BELLPORT VILLAGE

Bellport meeting recap: Gagliano to run again, tax cap vote tabled

Linda Leuzzi
Posted 2/27/20

Bellport Mayor Ray Fell opened Monday night’s Village Board meeting with a moment of silence for former Bellport Fire Department volunteer Bonnie Schneider, who recently passed away, the …

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BELLPORT VILLAGE

Bellport meeting recap: Gagliano to run again, tax cap vote tabled

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Bellport Mayor Ray Fell opened Monday night’s Village Board meeting with a moment of silence for former Bellport Fire Department volunteer Bonnie Schneider, who recently passed away, the mother-in-law of trustee Steve Mackin.

Trustee Joseph Gagliano announced he would run again in the June elections for another term.

Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. is the next scheduled budget work session at Village Hall.

The Bellport Marina Dock work is progressing. Village Clerk John Kocay emphasized again the dock projects not under FEMA that were poised to go out to bid included boat launch repair, the Osborn Park/Row Boat Beach dock  sink hole and bulkhead, repair of the rock dock, terminus of Browns Lane repair and replacement of the ferry dock. 

“It doesn’t mean we will do the projects,” Fell said. “We’ll get an actual number and the board will vote on whether or not to do the work.”

Resolutions that passed:

• Agreement with Center for Environmental Education and Discovery, which provides education programs at Ho Hum Beach and the Bellport Inlet. The Center will be charged $500 instead of the usual $900 to charter the ferry for four hours because it is an educational nonprofit. Also, the ferry is tapped for the Center’s programs before and after the main season.

• A “Friends of Bellport Bay” link will be placed on the village website.

Resolutions tabled:

• Postponing the public hearings on the proposed “No Parking” sign on Bellport Lane at Bell Street in front of Village Hall, and reviewing and discussing amending the Code on Driveways until the March 23 board meeting.

Setting a public hearing to pierce the tax cap:

• “With the work being done at the dock, there’s no way we can meet the tax cap this year,” Fell had said at the meeting. A special board meeting will take place to discuss the tax cap on Tuesday March 3 at 6 p.m.

• Approving recommended Golf Commission work on the Golf Course, to be completed this winter by Parkland for $86,000 and paid from the golf assessment retroactive.

• Resident Lee Snead challenged Fell and the board on a report by the Golf Commission he said was presented to the village board — a wish list of recommendations, with costs. Mayor Fell emphatically stated that the board had never received the list with accompanied costs. The tussle went on for 10 minutes.

Bus noise on Kreamer

Ken Gobright, who attended the last board meeting, asked whether Village Attorney Dave Moran had made progress regarding the bus property with its entrance on Kreamer Street and the frequent noise emanating from the buses that pull in and out in the middle of a residential neighborhood at early and frequent hours. The issue didn’t burgeon until two years ago, and a noise device was suggested.

Moran told Gobright he had just spoken to the property owner’s lawyer and was awaiting a decision. The legal use for the buses had been in place since 1990, he told the Advance. 

“There’s nothing nefarious,” Moran said. “It only became an issue a couple of years ago when they put more buses (that were also bigger) on the site with the addition of the backup beepers. There are devices out there that do control the backup beeper. But where we’re unsure is whether or not putting that device on a school bus violates any state or local laws because they’re utilized for safety.” 

Moran said the property owner’s attorney was Karen E. Gunkel, who practices in Bellport. “It’s called The Geraine Property and is listed at 28 Station Road,” Moran said of the bus parcel. “They’ve been cooperative and had taken 15 buses off the site. They’ve always expressed a willingness to work with us and are open to solutions.” n

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