As Jack Benny used to say at the end of his Sunday evening radio programs, "Sorry folks, we're a little late tonight," as an excuse for no further jokes or skits.
Mayor Maria Moore, without excuse or explanation, began tonight's sparsely attended meeting at 7:05 pm, led the Pledge of Allegiance, then began the evening with a Public Hearing regarding Outdoor Displays for John's Pools on Old Riverhead Road.
During the Public Hearing on the 2017-2018 Tentative Village Budget, a question was raised by a local resident regarding the operation of the Village Beach during the Summer of 2016, the first year the municipality operated the food and beverage concession itself.
The Mayor replied that the Village showed a modest profit (approximately $15,000) on revenues of $109,000, less than the projected $160,000, but still not a loss as predicted by some nay-sayers one year ago.
The inquiring resident, this blogger (who had expressed considerable dubiety about the Village's decision to go it alone), complimented the Board on their initiative and oversight in the success of the beach concession.
In the regular portion of the meeting the Board approved the 2017 Beach Rates and Rules, and authorize the use of the Great Lawn On Saturday August 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for a charity event, "Movie Night 4 Hunger."
The Board also authorized the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce to use the Village sidewalks on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, May 6-7 and October 7-8 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for the annual sidewalk sales promotion.
Additional authorization was granted to the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce for the Joe Koziarz Annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday July 16, 2017 from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon as per route on file with application.
The Board approved the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws request to hold a special event ride through the Village as part of an "Inlet Ride On Dune Road" on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Board approved promotions within the Department of Public Works for Gregory Liggon to Highway Crew Chief and Joseph Cacciato to Laborer II, effective April 1, 2017.
The Board authorized D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. to prepare the 2017 Annual Storm Water Management Report at a cost of $2,900.00 and additional services for the 2017 Storm Water Management program not to exceed $3,400.00.
Following the Planning Board's 2008 $1,386,110.00 performance bond to be posted to insure performance of certain site work by Timber Ridge at Westhampton Beach V, LLC, the Board of Trustees approved the reduction of the performance bond in the amount of $8,000.00.
The Board also approved the renewals of the following permits for 2017:
- Shock Ice Cream: Outdoor Tables, Chairs/Benches.
- Best Market: Outdoor Tables, Chairs/Benches.
- Whitney's Deli: Outdoor Tables, Chairs/Benches.
- Hampton Coffee: Outdoor Tables, Chairs/Benches.
- Beach Bakery: Outdoor Music, limited to no more than two musicians on Thursday and Sundays.
- Best Market: Outdoor Sales and Displays, with a waiver of the seasonal limitation of Section 140-2(A)(11).
The Board established an annual fee for placement of a donation clothing bin in the amount of $100 as per Chapter 28 of the Village Code, to be established.
The Board accepted the detailed proposal dated March 23, 2017 to provide professional design/bidding services related to the reconstruction of Main Street, by H2M in the amount of $230,000.00.
The Board authorized the purchase of Heavy Duty 4 Post Lift for the DPW garage, in the amount of $32,420.47.
The Board approved the purchase of a Model M3F24-1 Solid Door Freezer for Rogers Beach Kitchen, from Bar-Boy at a cost of $1,625.00, and authorize the purchase of three (3) Dell Latitude E6430 Laptop Computers from Fluid Imagery at a cost of $1,350.00 Laptop Computers for Rogers Beach.
Appointed as 2017 Seasonal Traffic Control Officer were Madeline Sganga, Eric Caputo, Chase Rubio, Sean Johnson and Patrick Johnson at an hourly rate of $14.00 to work as assigned by the Chief of Police effective May 15, 2017.
(Trustee Rob Rubio abstained on this vote.)
Finally, the Board approved the restoration of the Village canon in front of the Westhampton Beach Historical Society, in an amount not to exceed $500.00.
Conservation Advisory Council chair Patti Schaefer, with members Bob Lilly and Christopher Clapp, made a brief presentation to the meeting concerning their activities involving a number of environmental and conservation matters, and the undertaking of obtaining grants to fund their endeavors.
(Ironically, the CAC was a group which for several years never met and for some years after that had been disbanded. They appear to be highly motivated and most active at the moment.)
Stillwaters resident Mike Nobeletti asked Ms. Schaefer if Moniebogue Bay was including in the scope of their plans. (It is.)
The meeting was closed upon Mayor Moore's motion at 7:59 pm.