By Mara Certic
A road committee, CPR training, new seat cushions and good news are just four things that the members of the Noyac Civic Council will have to look forward to in 2015.
At its last meeting of the year, the council invited its members to suggest and discuss speakers, agendas and topics for the coming year over coffee and donut holes.
“Now this is the best part of our meeting: what do you want to do in 2015?” Elena Loreto, the council’s president, asked.
Suggestions for CPR training and a question-and-answer session with a financial advisor both were met with some enthusiasm by the 10 members who were present.
The most popular suggestion, perhaps, was the reforming of a roads committee for Noyac. A similar committee existed in 2002, explained the council’s former president, Chuck Neuman.
“Through this committee we can spend time building relationships and getting certain things accomplished,” Mr. Neuman said.
The new roads committee, he explained, would generate a list of road hazards around Noyac to present to Southampton Town. There is a tree growing around a stop sign, making it difficult to see—this is just one example of some 80 hazardous conditions Mr. Neuman said are out there.
One of Mr. Neuman’s primary fears is that, in an effort to alleviate traffic along County Road 39, the town might one day add another lane in each direction on Noyac Road.
“That would be the end of that spine and the end of the way we know life here in Noyac,” he said.
James Ding brought up Noyac’s most controversial new road feature, the recently completed parking lot in front of Cromer’s and the Whalebone General Store on Noyac Road.
“We inherited the mess left by Alex Gregor, and that is the Cromer’s area,” he said.
“All of a sudden we’ve got 15 to 20 of these reflectors when none are needed. The plantings, I don’t know who’s responsible for them but they’re pathetic-looking,” Mr. Ding added.
Several members noted that the new roadwork in front of Cromer’s Market is dangerous. The new reflectors “can be blinding,” one said, and the markings on the road are not visible enough, and will possibly cause chaos when Noyac has its first heavy snowfall this year, some feared.
For 2015, Mr. Ding also suggested the Noyac Civic Council spring for new seat cushions, perhaps with a different foam or cover. Mr. Ding, who has been a member for a year or two, he said, knew the cushions had been there since he joined the organization.
“I think we could dress it up a little,” he added.
Another popular suggestion for the 2015 calendar year is to bring in speakers to discuss environmental issues and also to hold one meeting the Sag Harbor Fire Department, where members could perhaps be instructed in CPR.
The suggestion of a water safety course quickly morphed into a Water Safety Kick-Off of Summer Festival that the Noyac Civic Council would host as a fundraiser at Long Beach.
“That’s such a good idea because we all live within so close to the water,” one member said.
In order to both accommodate children and avoid jellyfish, Mr. Ding suggested holding the event the weekend after July 4.
The event planning will begin when the organization holds its first meeting of the new year, on March 10.
Elfie Winkle made another popular suggestion on Tuesday evening. “When we send out this newsletter, whether it’s here or on the computer, I’d like to see a section on the bottom called good news,” she said. Ms. Winkle suggested people send in any happy news they have going on: a new engagement, a new job, a new baby in the family.
“Even if it’s ‘Guess what I just won $10 on a scratch off,’ that’s good news to somebody and why not? We’re inundated with yuckies all the time,” she added.
In other action, Mrs. Loreto said several businesses are offering discounts to Noyac Civic Council members in good standing. These are Serene Green Farm Stand, Whalebone General Store, Cromer’s, The Wharf Shop, Maura’s Hair Studio, Tightlines Tackle Shop and Revco Lighting and Electrical Shop.