Those with a care about the Mecox Sailing Association Inc.’s proposal to establish a nonprofit sailing program at Mecox Bay Park at the end of Bay Lane in Water Mill will have a chance to say their piece on Tuesday at a public hearing during the Southampton Town Board meeting at 1 p.m. at town hall.
The first public hearing took place on September 14, 2010 and has been adjourned six times due to protests by residents of Bay Lane and surrounding roads. The residents believe the association will affect their quality of life and create parking and traffic problems, thus endangering their safety.
Those opposed have hired a lawyer, Bram Weber of Weber Law Group in Melville, who says the sailing school would restrict access to the bay and that a proposed five regattas per year would create a parking disaster and possible sanitary concerns. At a previous public hearing, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said any regattas would have to adhere to the town’s events code.
Public Hearings Set
Other public hearings on the agenda for Tuesday include the donation of land owned by Gazza in Northampton and Westhampton; amendments to the town code concerning the appropriation of franchise fees from Sea-TV for human services programs; changing the parking on Fairbanks Court in Water Mill to seasonal parking (the road does not end at the water); and amending the town code to allow the agricultural overlay district to include three properties and a portion of another.
More Money Needed For Heat
Supervisor Throne-Holst added resolutions at Friday’s work session to Tuesday’s agenda that would include amending the budget to add an extra $75,000 to pay for heating fuel; also needed, said the town comptroller Tamara Wright, was close to $100,000 for gas and diesel. She said with the change in energy prices a total of $250,000 is needed in the budget to cover the costs.
“So that’s a quarter of a million dollars that’s missing,” said Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, thus making a point that last year’s budget was inadequate.
Councilman Jim Malone was absent at Friday's work session.