By: Progress for Westhampton Beach
A full meeting agenda was routinely handled by the Mayor and the Board of Trustees. The public hearing on the addition to the village code that will provide for restrictions on vehicles on the beach drew some inquiries.
The Village Attorney, with more sure-footedness than a Flying Wallenda, explained:
The Town Trustees contend they have jurisdiction allowing them to permit motor vehicles on the beaches of Southampton Town. The Town grants vehicle access to the ocean beaches throughout the year with the only prohibition being from May through September from 9 in the morning to 6 at night.
The Village of Westhampton Beach permits vehicle access to the ocean beach at Lashley Beach between October and mid-December when the fall fishing season closes.
The code provisions will permit village police to regulate those vehicles that traverse the beaches in the Village of Westhampton Beach, whether they have come from another access point at anytime of the year, or from the village access point open only during the fall fishing season.
This brief synopsis by Mr. Angel avoided a
decent descent into the arcana of the colonial Dongan patent, a topic that years ago Judge Theodore Sharretts, Jr. could have explained in great deal, if given sufficient time.
The Board of Trustees authorized the Clerk to publish a notice for bids for the demolition of the unsafe Guldi house at 9 Griffing Avenue.
The Board of Trustees awarded the Community Development Block Grant as follows:
$2,600.00 to Family Counseling Services
$2,800.00 to HUGS, Inc.
$2,600.00 to WHB Historical Society
Mr. Shanley of Beach Lane asked the Mayor about burying electrical service lines on Main Street. Mr. Shanley had advocated to prior administrations that this be done in conjunction with the construction of the long stymied sewer system.
The Mayor had met with representatives from PSE&G this past Wednesday, and one significant impediment is the requirement that electrical service to many of to the various Main Street establishments must be upgraded. This is a matter that implicates each shop owner quite directly in the pocket book. It will require a lot of leg work to make it work, and no doubt will be the subject of future work sessions.
Upon the recommendation of Village Justice, Robert A. Kelly, Jr., Janet Jurgielewicz was appointed as a Clerk for the Justice Court from the Civil Service list. Justice Kelly conducted interviews of all eligible and interested candidates for the position and made his recommendation to the Mayor as provided by law. She will succeed Leanne Reilly who has handled the post after the retirement of Warren “Red” Eckart.
On a seasonal note, one young resident approached the podium to voice her distaste for the white lights decorating the trees on Main Street. File that under: De gustibus non est disputandum
After a pitch to privatize electrical inspections in the village and an illuminating rejoinder by Building Inspector Paul Houlihan, the public meeting was closed with the Trustees entering an executive session to address DPW personnel matters.