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Oct 30, 2009 10:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Trustee incumbent Brian Tymann (R)

Editor's Note: Seven candidates are seeking seats on the five-member Southampton Town Board of Trustees this year. The five incumbents—Republicans Jon Semlear, Ed Warner Jr., Brian Tymann, Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer—are all seeking reelection to another two-year term on the board. They are being challenged by Democratic candidates Bill Pell and Chris Garvey. The Trustees seats are considered part-time and come with an annual $23,900 per year salary for the regular Trustees seats and $30,300 for the president’s seat, which Mr. Semlear has held since 2007. All seven candidate answered a few questions from The Press on topics relevant to the Trustees’ work.

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Oct 30, 2009 10:43 AM

Age: 33

Hometown: Westhampton Beach

Occupation: renewable energy

Political Affiliation: Republican

Political Experience: Southampton Town Conservation Board 2003-2007, Southampton Town Trustee since 2007

Do you think stormwater runoff is a problem the Trustees should be involved in trying to fix? Why or how?

We should be involved in trying to fix runoff. It has to be a joint effort, it has to be a highway department responsibility, and a homeowner and farm owner responsibility. We have to think a little bit more about what we’re putting on the ground and how we develop properties around the water. Where we have jurisdiction we can be more active. Educating people about buffers and how they can be both an environmental and esthetic. People tend to think it’s more of an upland issue, but since our jurisdiction is largely underwater land, we’re the recipients of runoff.

Do you think the Trustees can or should be doing more to help the local commercial fishing industry? Why?

I think we can always do more. One of our focuses is trying to reestablish healthy fisheries and healthy eelgrass beds. A lot of what we do would have an indirect effect on finfish species but starting from the ground up, and reestablishing eelgrass has trickle-down effects on migratory species. We have done a lot in terms of transplanting and seeding shellfish already. I am particularly interested in the encouragement of public farming gardens, to get people more involved in the water.

How should the Trustees be involved in improving water quality in the town’s freshwater ponds?

I have a particular interest and background in freshwater ecology. I think the Trustees have made a lot of headway in the last couple years. One of the things we can do is address aeration issues in freshwater ecosystems. Things like aerators to improve dissolved oxygen, to getting a little more in-depth in analyzing the particular flora and fauna in an ecosystem and removing invasive species, such as a problem I’m working on in Lily Pond in the Long Pond Greenbelt right now, to remove phragmites and reintroduce native species.

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This trustee is the absent trustee, a junior who has missed meetings, when he is supposed to be there learning what it is all about. I realize he has renewable energy interests, so may be a reappointment to the conservation board or even Shultz's old spot in planning would help him to blend a town job with his business better .... so please lets not elect him ... for our good & the town's .... the trustees are part-time as it is , so what kind of time is less than part-time
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 1, 09 10:57 PM
Completely unacceptable that these trustees can't make meetings. And they're being paid! DIsgusting!
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 09 3:58 PM
Nice try all, but I've missed 2 meetings this year. One was because my Grandmother died and the other because I was at a solar conference in California. Look at the facts, you can confirm this in Town Hall. I''ll show you my solar conference badge and my grandmother's death certificate, if you don't believe me.
Stop in at the next Trustee meeting and let's talk...unless you're trying to remain anonymous? I don't see any names on your comments. You must be politically motivated or even candidates, ...more
By briantymann (31), westhampton beach on Nov 3, 09 4:55 PM
BT: "I won't be back on this site --"

Well, that's your choice, but even if you do, it won't be as a Trustee, will it?

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 4, 09 3:03 AM