By Kathryn G. Menu
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman will host a ceremony on February 8, where he will offically hand over the deed to Long Wharf to Sag Harbor Village officials.
The county gave Long Wharf to the village just last month, however, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees is already charting a financial course in how they maintain and improve the wharf as the village prepares to begin budget negotiations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
On Friday, January 25, during a special session of the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees, Mayor Brian Gilbride said he would like to see money set aside for basic improvements to improve the safety of Long Wharf.
Gilbride said he would like the village to consider adding more ladders, lighting and also a safety railing around Long Wharf. It’s a project, the mayor added, that he would like to see completed before the summer season arrives.
On Wednesday, Sag Harbor Village Superintendent of Public Works Dee Yardley said he was exploring railings used on docks in other communities in an effort to find the right fit for Long Wharf. Particularly in light of the fact that owning Long Wharf will add a significant expense onto village coffers, Yardley noted it is critical yachts are still able to dock on the wharf, safely tie up and lower their gangplanks.
Also looking to its waterfront, on Friday, the board passed a resolution Friday to go out to bid for repairs on several docks damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The “A Dock” and “B Dock,” located on West Water Street will both be repaired, as will dinghy docks at Marine Park and on Bay Street, according to Sag Harbor Village Clerk Beth Kamper.
On Wednesday, Yardley said he expects to have bids in for consideration as early as next week.
The board also agreed to sign a purchase contract for $2,779 with Scribble Software, which Kamper said will make it easier for harbors and docks staff to complete sale transactions for transient docking.
It also passed a resolution to put out for a request for proposals for the seasonal launch service, which provides transportation to and from the village-owned mooring field.
In other news, Sag Harbor Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni approached the board to discuss the possibility of designating a court officer for the Justice Court.
Currently a member of the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, who may or may not have had something to do with someone being arraigned in the court, serves as the court officer. The position, which could be filled by a retired police officer, would also enable the Sag Harbor Village Police Department to keep that officer on the street, rather than in the courtroom.
On Monday, Gilbride said addressing the Municipal Building and how underused it is – particularly the third floor, which Gilbride has long envisioned the village expanding its offices into – is a priority he would like to address and one that could ensure the Justice Court, the village boards and the building department have enough space to work with.
Currently, Schiavoni keeps her office in the mayor’s office. The building department and village boards have also lost some space, namely a conference room on the second floor, with the addition of the Justice Court.
Gilbride said if the village looked into the installation of an elevator, which would replace an ailing lift between the first and second floors, expanding into the third floor would become a possibility.