(June 17, 2010) A coalition of community groups has questioned whether East Hampton Town can legally put Fort Pond House, a property it owns in Montauk, on the market.
Despite opposition from its Democratic minority, the town board agreed on June 3 to list the property for sale. The resolution was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Republican majority, which insists that selling land must be part of a financial bailout plan in the face of a huge town deficit.
(November 04, 2010) After holding a business summit last Thursday in Montauk, members of the East Hampton Town Board reviewed the discussion there at a work session on Saturday, and mapped its implications for the future.
For Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, the meeting underscored a need for a “multi-year economic development plan for East Hampton.”
(October 14, 2010) At a hearing last Thursday on a proposal to eliminate roadside leaf pickup by the East Hampton Town Highway Department this fall, a majority of speakers were against dropping the service, which many said was an essential, and expected, service for their tax dollars. Other comments focused on the ecological benefits of leaf composting as well as its feasibility.
(November 11, 2010) East Hampton Town’s 2011 budget is slated for a vote next Thursday, and after a majority of town board members agreed Tuesday to restore funding totaling $60,000 to four community service organizations, appears to have unanimous town board support.
The $63.9 million budget would reduce spending by $8 million from last year and result in a tax rate of $26.55 per $100 of assessed value for town residents, and $12.21 per $100 of assessed value for village residents.
(04/01/2010) As the first quarter of the year drew to a close this week, the East Hampton Town Board took stock of the town’s fiscal state and outlined new budget-cutting efforts, including eliminating the Highway Department’s leaf pickup service and closing the town recycling and garbage disposal centers one day a week. A proposal to consolidate town departments and offer incentives for employees to step down before considering layoffs, also brought up at the board’s meeting on Saturday, is reported on separately.
(May 25, 2010) The inclusion of East Hampton Town's two docks in Montauk on a list of properties that might be sold to help cover the town's deficit sent dozens of upset commercial fishermen to Town Hall last Thursday night.
Members of the fishing fleet who keep their boats at the town's commercial docks in Lake Montauk said they would lose their livelihood if the docks were privatized and fees went up. The town, they said, would suffer the loss of a year-round industry that pumps $50 million annually into the local economy.
(May 20, 2010) The two town docks in Montauk, on Star Island and off West Lake Drive, along with 20 other town-owned properties, could be put up for sale to raise money to avoid future tax increases.
Faced with borrowing up to $30 million to cover an accumulated deficit, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson asked the Planning Department to look into which properties are unrestricted by the terms of their purchase or a designation as nature preserves and might be sold.
(March 10, 2011) East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who has a background in corporate human resources, is turning his attention to management procedures and issues related to town employees.
A letter issued to all employees in their pay envelopes on March 1 warns against “behavior that will not be tolerated,” and says that “progressive discipline” will be used “to improve employee performance.”
(11/05/2009) The mood was celebratory early on Tuesday night at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, where East Hampton Town’s Republican Party
The party’s top candidate, Bill Wilkinson, had been close to a win for town supervisor in the last election, and now, after the last term of a single-party Democratic town board headed by Bill McGintee, who resigned last month in the face of a disastrous financial situation and a district attorney’s investigation, was considered to be a virtual shoo-in, along with the members of his team.