October Village Board Meeting

Thursday, October 04, 2012

October Village Board Meeting

Another brief meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening as a goodly amount of business was covered in a short time, as this was a day that many came to believe they would never live to see: the final municipal approvals which will allow Beach Bakery proprietor Simon Jorna to begin on his long-discussed renovation and ex­pansion project.

The approvals mark a major milestone for Jorna who has alternately been ignoring the Building Codes and doing battle with the Village since early 2003 in an at­tempt to finalize his personal vision for 112 Main Street.

The timetable? Through his attorney, J. Bradford Kenealy, Jorna said he expects to start work on the former Gloria's next week, and hopes to finish up by Memorial Day 2013.

(Good luck with that! Maybe with a mild Winter....)

If there was a sour note to this, it was that neither Micky Biss or Leopold Balestrieri were in attendance to learn how well things can go when one follows proper procedures.

Nor was developer Andrew Mendelson who last month promised the Board that he would be at every meeting from that point forward to press for the zoning change he needs to build a supermarket just East of the Long Island Railroad platform.

In one unexplained action, as the Board was about to ap­prove a number of 2011-2012 Fiscal Year Budget Trans­fers, Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto asked that the reso­lu­tion be tabled until a future date, an unusual request for a routine procedural matter.

(Do I detect two sets of knitting needles furiously clicking in the background?)

The tabling motion was carried by a vote of 3-2 with Mayor Conrad Teller and Trustee Ralph Urban dissenting.

In other matters:

  • The Board unanimously approved the use of the Meeting Room for the annual meeting of the Buoy Owners Corp. this Sunday from 2:00-4:00 pm.
  • Authorized the renewal of HVAC Annual Service Contract for $7,680, no increase from the present agreement.
  • Accepted the proposal for a Storm Water Manage­ment Program Report Assessment from D&B Engineers and Architects.
  • Authorized the use of Village Property on October 31 from 3:00-5:30 pm for the Greater West­hamp­ton Chamber of Commerce's (still) annual Halloween Parade.

    Mayor Teller took a moment to extend special thanks to both Chamber President Dwayne Wagner and PTA President Stacy Rubio for getting the en­dangered event back on track.
  • Authorized another round of Certiorai Tax Reduction payments totalling $18,282.55 for 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, almost three times the amount for the prior month.
  • Approved the warrant for October 2012 in the amount of $267,862.59.

There being no Public Comment, the Major adjourned the meeting and the Board went into Executive Session os­ten­sibly for the purposes of discussing litigation, but one was left with the sense that, for the second month in a row, those unexpectedly pesky Fiscal Year Budget Transfers might be broached as well.

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