(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.
Nicole Kopf, an East Hampton resident who died in March at 81 and bequeathed $375,000 to the Town of East Hampton for its services for senior citizens, enjoyed visiting the town’s senior center on Springs-Fireplace Road, her sister, Eileen Berets of Stamford, Conn., said this week. “I’m sure she felt that she wanted to support it for the future,” Ms. Berets said.
East Hampton Town
A First for Northwest Roads
The East Hampton Town Board will propose the creation of a special tax district to pay for road repairs in an area of Northwest that includes Wheelock Walk, Barnes Avenue, and Mulford Avenue, enabling the roads, now private subdivision roads, to be brought into the town highway system.
East Hampton Town will provide trash bags and gloves to volunteers pitching in on Saturday for the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Individuals and groups have been invited to collect trash on any beach. Participants will be asked to fill out an Ocean Conservancy data collection form, which the town will provide, to record the type of debris found. The information will be used by the organization to identify debris “hotspots” and issues, raise awareness, and help communities adopt policies that will contribute to cleaner oceans.
A dynamic trio of East End songstresses, Nancy Atlas, Caroline Doctorow, and Inda Eaton, rocked a sold-out Bay Street Theatre on Saturday night for "Way Out East," the East Coast precursor to an upcoming mini-tour out west.