By Kathryn G. Menu
On Tuesday night, the North Haven Village Board of Trustees officially signed off on its fire and ambulance service contract with the Village of Sag Harbor, which will take effect January 1.
The board has already budgeted monies for the contract based on an estimation provided for trustees last spring on the cost for providing fire and ambulance services to North Haven residents.
The 2014 contract for fire protection will cost North Haven Village $275,345. That figure represents $157,927 in fire department costs and $62,074 for the cost of Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP). LOSAP provides benefits for active fire and first aid volunteers, depending on their length of volunteer service.
In addition, the village agreed to pay $97,866 to cover the cost of ambulance service, with $83,286 covering ambulance service costs and $4,184 to cover LOSAP benefits.
The total amount of the fire and ambulance contract is for $373,212.55.
In other village news, trustees agreed to look at additional signage, enforcement options, clearing and potentially prohibiting parking in some way on Fresh Pond Road. The board is considering these options after hearing from resident Richard Black, who said because the small roadway is often used for parking, often by large landscaping trucks, and because many residents tend to drive above the 25 miles per hour (mph) posted limit, Fresh Pond Road has become a hazard for pedestrians and even drivers.
The board as a whole agreed that cutting back plants on village owned property, erecting additional speed signs and reaching out to the Town of Southampton for greater enforcement on that roadway should explored immediately. While the board appeared open to the concept of prohibiting parking on one side of the road, Black said he believes both sides of the road should be closed to parking.
“I have almost been hit three times,” said Black.
The village also agreed to reschedule its November meeting to Wednesday, November 6 at 5 p.m. as Election Day falls during its regular meeting time that Tuesday.