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Jun 14, 2017 1:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Jobs Lane Closed In Southampton Village To Remove Tree

Construction on Jobs Lane in Southampton Village on Wednesday. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jun 14, 2017 3:16 PM

Jobs Lane businesses saw less foot traffic than usual on Wednesday afternoon, as a contractor was taking down a large tree on the sidewalk.

Don Sullivan, owner of Southampton Publick House, which sits in the middle of Jobs Lane, said on Wednesday that he was upset that he was not notified by the village that the street would be closed prior to the work.

“Obviously, we’re being affected,” Mr. Sullivan said, noting that his restaurant was much slower than it would be on a typical sunny Wednesday afternoon this time of year.

Mr. Sullivan said when he approached a worker he was told the road would be closed until at least 2 p.m.

Steve Funsch, the village administrator, referred The Press to the Department of Public Works on Wednesday. Calls to the village’s DPW were not immediately returned.

On the east end of Jobs Lane workers could be spotted in construction trucks cutting down a tree and trimming nearby branches. The work caused traffic delays on Wednesday in the village.

Separate utility work on the south side of Windmill Lane also contributed to the traffic in the village on Wednesday.

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They unilaterally do things like this with no regard for merchants struggling to make a living in this village and especially this anemic business climate merchants are experiencing this spring.
March would be the more appropriate time for something like this to go on.
By lursagirl (159), southampton on Jun 14, 17 3:05 PM
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Ahhh..boneheaded government at it's finest. How can anyone justify doing a project like this in the summer when the tree is in full bloom and the village is packed with shoppers.
By BillWillConn3 (145), Southampton on Jun 14, 17 8:41 PM
Perhaps the first week of May would have been a better choice?
By Mr. Z (9512), North Sea on Jun 14, 17 9:02 PM
Maybe it was a safety factor. Try learning WHY, before posting.
Everyone has a idea when to get it done. Thank you DPW for your work year around.
By knitter (894), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 9:46 AM
Try letting the businesses know we have an urgent safety issue and its going to be interrupt their business climate for the day as we do have plans of making a lively hood when these projects spring up at the wrong time of the season. Simply courtesy is worth learning as well!!!

By lursagirl (159), southampton on Jun 15, 17 10:40 AM
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P.S. if it was denting your wallet you'd be singing a different tune I bet!
By lursagirl (159), southampton on Jun 15, 17 10:50 AM
Shutting down the road, yes a safety factor bc tourist walk around here like the Village revolves around them. But to NOT notify the business who stood by for 2 hours with no sales is just wrong!! All the business' affected should have been give a weeks notice via certified mail.
By toes in the water (542), southampton on Jun 16, 17 6:45 AM
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My wallet is fine, things just happen. Rear parking lot is open for customers. Oh, that's where the owners and employees park.
Talk to the new mayor and set up a notification list for closers. Volunteer to be a spokesman for Jobs la...
By knitter (894), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 12:48 PM
I am happy for you that your wallet is fine. I am wondering if you ever open it to patronize the merchants on Job's Lane that you seem to show so little concern for. I'll bet not.
By gusef (28), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 6:48 AM
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No. that's why her wallet is fine. And you don't either, except the liquor store and the flower shop.
By even flow (518), East Hampton on Jun 16, 17 6:53 AM
Most things on jobs la I don't need or use. I do shop locally and support the local stores. Have been a proponent of that for years.
I do support Rist's, but not much for flowers, Thank You...
By knitter (894), Southampton on Jun 18, 17 3:23 PM
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