Budget Workshops in North Haven

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The North Haven Village Board on March 1 agreed to slightly tweak the tentative schedule it set last month to review the 2016-17 budget. The board will hold one work session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, and another at 3 p.m. on March 28. It plans to hold a public hearing, and likely adopt a budget for the upcoming year, at its April 5 meeting.

Board members also contemplated changing their monthly meetings from the first Tuesday of the month to the third Tuesday of the month and possibly starting them a half hour later, at 5:30 p.m. The reason for the proposed change is that it is nearly impossible for financial reports reflecting up-to-date figures to be compiled in time to meet the current schedule. Board members also said the later meeting date would allow them to receive reports from the Southampton Town police in a more timely fashion. The board agreed to hold off on making changes until after the June election.

Trustee James Laspesa said he had been meeting with representatives of the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery about launching an oyster-seeding program in the village. He said the hatchery has requested $7,500 in funding. Mayor Sander asked treasurer Eileen Tuohy to find out if the village could use funds from the parks and recreation fund to help fund the program. He reiterated his interest in having village residents contribute to the program as well. Mr. Laspesa pointed out that the Sag Harbor Yacht Club had recently offered to donate $500 to have oysters seeded in North Haven.

Mr. Sander also said the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which has been studying erosion in the village, would soon have a report ready for the village to review. The goal, Mr. Sander said, would be for the village to work with homeowners to come up with a comprehensive and consistent solution to deal with erosion.

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