Government Briefs 08.21.14

East Hampton Town

For a Town Farm Museum

Monetary donations are being sought for East Hampton Town’s farm museum, which is taking shape on the corner of North Main and Cedar Streets in East Hampton on the former Selah Lester property, now owned by the town. The museum will illuminate the lives of farmers in East Hampton and the importance of the town’s farms to its prosperity and history.

A volunteer group has been collecting artifacts through donations or loans, and they must now be inventoried and cataloged. The cost of a digital camera, computer, printer, and bar code equipment to accomplish that task has been estimated at $2,500. Checks payable to East Hampton Town Farm Museum may be sent to the East Hampton Historical Society, to the attention of the society’s director, Richard Barons, at 101 Main Street, East Hampton 11937.


New Push for Adopt-a-Road

East Hampton Town’s Highway Department, along with the town recycling and litter committee, are attempting to re-energize the town’s Adopt-a-Road program, urging community members, businesses, and guests to help remove roadside litter in Montauk, Amagansett, East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott.

Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch will assist volunteers in choosing a section of road to “adopt,” and will place a sign, at no charge, with the adopter’s name, business name, or message on the road chosen for adoption. In return, the road must be cleaned at least eight times a year.

An Adopt-a-Road agreement can be downloaded from the Highway Department’s page on the town website,


Construction Debris Okayed

After a short suspension last week, the town recycling center is once again accepting construction and demolition debris. Because of a buildup of the debris at the UpIsland facilities to which it is trucked from East Hampton, the repository here got overfilled and the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation ordered East Hampton to take no more.

Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc said Tuesday that East Hampton will soon pen an agreement with the Town of Brookhaven regarding taking extra construction debris, as needed, so that future backups can be avoided.


Nature Preserve on Napeague

The future of three town-owned parcels on Napeague, with frontage on the ocean, was discussed at a town board meeting on Tuesday. The previous administration had considered opening a new public bathing beach in the area and building a parking lot and bathroom facilities on one of the lots.

The town’s nature preserve committee recommends designating the majority, if not all, of the acreage as a nature preserve to protect undisturbed duneland and plants, Zachary Cohen of that committee told the board.

Several board members agreed. Should a new bathing beach be needed, Supervisor Larry Cantwell said, several adjacent miles of beachfront owned by New York State could present an “opportunity.”