By Mara Certic
The North Haven Village Board on Tuesday, December 2, unanimously added a number of minor amendments to the dock law it adopted last year.
Mayor Jeff Sander explained that amendments were intended to remedy unforeseen “glitches” in the law as written. The law now allows the board of trustees to consider lowering dock heights to 3 feet, rather than 4, above the high water elevation.
The modification of the law allowed the North Haven Village Board to approve a ramp included in a dock application filed by Bay Partners, Inc. and Larry and Maria Baum. Mr. Sander and Trustee Dianne Skilbred said they looked at nearby docks and walked along the beach at the applicants’ behest and observed that lowering the dock “really won’t affect anything.”
The village recently received a grant from the Archive Unit of the New York State Department of Education to digitally scan its files, which Village Clerk Georgia Welch described as an “arduous project.” Ms. Welch explained that hiring a consulting firm will allow the village to ensure it complies with all of the conditions of the grant. The village could receive as much as $41,811 for the work.
For example, Ms. Welch said there is a condition which stipulates grant-receivers must use “companies for the disabled, or woman-owned businesses,” in their digitizing process.
“My preferred contractor I can’t go with because they don’t meet the disability or women rule and so now I’m forced to go with another company—which I think will be fine,” she said.
Ms. Welch said she has an interview with a company that does meet the criteria scheduled for later this week.
Mr. Sander offered an update on the historic Point House, which he said is on its way to soon being placed onto a foundation closer to the road and having “a permanent home.”
“I’ll be glad to see it getting restored and get a foundation,” he added.
In other action, one could almost hear the children of North Haven rejoice on Tuesday evening when Ms. Skilbred gave a progress report on playground renovations.
Ms. Skilbred and a committee of two women have looked at roughly a dozen playground equipment suppliers and will present their short list of three, along with price quotes, to the village board at its January meeting, she said.
Mr. Sander explained on Tuesday evening that the 20-year-old playground is in need of some upgrades. According to Ms. Skilbred, the range of available flooring for outdoor playgrounds has increased in recent years and that there are many softer, safer materials now on the market.
Trustee Jim Laspesa, who is an architect, has offered to help Ms. Skilbred come up with a landscaping plan for the new play area, she said. Mr. Laspesa asked his fellow board members to also consider replacing the backboard of the North Haven basketball hoop. “It’s in pretty sorry shape,” he said.