Now It’s the Village Banning Parking Near Nancy Willey Park

The Sag Harbor Village Board at its meeting on Tuesday, January 8. Peter Boody photo

Following Southampton Town’s decision last month to ban parking on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike near the Reid Brothers garage and the Nancy Boyd Willey roadside park, the Sag Harbor Village Board on Tuesday took action to do the same on its side of the village-town boundary.

The board on Tuesday agreed to set a hearing on a proposal to ban parking for 200 feet north from the village boundary on the east side of the street for its meeting at 6 p.m. on February 12. There was no discussion of the proposal during the meeting among board members or the public.

Mayor Sandra Schroeder explained in a phone interview on Wednesday that Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire had called for the code change after it had become clear that the Southampton Town Board would ban parking south of the village boundary. Without a similar village ban, there might be “more traffic pushed down toward the village,” the mayor said.

Acting in response to complaints that the Reid Brothers’ use of the roadside to park customer cars blocks the Nancy Boyd Willey roadside park from view, Town Board voted on December 20 to ban parking for 385 feet south of its boundary with the village. The proposal’s sponsor, Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, said then that he understood the village was planning its own parking ban.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Village Board tabled until next month its proposal to require “I/A” or innovative, alternative, active nitrogen-reducing septic systems to be installed at all new residential construction and whenever systems require replacement or major repairs. The towns of East Hampton and Southampton and other villages in the area already have similar requirements.

At a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday night, no one spoke against the proposal. Anthony Vermandois of Union Street, an architect, said he thought he was prepared to endorse it but urged the board to consider the higher costs of operating and maintaining I/A septic systems.

John Parker, a member of the village’s Harbor Committee, urged the board to add commercial properties to those the proposed law would be required use I/A systems and to add requirements that: only I/A systems would be used to replace a failed conventional system; only I/A systems would be used whenever conventional systems re voluntarily replaced; and that owners would be required to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions.

The board also tabled action on its major overhaul of the waterways code, which has been in the works for years as a result of Harbormaster Robert Bori’s successful request that the state grant the village authority to regulate its mooring field, Mr. Parker explained during a public hearing on that proposal. He said he’d received emails from a number of people who asked for more time to review the proposal, which includes a newly updated two-part chart of the village’s waterways. Also requesting a delay in enacting the proposal were Robert Camerino of the Sag Harbor Yacht Club and Louis Grignon of the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard.

Among other actions on Tuesday, the Village Board:

  • Amended the zoning code to reduce fees for building permit renewals when a project has commenced construction. No one from the public spoke at a hearing on the proposal. “We don’t want to charge full price for a project that’s almost done,” Mayor Sandra Schroeder explained.
  • Heard Trustee Aiden Corish report that the village’s application for an additional state grant to fund plans to restore and refurbish Long Wharf had been rejected with regret by the Department of State, which said there were not enough funds to go around. He said the village — which already has received a $550,000 grant from the state for the work — will apply again this year. Mayor Schroeder later commented, in response to a question from Nada Barry in the audience about the wharf, “This summer it won’t be closed.”
  • Awarded a bid of $12,161.33 for an audio-video upgrade in the Village Hall meeting room to Black Sheep Television Ltd. To people in the back of the meeting room, who often complain they can’t hear — especially in summer, when the air conditioning is running — Trustee James Larocca commented, “Help is on the way.” Trustee Kenneth O’Donnell noted that improving the system was “a campaign pledge of Robbie’s,” referring to former Trustee Robbie Stein.