Despite the fact that the purchase of Sagaponack Village Hall was set to close on Monday, village attorney Anthony Tohill said, the closing, which was changed to Tuesday, went well.
“The closings don’t always happen when people want them to,” Tohill said on Wednesday. But he added, “It went fine and now the village owns a new village hall.”
The village of Sagaponack contracted to close on their new village hall on August 13 and it has taken a little more than two months for the sale to close.
The village approved $2 million for the new village hall, which cost $1.2 million. Last week the board talked about a $1.5 million bond anticipation notice (BAN). Village officials said the remanding $300,000 can be used for renovations on the new hall.
At the Sagaponack Village Board meeting on Monday night, the board announced that Don Sacher, member of the village’s architectural review board (ARB) is moving to North Haven. Trustee Lisa Duryea-Thayer said Sachar would only be able to make one more meeting.
“If any of you have anyone to recommend, please give me a name,” mayor Don Louchheim said to fellow board members.
In addition to adding new signs near the Sagaponack School reducing the speed limit to 25 mph, deputy mayor Lee Foster announced that she will be inspecting the village for potholes and trees that are in poor condition. Foster also said she will be looking for areas in the streets, where pavement is breaking.
At Sagaponack’s planning board meeting, the board held a public hearing for a pre-application for a property at 276 Parsonage Lane. The 19.12 acre property is on the northerly side of Parsonage Lane and its owners are applying for the creation of three residential lots on the property. The pre-application plan outlines three lots on the westerly side of the parcel. The owner has submitted the plan with the intent on keeping the 10-foot wide trail that connects the Long Pond Greenbelt area to the ocean in Sagaponack. Barbara Bornstein of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, thanked the planning board for their understanding and keeping the trails open.
“This is a wonderful plan and I commend the applicant and the board for this.” Bornstein said.
She added that it is an important step for the village because the Southampton Town Planning Board approved a preliminary application for the Two Trees Farm, a 114-acre parcel with 19 lots, in Bridgehampton this past summer, which, she said would eliminate the possiblity of a public trail in that area altogether.
Residents on the west side of the Parsonage Lane property, however, came to the hearing on Monday to ask that plans be reconsidered because if the homes were built in the proposed location, current property owners will lose their views. Louchheim said the board would take the information into consideration. The application will be open for written comment for 10 days.
A preliminary subdivision application for a 17-acre parcel at 150 Gibson Lane was also approved at Monday’s meeting. The representatives for this property are asking for a six-lot subdivision and a public hearing for the property will be held on November 17. Also at that date a public hearing is scheduled for the 41-acre property owned by the Schwenk Family located at 3491 Montauk Highway. This property has also submitted a preliminary application for a subdivision on one of the largest undeveloped pieces of land left in the village.