Proposed Sewer District To Be Discussed At Southampton Village Meeting On Thursday Night

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Southampton Village officials will continue discussion of a proposed sewer district for the village at a meeting of the Village Planning Commission today, December 3.

The meeting, scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane, will cover the finalization of the sewer district service area’s boundaries, the size of the wastewater treatment plant and its location, the location of leeching fields for the wastewater, the infrastructure of the sewage collection system, and the technology involved with it all, according to Village Mayor Mark Epley. The details of an environmental assessment of the project will also be discussed, as well as capital expenditures and operational costs.

Mr. Epley said that the presentation will be made by representatives from the Melville-based firm H2M Architects and Engineers. Cameron Engineering, village attorneys, and the mayor, as well as Planning Commission Chairman Paul Travis, will be there to answer any questions from attendees.

“I highly recommend this meeting to everybody in the village, especially property owners and merchants, all the restaurant owners who are interested in potentially expanding,” Mr. Epley said.

While the sewer district, estimated to cost $33 million to construct, would encompass the entire village, the current proposal has it serving only the center of the village, known commonly as the business district. Village officials have said that creating the sewer district would enable restaurants to accommodate more diners and would also improve the condition of Lake Agawam, which has been polluted with algal blooms due to high concentrations of nutrients leaching into the ground and the lake from the septic systems on Main Street and Windmill and Jobs lanes.

“Communities across Suffolk County and across Long Island are exploring sewage treatment systems because of the impact dumping our waste into the ground is having on our waterways,” Mr. Epley said. “Fortunately, the Village of Southampton is further along than most on this. There’s new technologies out there that we’ll be able to incorporate. The timing’s good.

“We have to do this,” he continued. “Municipalities across Long Island have got to take these steps to sewer their most dense areas.”

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