Look To Clean Up

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Now that summer has come to an end and the time is here to break out the rakes for fall clean-up, Sagaponack Village is planning to do just that. At their work session on Monday, the Sagaponack board of trustees discussed what was worth keeping in the village and what should be done away with in terms of the removal of dead trees, the redesign of a Sagg Main Street intersection and the “driveway dropping” of unwanted publications.

The first item on this laundry list are dying and diseased trees along Sagg Main Street. In a letter to the board, residents Lynn and Joel Jeffries informed the village of a diseased tree on village property in front of their home which they would like removed. In response to the letter, resident Ana Daniel also requested that the village remove other potentially dangerous trees along Sagg Main Street as well. She noted that because of its location, one tree in particular, at the corner of Hedges Lane and Sagg Main, posed a threat in that it could cause a power outage for most of Hedges Lane if it were to fall.

Deputy mayor Lee Foster explained that the responsibility for tree removal in the village lies with the Town of Southampton and added that the board would look into having the town spray orange ‘X’s’ on sick and dying trees so that they are marked for removal.

“I have tried to bring this up before,” said Daniel. “It is urgent in my opinion.”

Daniel also expressed concern about the intersection of Sagg Main Street, Parsonage and Hedges lanes. Currently, there is a traffic triangle at the intersection, which she described as a “death trap.” Village clerk Rhodi Winchell noted that this issue has come up before and the village is aware that there are some intersections in the village that are in need of improvements. She said that any intersection redesigns would have to be paid for through the village’s capital improvement fund, which at the moment, has $200,000 in it. But, she noted, there are other projects that may take priority.

Trustee Alfred Kelman shared with the board a message left on his answering machine. Kelman said the call came from a resident who was concerned about the dropping of publications in the driveways of certain properties south of the highway. The board will discuss whether to contact the publication directly and ask that they not distribute their magazines without prior consent or ask individual residents to call themselves.

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