East Hampton Town Board              Carole Brennan

              159 Pantigo Road              Telephone:

              East Hampton, NY  11937

 

Town Board Meeting of April 18, 2017
East Hampton, New York

 

 

I.              Call to Order

10:00 AM Meeting called to order on April 18, 2017 at Town Hall Meeting Room, 159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, NY.

 

Attendee Name

Organization

Title

Status

Arrived

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Town of East Hampton

Councilwoman

Present

 

Peter Van Scoyoc

Town of East Hampton

Councilman

Present

 

Sylvia Overby

Town of East Hampton

Councilwoman

Present

 

Fred Overton

Town of East Hampton

Councilman

Present

 

Larry Cantwell

Town of East Hampton

Supervisor

Present

 

Carole A. Brennan

Town of East Hampton

Town Clerk

Present

 

Michael Sendlenski

Town of East Hampton

Town Attorney

Present

 

II.              Public Portion

No Speakers

III.              Topics

A.              Bids - Jeanne Carroza

Jeanne Carroza spoke about bids to be awarded on Thursday night.  Electric vehicles will be rejected and re-noticed.  She spoke about other bids to notice. 

 

Kim Shaw made a recommendation for an award for Long Island Green Homes.  The Energy and Sustainability Committee has selected Renewable Energy of Long Island as the awardee. 

B.              2017 Capital Plan (Continued) - Len Bernard

Len Bernard, Budget Officer gave an update on the 2017, 18 & 19 Capital Plan.  He explained a few of the changes that were made to the plan.  Those being Boys Harbor Building Construction; Second House Building Construction; and the Fowler House.  He explained the urgency for the Upgrade to the 700 MHZ system.  It will have to be done sooner than later. 

C.              Sportime Multi-Purpose Arena - Mark Crandall

Claude Okin, CEO and founder of Sportime.  Claude explained how his company has come to be what it is now.  He spoke about receiving the RFP from the Town in 2010.  They have been able to expand to offer more that tennis and hockey. 

 

Sue, the GEO of Sportime spoke about the different sports that they offer.  She spoke about tennis, volleyball and hockey.  They help out Springs School with areas for sports training.  They host birthday parties. 

 

Mark Crandall spoke about his position at East Hampton Boys Club.  A few years ago they moved over to Sportime.   He thanked the board for allowing them to speak. 

 

Claude Okin spoke about lighting in the area of the Terry King ballfield.  He also spoke about their relationship with the local schools. 

 

Supervisor Cantwell spoke about the Town's sport fields on Stephen Hands Path and the possibility of the relocation of the ballfields at Pantigo Place to Stephen Hands Path if Southampton Hospital decides to construct an Emergency Facility. 

D.              2016 Aircraft Operation and Complaint Analysis - Ted Baldwin (HMMH)

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez opened the presentation by introducing two representatives, Ted Baldwin and Adam Scholten from HMMH.  They presented a slide show of the Operations and Complaints June 30-September 30, 2016 at the East Hampton Airport.  Ted first explained the problem statement which is:  Noise from aircraft operating at the airport disturbs many residents of the east end of long island.  Residents find helicopters more disturbing than any category of fixed-wing aircraft.  Disturbance caused by all types of aircraft is most significant when operations are (1) most frequent and (2) in evening, night, and early morning hours.  He explained the definitions of noisy aircraft; implementation period; nightime curfew; extended curfew; land planes; and seaplanes.  He explained the curfew along with the operations and operations data.  He explained the changes in data collection.  They explained the PlaneNoise versus Air Noise report.  He explained the differences in data collection.  He discussed the issues people have been complaining about.  He also explained a chart on the 2014, 2015 and 2016 operations and complaint data.  The observations show that the Sikorsky S76 helicopter, the Cessna Caravan C208 seaplane and the Bell B407 helicopter were the top three aircraft that caused complaints to be made. 

 

Town Board members made observations and asked questions of the HMMH representatives. 

E.              Voluntary Noise Abatement Routes - Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith, a representative of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, Inc.  They have been in business for 40 years.  He gave a presentation to the board that his counsel gave to it's members and users of the East Hampton airport.  The routes the show are strongly recommended in order to mitigate the noise associated with helicopter operations at HTO.  Their plan has been selected to best relieve communities surrounding East Hampton Airport fromthe noise produced from arriving and departing helicopter traffic.  While noise mitigation is extremely important to our members, these procedures should in no way supersede the safe operation of aircraft. Three additional transition routes were developed in 2016 to enhance the EH Airport's Noise Abatement procedures to help mitigate noise events on the North Fork of Long Island.  These routes were developed by the ERHC and are outside the jurisdiction of the EH Air Traffic Control and Operations.  They are not reflected in the published EH Noise Abatement Procedures.  Thes routes will hopefully lesson the concentration of aircraft over the same communities.  After the 2017 season the ERHC will study the impacts of these trasnsitions.  He explained the Sierra and Echo Routes of travel, for both incoming and outgoing air traffic.  He states that the peak time of travel is Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons and Monday mornings.  The things that impact usage are weather, airspace, airspace design, and regulatory constraints.  Helicopter operators must avoid the flow of fixed-wing aircraft.  They are splitting 50/50 the north shore and south shore operations.  He ended explaining the ERHC's Initiatives for the future.  He states that his organization would like to sit down with all the parties in one room to try to work together to work on the issues. 

 

Town Board members asked questions of Jeff.  As did Kathy Cunningham.

 

Michael Sendlenski gave the Town Board an update on the Airport Litigation.  We should have some answer by May 1st as to our request of appeal.   

IV.              Liaison Reports

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez spoke about the upcoming drug taken back program, another group meeting at the library and a senior web based training program at the senior center.

 

Peter VanScoyoc spoke about the various roads that the Highway Dept. is currently paving.  Water quality in conjuction with the CPF program were discussed.  Recommendations will be forwarded to the Town Board shortly for public hearing.

 

Sylvia Overby spoke about the lottery for affordable housing which will be open until April 28th.  Recycling and Litter Committee and CCOM will be doing a litter cleanup (Shoreline Sweep) on April 22nd.  She gave an update on the hamlet studies.  Meeting will be scheduled for June 1-3.  Meetings will be at LTV Studios and the Amagansett Legion.  They will also be in East Hampton and Montauk.  The schedule will be posted hopefully in the next week. 

 

Fred Overton spoke about the Nature Preserve meeting.  There is a large tree at one of the burial grounds that will need to be taken down by a professional company.  He spoke about accessibility to the trails and racks for kyacks.  He spoke about a draft management plan for the Oyster Shores property. 

 

V.              Executive Session - Personnel, Lease (s), CPF, and Litigation. 

A motion was made at 12:25 P.M. by Councilman VanScoyoc, seconded by Councilwoman Overby to go into executive session at 1:15 P.M. to discuss the stated topics.