Settlement Will Pay to Extend Public Water in Noyac

Plywood boards cover up a partially collapsed cistern in the Northview Hills subdivision in Noyac. Peter Boody photo

An insurance settlement of $67,000 for damage to a cistern on Northview Court in Noyac will be used by the Noyac Fire Protection District to help pay for extending public water from Noyac Road up Northview Drive and Northview Court to the end of East View Court.

One of several cisterns installed in the 1990s by Northview Hills developer John Leonard to give firefighters a water source, a truck ran over it last spring and partially collapsed the underground structure.

Instead of replacing the cistern, Southampton Town Fire Marshall Cheryl Kraft last week urged the Southampton Town Board — acting as the board of commissioners of the Noyac Fire Protection District — to help underwrite the 5,000-foot water main extension by the Suffolk County Water Authority. She said the fire protection district’s share of the cost would be $30,000, no more than the cost of replacing the cistern, which Ms. Kraft said will be filled with sand and abandoned in place. The Sag Harbor Fire Department will continue to maintain the remaining cisterns, Ms. Kraft said.

At a special meeting on October 11 at which the board met with Ms. Kraft to discuss the plan, Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni said he suspected the total cost for the main extension would be higher than the $30,000 to be paid by the fire protection district. He urged that the entire insurance settlement be used to defray any additional costs to homeowners who elect to hook up to the new water service when it becomes available.