Sag Harbor Village Exploring Cell Tower Installation

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Sag Harbor Village - James Larocca
Sag Harbor Trustee James Larocca is sworn into office for his first elected term with the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees while his son, and granddaughter Claire, look on. Kathryn Menu photo.
Sag Harbor Village - James Larocca
Sag Harbor Trustee James Larocca is sworn into office for his first elected term with the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees while his son, and granddaughter Claire, look on. Kathryn Menu photo.

By Kathryn G. Menu

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees has agreed to allow the Deer Park-based Elite Towers, LP, to assess the Municipal Building on Main Street, the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department headquarters on Brick Kiln Road and the transfer station on the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike to see if any of the facilities would be suitable for the installation of a cell phone tower.

If approved, the company would lease the space from the village on behalf of various carriers. The project is estimated to cost over $300,000, but according to figures provided to the village by Elite Towers, could generate between roughly $1 million and $5 million in rental revenues for the village over 50 years.

During the Tuesday afternoon reorganizational meeting of the village board, the body agreed to allow the company to perform on-site assessments of the three potential locations, pending the approval of the village attorney.

“It’s just preliminary — this is not an operating agreement,” noted James Larocca, who was sworn into his first elected term on the board during the same meeting.

Sag Harbor Mayor Sandra Schroeder stressed the board has yet to decide if it is even interested in moving forward with the concept, but was agreeing to allow the firm to present them with a plan for what is possible.

Mr. Larocca, whose swearing in was attended by his two-and-a-half year old granddaughter, Claire, was appointed to the board in July of 2015. He won election to the board in an uncontested race alongside trustee Robby Stein, who was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting and will be sworn in at a later date, according to village clerk Beth Kamper. Mr. Stein is expected to be named Deputy Mayor, according to Tuesday’s agenda.

In other news, the Sag Harbor Village Boards will retain their leadership with Anthony Brandt reappointed chairman of the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board, Gregory Ferraris retaining his seat at the helm of the Planning Board, Tim McGuire continuing to lead the Zoning Board of Appeals, and John Shaka earning reappointment as the Harbor Committee chairman.

Jeffrey Peters was also appointed to a three-year term on the Harbor Committee with Joseph Tremblay serving as a “holdover” member, said Mayor Sandra Schroeder, until the board can find a new alternate for the board.

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