The Southampton Town Board has made available $3,350,027 to the town Highway Department, giving it needed money to repair roads throughout the town.
In November, Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said the town had rarely given him the $3.5 million he has sought annually for road repairs. For the last two years, half of his funding has been dependent on roughly $850,000 in state aid, he told the board. The additional funding will allow the department to undertake repair projects in Bridgehampton, Noyac, North Sea, Hampton Bays, East Quogue, and Westhampton.
On top of releasing the funds at its first meeting of the year, on January 3, the board also authorized Gregor to hire extra help and make purchases and rent equipment.
The board also approved membership in multiple town committees, including the Noise Advisory Committee, Dark Skies Advisory Committee, Disability Advisory Committee, EMS Advisory Committee, Fire Advisory Committee, Labor-Management Committee, Road Review Committee, Safety and Risk Management Committee, Trails Advisory Board, and Water Quality Advisory Committee. Also okayed were members of various citizens advisory committees, the Landmarks and Historic Districts Board, Public Safety Commission, and Transportation Commission.
Edward Moneypenny was re-appointed to a three-year term on the Audit Advisory Committee before being named chair for 2019; Ed Wesnofke was appointed chair of the Landmarks and Historic Districts Board; and Robert Ross was designated chair of the Public Safety Commission. The town trustees were appointed special bay constables.