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Feb 5, 2016 10:27 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Planning Commision Applies Brakes To Southampton Village Sewer Project; Discussion Will Resume After Studies Are Finished

Southampton Village Planning Commission Chairmain Paul Travis said public discussions of the sewer district proposal at its monthly meetings will resume sometime during the summer.
Feb 8, 2016 5:11 PM

Southampton Village officials are going to take a break from discussing a proposed sewer district as they await the results of a study of Lake Agawam, as well as the completion of an environmental review of the project.

Members of the Village Planning Commission, who are overseeing the proposal at the moment, had originally planned to move forward with the plan in early January but opted to apply the brakes instead, pointing to the number of comments raised by concerned residents—including those both for and against the project.

At a meeting of the Planning Commission last Thursday night, February 4, Chairman Paul Travis said the commission would wait until Dr. Christopher Gobler, a marine science professor at Stony Brook University, finished a study on Lake Agawam before continuing with any public discussion on the proposal at its monthly meetings. Dr. Gobler’s study is expected to determine the lake’s nitrogen-loading levels, along with where that nutrient, already present in the water body, specifically comes from.

Additionally, Mr. Travis said the commission would also like to wait until an environmental review of the project under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, which is being conducted by Cameron Engineering & Associates, is completed.

He noted that he expects both studies to be ready sometime during the summer.

“The last two meetings we had, there was an extensive amount of public comment on the proposed map and plan. And as we said at the end of, I think, the last meeting, we want to take it slow and carefully to make sure everyone really, really understands what we’re trying to do, and see if we can reach some type of consensus,” Mr. Travis said. “We also want to make certain there is a full environmental review of the impacts of the sewer before we come back for further discussion.”

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