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Nov 28, 2018 10:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Seeks Additional Funding From Town For Water Drainage Project

Village of Westhampton Beach officials plan to improve drainage along Main Street.
Nov 28, 2018 11:32 AM

After bids for a portion of the Westhampton Beach Village Main Street Construction Project—which would improve drainage along Main Street and add two traffic circles, new sidewalks and bury utility lines—came in higher than expected, village officials are requesting an additional $900,000 in Community Preservation Fund money from the Town of Southampton to help cover costs specifically associated with improving water quality.

In 2016, the CPF law was modified to allow Southampton Town to set aside 20 percent for water quality improvements, and in October the town awarded the Village of Westhampton Beach a little over $1.2 million to use for the drainage portion of the Main Street Construction Project. In one year alone, Westhampton Beach was awarded almost $2.4 million in CPF water quality improvement money, with $1.13 million to be put toward the village’s upcoming new sewer district.

As part of the Main Street project, the additional $1,238,922 will be used to put in two hydrodynamic separators that filter out impurities before runoff enters Moniebogue Bay, along with installing permeable sidewalks and replacing an underground brick culvert.

The village plans to replace the culvert with a 40-inch-wide reinforced concrete drainage pipe. The culvert itself is located between Moniebogue Bay and Main Street, and is situated under two buildings and an alleyway.

In order to replace it, both buildings on each side of the alleyway need to be supported, according to Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore, and the space needs to be filled in. The cost to replace the culvert was expected to be $459,025.

But bids came back higher than anticipated for the alleyway portion of the project. Ms. Moore said the lowest bid was $1,220,560, submitted by Wading River-based Excav Services Inc.

To help cover the additional costs, the village has requested $900,000 more in CPF money.

Ms. Moore explained that the town still has CPF money for water quality improvements available for the 2018 year. If it is not used, then it goes back into CPF.

If the money is not granted, Ms. Moore said, the village can still move ahead with the project, but may have to bond for part of the Main Street project.

At Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting, board members scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 1 p.m. on December 11. There was no discussion about the additional funding request during the meeting.

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Ms Moore, westhampton is not the only village looking for CPF money... How about your taxpayers???
Southampton Village is too dum to ask for free money...
By knitter (1902), Southampton on Nov 28, 18 4:26 PM
"Came in higher than expected" is the new slogan for local government.
By ZGerry (43), Hamptons on Nov 29, 18 10:26 PM
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Why do we hire experts [who we pay large fees] to estimate what the project will cost and still end up with larger bids???
What did you pay for???
By knitter (1902), Southampton on Nov 30, 18 7:48 AM
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