Source: The Independent

Town Board Considers CPF, Beach Erosion

by Emily Toy

September 12, 2012

Gearing up for its meeting later this afternoon at 1 PM, the Southampton Town Board has several topics slated for consideration from the agenda drafted on Friday afternoon.

Two public hearings are scheduled for today to consider authorizing improvements to beach erosion control districts in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. This will be the third public hearing on the control districts for the beach “renourishment” project expected to cost $24 million.

In other Southampton news, Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera sponsored emergency drainage repairs to the Sagg Beach Culvert on Sagg Road in Sagaponack. The drains unexpectedly collapsed, forcing the water levels to reach an extremely low elevation, endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. Southampton’s Highway Department contracted with Terra Tech Site Development for $4250 to remedy the problem.

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is expected to authorize an amendment to the Community Preservation Fund management and stewardship plan to include additional properties in several of the town’s hamlets, with the most being in North Sea (50 acres) and in Quogue (185 acres).

In Sagaponack, the town board is seeking to authorize the acquisition of about 22 acres on Montauk Highway for farmland preservation at a cost of nearly $10.3 million to the town’s CPF.

In Bridgehampton, the town board is looking to acquire a 3.7-acre vacant parcel of land on Narrow Lane, for the amount of $650,000. In Remsenburg/Speonk, the town will seek to pick up a 1.04-acre vacant parcel of land for $425,000.

All the formerly mentioned property matters expected to be resolved later today, and ultimately purchased by the town, are expected to strengthen the Community Preservation Project Plan, which identifies target areas and properties for acquisition for park, recreation, open space and conservation purposes.