By Stephen J. Kotz
Members of the Sag Harbor Village Board on Tuesday found three large volumes stacked at their places at the dais, courtesy of Save Sag Harbor.
The books were an inventory of the 870 buildings that are considered contributing structures to the village’s historic district, which is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, a copy of the Secretary of the Interior’s guidelines for historic structures and a copy of the village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
“Each document is critically important and will guide our officials in their work to protect our historic village we hope for many years to come,” said Mia Grosjean, a member of Save Sag Harbor, who said the organization had spent the $2,000 it received through a grant to have copies of the documents printed, so they would be available to village officials and homeowners alike.
“We feel that the excessive overdevelopment that has degraded the scale, character and authenticity of our village over the past decade would not have occurred if these reference documents had been an integral part of each of the village boards’ decisions,” she said, noting that over the decades, village officials had simply lost track of the documents.
Ms. Grosjean urged the board to post links to the documents on its website and require that members of its various regulatory boards undergo training in historic preservation as part of a broader effort to preserve the village’s character.
Separately, the board introduced a law that will be the subject of a public hearing next month, that would allow the village to name two alternate members to each of its regulatory boards. A year ago, the board named one alternate to each board. Mayor Sandra Schroeder has said she wanted the additional alternates available so regulatory boards would always have as close to a full complement of members present at all times.
Alternates would be expected to attend meetings and keep abreast of ongoing applications, but they would not vote unless regular members were not present.
The board also appointed Robert Plumb, a contractor, as alternate to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which has been without one since Neil Slevin resigned. Mr. Slevin has since been appointed to complete the term of Mr. Larocca on the village planning board.
Shane Dyckman, the owner of Flying Point Surf & Sport, who rents a slip at the village dock for a boat he uses for fishing camps and other activities, appeared before the board to ask permission to have a small floating dock added to his slip to make it easier for customers to get on his boat. The problem is Mr. Dyckman put the attachment on before asking the board’s permission.
“What gave you the idea you could just do that?” asked Mayor Schroeder. A request to install the float “was denied because the float was already in,” added Trustee Ed Deyermond. “Is it still in? Then you have a problem.”
Mr. Dyckman said he had spoken with Bob Bori, the village harbormaster, who told him to keep the float in place pending a village board decision, and Trustee Ken O’Donnell said he saw no problem with the float, provided that Mr. Dyckman remove it annually, a position that was supported by Trustees James Larocca and Robby Stein.
When Mr. O’Donnell tried to sway Ms. Schroeder’s position, she quipped, “You don’t need my vote—and you’re not going to get it.”
The board also dealt with a number of requests from various organizations to advertise their events with temporary signs on Long Wharf, a process that clearly frustrated Mr. Deyermond.
“I think we are going to face the sign issue on Long Wharf in the fall,” he said. “I’m done.”