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Neighbors Work to Fill Potholes on Private Road [PHOTOS]

Residents say Atlantic Avenue is now safe and smooth.

The residents of Atlantic Avenue in Hampton Bays said they have accomplished what they set out to do: repair their private roadway in one day, spending less than $1,000.

The project got underway on Sunday morning after Paul Visentin, an eight-year resident of Hampton Bay, called on his 40 neighbors to help fill in more than 15 potholes on the road.

Visentin said his call to arms brought out seven neighbors who helped with labor and seven additional residents who reached into their pockets to help fund the project.

"Atlantic Avenue from start to finish is totally fixed," said Visentin, adding that while he appreciates the support of his neighbors, he wished more would have helped.

"If groups of people all living together on the same road can’t help each other, these roads will never get fixed," he said. "I wish more people who lived on Atlantic would have come out and supported us, but either way we got the job done in only one day."

The residents who helped repair Atlantic Avenue, Visentin said, got to work at 7:30 a.m. and finished at 7:30 p.m.

"You can sit back and complain all you want, or you can get up and actually do something about it," he said, adding that if other residents of private roads need help repairing their streets, he would be happy to help.

His message to them: "You will be amazed at what you can accomplish."

Atlantic Avenue is one of 562 private roads in the Town of Southampton and one of 155 in Hampton Bays. Because of existing laws, the town's highway department has no obligation to repair or maintain them, except in an emergency situation.

Area residents have mixed views on if the Town of Southampton should start the process of taking over private roads — a plan has been put forth by North Sea resident John Watson, who is also the chair of the town’s ad hoc unimproved roads committee.

His plan, after much research, calls for bringing between 5 and 8 private roads into the town system per year at an estimated cost of $500,000 per year.

Related Reading:

  • Hampton Bays Resident Takes Road Repair Into His Own Hands
  • Should the Town Take Over Private Roads?

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b March 26, 2013 at 07:54 PM
'His plan, after much research, calls for bringing between 5 and 8 private roads into the town system per year at an estimated cost of $500,000 per year." Who's $500,000 year? The taxpayers or the private road owners?
longislander March 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Its great that all the neighbors chipped in. We tried years ago to get more gravel on our private road and everyone wouldn't chip in and this is only 8 houses.
b March 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM
That's not uncommon, people complain about the roads, but won't chip in to fix them. I know of a friend who lives on a private road and those that live at the top don't care that the rest of the road is a mess, even though it is their responsibility. Glad to hear that in this case the neighbors worked together.
Lillian March 27, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I lived on Atlantic Ave until 3 months ago, my family and I repaired the holes in front of our house a few times. While we were out there doing the works we primarily got negative comments from people driving by. Good luck to everyone who worked on the road !
MSG April 05, 2013 at 01:28 AM
To the person who is wondering about the cost ($500,000 a year), the cost would come from the tax payers who are also the residents of the private roads. One big misconception is that people who live on private roads do not pay the same amount of taxes that town road residents do, but the fact is that we private road residents not only pay the same amount as everyone else but we also have to fix and plow our own roads.
b April 05, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Your comment is confusing..the cost would come from the tax payers who are also the residents..." Are you saying that only the residents of the private roads will pay $500,000? Private road residents use all the same roads that the rest of the tax payers use...they are plowed for your use as well as any one elses. You chose to live on a road which was not going to be plowed or repaired. The town can hardly keep up with the roads they already have.
MSG April 06, 2013 at 02:00 AM
So I pay the same taxes as you, but my roads are not maintained. How do you think that is in any way fair?
Ralebird April 06, 2013 at 05:19 AM
This is very simple - prepare a road to town standards then dedicate that road to the town and the town will maintain it in perpetuity. That is the process; why should you be allowed to give the rest of the town a strip of dirt and have the town pay to fix it for you? Would you also like them to build you a sidewalk? How about a new driveway?
b April 06, 2013 at 12:06 PM
The roads you drive on are maintained just as the roads I drive on are maintained. The PRIVATE road that you purchased on is not, and never was, intended to be maintained by the town. Hence the PRIVATE designation. If you were unaware of that when you rented or purchased on a a private road, it doesn't change the fact that is how it works. As has been said, bring the road up to the town standards and they will maintain it. Simple really.

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