Sag Harbor Village Board to Vote Tuesday on Impound Lot Funding

The site of a future Sag Harbor Village impound yard is in the Long Pond Greenbelt. Stephen J. Kotz photo

With the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees set to vote Tuesday night on funding for its proposed police impound yard off of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, another community voice has joined its chorus of opponents.

The Sag Harbor School Board of Education took up the matter at its meeting on Monday, with most members agreeing the impound lot is not a good idea. The school board decided to send a representative to the village board’s meeting on Tuesday to offer to work together on alternate solutions to the village’s needs.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt this week circulated a message saying the village board will vote Tuesday on just under $100,000 to pave the proposed impound lot. The village wants to create enough space for 20 cars within a 4,800-square-foot piece of a 24-acre parcel of land owned by Sag Harbor Village that is surrounded on three sides by the Long Pond Greenbelt in the Town of Southampton.

The Sag Harbor Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the municipal building at 55 Main Street.

School board president Diana Kolhoff told her colleagues she would represent their board on Tuesday at the village board meeting.

“The least we can do is ask them to postpone the vote, come to the table, possibly take it to the [school district] transportation committee and explore,” Ms. Kolhoff said. “Look at this first before they pave paradise to put up a parking lot. Literally.”

Board member Chris Tice suggested taking such a stance is a community issue rather than a school board issue. “It’s not compatible with any of our policies in the district,” she said.

School board vice president Jordana Sobey suggested the school district work out a revenue-generating arrangement in which the district allows the village to impound cars in some of its parking spaces during the summer, when its parking lots are typically not full. Some board members agreed.

“As a school district, we would appreciate it if the village would postpone that decision to give us an opportunity to talk together about things we can do globally,” school board member Alex Kriegsman said. “A global way to address the problems that we both have.”