Village of Bellport welcomes new trustee and chairperson of Historic Preservation Commission

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The Village of Bellport held a board meeting on Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Village Community Center located on Bell Street.

About 13 members of the public were present to witness Brian Hannon, former chairperson of the Historic Preservation Commission, be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by mayor Ray Fell. That night, the board of trustees approved Hannon’s resignation as chairperson of the Historic Preservation Commission and approved James Carson as the new chairperson.

Carson has lived in the Village of Bellport for about 12 years and hopes to make an impact as the new chairperson of the Historic Preservation Commission by preserving the “spirit and the aesthetic fabric of the village,” he said.

“I would like to work more on the commercial side to see how Main Street can be a little bit more visually unified and visually pleasant,” Carson said. “Also, the auditory quality of the village, the sound and noise problems that have kind of cropped up and how they impact historic zones, is something I want to spend a little bit more time investigating and maybe creating some solutions for.”

During the meeting, noise complaints were issued. Most recently, the Bellport Brewery fundraiser took place on Saturday, June 25 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. John Kocay, the village clerk, mentioned that the fundraiser was approved, with a stipulation that amplified music is prohibited; however, there was amplified music at the event. Kocay also said that an amplifier was placed near a brick wall, which further amplified the sound.

“I want every business in this village to succeed, but we should not have to suffer for their success,” said Pamela Hannon, who was there with her husband, Brian Hannon.

The new village trustees were also sworn in at the meeting. Trustee Steve Mackin is serving his fourth term as village trustee, but Nathan Rohrmeier, who grew up in the village, is a first-time trustee and will take his place effective July 4, as trustee Maureen Veitch will not be returning.

“I’m passionate about this village. It’s a great place to live and to raise a family. I think that I bring a new perspective that might have been missing,” Rohrmeier said. “I have kids that are growing up in the community, that I’m raising in the community, and I’m excited to give them what I was given in this town.”

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