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Mar 26, 2014 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Considering Creating A Sewer District

Mar 26, 2014 11:05 AM

Southampton Village officials are looking at all options for creating a sewer district in the business district within the next few years.

Next week, the village planning commission will host a discussion on the proposal. It will identify key questions that must be answered—including cost, possible funding and grants, and location for a management plant—before the village moves forward. Mayor Mark Epley said a sewer district has been a priority for him over the past 10 years, and that it is important for preserve the environment.

According to Mr. Epley, the meeting will include officials from Suffolk County and engineers familiar with creating sewer plans, as well as the planning commission. The meeting will be open to the public, and residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.

“There are a lot of questions that have to be asked and answered,” Mr. Epley said. “Most property owners that I know of in the village business district are very excited about this.”

According to Mr. Epley, approximately 10 years ago the village commissioned a study to explore the possibility of a sewer plan to preserve drinking water, limit the number of cesspools in the area and offer new opportunities for property owners who hoped to be allowed more than one use per building.

The planning commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. at Village Hall, although the village is considering moving the location to the Southampton Center to accommodate more people and will post the location on its website once a decision has been made.

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