North Haven Grand Opening Planned For Playground

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Clerk Eileen Tuohy swears in Trustee Dianne Skilbred at Tuesday’s annual reorganizational meeting of the North Haven Village Board. Peter Boody photo

The Village of North Haven will hold “a second grand opening” of its playground, pickle ball court and basketball court behind Village Hall on Friday, July 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring an ice cream social, Village Trustee Dianne Skilbred announced at the Village Board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The village replaced its old playground in 2016 and further upgraded it last year with facilities for older adults as well as pickle ball markings for the tennis court.

Mayor Jeff Sander was sworn in at the meeting to a third two-year term. Also sworn-in were reelected trustees Ms. Skilbred and David Saska. All ran unopposed for reelection in June.

The board also made routine annual appointments and hired Erika Gubitosi as a secretarial assistant at a salary of $50,436. She will be assigned to the Planning Board, the Building Department and as clerk of vital statistics.

The board approved an application to extend a dock at 52 Actors Colony Road; agreed to let the John Jermain Memorial Library use Village Hall as a rest stop on a family bike ride planned for August 15; and discussed a proposed local law setting limits to the height of flat-roofed buildings that will be revised and formally introduced at the August 7 meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the mayor discussed with a resident a proposal he is backing to bury power lines at Long Beach and charge property owners in North Haven, Bay Point, Noyac and unincorporated parts of Sag Harbor in Southampton Town.

Mayor Sander said property owners across the entire Town of Southampton are not included in the proposed taxing district because it was felt only property owners who could identify with the benefits of the project should be taxed.

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Peter Boody is news editor of The Sag Harbor Express. Previously he was the editor of the Southampton Press for many years and also edited several other papers, including the Shelter Island Reporter and the East Hampton Press, of which he was founding editor. He was a regular correspondent for the New York Times Long Island section and wrote the novel “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me.”