At Monday night’s Bellport Village Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Ray Fell paid tribute to Bob Lyons — a gentle but impactful local resident who passed away Jan. 19 — and his 18 years of service to the village with a kind anecdote. Fell spoke about his first encounter with Lyons when Fell first moved to his home on Brewster Lane 43 years ago and the solid trust relationship that ensued afterward. (Lyons delivered oil to Fell with the understanding that Fell could pay when he had the money.) Excerpts of Pete Roe’s remembrance were put on the village website. Caroline Tripp was then presented with a certificate of public recognition for her 16 years of dedicated service to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Work on the village dock
Terry Contracting, known for marine construction and environmental remediation, currently has its equipment and material at the dock, and the FEMA Dock Project construction was starting Wednesday. Trustee Mike Ferrigno said the village was assured work will be completed by April 1.
Ferrigno said there were two teams working on the project, and Terry Contracting would begin on the southwest corner. “The village was very fortunate to get that grant from FEMA,” Fell told the Advance. “It took us two and a half years to get it. The dock is falling apart, and if we didn’t spend [the time] to do this, it would be $2 million on the taxpayers.”
Village Clerk John Kocay said material deliveries and demolition will start the process. “It’s barely a shell,” he said. “The sinkholes were getting larger and larger.”
Other dock projects not under FEMA are the boat launch repair; Osborn Park/Row Boat Beach Dock, Sink Hole and Bulkhead; Repair of the Rock Dock and The Terminus of Browns Lane Repair; and Replacement of the Ferry Dock. “They would be completely paid for by the residents the mayor and board would hope to get grants to cover this. But the work has to be done,” Ferrigno said. “We’re looking to repair the boat launch area and are evaluating and prioritizing [these five areas].”
New DPW hire
John Hartwell Jr. was approved as the replacement for Department of Public Works retiring worker Nicholas Mauro on March 1, 2020. His starting salary is $26.53 per hour, and he will be eligible for the New York State Retirement System and Medical Coverage. Twelve candidates applied; seven were interviewed by John Kocay and Jason Crane.
Public hearings set for Solicitation Code and Code on Driveways limiting size
The Feb. 24 board meeting was set to discuss and review both.
Grants and partial reimbursement
The board approved and accepted a $112,500 NYS Economic Community Grant Award for the Village Dock playground, or 75 percent of the total cost. The Bellport Village Fund is donating $18,500, and the village will take care of the rest (12.5 percent). A NYS SAM Grant award for the Bellport Village Community Center for $187,000 (to upgrade the air conditioning, redo the ceiling, add a new bathroom and address the stage floor) was accepted and approved. Mayor Fell said with both grants the village can’t conduct work until it gets a contract, which will enable putting the projects out to bid, and it was waiting for the forms. Also, a NYS Office of the State Comptroller partial reimbursement of $38,000 for the resurfacing of the village’s portion of Head of Neck Road was approved and accepted. The total project was assessed at $50,000, and the village will address the remaining needed funds.