March Trustees Work Session

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March Trustees Work Session

Although it was less than two hours in dura­tion, this evening's meeting could be described as prolix.

(Or perhaps it only seemed that way be­cause the Knicks, Red Wings and NCAA "Sweet 16" were all on TV.)

The Work Session began with a presentation by the local Girl Scouts about their highly com­mendable project of raising awareness about recycling with the placement of special trash containers at the Village Beaches and Marina.

Next a senior area couple who'd like to ex­change wedding vows at Rogers Beach on May 15th, asked the Board for relief from the new fee schedule which will be in place by then. The request was taken under advisement.

Architect Diane Herold, as requested by the Board, showed her proposed plans for making the Lashley Beach Pavilion ADA-compliant.

Also discussed was the process by which a number of small private roads off Hazelwood Avenue... Morris Court, Guldi Way, Avaughn Court, etc.... could be brought into the Village system. Essentially, 100% of the residents of each road must request this of the municipality.

Superintendent of Public Works John Kearns reported that the Main Street "tree-trimming project" was continuing apace, and that the Village had realized nearly $10,000 from the sale of surplus equipment and materials through a specialized Website.

More municipal surplus is planned to be disposed of in this manner.

Money coming in is a good thing, because Mayor Conrad Teller outlined details of the now-fifth version of the 2011-2012 budget. As as it stands, the tax rate will increase from $2.53 to $2.68.

(There will be a Public Hearing on April 7th before adoption of a final budget.)

The often discussed matter of an updated Ethics Law was again brought up by Village Attorney Richard T. Haefeli, and appears close to being adopted.

Quote du jour

From this afternoon's 27East:

"Mr. Tucker, who failed in his bid to unseat Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller last June, said he welcomes Mr. Speir as potential competition."

So, how do ya feel about root canal, Hank?

(Disclosure: The writer [me] is challenging Mr. Tucker for a seat in the Village Board in June.)

And unless you're going somewhere, Hank, I'm not, so you can strike the "potential" part.


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