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Feb 3, 2010 1:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach considers raising boat ramp fees for non-residents

Feb 3, 2010 1:15 PM

Westhampton Beach Village could soon charge non-residents more money to access its public boat ramp, though it was not immediately clear how much more the village would be seeking from them.

Village Board member Jim Kametler said during last week’s work session, held on January 27, that he wanted the board to consider changing the municipality’s current fee schedule, which charges non-residents $10 per use, or $50 per season, to utilize the boat ramp at the Village Marina, which is located at the southern end of Library Avenue.

The village does not charge Westhampton Beach residents to use its boat ramp, according to Kathy McGinnis, the village clerk and treasurer. It is not clear how much the fees would increase for non-residents if the board opts to change the policy.

Mr. Kametler said the board should rethink the fee schedule because the ramp is used by many people who do not live in the municipality. Other villages and Southampton Town already charge more than the village does for non-residents to use their public boat ramps, and Westhampton Beach should get “all revenue that the village is really entitled to,” Mr. Kametler said.

Ms. McGinnis explained that it is relatively easy to come up with a new application form for non-residents to fill out if the board decides to increase the boat ramp fees.

Cablevision Agreement

The Village Board will hold a public hearing on its new Cablevision contract today, February 4, and part of the agreement will allow the board’s meeting to again be broadcast at no cost on Sea-TV, Southampton Town’s public access channel.

Southampton Town and Cablevision agreed to a new contract in December that allows villages to air one meeting several times a month on Channel 22 at no charge, according to Bo Bishop, the village attorney for Westhampton Beach. Sea-TV stopped airing the board’s meetings in June, after 
village officials refused to pay the town $9,000 a year to help cover the administrative fees needed to operate the channel.

The village still has to approve the new 10-year franchise agreement contract with Cablevision. It delayed signing off on the new contract until the cable company could work out an agreement with Southampton Town, Ms. McGinnis said.

If the board approves the contract this week, Westhampton Beach will get to air one board meeting several times a month at no charge. If officials want to televise more than one meeting, they will have to pay a fee, Mr. Bishop said. Ms. McGinnis said that the village would have to negotiate that fee with the town.

Fiske Avenue Bulkhead

After five years of negotiations, Westhampton Beach Village secured approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to fix a decrepit public bulkhead at the end of Fiske Avenue, which is located off of Oneck Lane.

There was a lot of back and forth between village engineers and the DEC, and some parts of the permit application had to be revised and resubmitted, Ms. McGinnis said, explaining why it took the state officials five years to issue the permit.

It will cost about $40,000 to repair the visibly deteriorating bulkhead, Mayor Conrad Teller said at last week’s work session.

“It’s the only bulkhead left that needs major repairs,” he said.

The cost of the repairs will be included in the 2010-11 village budget, Ms. McGinnis said.

Board member Hank Tucker said after last week’s work session that the village could also apply for grants to cover the repair costs.

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This is what "JIM THE GUN" think's about???
What a BUM
The town is going in the crapper because of the CLOWNS on the board and OVER PAID DO NOTHING police department
Maybe "JIM THE GUN" can sit by the boat ramp and bully peole. Maybe we will get lucky and he will fall in.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 6, 10 1:31 AM
i think in this very bad economic times, it is completely foolish to raise fees for the out of towners to use the boat ramp.......let's do everything to encourage them to come out here and spend without these petty fee increases.....as the tourists go our east end goes............remember they spend tens of millions of dollars when they come out........
i do think that 40k is very reasonable to fix the bulk-head....if we let it get worst,we will either have no bulk head,or it will get to the ...more
By paulgabe1 (29), riverhead on Feb 6, 10 1:02 PM
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Why don't you increase it to $100 per use and $5,000 per year so you can really increase your income? Then you will find out how many better launch areas there are outside the Village.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Feb 9, 10 12:20 AM