By Claire Walla
As the village of North Haven continues down the green road toward solar heating, clerk Georgia Welch updated the board at its most recent meeting on Tuesday about the steps needed to secure a bid for the project, as well as the financial costs the town board could expect to pay to redo the village hall’s roof.
Welch explained that she met with the village’s grant writer the week prior and learned that, unfortunately, the opportunity to receive grant money to complete the project “has been closed for quite a while.”
But, Welch said the village will keep pursuing other options.
“[The grant writer] is going to explore other opportunities so she will continue to let me know what may become available,” Welch added.
Welch also relayed two estimates to the board for costs associated with replacing the roof over village hall. (Though slated to happen in conjunction with the installation of solar panels, the roof replacement project has already been written into this year’s budget and will take place regardless of whether or not the village goes solar.)
The estimates are based on two different options: fully replacing the current wood shingles, or replacing the wood with an asphalt material known as GAF timberline. Based on calculations made by Village Building Inspector Al Daniels, the cost of the first project is estimated to be about $38,000. The cost of using asphalt shingling would hover closer to $27,000, saving the village roughly $11,000.
The board has not made any decisions either way, but board members seemed more inclined to go for the less expensive GAF timberline material, which is also expected to last longer than wood. Board members have asked to see samples of each shingle before making their final decision.
In other news…
The village of North Haven approved a request from the North Haven Village Improvement Society to host its annual “Santa Visit” on Saturday, December 17. This is the 58th year the improvement society has sponsored this event.
Board members also approved a resolution to grant an extended contract to Summerhill Landscapers for just under $3,000 to plant additional bulbs at the traffic circle in the village.
While much of the North Haven Village Board meeting went off without a hitch, noticeably absent was Mayor Laura Nolan, who is grieving the loss of her husband, Jonathan Nolan. Nolan unexpectedly passed away on October 10 after a fall in the family’s home.
“Usually in the firehouse we have a moment of silence when there’s been a loss,” said a noticeably choked-up Jim Smyth, a village trustee and member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department.
So the board briefly paused before Smyth continued. “I’m filling in for Laura Nolan because I’m the deputy mayor,” he said. “I told her, we got her back until she’s ready.”