Westhampton Beach Village Board Orders Fence Installation, Takes Over Employee Payroll

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The Westhampton Beach Village Board took care of several business items during its last meeting, called at the start of last week’s snowstorm, including passing a resolution to address an unsafe pool and signing off on the purchase of new payroll software.

At last Thursday night’s meeting, the board agreed to give Thomas McVann, the owner of the property at 72 South Road, 30 days to install a fence around an inground pool on his property, as well as a secondary fence that will run along the perimeter of his land. Village officials said the existing fence surrounding the pool was damaged or broken and the pool cover had holes in it, creating a potentially dangerous situation for both people and animals. They explained that the pool was also visible from the road and could potentially attract children.

If Mr. McVann does not comply, the village will install the fences and then tack the cost on to Mr. McVann’s tax bill.

Mr. McVann could not be reached for comment, as the phone to the house has been disconnected.

During the same meeting, the board approved the purchase of Infopay software, at a cost of $3,495, that will allow village employees to handle the municipality’s payroll in-house instead of contracting an outside company called ADP to perform the service, a move that officials said will safe thousands of dollars annually.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit said it was costing the village up to $15,000 a year to contract with ADP, and that the village taking over the task will require only the one-time purchase of the software, plus an annual service fee of $543 for the cost of the checks. She added that Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Jeannine Conte will be in charge of the new payroll process.

Additionally, the trustees took care of other odds and ends, including scheduling this year’s village election for Friday, June 20, and the village’s tax lien sale for Tuesday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. They also approved a $685 contract with Johnson Electric for the maintenance of the village’s traffic signals.

Mayor Conrad Teller would later declare a state of emergency in the village during last week’s blizzard that dropped upward of 10 inches of snow by Friday morning. He said the Highway Department workers worked through the night to clear the roads, and no major problems were reported.

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