Proliferation of Signs in Village of Sagaponack Disturbing


Don Louchheim and Joy Sieger

Sagaponack Village Mayor Don Louchheim announced on Monday during a work session that the new Sagaponack village hall is getting closer to completion. Louchheim said the grounds of the new hall have been cleared and some minor demolition completed. Architect Peter Wilson has also looked at the entire building and created plans for both current and future needs, according to Louchheim.

“We are trying to get numbers on what plan A or plan B will cost,” Louchheim told the village trustees, adding that he hopes the board can decide by the next meeting what should be done at the new location.

Signs were another item of discussion at Monday’s work session as village board members discussed the posting of new signs that say “share the road” to remind drivers of bicyclists on the roadways. Sagaponack resident Ann Sandford sent a letter to Jefferson Murphree, Southampton Town’s planning and development administrator, asking for the removal of these signs. Sandford said in the letter that, in an area less than half a mile along Narrow Lane, there are 29 signs.

The signage that Sandford is mostly concerned with is the new lime green, bicycle signs reading, ‘share the road’, that were implemented by the Town of Southampton.

“These signs do seem unusually big,” conceded board member Lisa Duryea Thayer. “It is visual clutter and it doesn’t assist any motorist in making good decisions.”

Thayer also added that when the signs are seen alongside recent additional real estate signs, a motorist might just choose not to read any of them.

Louchheim asked how this issue might be addressed and village clerk, Rhodi Winchell responded by saying that the signs were decided upon before the incorporation of the village. The village board is now requesting more information from Murphree.

“We need to find out if we are liable if some cyclist gets squished,” Louchheim said.

Equally disturbing to Sandford and addressed in the letter is the intersection of Old Farm Road, Hildreth Lane and Poxabogue Road in Sagaponack where she said there are 12 signs all within a radius of 30 yards of the intersection, which will be additionally taken into consideration.

Parks and Rec

When Alfred Kelman gave his parks and recreation report, he mentioned that there may be a need for garbage cans along Bridge Street. The town trustees allow fishing from the bridge on this road, as well as hunting and dragging of nets in the pond and Kelman wondered if a permit can be required for these activities and asked if garbage cans could be added along the road. He joked that there would need to be additional signs reminding residents that no household waste could be disposed there.

Kelman also notified the board that he received a notice from Gary Ireland, directing him to a recent article in a local publication on dredging in Center Moriches. Ireland is a lawyer who is representing his mother in a case of erosion at her Sagaponack residence that has caused her to move her home back from the water, twice. Ireland’s case claims that jetties installed in East Hampton in the 1960s have caused erosion to the areas to the west. The dredging project in Center Moriches is using the dredged sand for beachfront restoration. Kelman said the article and Ireland’s email re-emphasizes that the county or town is the only source for getting money to replenish the beaches. But Louchheim said that there may be other ways to get more money for replenishment.


The village board also announced on Monday that there will be a change to their current code on tents. The change will include a reduction in fees from $500 to match that of Southampton Town’s tent fee, which is $50 for residential and $100 for commercial properties. Louchheim thanked Winchell for taking the initiative to mail out the notices to all residents in the village who had a past event that might be affected by the new legislation.