Government Briefs 09.08.11

East Hampton Town
Wind Turbine a Go
    The Iacono family received East Hampton Town Board approval last week to put up a wind-energy system on 7.7 acres of farmland on Long Lane in East Hampton. The turbine, which is to be 131 feet high, will be the second to go up on Long Lane, following another that was put up on the Mahoney farm there.

Eyeing Phone System Savings
    A new digital phone system being considered by the town board, which heard a presentation about it at a work session on Tuesday, would not only save money but also modernize the system, providing the ability for town staffers to listen to voice-mail messages from elsewhere, for instance. It would also route all calls through a central number, linking various town offices.
    The cost of the proposed system would be $1,178 a month for the first year, during which maintenance would be free. Thereafter, the cost, including maintenance, would be $1,837 per month. At present, the town is paying $4,373 a month on average for its phone system, including maintenance service and repairs.

Monument for Grand Marshals
    A plan by the Friends of Erin to erect a monument on the Montauk green to honor the grand marshals of its St. Patrick’s Day parades over the last 50 years got an informal nod of approval from the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday. The monument will be made of a 24-by-40-inch piece of Montauk fieldstone and list the names of the past grand marshals on a brass plaque.

The Code Chief, Officially
    With a resolution passed by the town board last Thursday, Betsy Bambrick was officially appointed the director of code enforcement with the Division of Public Safety. Ms. Bambrick has been acting as provisional head of the division since last September.

Hearing on Open-Space Buy
    The East Hampton Town Board will hold a hearing next Thursday on the purchase of four acres on Red Spring Path off Swamp Road in East Hampton, which has been the site of a dog kennel. The land would be bought for open space at a cost of $887,500 from the community preservation fund. It is owned by Charles Wade and Cynthia Loewen. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Meet the Candidates Night
On Tuesday, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer to meet the candidates running for town board. The event, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hedges Inn on James Lane, will also offer a means of making new business contacts. There will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Admission is $15. Promotional tables for chamber members are available for $100. The chamber has asked that reservations be made by e-mailing Marina@easthamptonchamber.com by the end of today