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Oct 2, 2015 4:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Village Exploration Committee To Hold Informational Meeting

Oct 5, 2015 12:59 PM

Those behind the latest attempt to incorporate the hamlet of Hampton Bays, an initiative that has been prodded and explored by various groups multiple times over the years, are holding an informational meeting to answer questions from community members.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, at the Hampton Bays Middle School on Ponquogue Avenue. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and all interested parties are encouraged to attend to get the basics about the effort.

“People are full of questions,” said Hampton Bays Village Exploration Committee President Bruce Doscher. “They want to know how much is it going to cost and what they are going to get from it.”

Mr. Doscher previously stated that the committee’s unofficial projected spending plan for the proposed village, which would encompass the entire Hampton Bays School District, or roughly 14 square miles, is around $2.94 million annually. That amount, he said, would be needed to fund a separate court system and code enforcement department, among other amenities. The proposed budget would also cover the salaries of the elected mayor, court and code enforcement officers, a village clerk, and other staffers.

“We’re at the point where we need to inform the community about what we’re up to,” he added.

Mr. Doscher will lead next week’s meeting, noting that he will have displays and maps to help explain to residents the goals of the Hampton Bays Village Exploration Committee.

The expected next step for committee members is to mail out a census, as required by the state, to see how many people would fall within the boundaries of the proposed village.

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This is the best thing that could ever happen to Hampton Bays. The destiny of the hamlet would be controlled by the residents and for the residents.

This is a big ship that shall not be let sail away,

Robin Eshaghpour
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 4, 15 1:24 AM
No way is $3 mill gonna cover it
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Oct 4, 15 7:30 AM
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$3M won't even cover the legal fees for all the lawsuits that will be filed. See this week-end's Newsday article about Mastic Beach. School taxes are already ridiculously high, now add a village tax, people will be moving out faster than they will be moving in. Of course, I assume, part-time residents will have no vote on this matter? If there ever turns out to be any benefits from incorporation, most of us won't be around to see it.
Let's hope this idea dies fast!
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 15 12:19 PM
It is the best way to keep out the riff raff
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Oct 5, 15 1:04 PM
that's a lawsuit!!
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 15 1:57 PM
This is a bad idea and riff raff is already here.. This town needs help but this is not it
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 15 2:53 PM
1 member liked this comment
Too many naysayers. How about going to the meeting with an open mind... listen to what "they" have to say, see if there is a way someone, maybe you, could help the district. It seems the way things will be done... look at Sagaponack. Bridgehampton is also looking into the prospect of incorption. Do the real residents of Hampton Bays want to be left out of the future?
I had 50+ years of living out there, reasons of my own as to why I moved but I left good memories, good friends and family and ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 5, 15 2:59 PM