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Jan 5, 2016 11:57 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sewer District Proposal, Lake Agawam To Be Discussed At Southampton Village Planning Commission Meeting On Thursday

Frank M. Russo, senior vice president of H2M Architects and Engineers, right, and Southampton Village Planning Commission Chairman Paul Travis during a past presentation for the village's proposed sewer district. ALYSSA MELILLO
Jan 5, 2016 1:45 PM

Southampton Village officials will continue to discuss the proposed sewer district this week, while also speaking to residents about how septic systems in the business district will affect the health of Lake Agawam.

Dr. Christopher Gobler, an East Quogue resident and marine science professor at Stony Brook University, will give a talk about Lake Agawam at a meeting of the Village Planning Commission scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday evening at Village Hall. Village officials have said that the installation of a sewer system would, in part, help improve the condition of the lake, which is often afflicted with algal blooms due to high concentrations of nutrients in the water believed to be caused by wastewater from septic systems.

The Planning Commission was originally going to prepare its recommendations for the Village Board regarding the sewer district proposal at this week’s meeting, but the discussion will remain ongoing for now. “We’re still going to discuss the sewer district, but I don’t think we’ll be taking any action,” Planning Commission Chairman Paul Travis said.

Mr. Travis added that residents will still be able to ask questions and voice their thoughts about the proposal to the commission, as that board is continuing to evaluate the concerns raised by community members at December’s meeting. Because the creation of a sewer district would also promote more development in the village business district, residents had asked officials to consider the already existing traffic and parking problems before they move forward with the current proposal.

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