June Village Board Meeting

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June Village Board Meeting

Newly sworn Westhampton Beach Police Officers Joseph R. Loria and Andrew Kirwin

Mayor Maria Moore opened the Monthly Village Board meeting at the appointed time and went straight to the first order of business, lauditory remarks by Chief Trevor Gonce and the swearing in of two new full time police officers, Joseph R. Loria and Andrew Kirwin, bringing the departmental staffing levels back up to 13 members, a figure which includes suspended officer Joseph Pesapane.

Two perfunctory Special Exception Public Hearings were dispensed with, granting an Outdoor Dining permit to Joe's American Grill but not Mill Road House which withdrew its application.

(The one approval is timely as weather reports unanimously suggest that the chilly weather is over and this weekend will see temperatures in the 80° to 90° range! Huzzah!)

In other matters, the removal by SavATree of 21 various trees between #19 Beach Lane and Sunswyck Lane at a cost of $7,250.00, was unanimously approved.

Personnel Bonnie Brophy, Thomas Betjemann, Patricia Gonce, Jennie Beck and Carol Matthews to conduct and oversee the annual Village Election on Friday, June 16, 2017 were appointed at a rate of $15.00/hour.

(At this writing the re-elections of Trustees Brian Tymann and Rob Rubio are unopposed.)

The Board authorized a vehicle Peddling Permit for soft ice cream to Salih Oncel effective June 9, 2017 and expiring December 31, 2017, subject to the conditions enumerat­ed in Chapters 128-10 and 128-11 of the Village code.

Following the recommendation of H2M Engineers & Architects, the Board authorized deposits in the amounts of $25,000.00 for PSEG, LI and $550.00 for Verizon-New York to start the design work for the relocation of overhead utilities along Main Street in preparation for the Main Street Reconstruction project.

At the same time, authorization was approved for H2M to prepare and submit the Water Quality Improvement Project Grant in relation to the Sewer District project for a fee of $2,500.00.

(And these are just for openers, folks.)

Another $44,217.50 was approved for the Asphalt Overlay of the marina parking lot off Library Avenue.

In the Public Portion of the meeting, The Buoy resident Shelly Schwartz requested better lighting on Mill Road just above the "egg-a-bout" and complained about an apparent school bus idling in that area late in the afternoon. Chief Gonce at the request of the Board agreed to monitor the latter matter.

(L-R) Trustee Steve Frano, Mayor Maria Moore and Deputy Mayor Ralph Urban

There being no further business before the Village Board, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.


1. John Roland said...

Ahhh. Brings back memories of when Tim and I were booed off the stage when we talked about a sewerage project. Hate to say "I told you so," but.....

C'mon, John... you love to say "I told you so!" (I would, and have, as well!), #1, and, #2, your candidacy was doomed the second you let the Rabbi endorse you.

2. Fromm Emmes said...

I foresee H-U-G-E problems with this remodeling of Main Street. The Village Board is going to have to create a special tax district to pay for everything because if their try to spread it across the entire Village tax base, they'll never win another election. And the property owners in a special tax district will just pass that cost along to their tenants who won't be able to afford the higher rents, and the next thing anyone knows the beautiful new downtown area will have a whole slew of empty stores.

Yup... it's a ticklish problem.

3. John Roland said...

What can I say, Dean. When you're right, you're right. And yes, the Rabbi is a putz.


He's apparently gone now, all but leaving our Village in a smoking ruins in service to his rampant ego!

4. Hampton West said...

That guy did so much damage ˇV to equate Westhampton Beach with Germany in the 1930s was utterly appalling.

Yup! But when I compared the Rabbi's repeated "talking points" with Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels' "Big Lie," then-Hampton Syna­gogue President Morris Tuchman threw a major hissy fit and put OtBB on his personal persona non gratia list.

Not a big loss, but I appreciated Tuchman's willingness to share reasoned (insider) views with readers here.
ˇV Dean

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