September Village Board Meeting

Thursday, September 06, 2012

September Village Board Meeting

Decent-sized turnout for what was a relatively nondescript monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, one which lasted just over 40 minutes.

Andrew Mendelson

During Public Comment developer/specula­tor Andrew Mendelson again took to the podium and tried to pass off his 2011 Poll and current on-line petition as an actual application to change the B3 Zoning District to include the words "Grocery Store" or "Super Market."

He took some time to read into the record a sampling of comments from his on-line petition supportive... sur­prise!... of his scheme to build a super market on his properties on Old Riverhead Road.

This led to an increasingly acrimonious exchange with Village Attorney Richard T. Haefeli who repeatedly reminded him of the applicable state law regarding a Master Plan, and again pointed out that it was Mendelson and his associates who had decided that they didn't want those words in the Master Plan when it was adopted.

Before leaving the podium, Mendelson swore that he would be back at every meeting to press the Board on this issue until they agreed to hold an "information meeting" on his informal proposal.

An attendee rose to seek a clarification on whether Mendel­son had actually submitted the necessary application to the Village, and was told that none had been received.

Sign at the northern terminus of Glovers Lane at the municipal parking lot off Mill Road.

Two residents rose to complain that they had on multiple occasions been confronted by truculent truck drivers ignoring the well-posted signs at the northern end of Glovers Lane. Both expressed the view that this was an untenable and dangerous situation.

Police Lieutenant Trevor Gonce felt that proper road striping would alleviate the problem by directing vehicular traffic exiting the rear of the Waldbaum's parking lot away from Main Street.

Boy Scout "Michael" at the public podium.

It fell to a member of the visiting Boy Scout Troop 62 of Westhampton, "Michael" (no last name given per troop policy) from Remsenburg to rise and make the key inquiry as to what time of time of day had these dangerous traffic situations occurred?

Both residents stated that it was during daylight hours and that's when the light bulb lit up above the Lieutenant's head.

Matters under discussion during the Public Portion of the meeting included:

  • A rationalizing amendment to Chapters 196 and 197 of the Village Code pertaining to Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Tables and Chairs.
  • An Amendment to Chapter 178, Vehicle and Traffic Code, in respect to clarification of the parking in front of the new library.
  • Authorized Payment of 2011/2012 Assessment Roll Small Claims Property Tax Reductions in the amount of $41,700,15.
  • Authorized Payment of both 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 Assessment Roll Small Claims Refunds in the amount of $4,711.42.
  • Authorized Payment of 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 Certiorai Property Tax Reductions in the amound of $6.892.04.

(Lists of the property owners affected by the fore­going orders of the New York State Supreme Court are available through the Village Office.)

  • Approved, subject to the Village securing the necessary insurance coverage, the Emergency Shelter Agreement with the Westhampton Beach School District that was unveiled at the August Work Session wherein the High School will be the designated location for those residents who must be evacuated during an approaching hurricane.
  • Approved Use of certain Village streets by the Westhampton Beach High School Student Government for the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 14 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
  • Approved the use of Rogers Beach Pavilion by the Westhampton Library to conduct a seminar in conjunction with the Astronomical Society of Long Island on Saturday, September 22 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • Approved the use of Rogers Beach Pavilion for the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 1962 Reunion picnic on Sunday, September 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • Approve the use of the Village Green for lunch and festivities related to the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island for their 5k Walk on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Authorized use of the Village Green on Saturday, November 3 from 1:30 to 2:00 pm for Megan Raynor's wedding ceremony.
  • Authorized Justice Court Director Leanne Gionta to Attend New York State Magistrate’s a Association annual Training Conference in Albany from Septem­ber 30 to October 3 at a cost of $750.
  • Authorized Building Administrator Paul Houlihan and Fire Marshal Bill Hart to Attend New York State Building Officials Conference in Albany to receive state-mandated training from October 15-17 at a cost of $634.00 per person.
  • Approved the lastest Police Department Rules and Procedures in an on-going overhaul as part of another step toward departmental accreditation, effective immediately.

(This part interested parties will have to watch on video to get the full flavor of the exchange be­tween Trustee Charlie Palmer Jr. and Police Chielf Ray Dean and Lieutenant Gonce.)

  • Appointed Maeghan Mackie as Confidential Secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals at bi-weekly salary of $1,341.00 for a 30 hour week. She will also serve in that capacity for the Planning Board, assuming the position left vacant by the untimely death of Susan Johnson O'Roarke.
  • Appointed Irina Richardson to fill out the unexpired term, ending May 31, 2015, of Elsie Collins.

And this is where it got a little sticky... all the previous resolutions and motions had been carried 5-0, even the two involving, directly and indirectly, the Westhampton Library because Deputy Mayor Tucker wisely sought the counsel of Attorney Haefeli on whether there would be an ethics issue, and the Attorney said there wouldn't.

The following resolutions failed carry, and were tabled by a vote of 4-1 with an apparently blind-sided Mayor Conrad Teller the "No" vote in each instance.

  • Approval of 2011–12 Fiscal Year Budget Transfers.
  • Authorization of Unreserved Fund Balance Transfer.

At the end of the meeting, the Board went into Executive Session for the purposes, according to the Mayor, of discussing those unexpectedly contentious transfers... ordinarily not a closed door item under the New York State Open Meetings Law.

From this vantage point, it looks like someone's about to be called on the carpet.


1. Scarlett said...

You have always provided a "link" to every reference you make in any of your blog posts, yet you didn't give a link to Mendelson's on-line petition! Oversight or deliberate?

Nothing gets by you, Miz Scarlett, Ma'am... Andrew Mendelson is a flim-flam artist and a constant prevaricator. Does anyone really expect OtBB to aid him in his scheme to line his pockets at the expense of the Village?

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