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Sep 2, 2009 3:58 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Outdoor show raises ire of Westhampton Beach Village Board

Sep 2, 2009 3:58 PM

Parents picking up their children after school often must stop their cars on Mill Road, blocking traffic, and the village wants the school district to pay for an engineering study and fix the problem.

Chief Dean said Westhampton Beach School District Superintendant Lynn Schwartz suggested that the village turn the shoulder on the north side of Mill Road into an extra-long turning lane so the cars do not impede traffic. Chief Dean also said that many high school juniors, who have junior licenses and, therefore, are not allowed to park in the senior parking lot, often park along that street. Students with junior licenses are not allowed to drive to school though many violate the law, he said.

Still, Chief Dean said that a professional study should be completed to consider options to alleviate the near-daily traffic jams on Mill Road during the school year.

“It’s a serious problem,” said Village Board member Jim Kametler. “I’m surprised there hasn’t already been an accident.”

Board members will also hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 3, to get feedback on whether or not they should relinquish their property assessment authority and transfer it to Southampton Town.

Houses in the village are assessed once a year to determine how much a homeowner will pay in property taxes. Since the village does its own assessments, residents who want to challenge them have to file a grievance on two separate grievance days, one with the town and one with the village. The current system causes confusion for some residents, said Westhampton Beach Village attorney Bo Bishop.

If the village relinquishes its duties to the town, there would only be one tax grievance day. The village would still collect its property taxes, Ms. McGinnis said. She pointed out that 408 of the 556 villages in New York State do not do conduct their own property assessments.

HALLIE D. MARTIN

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How could the Village complain about a couple hundred extra people spending money in their village that otherwise wouldn't be there? Snooty booty!
By mjb (14), This Island on Sep 1, 09 1:03 PM
Um, because it's not about the $$$ but the safety issue and ease of passage on the public thoroughfare?

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 2, 09 1:51 PM
And if they let ONE person get away with it.....there will be more.......
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 3, 09 12:42 PM
Relax. It's a community that is open for 90 days. Drive Slower. Enjoy the music and let the businesses make a buck. I was there and it was fun. The fact that no one complained speaks volumes....
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 4, 09 8:05 AM
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I cant believe people are still complaining about this. Heres an idea, if people are blocking your way on the sidewalk .... GO AROUND. If you dont like Simon's bands then dont shop in his bakery. If you dont like the music...... GO FURTHER DOWN THE STREET. If you are driving a car..... OBEY THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALKS as you would anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For Gods sake this is no "safety issue" here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its just JEALOUS JEALOUS store owners and OLD FARTY HAMPTONITES DOING THEIR ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 4, 09 8:05 AM
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To Mr. Real World: WELL SAID!!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 4, 09 8:08 AM
The only person making money is Simon ! As a business owner I find that while having music on Main St. is a lovely idea, it does NOT bring additional business to the stores on Main Street. It can be very loud, and the crowd does carry over to the sidewalk, making it nearly impossible to pass through. The crowd comes to hear the music, not shop. Don't we already have music every thursday night on the village green? Where you are welcome to bring a chair and enjoy the music.
By merchant on main (3), westhampton on Sep 7, 09 11:50 AM
I witnessed people walking the streets of Westhampton, stopping for ice cream, walking in and out of shops and going to restaurants. The music created an atmosphere that can do nothing but help businesses.. As tumbleweed Tuesday is here, think about that on a mid December Saturday night when shops are closed and the tax bills come....
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 8, 09 3:34 PM