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Nov 20, 2012 12:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue Village Sets Aside $50,000 For Sandy Repairs

Nov 20, 2012 1:07 PM

The Quogue Village Board of Trustees allocated a maximum of $50,000 at its meeting on Friday, November 16, to cover the cost of repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy to the village beach and a village-owned structure on Dune Road.

Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius said the most costly aspect of the repairs involves pumping tons of sand onto the beach to conceal the hundreds of geocubes, or sand-filled fabric casings about 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, that sit in front of the village beach pavilion and a neighboring house that the village owns, protecting both structures from encroaching waves.

The village hired Terry Contracting and Materials in Riverhead to cart in and disperse the sand at a price of $14 a ton, costing the village somewhere in the range of $15,000 to $20,000. The mayor said on Tuesday that he was not sure how much sand had been added to the beach at that point, but he had no doubt that more would be needed to further bolster the beach and reconstruct the dune, a more involved project.

“More sand will be required,” he said. “How much, I don’t know.” He said the trustees transferred $50,000 for the project to make the funding available for future work.

In October, the village paid Terry Contracting $8,150 to complete a beach scraping project that built up the dunes in the village. Mr. Sartorius said that although Sandy had likely washed much of it away, that sand served as a buffer, absorbing the blow of pounding waves from the storm surge.

Mr. Sartorius said a portion of the funding would also be used to repair “the snail house,” a structure that sits east of the village beach that sustained minor damage in the strong winds and flooding of last month’s storm. He said he was not sure how much the repairs would cost, but that it was not a significant amount.

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