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Town Wants to Move on Noyac Issues

Posted on 18 June 2008

Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot wants to get more Noyac issues off the back burner, but she needs local citizens to help.

“The squeaky wheel gets the oil,” she told members of the Noyac Civic Council during their regular meeting on Tuesday night.

On the agenda for Kabot, who was at the meeting to address a number of lingering concerns in the hamlet, were persistent noise from helicopters landing at East Hampton Airport, the future home of a Noyac community center, traffic and a proposed scenic overlay district designed to protect Noyac Road’s rural character.

“We are hoping to create more restrictive zoning along Noyac Road for the scenic overlay,” said Kabot.  “It’s been on the backburner for some time; we’ve had priorities on the western side of town.”

Kabot, who urged local residents to make their voices heard at town board meetings, said they will begin putting forward planning studies, and that they will immediately start looking at the “top ten” planning issues in the town, one of which is  the Noyac Road overlay district.

“My promise is to bring it forward in one of the civic council or CAC meetings,” said Kabot.

 

The supervisor said the board has shied away from pursuing a new community center for the hamlet — the anticipated 2011 construction date for which is further away than members of the civic council had hoped — for several reasons. Consultants for the town have recommended the site of the Old Noyac School house as a permanent location for the community center, while a committee made up of Noyac CAC and civic council members had recommended the town use the Community Preservation Fund to purchase a piece of property adjacent to Trout Pond.

“There seems to be a lack of consensus on the site,” Kabot told the council. She added that the community center would not be considered a bona fide use of CPF money, despite the fact it could be used as a starting point for the hiking trails if it was located by Trout Pond.

“Floating a bond to buy the land and then floating a bond to build became a financial consideration,” said Kabot.

She spoke well about the current location at the school house, however.

“There are a lot of us who feel this site has merit,” she said of the building where Tuesday’s meeting was held. “There is a lot of land here and the building could be re-situated.”

Noting the heat in the room on a 90-degree day, Kabot said “Sure is hot. I guarantee the next building will have air conditioning.”

 

Kabot touched on helicopter noise, and told the audience they needed to continue to call 537-LOUD when they heard excessive noise from aircraft.

“Regulating air space is an issue that transcends local government,” she said, “but we can be your advocate.”

 

With the supervisor on Tuesday was the town’s director of transportation, Tom Neely, who addressed noise from car and truck traffic and the problem of speeding.

Neely said Noyac Road is the most heavily traveled town-maintained road in Southampton, and the town will be installing speed display units at four key locations along the route, including one near Fish Cove Road, one just west of Deerfield Road, one at Millstone Road and one between Cromer’s Market and Trout Pond. A fifth will be placed on North Sea Road near the general store.

In addition, the town will start a series of commercials addressing the dangers of speeding.

“A sound expert told me the volume is ‘off the charts’,” said audience member Barbara Frankel. “Cars come so fast you’re thankful you can make it across the street. That’s no way to live.”

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