Government Briefs 04.11.19

East Hampton Town

Filter for Montauk Pipe

Responding to evidence of ongoing bacterial contamination from a drainpipe that flows onto the ocean beach at the eastern end of downtown Montauk, the East Hampton Town Board voted last Thursday to install a filter in an underground vault upstream. The filter will be made by Fabco Industries of Farmingdale and be installed by Bistrian Materials of East Hampton at a cost of about $53,000. Fabco will take care of maintenance for three years at a cost not to exceed $10,000 a year.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk and the Surfrider Foundation Blue Water Task Force began monitoring pipe outflow from Lowenstein Court in 2014. It has been one of the consistent hot spots in East Hampton Town for the presence of enterococcus bacteria, especially in the summer and after heavy rain. In a test result this week, the Lowenstein Court pipe showed a “medium” bacteria level.

 

Funding for Aquaculture 

Plans for a new aquaculture center at Three Mile Harbor got a boost last week with the town’s acceptance of $400,000 in state financing. The project will consolidate its shellfish hatchery in a new building at Gann Road. The hatchery is now spread in two locations, with one in Montauk and the other at Three Mile Harbor. The Empire State Development Program approved the funding, provided the town contributes 10 percent, about $265,000, of the $2.65 million cost. East Hampton officials are seeking additional grant money and will issue bonds to make up the difference. 

 

Beach Vendor Bidding 

Mobile food vendors who would like a spot at a town beach can submit bids at the East Hampton Town Purchasing Department beginning today. Not all beaches are available. Some have concessionaries with multiyear contracts; at other sites vending is not permitted. Bids are due by April 25. Specifications are available at the purchasing office in Town Hall.

 

Purchase Adds to Park

The East Hampton Town Board last Thursday agreed to buy a 3.4-acre site on Oak Hill Lane in East Hampton adjacent to the 46-acre Chatfield’s Hole preserve off Two Holes of Water Road, which contains a portion of Paumanok Path. The $1.075 million needed will come from the community preservation fund. The seller, DNT Properties, will be responsible for removing a house on the property, which will be replanted. The site shares about a 1,000-foot property line with the preserve. It is in a groundwater protection zone.

 

A Correction

An article last week about the buildings on an East Hampton Town-owned property where James Brooks and Charlotte Park once had their residence and studios misstated the former occupation of John Mullen. He was an architect. The town bought the property in 2013, which was also misstated.