October 24, 2012

Management Musings

The East Hampton Town Board made quick work of the agenda last Thursday night, public comment encompassing the bulk of the outing. Topics brought to the podium by residents included deer management, preserve management, beach management and employee management of a sort.

Frequent visitors Rona Klopman and David Buda spoke of employees. Buda would like to see copies of employee contracts posted on the town's website. They are public information, he said, but accessible only by the unwieldy Freedom of Information process. Supervisor Bill Wilkinson balked at the notion, stating that in the private sector, such documents are kept confidential. He said he'd defer to advice from counsel.

Buda noted that, while employee salaries, as well as the costs of their benefits, are listed in the town budget, total compensation is not readily available.

Klopman's view on employee management related to staffing in the code enforcement department. Given the volume of related issues that arise each summer, she supports a request made by Councilwoman Sylvia Overby -- that more seasonal staff be added to code enforcement. Wilkinson reported that he recently met at length with town police officials to review the summer's activities and problems and see how adjustments may be made for next season.

Ashley Silverman also spoke to a code enforcement conundrum. A homeowner on Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett since 1990, she offered comment regarding the situation at Indian Wells Beach.

As has been reported before, this past summer the beach became the in spot for young revelers, much to the consternation of families and locals. Silverman credited the Internet and Facebook with spreading the perception that Indian Wells Beach is an ideal place to "drink all weekend."

She favors prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the beaches during the times when lifeguards are on duty as well as setting a special noise decibel level for music. Silverman said that outside of bars and taxi companies, she doesn't believe the visitors contribute much to the local economy.

Ira Barocas, a resident of Babe's Lane in Springs and president of the Duck Creek Farm Association spoke of how the preserve in his neighborhood, one of the only waterfront open space parcels in the hamlet, has been neglected. He said he and his neighbors are hoping to participate in the "adopt a preserve" pilot program.

Finally, Ilissa Meyer reprised objections she has to the town's draft deer management plan. She takes issue with making a correlation between deer population and Lyme disease, and cited data that shows an increase in Lyme disease cases when the deer population dips.

A hearing on the deer management plan will be held on December 6.


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