The Bellport Board of Trustees will spend the next several months going through a working group study on possible changes to the buildings at the Bellport Country Club. The study was first reported on in the Advance on Dec. 5.
“We will move forward slowly in this area,” said Mayor Ray Fell at Monday’s board meeting.
Fell outlined how the golf course has made a recovery since he took office, by cutting almost 80 percent of expenses, mostly in union labor. He added that the course gets just under $100,000 in member fees per year, and for the past seven years, the course has operated in the black. Before that, the course was being subsidized by tax revenue.
“In the last seven years, the golf course has not cost village residents a penny,” Fell said.
But residents were concerned with the process and the contents of the report. Some who spoke up asked for more community input intothe process before a decision is reached. Fell said the community would be involved and there would be another meeting to discuss a plan. He added that discussions will take place each month at board work sessions, which are open to the public.
Residents were also concerned that the plan focused too much on enhancing a golf experience rather than implementing more things for non-golfers to use. Ideas for a gym and a pool have been suggested previously. There was also concern about a reignition of the plan for a driving range, which Fell said would not happen. He said there would be sand traps and practice areas near that space.
Also at the meeting
Village officials are working to find a location to establish a glass recycling station in the community, which was offered through the Town of Brookhaven. The process of glass recycling drop off and pickup tends to be noisy, so officials are looking for the right spot that doesn’t inconvenience homeowners or cause traffic backup. Village clerk John Kocay encouraged residents with possible ideas to reach out to Village Hall.
Board trustee Mike Ferrigno said the village would work on finding resources to begin recording monthly meetings. He said that there was a request for live recordings, but he wasn’t sure if that would be possible. Ferrigno said the village would look into recording the meetings to post online afterward.
Holiday garbage pickup
The Bellport Department of Public Works will be working half-days on Dec. 24 and 31 due to the holidays, and the village is asking residents to have their garbage out as early as possible on those days. Likewise, Village Hall will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.