Westhampton Beach officials are looking to fill a seat on the village’s five-member Planning Board following the sudden resignation last week of a member who was only recently appointed to her second five-year term.
Pamela Sheiffer, who had served on the board since 2008 and was reappointed this past May, submitted a letter of resignation that was accepted by the Village Board during its meeting last Thursday, November 7. Her term was set to expire in 2018.
Ms. Sheiffer could not be reached for comment this week, though village officials said she stepped down in order to spend more time at her second home down south.
Mayor Conrad Teller said the board is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Planning Board, and he expects to fill the seat within the next few months. He noted that the village trustees are looking to find someone with an interest in planning issues.
Planning Board members are compensated $1,500 a year and do not qualify for benefits, according to Village Clerk/Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit.
During the same meeting, the Village Board opened a public hearing on its 2014 Community Development Block Grant Funding, which is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and earmarked for community development and service programs. The trustees invited interested community members or leaders to request the funding for eligible programs.
Administrators for Human Understanding and Growth Seminars, a local nonprofit that provides programs and leadership opportunities for adolescents in order to prevent substance abuse, made their case for receiving some of the funding. They explained that their organization provides an after-school drop-in center for Westhampton Beach Middle School students and that, at the present time, 72 students are enrolled.
Board members left the hearing open to allow for more public input during their next meeting on Wednesday, December 4. Though they do not yet know how much they will receive, trustees noted that the village was awarded approximately $10,000 in grant money last year.
The trustees also took care of a few other business items last week, including the approval of a $10,500, one-year contract authorizing the village to plow the roads in the Village of West Hampton Dunes this winter.
They also scheduled a public hearing on an unsafe structure at 72 South Road, owned by 72 South Road Corp. and in the care of Thomas McVann Jr. Village officials said they are looking to repair a fence that has fallen down on the residential property, the costs of which would be tacked onto the owner’s tax bill. The hearing is scheduled for December 4.
And on Wednesday, November 20, at 7 p.m., the Village Board will hold a special meeting before approving a $68,000 contract with Corazzini Asphalt, based on Cutchogue, for the repaving of Jessup Lane south of Cross Lane.