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: email@example.com
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.