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Jul 28, 2015 5:39 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue Can't Secure Grant Through Town To Raise Dune Road

The Village of Quogue is trying to figure out how they will fund raising Dune Road. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jul 29, 2015 9:57 AM

The Village of Quogue is struggling to secure grant money to pay for the raising of the stretch of Dune Road from the bridge in Quogue to East Quogue.

The village applied for a Local Waterfront Revitalization grant with Southampton Town last week, after a grant writer for the town informed Mayor Peter Sartorius about the opportunity. He said he learned later that same week that the village was not eligible because it lacks a local waterfront revitalization plan.

The grant could have covered 50 percent of the estimated $2.3 million project, according to Mr. Sartorius. The remaining $1.15 million would likely have been paid for by the village with a bond.

The town grant was added to the agenda for Friday’s Quogue Village Board meeting so the mayor could share with his fellow trustees why the village did not qualify.

Mr. Sartorius said the village is still waiting to hear back from the state regarding another grant, one it applied for in 2013 and after Hurricane Sandy. That grant, which would cover about 75 percent of the cost of the project, or about $1.7 million, was being offered through the New York State Division of Homeland Security, according to the mayor. The application, however, “is still in progress,” he added.

“The road has to be raised one way or the other,” Mr. Sartorius said, later adding that the board is reluctant to take on the full cost of raising Dune Road by an estimated 18 inches.

“I’m in wait mode right now to see if there are other sources of funding,” he continued.

The village already has permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to raise the road, Mr. Sartorius said.

Quogue Village Trustee Ted Necarsulmer declined to comment when reached Tuesday, stating that the mayor has been handling all issues pertaining to the raising of Dune Road.

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