Government Briefs 07.03.14

Local government notes

East Hampton Town
Aircraft Noise Study

A study of noise over East Hampton and surrounding areas from aircraft using the East Hampton Airport got one step closer to fruition on Tuesday, when a committee that reviewed consultants’ proposals made a recommendation to the town board as to whom to hire.

Proposals from Young Environmental Sciences and from Harris, Miller, Miller, and Hanson, both of which have done other airport-related work for the town, were both deemed to be satisfactory, with some differences between the two firms, Pat Trunzo, a review committee member, told the town board at the work session earlier this week.

Ultimately, he said, the group voted, 4 to 2, to recommend Young Environmental Services, as their price, at $59,261, was less than the other firm’s $112,000 estimate, and they would provide two things Harris, Miller, Miller, and Hanson did not offer: an interactive, web-based noise map, and direct future access to a database of the information compiled as a result of the study.

Supervisor Stresses Farming
The future of the approximately 19-acre property on Montauk Highway in Amagansett, which was bought by the town after a large luxury senior citizens housing complex was proposed for the site, will be for agriculture, Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell stressed on Tuesday.

The town will begin next week accepting proposals from farmers and others seeking land for agricultural pursuits. A detailed proposal describing what agricultural activity is planned along with other information such as a financial plan and the farmer’s experience and background, will be required.

Scott Wilson, the town’s director of land acquisition and management, said that he has already been contacted by a number of people interested in using the land, whose activities represent “quite a large range, from microgreens to llamas and sheep.”

The property, which has been known as “555” in reference to its Montauk Highway address, needs a new name, Supervisor Cantwell said Tuesday. He suggested Amagansett Farm.