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Dec 7, 2018 12:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Village Board Approves Bid For H2M To Begin Surveying For Sewer Project

Westhampton Beach Village Trustee Brian Tymann speaking to other board members at the December 6 meeting. ANISAH ABDULLAH
Dec 11, 2018 12:05 PM

The Westhampton Beach Village Board last week approved a bid submitted by H2M Architects + Engineers to create detailed construction plans and specifications for the first phase of the village’s planned sewer district project.

This approval moves Westhampton Beach one step further toward a $15 million project that will connect sewer lines in some areas of the village to an existing Suffolk County sewage treatment plant at Francis S. Gabreski Airport. Establishing the connection is expected to eliminate private septic systems in an effort to improve the water quality of the Moniebogue Bay and its associated watershed, and to reduce the effects of excess nitrogen loading to groundwater.

The village was granted $1.13 million in Community Preservation Fund revenues from the Southampton Town Board to hire an engineering firm to prepare the plans, but H2M’s bid came back a bit lower than that, at $1.04 million.

“We’re grateful for the town for giving us the money in order to take this next step,” Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Maria Moore said after the resolution was approved at the board meeting.

“You deserve some recognition for doing that,” Village Trustee Brian Tymann said to Ms. Moore at the meeting. Then, turning to Deputy Mayor Ralph Urban, he added, “And, Ralph, you helped out a lot. That’s a big deal.”

Mr. Tymann explained that Ms. Moore spearheaded the application to receive the CPF revenue.

The firm estimated it will take 11 months to complete the detailed plans and surveying for phase one, with the plan being to break ground in 2020, Ms. Moore said.

Phase one of the project focuses on Main Street and a section of properties south of Main Street, connecting 68 commercial properties and 88 residential properties to the sewage plant. The new 4-inch-wide pipe will allow for the flow of 60,000 gallons of water a day through more than 2.6 miles of pipe to the plant from a pair of pumping stations to be installed on Main Street and Glovers Lane.

Once phase one is complete, phase two is proposed to connect the area surrounding Main Street running north to the roundabout at Hampton Arts Cinema, and phase three will connect an area north along Old Riverhead Road and Montauk Highway. In total, 377 commercial and residential properties will be connected to the treatment plant, and more than 2,000 other properties will have upgraded on-site septic systems as part of phase four.

Meanwhile, the board has yet to hire a contractor for the first portion of the village’s Main Street reconstruction project. The bids came back higher than expected, so the village had to request an additional $900,000 in CPF money from the town to cover costs specific to improving water quality. They have not yet received a determination from the town.

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Not to be a stickler on the details but I thought the project cost started at $17 mil. Not including the increased cost of financing which has gone up dramatically. Mr Tymann turning to Mayor Moore and congratulating her with recognition is admirable but I prefer the truth. Now I don't blame the Mayor with the Press getting the numbers (potentially) incorrect but I have seen the Mayor posting before so I would think she (and Mr Tymann) would want to set the record straight. And Ms Moore, Mr Tymann, ...more
By Bobt (46), WHB on Dec 7, 18 7:17 PM
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Oh and Ms Moore and Mr Tymann can you report on Phase 2, 3, and 4, as this article has also quoted? I don't seem to remember those costs (I don't always get to attend your 1p and 5 p Village meetings). Please let the taxpayers know. Thank You in advance for your transparency.
By Bobt (46), WHB on Dec 7, 18 7:21 PM
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If I’m reading this correctly, the Village just approved another $1,040,000 to H2M for design of the sewer project? So what’s the real cost now? The originally $6 million Main Street Revitalization Project recently increased another $800,000 plus the $17 million on the sewers (156 properties at approximately $100,000 each depending on “final” cost) not including the $1 million to H2M just approved?

Why isn’t a project of this scope and magnitude going out ...more
By st (125), westhampton beach on Dec 7, 18 10:11 PM
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This project is not so much for us but for our grandchildren and future generations. Someone has to get the ball rolling so that WHB is not one big sewer in 50 years.
By tenn tom (234), remsenburg on Dec 8, 18 7:46 AM
Tenn Tom GREAT COMMENT. I like it. Spot on!! With that this sewer system only takes net 2% out of the WHB bays. On Monibog only 14%. It will be at capacity the day it starts. The rest of the hundreds of homeowners will never have the ability to hook up to it. The cost for everyone else is astronomical. If you are really interested in clean bays you would hook Westhampton CC, Best, Firehouse, Seafield House, Morgan House, and all three schools up to it. Or, better yet, move Main St to Montauk Highway ...more
By Bobt (46), WHB on Dec 8, 18 7:52 AM
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Bobt is correct. Look at Montauk wanting to move Main St Village further in. Global warming is real and in future generations with sea level rise Main St will be under water. So why spend the $$ now. Move Main St to Montauk Highway. You can do w lot with a blank slate and $23+mil
By realistic (464), westhampton on Dec 8, 18 8:46 AM
If you have to move Main Street inland, that's the week the Canary Islands cliffs will fall into the sea creating a tidal wave that will permanently flood over Long Island. You can't prevent climate change or death, they're both coming for us all.
By themarlinspike (345), southampton on Dec 8, 18 10:13 AM
The politically correct term is now CLIMATE CHANGE, tsk tsk.
By bigfresh (4364), north sea on Dec 8, 18 12:44 PM
Maybe some people are defeated enough to shrug off anthropogenic climate change as an existential threat to the future of humanity, Marlin, but maybe they should get out of the way of those who aren't.

At least you didn't deny established science, though.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6633), HAMPTON BAYS on Dec 8, 18 1:16 PM
Thank Christ for the global warming that takes place here annually every April through October, I love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By themarlinspike (345), southampton on Dec 9, 18 11:29 AM
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Yes, I can tell because of all the exclamation points. I hope you live on the water.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6633), HAMPTON BAYS on Dec 10, 18 6:51 AM
“Phase 1” does little to clean the Bays. Read Dr. Gobler’s report. It’s in black and white (plus I attended his presentation at the Village sewer meeting in 9/17). Main Street contributes 10% nitrogen to the Bays, homes contribute 65%. Why not start with Phase 4 and incentivize ALL WHB taxpayers to update their systems?

Put it out for a vote! Why do I have to pay higher taxes so that a scant number of properties (68 commercial, 88 residential) have the ability to ...more
By realistic (464), westhampton on Dec 8, 18 8:38 AM
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