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Dec 28, 2018 2:15 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Westhampton Beach Receives $5 Million DEC Grant For Sewer District Project

Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore with other Village Board members at a recent meeting. ANISAH ABDULLAH
Dec 31, 2018 12:41 PM

Westhampton Beach was recently awarded a $5 million grant from the State Department of Environmental Conservation to be used toward construction of phase one of the village’s sewer district project.

The grant came from the DEC’s Water Quality Improvement Project program, which gave over $20 million to projects across Long Island through the state’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the recipients of these awards on December 18.

“We were thrilled to receive the news that New York State had approved our grant application and that they’re awarding us $5 million toward the construction of the sewer project,” Mayor Maria Moore said. “Everybody has been very supportive. This project is something that has been talked about for decades in the village.”

Phase one, expected to cost $15.2 million, will connect sewer lines in the Main Street business district and a section of properties south of Main Street to an existing Suffolk County sewage treatment plant at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, 2.6 miles away.

Once complete, 68 commercial properties and 88 residential properties will be tied to the treatment plant through a pair of pumping stations to be installed on Main Street and Glovers Lane. The new 4-inch-wide pipe will allow for the flow of 60,000 gallons of water per day to the plant.

Establishing the connection is expected to eliminate private septic systems in an effort to improve the water quality of the Moniebogue Bay and its associated watershed, and to reduce the effects of excess nitrogen loading to groundwater.

Construction for phase one is slated to begin in 2020, once H2M Architects + Engineers completes the construction plans and surveying.

To fund the rest of the project, village officials also applied to a Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grant from the State Environmental Facilities Corporation earlier this year, but they did not receive it. Ms. Moore said that they will resubmit the application next year, which would still work well with their timeline.

Officials also hope to receive funding from Southampton Town’s Community Preservation Fund next year. Last year, the village was awarded almost $2.4 million in CPF money for water quality improvement projects, with $1.13 million of it put toward the sewer district plans.

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What is the capacity of a 4" pipe? Will they have to place 6" or 8" to increase the capacity in a few years?
Plan for expansion NOW...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Dec 28, 18 6:24 PM
At the September 2017 WHB Village meeting that I attended the H2M engineer was asked when phases 2 and 3 would happen. He stated--on video--that they would never happen! "The cost would be astronomical," he said. "Those phases require new sewer treatment plants. Land acquisition costs, if you can even find a place to put another plant. Astronomical construction costs for the new plant."
By st (129), westhampton beach on Dec 30, 18 5:14 PM
Congrats to the Mayor and Board for pushing this through. Every little bit will help our environment in the future.
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Dec 29, 18 8:26 AM
Will the Yellow Vests agree?
By Bobt (48), WHB on Dec 29, 18 7:46 PM
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As Bobt has stated in some of the last post, I thought the village was supposed to get an update from a year ago since the original presentation. Residents were told to wait patiently for grant awards and final estimated numbers would be presented. At the December meeting, the Board voted 5-0 to initiate the spending of funds for the sewer project, with no update to the residents. No indication what phases 2, 3, and plant upgrades to Gabreski will cost. All residents would be on the hook ...more
By dunebuddy (5), WESTHAMPTON BEACH on Dec 30, 18 3:06 PM
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I still don't get why voters didn't get to vote on this? Village residents have always voted on major capital projects such as the library expansion, fire department re-build and even the school expansion. What makes this different?When representatives don't listen to its citizens, we have to initiate the process to make sure our ideas are heard, it's not interference, but should be welcome input.Recently in the Chronicle, it looks as thought the Town will let the residents of Hampton Bays ...more
By dunebuddy (5), WESTHAMPTON BEACH on Dec 30, 18 3:36 PM
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What is the cost vs. the benefit of this project?
Are we driving business away from Main Street? Why open a new business on Main Street, within the boundaries of Phase 1, and have to pay for the annual maintenance and operation of the sewer system? Open just outside the Phase 1 boundaries, eliminate that liability, and operate at a financial competitive advantage. Main Street building owners will pass these additional annual sewer costs on to their tenants. Why be that tenant?
Anyone read ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Dec 30, 18 5:20 PM