Government Briefs: 12.13.12

Local Government

East Hampton Town

Litter Initiatives
    The town’s litter committee is seeking a go-ahead from the East Hampton Town Board for a number of initiatives, Deborah Klughers, a committee member, told the board at a meeting on Tuesday. Several could save, or even earn, the town money, she said.
    The committee has asked the town board to lift the fee charged to businesses that deposit cardboard at the recycling centers. The cardboard can be baled and sold for $120 a ton, Ms. Klughers said, and businesses would save money. The group also wishes to promote recycling at town recreational areas by providing containers where glass and plastics can be deposited. The town code and its solid waste management plan both call for the recycling, said Ms. Klughers, who has advocated for several years for the replacement of bins the town once provided.
    An okay for the litter committee to show a film about recycling called “Bag It” at LTV Studios in Wainscott was not forthcoming. Board members said they would like to view the film themselves before approving a town-sponsored screening.

New to C.P.F. Committee
    By a vote of the town board on Tuesday, Khanh Ngo was appointed as a member of East Hampton’s community preservation fund advisory committee. He will serve the remainder of the term of Louis O’Neal, who has resigned, through March 23, 2019. The advisory group makes recommendations to the town board about potential land purchases after vetting properties and rating them using an evaluation system.

For Sale Online
    In order to sell surplus items, East Hampton Town lists them with an online auction site, auctionsinternational. com. Offered for sale by the town on that site right now is a box culvert.

About the Old Town Hall
    To move forward with the renovation of the old East Hampton Town Hall building, now vacant, Councilwoman Theresa Quigley suggested the board select and hire an architect to design a plan. Four firms had responded to a request for proposals earlier in the year. Ms. Quigley said the renovation, allowing some town offices to be moved into the rehabbed space, would provide savings over all, as the town is still paying to maintain and heat the unused building.
    Partial funding for the project was to come from the sale of seven office condominiums the town owns in a building on Pantigo Place, Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said. After discussing how to move forward — perhaps on parallel tracks, designing the new project while selling the offices to pay for it — the board members present during a discussion on Tuesday agreed to actively seek a buyer for the office condos, under conditions allowing the town to continue to occupy them until the alternative space is renovated.
    Mr. Wilkinson said the town has received an offer on one unit, while previous offers on others had been rescinded.