 12, 2012 issue)

Members of the School Board and Mr. Hauser, the school’s business manager listened patiently to our comments on March 26 and previously addressed email submissions. They  expressed their opinions that the discussion had been useful. They  stated that the school district indeed had met with other districts a number of times to explore common services that could be consolidated. They said that  the proposal for a coordinated application from  the ten districts  on the East End had been debated by the School Board and the administration and they had decided  that it was not appropriate for the Bridgehampton School District to  participate in framing the application.

The next meeting of the Bridgehampton CAC will take place  on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 at the Bridgehampton Bank . For any suggested agenda subjects please send them to Steve Steinberg. His email address is lawhampton@yahoo.com

Bridgehampton CAC meeting of February 27, 2012

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members  from the CAC met at the Bridgehampton School with members of the school administartion and the school board to hear a presentation on the economic status of the school and the upcoming school budget .  Dr. Lois Favre the school superintendent , (an also a valued member of our CAC)  gave a frank and open  presentation of the school’s present and potential financial status. Her remarks

were added to by members of the school administration and the school board. Members of the CAC were grateful for the presentation and one member suggested that past budget election results indicated there will be community support sufficient to pass the 2012-2013 budget as presented by the administration and the board.

During the  past few years, as the economy declined, the school has suffered economically along with the rest of the country and  state and local agencies.  In spite of valiant attempts to curb expenses in all areas there remains  a  financial problem  for the school. State program and staffing mandates, pension, health, salary requirements all contribute to a heavy demand upon the school’s financial resources. Programs have been slimmed down or cut, the sports program is already curtailed, the number  of teachers and their required skills cannot be reduced. Transportation, family support, nutrition programs, building and ground maintenance, administrative costs and the constant demand for supplies continue to plague.

Financial relief is limited to increased tax revenues  granted by state  warranted limitations and by increased property assessment values  in the school district. The state 2% cap on increased school operating budgets will not compensate for many future required expenses: for example – increases in healthcare insurance, pension requirements, fuel and maintenance costs. Employee salary levels and their increasing costs can be negotiated, but only to a minor degree, particularly when mandated staff levels cannot be expected to be meaningfully reduced.   Hope for sufficient increased property valued taxes in Bridgehampton, derived from the hamlets’s already richly valued real estate,  may be overly optimistic .There were a few suggestions from CAC members about other possible funding sources.

If the proposed school budget for next year is rejected by the voters, there will be no permitted increase in the budget  from this year, regardless of uncontrollable future required expenses. There is a back-up, reserve  fund of limited capital that can help to soften  an approaching financial shortfall. The permitted 2 percent increase in the Bridgehampton tax levy is spoken for by current operating expenses. Dr. Favre indicated that this 2 percent cap can be misleading because certain capital expenses and retirement contribution expenses are not counted within the allowed increase  . Those capital expenses and retirement contribution increases   are exempt from the cap and will result  in requiring  in a more than 4 percent increase inrevenue  from this year in the proposed next budget . Even with this increase  there will be a probable $285,000 gap There appear to be limited possibilities for financial aid from outside sources.  It may be  possible for the 2 percent tax cap to be  broken  providing there is a 60 percent  positive vote  in favor of doing so in the upcoming budget election.

Bridgehampton CAC meeting of January 23, 2012

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We welcomed Kelly Harris, the Director for the Hampton Library to our meeting. We will submit her name to the Town Board  for membership to the CAC.

The CAC discussed  the then broken sidewalk in front of the Bulls Head Inn property. About a week following this meeting a repair of this sidewalk and the walkway leading North on the Sag Turnpike was started   When the repair is completed, students who wish to travel West into town will be able to use the sidewalk once again. They will use the cross-road located in front of the school to reach the North side of of the highway. On the south side of the highway the sidewalk runs from Lockwood Avenue West to the school boundary. From this point  there is no additional sidewalk running West. There is a private dwelling followed by two parcels which house the Historical Society Archive area and the Rogers House property. These latter two  parcels are owned by the Town. Alejandro Seralegui  is interested in  looking into the possibility of adding a sidewalk along this South route  because it would encourage tourist traffic to the Historical Society sites and could make crossings from the school  less dangerous than if they are limited to the North side. As noted above, when the North  sidewalk restoration is completed , students from the school may use the crosswalk in front of the school to cross to the North side of the highway and then proceed West to the  traffic controlled intersection. They may then continue  West and, using the  hamlet crossroads, may access all parts of the hamlet center. If a pedestrian controlled traffic signal was placed at the Bridgehampton School crossing, it would appear that much  of the danger  caused  by crossing at this intersection would be relieved.

Jeff Mansfield reported that the Town continues to have an interest in a plastic bag ban throughout the town. He asked the CAC for their input. A majority of the CAC supports a ban on store provided “Flimsy” plastic bags. Two members of the CAC, Michael Kapon who was present at the meeting, and Ian MacPherson, who was excused but  sent an e-mail expressing his opinion,  do not support a ban. Mr. Kapon said that such a ban could cause an unforeseen economic hardship on retailers who would have to provide more expensive paper substitutes for the plastic bags. Mr. MacPherson said that the banning of store provided  plastic bags was a convenience issue that would weigh negatively upon consumers . He  feels that there is little evidence of plastic bags being littered in the community to the extent that a ban on their distribution by retailers is warranted.

Dick Bruce started a discussion on how to make our CAC a more effective institution in our role as advisers to the Town Board. Here is a précis of his points.

“I guess what I am saying is we have to look out for ourselves..that is not a criticism of how

the town is run but simply an observation…all one has to do is look at a map of the

Southampton town borders to understand that there are a whole lot of villages to be served.  I think Supervisor, AnnaThrone Holst,  is trying to get more productivity out of the town’s employees but she has to do it on a tight budget that will remain tight for quite a while.

If we could be independent village with a stroke of the pen , perhaps that would be the way to go but barring that, we  must concentrate on making our CAC more effective.

In my opinion the CAC loses its effectiveness if:

1)      A town councilmember is not present at each of our meetings

2)      A CAC member or a guest comes with a very narrow and self- serving argument

3)       We do not have younger, newer members with fresh ideas

4)      If proposals are ignored simply because they are “new and different”.

5)      If the loudest voice is allowed to carry the day

6)      If the most articulate voice wins most of the arguments

7)      If we do not aggressively pursue our goals and objectives with the appropriate individuals in the Town

I have nothing against loud , articulate voices but if their position happens to be wrong and perhaps less articulate persons in the room.

The CAC then engaged in a spirited conversation. It is fair to say that the points made by Mr. Bruce were supported by the majority of those present. Regarding his comments about becoming an independent village we  recalled that the question of incorporation of Bridgehampton as  a village arose and was pursued a few years ago. At that time the residents of Bridgehampton did not offer sufficient support for incorporation for the proposition to be brought forward beyond the discussion stage.

We would welcome e-mailed comments on the ways to make our CAC more effective  from any and all sources . We will put them together for further comments and thinking.

Our next CAC meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the Bridgehampton School auditorium in the main building  on Monday February 27. At that meeting Dr. Favre will present budget options for the school and will lead a discussion that will include references to the state 2% budget increase cap. Please plan on coming.

Report Bridgehampton CAC meeting October 28,2011

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1,  The abundance of variances granted by the ZBA  a resolution:

SUBJECT: A Unanimous Resolution Passed by the Bridgehmpton CAC on October 24, 2011 Presented in the form of a letter to the following:

Southampton Zoning Board of Appeals, Southampton Town Board, & Southampton Town Attorney

IN RE : Application by Todd and Sandra  Kramer, 110 Bridge Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

The issue here is the process that the ZBA takes or fails to take in matters of this sort. We understand that in this instance either the former or the present  owner had obtained a previous variance and did not comply with its terms. In that case, if the ZBA is going to consider another variance without dealing with the alleged violation of the first variance, then that is an issue that the Bridgehampton CAC could comment upon.

Therefore the Bridgehampton CAC is taking this opportunity to communicate with the Southampton Town Board and discuss a possible amendment to the Town Code that would provide, in essence that, if a variance is granted and the owner does not comply with or violates the variance, then any further relief requested by that owner must be accompanied with a detailed explanation of why the first variance was not complied with or why the owner violated the variance, and the ZBA shall not (mandatory language) process the request for a second variance until it has satisfied itself ( after a public noticed hearing ) that the owner acted in good faith ( or adhered to some other requirement imposed by this amendment to the Town Code.)

2. BACKGROUND  TO BUDGET PRESENTATIONS

The members of the CAC  had invited Ms. Kabot to address the meeting about her candidacy in the upcoming election for Supervisor. Ms. Throne Holst requested that she be able to present the outlines of the proposed 2102 Town Budget. We were grateful for and fortunate to have a substantial representation from the membership  of the Watermill CAC attend this meeting.

The CAC suggested that Ms. Throne Holst make her presentation during the first portion of the meeting and requested that Ms. Kabot  follow after. The meeting was not scheduled as a forum on the election, and all of those that attended  were delighted to express our unanimous gratitude to Ms. Throne Host, Ms. Graboski, and Ms. Kabot  for the invaluable service and contributions they have made to all the residents of our Town. The economic plight that Southampton faces today was recognized by these  three early on. The planning and budget adjustments necessary  to cushion the impact on our community have been shared by all three. The job continues and we expressed our committee’s strong support for whomever is successful in the upcoming election.

3.  The Supervisor’s Proposed 2012 budget: The main details of the budget are well presented on the Southampton Town’s website, along with the main thrust of the presentation made by the Supervisor at this meeting. The CAC was supportive of the proposed budget and of the administrative changes planned by the Supervisor.

There was some discussion concerning the  proposed reduction in the membership of the Planning Board and the ZBA.

The CAC understood that the budget presented to date was only preliminary. One issue that arose  concerned the proposal to use anticipated Community Preservation Fund revenues from future years as a basis for borrowing up to about $100,000,000 in purchasing power in order to acquire additional  land portions. This proposal was echoed by  Ms. Kabot, although she proposes  a $50,000,000 limit in anticipated purchasing power. Members of the CAC expressed their concern about this form of financing  and suggested that the policy be vetted by experienced, independent sources.  The members pointed out that in the event of insufficient future revenue to cover past or current contractual obligations entered into by  the Community Preservation Fund, the taxpayers of the  Southampton will inevitably be obligated to make up any shortfall, a questionable risk in unsteady economic times.

4. Ms. Kabot   made a presentation that described her background as the most recent former  Supervisor, She   supported and praised  the present Supervisor for her budgetary proposals. Ms. Kabot remarked that during her term  as Supervisor, her team had initially identified many of the budget deficiencies that the present administration now is  addressing. Although the weakness of the economy played a  part in causing the present budget crises, it is clear that excessive spending and borrowing  by previous administrations was at least equally culpable. “The can had been kicked down the road” for years.

Report Bridgehampton CAC meeting of September 26,2011

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BACKGROUND

The following summarized public notice appeared in the September 15 issue of the Southampton Press: “Notice of special election Bridgehampton Fire District on October 18, 2011.  A special election  will be held at the Firehouse, 64 School Street, Bridgehampton  between 6PM and 9PM . Voters eligible to vote  in elections within the fire district may vote  at this time. “

Proposition Summarized: Shall the bond resolution of the Bridgehampton Fire District, adopted September 7, 2011 authorizing the acquisition of a parcel located at 2339  Montauk Highway (Present location of Pulver Gas)   $3,900,000 including financing through a 25 year bond paid for by additional tax levies from taxpayers of the fire district be approved.  A public hearing is reported scheduled for  Friday October 14 at 5:00 PM on this issue.

Following is a  CAC report on this issue following the September 26, 2011 meeting:

Mr. Halsey presented the following Press Release :

Purchase of Pulver Property Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY

The Bridgehampton Fire District has entered into a contract to purchase the neighboring Pulver Gas Property for the sum of $3,900,000.00. An informational meeting will take place at the Bridgehampton Fire Department on Friday October 14th at 6PM. A special public vote to approve the purchase will take place at the Bridgehampton Fire department on Tuesday, October 18th from 6 to 9 pm. All registered voters in the Bridgehampton Fire District are eligible to vote .

Plans for the property, if purchase is approved, have not been made as Pulver Gas will maintain their existing lease at the location for two years. However future use will be for the Bridgehampton Fire Department as the Fire Department has out grown its current facilities  and the opportunity to purchase this adjoining property with access to Montauk Highway could not be declined by the District.

Any further questions should be addressed at the public meeting on October 14th.

A thorough presentation was made by the commissioners on the proposal. A sense of urgency was emphasized by them for fear  the property might be purchased by another party. The Commissioners stated they had signed a purchase contract in July of 2011, the expiration date to be upon completion of the October 18 vote and closing to follow on December 15, 2011 pending a positive vote result on October 18.

Comments and questions from members of the CAC followed the presentation:

First: The CAC members present expressed  their complete support for the Fire Department and their unanimous gratitude for its volunteer members’ services to the Fire District community over many  years.

Second:  It was the sense of the CAC that the Commissioners should undertake a longer period of public information and discussion – beyond  that offered  in the press release –   before a vote on the purchase of the Pulver property is registered  by the voters. The CAC felt that the press release’s  single planned public hearing followed by a vote four days later offered too short a period for public consideration prior to the voters’ commitment either way. The CAC  opined that the Commissioners would be well served,  prior to  any public meetings,   to submit  general plans for the uses of the expanded property, including  estimates for the execution of those plans, as well as the costs involved in the purchase.

Third:  In the opinion of the CAC the commissioners’ chances for a positive vote by the fire district eligible voters would benefit by full disclosure of the liabilities taxpayers of the fire district could expect to face  from the purchase as well as the liabilities from future construction of facilities.

Following a full and open discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Report on Activities and Resolutions at the CAC meeting August 22, 2011

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1. The CAC particularly welcomed Nancy Graboski to our meeting. Her attendance always helps our understanding of town related issues. Much more, Nancy has always been a valuable advocate when puzzling issues have arisen concerning Bridgehampton and she well represents our hamlet when we need help in resolving issues with the town.

2 Discussion about the congestion at the end of Lumber Lane/ Montauk Highway : Even closing the beverage store hasn’t helped, though the Nat’l Grid work at this the busiest possible intersection in Bridgehampton  over the busiest week of the summer was incredibly insensitive and  really caused a dangerous traffic situation at this location. . Beyond the Nat’l Grid fiasco …during the 2011 tourist season the traffic congestion has reached a crescendo which doubtless will be somewhat relieved after Labor Day. On the other hand any relief from heavy summer traffic will be somewhat diminished by the opening of a new school year and its resulting flow of young pedestrians through this dangerous intersection. In addition, based upon two applications for extensive development which have been approved by the Planning Boards and ZBA, during the coming year we expect large construction projects on the East and West sides of the intersection at Bullshead Inn and the Starbuck/Prudential/Beverage Store  sites.

In the opinion of the majority of the CAC the following analysis offered by Ian MacPherson accurately describes present traffic conditions at this location not withstanding a more moderate quantity of traffic after Labor Day. “It is immediately evident from the traffic flows and also the dual use of [cars in line awaiting light changes] that it is quite extraordinary that anyone can get through without having an accident. In the North to South direction you have traffic from Lumber Lane and the [ Prudential] parking lots competing with traffic from the Sag Turnpike [ for permission to move in response to] any of the three lights on to the Montauk Highway. In addition this traffic is crossed by additional [backed up] traffic [waiting to ] come from Montauk Highway and from Ocean Road seeking to go North on Lumber Lane as well as traffic from the Prudential parking lot also seeking to go North on Lumber Lane or [passing across two lines of competing traffic to go North on the ] Sag Turnpike. Members of our committee will be meeting with Tom Neely early this week, September 12, 2011 to discuss our thoughts on ways to alleviate the constant threat of accidents at this intersection.

3  Report on the latest developments in our efforts to revive a sailing program at the site of the old Mecox Yacht Club. In early September came  a positive ruling from the Town’s Conservation Board on the application for a “wetlands permit.” It was hoped that the Town Board would follow up by issuing a license to proceed, but the “neighbors” to the property have  hired lawyers and issued a law suit against the Town and the Conservation Board ruling and incidentally listing the wonderful volunteers who have been pursuing this project . The CAC pointed out in their meeting that limiting water rights of our residents and their guests   is certainly not in the interests of our community nor is it probably in the interests of any community when the exclusion is aimed solely to  the benefit of a vocal, litigious  minority. The CAC once again unanimously supports the efforts of the Mecox Sailing Program proponents  and hopes the Town Attorney  office will vigorously defend  the Conservation Board ruling in the matter.

4   Steve Long , the Director of the Children’s Museum of the East End presented a detailed proposeal for a walking trail project within the boundaries of  the CMEE property on the Sag Turnpike. The trail proposal comes with both a shorter  distance and longer distance option. The trail will carry younger children through a safely constructed “nature walk” as they  explore the environment of the lovely wooded area surrounding the museum . The CAC applauded the idea and suggested that CMEE  start with a beginning trail even before the full funding of the larger option is realized. It is no surprise that CMEE has already received indications of support from our community, including the environmental leader, The Group for the East End,. Happily the proposition is already in front of the Town Board and it is hoped that the Department of Land Management will aid and abet this worthy project.

5   There is a need for the information data concerning  residents of Bridgehampton especially their street delivery house  numbers to be listed and available on the  Main  Suffolk  County Post office data base  to ensure the residents  receive appropriate  UPS. FEDEX, et al deliveries . However, as with all beaurocratic matters, the solution is not that simple. It would behoove Bridgehampton residents to pursue package and special mail delivery options with the Post Office directly. Our problem is  that we do not have home delivery, so that the Post Office doesn’t handle issues that require our street addresses and at times the information required by carriers for street deliveries does not come  from the Post Office without a lot of fuss.

As always , suggestions for topics will be welcome as will all folks who have an interest in the comings and goings of Bridgehampton. One agenda item already proposed is a program to restore/replace the wounded and aging roadside tree population of both Bridgehampton and Sagaponack . Many of these fine trees have suffered mightily over long years. They need an active program to determine their health and to remedy any  dangerous chance of their falling over our power lines and onto vehicles, homes, and passing pedestrians.