North Haven Village Scrambles to Remove Moored Boats

Posted on 13 November 2008

The National Grid remediation project currently underway in Sag Harbor has some North Haven residents concerned.
At the monthly Village of North Haven Trustees meeting last week, board members discussed the nine month long remediation project which is designed to remove coal tar from the ground beneath the former Hortonsphere gas ball in Sag Harbor. With plans that include pumping water from the site out past the breakwater, North Haven officials have been asked by National Grid to remove all boats currently moored off shore on the North Haven side of the Sag Harbor bridge.
The National Grid remediation project on Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor is expected to continue through the end of May and entails the removal of some 10 to 15 feet of contaminated soil from the Superfund site that once housed a manufactured gas plant – the source of pollution. As part of the clean-up, due to the high water table in the area, National Grid will remove water from the contaminated soil, treat it, and pump the clean water through a pipe out past the breakwater near North Haven.
North Haven village clerk Georgia Welch received a fax earlier last week asking for the removal of moored boats, which Mayor Laura Nolan said she believed the village was asked to do as soon as possible.
“We didn’t have any warning that this was something that was going to be done,” Nolan said on Wednesday.
Nolan said that although most of the boats are out of the water now, “It came as a surprise to all of us.”
Nolan said that she believes the residents in North Haven have been notified about the removal and possibly the yacht club and Ship Ashore Marina have been notified as well.
Village board member, Jim Smyth said that he is concerned if the project is not finished by May, the piping might have to stay in place, and that would become a problem for the summer months.
“It caught us off guard,” Smyth said, “We don’t know what might happen in the spring.”
Smyth said that the actual pumping of the water may begin December 1, but he added this seems to be a grey area.
The remediation will take the winter to complete, the demolition at the site began on September 30 and is expected to be completed in nine months.
The piping that will carry the treated water is already assembled and in place in the water. Lights mark the pipe’s course for boaters. According to National Grid, approximately 500,000 to one million gallons of treated water will be pumped through the pipes daily.
FEMA
Today, Thursday, November 13, a meeting with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will commence in Southampton for the discussion of the revised flood maps and possible changes in flood insurance throughout the town.
North Haven has received an outline of areas where flood insurance is going to go up for those residents who are situated along the water in flood evacuation routes.
Village board member Jim Smyth said that board members received their new flood maps, and if any residents would like to make a comment on the changes, they will have 90 days to appeal any decisions made by FEMA, after today’s meeting.
Santa is coming to the village
Also at last week’s meeting the village board approved the visit of Santa Claus to the village on December 20. Santa will begin visiting the children and shut-ins of North Haven at noon on that day.

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