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East Hampton's Northwest Firehouse Soon to Open

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:24

A new fire department substation that has been under construction in the Northwest section of East Hampton is almost ready to open, East Hampton Fire Chief Gerard Turza Jr. told the East Hampton Village Board on Friday. 

East Hampton Village provides fire and ambulance services to the Northwest Fire Protection District and Water Supply Protection District through a contract with the town. In September, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the 3,800-square-foot, one-story substation, which was built on a former brush dump on Old Northwest Road. 

Construction has finished on the $1.4 million project, Chief Turza said, but the department is waiting for the Town Planning Department to approve a landscaping plan for the site. Becky Molinaro Hansen, the village administrator, said the approval would be coming shortly. 

Separately, the village board accepted a proposal from Tannery Creek Systems to provide the Police Department with a mobile parking enforcement system that uses vehicle and license plate-recognition technology. The system will allow the police to enforce parking regulations without the use of either ticket dispensers or chalking.

Ms. Hansen noted that professional landscapers will need to obtain a license to operate in the village as of July 1, according to a law that went into effect on Jan. 1. 

The law requires a landscaping business to pay an annual $200 registration fee, agree to abide by village laws governing the permitted times for property maintenance and the use of gas-powered lawn equipment; have a valid home improvement license from the town, and, if applicable, provide proof that it has the necessary state and county certification to use pesticides, fertilizers, and other regulated chemicals. 

Once a business has met all the requirements, the village will issue a $10 registration sticker. The stickers, which are good for one year, must be placed in conspicuous locations on each vehicle used by a company.

The board scheduled its annual meeting at the close of the fiscal year for July 31, and accepted Timothy English as a new member of Fire Department Fire Police Company #6.

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