Government Briefs 08.11.11

East Hampton Town

Wainscott Land Preserved
    After a hearing last Thursday night, the East Hampton Town Board approved the purchase of 26 acres on Six Pole Highway in Wainscott. The land will be bought with $3.2 million from the community preservation fund.
    Speaking at the hearing, Nancy LaGarenne of Tryworks, East Hampton, said she was not opposed to the purchase, but questioned why the town had not bought the Webb property as well, acreage in her Middle Highway neighborhood that residents have asked the board to preserve.
    The town had made an offer to the property owner, she was told, but it was turned down. A second speaker urged the board to revisit the issue and contact the owner once more, and the board agreed. The purchase price, however, may not be increased from the amount determined by a survey.

No to Rezonings
    With a vote last Thursday night, the town board formally denied two property owners’ requests for rezonings.
    Wainscott Pooh, a limited-liability corporation that owns the parcel where the Wainscott Post Office is located, had asked for the site to be rezoned from residential to central business zoning.
    Tom and Rebekah Burke had asked the board to restore a limited-business zoning designation on their residential property on Amagansett’s Main Street.

For Gansett Parking
    Councilman Dominick Stanzione reported on Tuesday that, in response to a discussion at the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, he would look into a possible purchase of farmland adjacent to the municipal parking lot in Amagansett, in order to create 200 more public parking spaces.