East Hampton Town Board              Carole Brennan

              159 Pantigo Road              Telephone:

              East Hampton, NY  11937

 

Town Board Meeting of October 10, 2017
East Hampton, New York

 

 

I.              Call to Order

10:00 AM Meeting called to order on October 10, 2017 at Montauk Firehouse, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk, 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

 

Steve Graham

Town of East Hampton

Deputy Town Clerk

Present

 

Michael Sendlenski

Town of East Hampton

Town Attorney

Present

 

II.              Public Portion

Laura Toomen, president of the CCOM, thanked the Town Board of its Environmental leadership. She would the Town to consider adding additional money to the budget to add additional funds to implement work from the Hamlet studies.

III.              Topics

A.              Bids - Lisa Valcich

Lisa Valcich discussed a few bids that were accepted recently. She also mentioned that before the next meeting they will be noticing second house after a meeting with Drew Bennett and Bob Heffner.

B.              2018 Tentative Budget Discussion

Len Bernard reported the budget highlights to the Town Board, they included: Three full time positions, in the airport, marine patrol and the building department. The projected total surplus will be $34 million dollars, $1.5 million dollars will be set aside so that it will be available for capital projects. 2 Million dollars will be set aside to start an affordable housing project.

 

Councilman Overton would like to see an additional 10,000 for the fisheries study to possibly help entice additional parties who are interested in this project.

 

Councilwoman Overby would like to see an increase in the money for the Arts Council from $2,000 to $5,000to fund the various programs that they are working on. The Anti-Bias taskforce would also like to request an additional $1,500 to implement the ambassador program.

 

Councilwoman Burke-Gonzalez stated that Project Most is asking for double the amount of money they normally ask from the Town as the grant which funds the operation is expiring in 2018.

IV.              Liaison Reports

Councilwoman Burke-Gonzalez stated that the East Hampton Town Human Services Department is now offering Mindful Meditation in Montauk, on Thursday October 12th, and the 26th at the Montauk Senior Center.

Councilman Van Scoyoc met with the property management committee and they are discussing a Halloween event at the Duck Creek Barn. They are also working on the restoration of the Brook Parks Facilities.  26 Oil paintings were found in the attic of the Springs Library and they are currently looking for a location to store these paintings.

Councilwoman Overby reported that the building permit for the manor houses was submitted last week.  They also discussed draft legislation for houses in commercial zoned areas to allow for more than four unrelated people to live there. Dodson & Flinker is also preparing the Hamlet studies comments with the Town?s Planning Dept.

Supervisor Cantwell discussed some of the Hamlet studies goals, and how some of the goals from this project will take longer to implement. He also reported on an Amagansett CAC meeting from last night who spent time discussing the Amagansett Train station and crossing the road. They would also like to see a stop sign southbound on Indian Wells Highway.

V.              Resolutions

1.              COUNCILWOMAN BURKE-GONZALEZ

2.              COUNCILMAN VAN SCOYOC

3.              COUNCILWOMAN OVERBY

1.              Resolution 2017-1089

Category:              Approvals

Sponsors:              Councilwoman Sylvia Overby

Department:              Land Acquisition

Grant Application for Southern Pine Beetle Infestation

WHEREAS, the Southern Pine Beatle (SPB), Dendoctronus frontalis, is a species of beetle native to the southern United States that has been migrating north and has recently been destructive to local Pitch Pine forests; and

WHEREAS, Andrew Drake and Andrew Gaites of the Land Acquisition and Management Department have attended several Forums regarding the spread and behavior of the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) and also NYS DEC ground survey training in order to be able to accurately identify SPB damage; and

WHEREAS, Drake and Gaites have been acting as point persons in conjunction with the DEC, ground surveying areas of interest within the Town of East Hampton that the DEC spot from flyover photography; and

WHEREAS, Drake and Gaites have identified a 6.5 acre area of new infestation located at the former Curtis properties [SCTM# 300-112-3-4.003, 300-112-3-4.001, 300-133-2-11.001], said properties acquired with Community Preservation Funds, CPF; and

WHEREAS, the Community Preservation Fund Law, as well as the Community Preservation Fund Project Plan identify public access as a key component for the preservation of the Town’s Community Character; and

WHEREAS, all CPF acquired properties are open to the public; and

WHEREAS, in order to ensure safe accessibility, it is imperative to cut down approximately 800 dead standing trees; and

WHEREAS, this in turn will help preserve the remaining unaffected trees; and

WHEREAS, we have received a bid in the amount of $80,000 for cutting down approximately 800 pitch pine trees to be scored down the length of each tree and left on the ground; and

WHEREAS, “cut and leave” management has been very well studied and determined by many experts to be a successful and cost-effective method of SPB suppression; and

WHEREAS, there is a “Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery” grant from the DEC and Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) available to municipalities to help mitigate the damage and spread of this invasive pest; and

WHEREAS, this is a matching grant, applicants must match 25% of grant funding; and now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Town Board approves the application for this grant opportunity, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Town’s matching portion, up to $16,000, for this grant shall come from CPF budget account CA 8801 54500

 

 

 

ü Vote Record - Resolution RES-2017-1089

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Defeated

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Tabled

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Withdrawn

 

 

Yes/Aye

No/Nay

Abstain

Absent

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Voter

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Peter Van Scoyoc

Voter

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Sylvia Overby

Mover

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Fred Overton

Seconder

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Larry Cantwell

Voter

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2.              Resolution 2017-1090

Category:              Approvals

Sponsors:              Councilwoman Sylvia Overby

Department:              Land Acquisition

Conference of the Long Island Grassland Managers

WHEREAS, the Director of Land Acquisiton and Managment has requested that Andrew Gaites, attend the Long Island Grassland Managers Conference in Manhasset NY on October 18, 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, there are no proposed expenses for this conference other than the use of a Town Vehicle; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that Andrew Gaites is hereby authorized to attend said conference.

 

 

 

ü Vote Record - Resolution RES-2017-1090

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Adopted

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Adopted as Amended

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Defeated

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Tabled

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Withdrawn

 

 

Yes/Aye

No/Nay

Abstain

Absent

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Voter

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Peter Van Scoyoc

Voter

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Sylvia Overby

Mover

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Fred Overton

Seconder

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Larry Cantwell

Voter

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4.              COUNCILMAN OVERTON

5.              SUPERVISOR CANTWELL

6.              Resolution 2017-1091

Category:              Grants

Sponsors:              Supervisor Larry Cantwell

Department:              Bookkeeping

Authorize the Town of East Hampton Justice to Submit a Grant Application for Financial Assistance to THe State of NY Unified Court System

Authorize The Town of East Hampton Justice to Submit a Grant Application For Financial Assistance to The State of New York Unified Court System

Resolved; that Lisa Rana, as Justice of The Town of East Hampton, is hereby authorized and directed to file an application for funds from the State of New York State Unified Court System Office of Court Administration under its Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP), in an amount not to exceed $30,000, and upon approval of said request to enter into an execute a project agreement with the State of such financial assistance to the Town of East Hampton Court for JCAP Grant Application.

 

 

 

ü Vote Record - Resolution RES-2017-1091

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Adopted

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Adopted as Amended

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Defeated

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Tabled

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Withdrawn

 

 

Yes/Aye

No/Nay

Abstain

Absent

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Voter

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Peter Van Scoyoc

Seconder

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Sylvia Overby

Voter

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Fred Overton

Voter

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Larry Cantwell

Mover

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VI.              Executive Session

At 10:53 A.M. A motion was made by Councilman Van Scoyoc, seconded by Councilwoman Overby to go into executive session to discuss litigation.