In April, just a month after the passing of John A. Ward, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees renamed the windmill next to Long Wharf for him. Ward, a lifelong Sag Harbor resident and former mayor, helped design and build the windmill in the 1960s.
Thanks, in part, to the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the windmill bearing Ward’s name will live on as a landmark for residents for many more years to come.
During Tuesday night’s Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees meeting, the board accepted a recommendation by Superintendent of Public Works Dee Yardley that the village hire Tom O’Donoghue to complete the windmill’s restoration at cost of $33,490.
According to the resolution, $25,584 of that cost will be covered by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, which has been raising funds for the windmill restoration since last January.
According to a letter from Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce corresponding secretary Phil Bucking, in addition to that funding, an additional $1,000 grant from Southampton Town, $1,500 from a local donor looking to fund a specific part of the project and the proceeds of a mailing the Chamber is sending to over 6,000 addresses and post office boxes will also be used towards the windmill’s restoration.
“The Sag Harbor Lions Club has been very helpful in managing the fund itself and Save Sag Harbor was successful in collecting contributions to repair the windmill blades,” said Bucking in his letter. “Thank you to the Village of Sag Harbor for your years of caring for our iconic landmark and your interest in preserving it for future generations.”