Sagaponack tackles sign pollution, tree rot


The fiscal crisis may not be affecting every member of every community, but that doesn’t mean that people are not being cautious with major decisions that could impact their personal finances.

Sagaponack resident and village zoning board of appeals member Cindy Greatrex said she is leaving the village for the West Coast to take a position with the company she has worked for as vice president and stakeholder for several years. Greatrex said that the only way not to take the transfer would be to resign her employment.

“In this uncertain economy, this would not be a wise move,” she said in her resignation letter.

At Monday’s board meeting, the trustees passed a resolution to accept the resignation of Greatrex and appointed Patrick Guarino to fill the unexpired five-year term — which will expire in July 2013.

Another resident moving out of the village is architectural review board member Don Sachar who is moving to North Haven. Sachar’s resignation was accepted and the board members appointed Barbara Slifka to fill the three-year term, which will expire in July 2011.

Deputy mayor Lee Foster said she regretfully accepted both resignations with gratitude. The board also appointed Elliot Meisel as chairperson to the zoning board for a term set to expire in July 2009.

Also at the Sagaponack Village board meeting on Monday, a resolution was passed allowing Mayor Don Louchheim to sign a license and indemnity agreement with David Seels allowing him to contract with the Barlett Tree company to care for diseased trees on public property. Sagaponack resident David Seels received permission from Southampton Town to plant 50 trees for his wife’s 50th birthday. Two of the trees on what is now village property have been discovered to have root rot. Fred Hoffman of Bartlett Trees attended the meeting and told the board about the problem.

“The trees get stressed from the heavy and wet soil, but that is not the only reason,” he said. “The fungicide we used has worked in the past and I will assess them in the spring.”

Hoffman said that he will have to do two more treatments for the trees next year. Hoffman said he would be happy to donate his time to look at all the trees in the village and assess them.

Also last week, at their monthly work session, the Sagaponack Village Board discussed the excessive bike path signs within the village. Village clerk Rhodi Winchell said at this week’s meeting that she contacted Tom Neely, director of transportation and traffic safety and a member of the Biking Citizens Advisory Committee of Southampton Town, to look at all the signage. Winchell said Neely was able to go out and look at all the signs, and the town is going to conduct a survey to reduce the sign pollution within the village. The signs, according to the board, were decided upon before the village was incorporated.


Planning Board Meeting


Following the regular village board meeting on Monday, the Sagaponack planning board members were thrown a curve ball when an applicant asked if there was the possibility of adding agricultural buildings on open space after a subdivision application had been given its final approval, which restricted agricultural buildings in that area.

At the public hearing, representative for the applicant of the property, Randall Weichbrodt, asked the planning board to consider the option of adding an additional agricultural building on the open space portion of the 17-acre parcel on Gibson Lane.

“Open space will remain open space, otherwise we wouldn’t have approved a negative declaration,” said planning board and village board of trustee member Al Kelman.

Although Weichbrodt asked the board to consider the option of an agricultural building on the reserve, the applicant, Jay Bialsky, said he had no problems with the board’s decision not to allow any agricultural buildings on the open space for this particular site.

The public hearing for the Gibson Lane parcel was adjourned until December 15.