A Meeting Place

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On Friday, Sagaponack residents go to the polls to decide whether they should get a new village hall. While there may be some who will vote against it – some people will vote against just about anything – we see this as a no-brainer.

Since its inception, the still-young village has held its public meetings in a tiny, rented former real estate office that is so nondescript that it actually appears out of character with the village.

That’s not to say the village – recognized not long ago as among the wealthiest in the country – needs something conspicuous. But a building that evokes the community’s agrarian history is certainly appropriate. And that is what they have found.

Their current building is cramped and gives poor village clerk Rhodi Winchell hardly enough room to keep the municipality’s growing piles of paperwork in order. Planning board meetings in particular are becoming more crowded where applicants, their planners and their lawyers are frequently forced to wait outside until their application is ready to be heard. It’s cozy and intimate and PA systems are never a problem. But it was clear early on that it would shortly be outgrown.

The new hall, should residents choose to acquire it, will give the village plenty of room: a house to be converted into office space and a barn to be converted into a meeting room large enough for 30 people. It would appear to have all the village needs.

And frankly the price seems right, considering the cost of real estate today; the cost to taxpayers only a couple hundred dollars a year.

We think it’s an asset well worth the price.

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