North Haven’s Fire and Ambulance Costs Rising 11%

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North Haven’s cost for fire and ambulance services from the Sag Harbor’s Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 2020 will rise significantly over the current year’s rates.

After brief hearings for which no one from the public was present except a reporter, the North Haven Village Board on Tuesday, with two trustees absent, voted 3-0 to accept Sag Harbor’s two emergency services proposals for the coming calendar year totaling $632,803.44, up $60,343 or 11 percent from the current year’s contracts.

The fire contract totals $413,944.87, and the ambulance contract is for $218,858.57, which together are the largest single expenditure in the North Haven Village budget.

Village clerk-treasurer Eileen Tuohy said that the current fiscal year’s $1.8-million budget, which runs through June 30, 2020, will cover the higher costs for the services. When the budget was adopted in April, Ms. Tuohy explained at the time that she had tapped the village’s unappropriated fund balance to meet the higher-than-expected costs.

Trustees James Davis and Dianne Skilbred were absent from Tuesday’s session.

Only a few members of the public attended the first part of the meeting before leaving, including Elizabeth Ryder O’Sullivan, who asked if there had been any follow-up to her letter requesting that the commonly used name of Ryder Pond be formalized as the pond’s legal name.

She explained in an interview on Wednesday that the family had become aware that the pond has no name on maps after her aunt, the last family member to live in the nearby Ryder farmhouse, died last year. The house has since been sold.

Mayor Sander said the village was looking into the process and would “let you know.”

Meg Farrell of North Haven Manor asked for any news on the mayor’s pledge to update the village’s rental regulations and improve its complaint and enforcement procedures to better deal with rental houses that lack required the village rental permit and draw complaints from neighbors.

“We’re working on it” with an attorney, Ms. Tuohy said, and Mayor Sanders added that “when we do have the changes done, we’ll meet with the presidents of the [property owners] associations. We’ll also talk about the process between the village and the associations for enforcement.”

When the mayor commented, “I’m more concerned about the disturbance aspect of it than they are renting without a permit,” Anthony Coron of Actors Colony Road said the village “needs to respect the people who do get a permit.”

The board on Monday also:

  • Set the annual fall leaf pick-up on public streets for the weeks beginning November 11 and December 9.
  • Heard the mayor report that proposed legislation to ban or restrict gas-powered leaf blowers was “on hold” until Trustee Skilbred returns to the board. Meanwhile, he cited the Village of Southampton’s code, adopted last April, banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers during the summer season and requiring commercial landscapers to register annually.
  • Heard the mayor, a member of the Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee, report that the East End is the worldwide “epicenter” of the Lone Star tick population and that county officials are very concerned about the arrival of the Asian longhorned tick in the area.
  • Heard the mayor report that about 30 deer have already been taken by bow hunters in a hunt that began earlier than usual this fall and that hunters have noted the deer they’ve taken have relatively few ticks. The board members appeared to agree that the village’s 4-poster feeding stations have been a factor in controlling the tick population locally. The devices kill ticks on the heads and necks of deer by applying permethrin as they feed on cracked corn and rub against vertical rollers saturated with the insecticide.