East Hampton Town Board              159 Pantigo Road

                            East Hampton, NY  11937

              Work Session Meeting              www.ehamptonny.gov


              ~ Minutes ~              Carole Brennan


Tuesday, February 14, 2017              10:00 AM              Montauk Firehouse


I.              Call to Order

10:00 AM Meeting called to order on February 14, 2017 at Montauk Firehouse, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk, NY.


Attendee Name





Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Town of East Hampton




Peter Van Scoyoc

Town of East Hampton




Sylvia Overby

Town of East Hampton




Fred Overton

Town of East Hampton




Larry Cantwell

Town of East Hampton




Carole A. Brennan

Town of East Hampton

Town Clerk



Michael Sendlenski

Town of East Hampton

Town Attorney



II.              Public Portion

Dominic P. lives on Edgemere Street spoke about problems in his area since a parking lot was put there.  People are blocking his driveway, urinating is his yard, trying to get into his home, etc.  The people leaving the Surf Lodge are continuing their partying in the parking lot. 

Harold Foster lives on Benson and Cadswell.  It is in the vicinity of the Crow?s Nest.  His road is the only one in the area where parking is allowed.  It is a mess in his area during the summer months the most. 

III.              Topics

A.              Presentation on Cottages on Route 114 - Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust

Ed Reale, member of the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust gave a presentation on the Cottages on Route 114 in Sag Harbor.  The property contains nine affordable housing units.  At the time that they purchased the property in 2014 the units were full.  They apartments are small, old and falling apart.  They were initially bought for summertime use.  They now have small heating units and have been used year round.  They are looking to redo the units.  Wainscott School District has concerns for their school.  He states that there will be one less unit upon completion.  Presently there are no restrictions on income or who may live in them.  They are applying for local, county and state funds to redo the site and make it affordable housing units. 


Rob, another member of the SH Community Housing Trust spoke about the plans for the construction.  He explained the septic system and water delivery to the site.  The units will be sustainable.  He gave the dimensions of each of the units to be constructed.  They spoke about the tenants already in the units and future tenants.  The Trust would like the Town to write them a letter of support. 

B.              Townwide Emergency Radio Communications System - Police Chief Michael Sarlo

Chief Sarlo spoke about the Town wide Radio Communications System.  Capital proposals have been put forth.  The department has been looking into this for the last 4 years.  The current system has reached its term of life.  The Chief introduced our new communication operator.  His name is Ed Schnell.  Ed explained the design of the old system and how and why it is so out of date.  Currently we have 5 channels, which means only 5 departments could talk at once.  The system includes all ambulances, firetrucks, police cars, etc. in our area.  It also includes vehicles equipped with radios like the human services vans and the highway department vehicles.  We have gone from 250 to 700 users ten years ago.  They estimate currently having 900 +.  The system is so old that replacement parts are becoming very hard to find.    The old system is analog.  The new will be digital.  This will not be a reconstruction of the old system but a totally new system. 

C.              Annual Police Department Report - Chief Sarlo

The Annual Police Department Report was explained by Chief Sarlo.  The report is available on the Police Department?s web page.  He explained how they determine their yearly objectives and goals.  He spoke about the development of specified shifts for policemen.  They do quarterly evaluations along with PBA representatives to discuss the impact on members.  They will be looking at a new uniform purchasing policy.  He spoke about their State Accreditation.  He also spoke about the Health and Wellness Program for the staff.  He went over the stats for 2016 as far as summonses and complaints.  He explained the many ways that they use and assist Community Resources. He spoke about the training classes they attend.  This year they are looking to increase the V&T law violations.  He spoke about his level of staffing, along with outstanding performances done by officers.  He spoke on the number of arrests made in 2016.  He discussed the constant training that his department does and the Community Research Programs done.  He discussed Ed Michels Marine Division goals along with the activities of his department in 2016. 

D.              Edgemere Road Parking - Chief Sarlo

Chief Sarlo spoke about the parking issues.  He states that most of this is in areas surrounding commercial establishments that have started using their parking facilities for other uses and forcing parking on the road.  The State also took back the right of way in the area also taking away parking areas.  Both areas will be looked at more closely to determine it parking was restricted where would the parking move to?

E.              Deer Management Update - Andrew Gaites

Andrew Gaites, Land Management Department gave an update on Deer Management within the Town.  Deer accidents in East Hampton went from 342 in 2015 to 475 in 2016.  This data includes state data.  He notes that the state does not maintain as accurate of data as the town does.  He spoke about the additional lands that have been added for hunting on town, county and state lands.  Yearly totals taken by kill has remained fairly constant in the area of 400.  He spoke about deer nuisance permits.  He would like to see permits issued for a couple of town properties along with a state property. 

IV.              Liaison Reports

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez spoke about the VFW - Town transporting of veterans to doctor?s appointments.  She spoke about the I-Tri program.  They would like to store 3 pods on town property for a few months.  She spoke about airport issues.  One being a bond for a new security system; tree trimming along runway alpha; also one to retain a company to evaluate the fix based operators at the airport.  She says the report on 2016 operations and complaint data should be finished soon. 


Peter VanScoyoc spoke about the Town Management Committee.  He spoke about private management for Duck Creek property for maintenance.  He spoke about the oyster program that the town had last summer.  He spoke about dredging dates of some of the waters within the town. 


Sylvia spoke in regards to the Agricultural Committee; the Amagansett Life Savings Station; March madness; and upcoming classes at the Human Services Bldg.


Fred Overton spoke on the Fire Chiefs and Commissioners support of the communications system.  He spoke about the trails in the area of Red Dirt and Old Stone Highway near the Brooks property.  They would like the trails connect.  He spoke about Martin Drew and the preserving of a dock in an area that the town has recently purchased.  He spoke about recreational areas where people are putting up signs saying no ball playing when that is not the case.  He spoke about the recent CAC meeting.  Potential car wash on Springs Fireplace Road was a concern of the committee.  He spoke about Fisheries Committee issues.  The potential off shore wind farm was discussed as to its effect on the fishing industry.


The septic issues discussed at the last meeting will be discussed again at the March 21st meeting.