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Cracking Down on Sagg Main Drum Sessions

Posted on 20 August 2009

Southampton Town Police are poised to enhance patrol and enforcement of town beach regulations at the popular, albeit informal, African drum sessions which draw hundreds of people to Sagg Main Beach every Monday in the summer. Trustee Joy Seiger reported to the board, at a meeting on Monday, that she received a letter from Allyn Jackson, Southampton Town Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, on this effort to curtail the crowds.

“I have been in contact with your officers, lifegaurds, and my maintenance staff and continue to receive reports that the Monday night Drum Circles are still producing a significant drain on our resources due to the large crowd they attract,” wrote Jackson in the letter. “I believe our new signs, newspaper reports and staff word of mouth have provided sufficient warning to justify increased enforcement of the numerous code violations occurring at these events.”

The top code violations town police will be looking for are alcoholic beverages on the beach, glass containers, fires and barbeques without the necessary permits, dogs on the premises, littering, walking through the dunes and parking after 9 p.m.

“While we all agree that the events themselves are not the problem, the aftermath left by a significant number of participants negatively impacts our mission to operate a clean and safe bathing beach during the day,” continued Jackson.

Village board members appear to be in support of the police’s intentions, but are waiting to see if they will be effective in the coming weeks.

“We will see,” remarked Seiger.

Village Board Shuffle

After securing his seat on the village board in June in an uncontested election, trustee Alfred Kelman will soon move from the village and must step down from his position.

“Months ago I decided not to run, as my house was on the market … But I was persuaded to see what would happen,” said Kelman of his candidacy.

Within 48 hours of winning the election, a successful offer was made on his home. Kelman will leave the village at the end of the month, forcing the board to appoint an interim member to complete the rest of his term.

“You are one of the original trustees … You have been here as long as the village has,” noted mayor Don Louchheim, as the village was incorporated more than two years ago.

Sandune Court Repair

With a short walk to Sagg Main Beach and a plethora of indigenous plants, Sandune Court is an ideal location for a home. However, a disintegrating roadway is detracting from the beauty of this sleepy street. The road is riddled with pot holes, puddles, cracking asphalt and remnants of patchwork maintenance from the past.

Noting the condition of Sandune Court, a few months ago the Sagapoanck Village board agreed to fund a project to repair the road in full. The board decided to go with a $135,000 option, where the existing paving will be churned up and re-used as a base for the new road. On Monday, the board announced they will go out to bid locally for the drainage and clearing, but will use a county contractor for the grinding of the existing asphalt and paving. For the past three years, the village has budgeted $100,000 per year for road improvements, but as of yet haven’t tapped into these funds. The upfront money for the project will be drawn from the account, but at the meeting village clerk Rhodi Winchell stated that almost $80,000 worth of work might be reimbursed by the state through the Cnsolidated Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS program.

Historic Review

The proposed laws regarding the Architectural and Historic Review Board’s process for judging historic homes and demolition applications was unanimously passed on Monday evening.

“The board considered all the testimony … and this local law is hereby enacted,” said Louchheim.

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