Government: New Clerk in North Haven, Long Wharf on Docket, Water Quality Projects Considered

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Long-time North Haven Village treasurer Eileen Tuohy has been appointed clerk-treasurer.

Tuohy Appointed Clerk

The North Haven Village Board has appointed the village’s long-time treasurer, Eileen Tuohy, as its new clerk-treasurer, to replace Ed Deyermond, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Ms. Tuohy is a village resident and also serves part-time village treasurer of Sag Harbor Village. She will be paid $75,000 a year, and her term will start on June 1. Mr. Deyermond will stay on as a part-time deputy village clerk.

The village also announced that it has hired Scott Middleton to replace long-time village attorney Anthony Tohill, who retired earlier this year. Mr. Middleton is a partner in the firm of Campolo, Middleton and McCormack, LLP, which has offices in Lake Grove and Bridgehampton. He will be paid $250 an hour, and the village budgeted $25,000 for his services.

After a public hearing on Thursday at which nobody spoke, the board adopted a $1,628,641 budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The spending plan will carry a tax rate of $0.49428 per $1,000 of assessed value, down about 2.5 percent from last year. It marks the fourth year in a row that the tax rate has declined in North Haven. That has occurred largely because of a growing tax base and the use of surplus funds to offset taxes.

Long Wharf on the Docket

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will hold a work session on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. to discuss the Long Wharf rehabilitation project.

The trustees have proposed placing a large public deck at the end of the wharf as they move forward with plans to renovate the aging facility. A large, wooden pedestrian walkway is also planned around the wharf as a part of the renovation, as is the repair of the wharf’s steel bulkhead. The plans also call for the road to be repaved and a water treatment system added to prevent polluted stormwater runoff from entering the harbor.

The meeting will be held in the Municipal Building at 55 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

Anti-Bias Task Force To Honor Five

The Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force has announced it will honor five town residents who have embodied true leadership, community service, and demonstrated the task force’s values with its first Community Leadership Awards on Monday, May 7, at Southampton Town Hall.

The honorees are Bonnie M. Cannon, the director of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center; Richard Wingfield, a retired Southampton school teacher, who has been an advocate and mentor for youth for many years; Kathryn Szoka, a photographer, community activist and co-owner of Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor; Sylvia Baruch, a founder of Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, and a Hampton Bays resident; and Dianne Rulnick, a Southampton resident and longtime member of the task force.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

CAC To Meet Monday

The Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month. But due to a scheduling conflict, the group was unable to meet on April 23. It will meet instead this Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., in the Bridgehampton National Bank’s community room. The group’s agenda was not available by press time.

Southampton Considering Water-Quality Projects

The Town of Southampton will accept applications for the Community Preservation Fund water quality improvement projects through July 13. Applicants have been directed to the town website, southamptontownny.gov, where they can download an application and a detailed checklist of what supporting information is needed to apply.

The town’s Water Quality Advisory Committee will rank and score projects. The committee expects to receive applications ranging from stormwater and drainage improvements to wastewater treatment and aquatic habitat restoration projects. The town board will hold hearings for projects that exceed $50,000.

The funding source, an estimated $10 million per year, will come from 20 percent of the annual 2-percent CPF transfer tax on properties that was approved by voters to help restore water quality.

“We now have the ability to address our groundwater and surface water contributions to include projects that directly address contributing contaminant sources to include runoff, bay sea water exchange and other infrastructure to begin to roll back the past degradation of our waterways and drinking water sources,” said Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier, the liaison to the Community Preservation Fund.

The application program will likely be conducted on a quarterly basis, in addition to the town issuing requests for proposals for specific water quality projects in concert with the ongoing innovative/alternative septic rebate program.

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