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Oct 28, 2015 10:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village To Apply For Grant For Heliport Improvements

Southampton Village is applying for a state grant that would provide funds for capital improvements to its heliport on Meadow Lane.  DANA SHAW
Oct 28, 2015 10:09 AM

Southampton Village is applying for a state grant that would provide funds to build a shelter for someone to monitor activity at the village’s heliport on Meadow Lane.

The grant proposal includes a roadside shelter and restroom facility, as well as a windscreen to protect the worker from dust.

It also calls for paving the existing dirt parking area across from the helipad, installing a fire hydrant, moving the entrances for the parking lot and the helipad, and relocating the crosswalk from the lot to the pad. Village Administrator Stephen Funsch noted, however, that the proposal is preliminary and that the project could be scaled back.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $200,000, funds that would come from a pool of $7 million through the State Department of Transportation’s 2015 Aviation Capital Grant Program.

Mr. Funsch said that if the facility is constructed, the village would tap the Police Department for an officer or seasonal employee to staff the booth when there are scheduled landings and takeoffs, instead of spending money to hire a new employee.

Village Mayor Mark Epley said that while police currently do monitor how pilots land and take off from the helipad, it will be useful to have a more permanent presence there. “You need to have somebody there observing operations. You have to afford them all the facilities of having an employee out there,” he said.

According to the grant proposal, use of the village’s heliport has steadily increased over the past two years, and the improvements are needed to also ensure safe and effective operations. From June 2013 to May 2014, there were 800 landings, and from June 2014 to May 2015, that number increased to 1,053. From June to September this year there have already been 872 landings, according to the proposal.

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Smells like mission creep to me...
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Oct 28, 15 3:34 PM
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needs a long term parking facility also please
By dave h (193), calverton on Oct 28, 15 10:42 PM
It's incredible that the helipad is still in existence , being situated in wetlands habitat vital for juvenile finfish and shellfish, we are one incident away from environmental disaster. Additionally the proximity Meadow Lane to helicopters landing and taking off puts users of the road in jeopardy .
By bigfresh (4589), north sea on Oct 29, 15 6:52 AM
This is great now the village can employ another friend of a politician, and be stuck with his benefits for life. The heliport will now lose money as opposed to making it. Goverment at it's best.
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Oct 29, 15 7:44 AM
Just what we need - More constant noise pollution - Put volunteers in place there - they will tell you how much traffic occurs. Take those funds and make Bridgehampton a safe place to cross the darn street. Helicopters can go to the airport in Easthampton - sorry if that inconveniences the 1% over the 99%.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Oct 29, 15 1:42 PM
we could use a king kullen down near the helipad
By dave h (193), calverton on Oct 29, 15 8:09 PM
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