The Southampton Town Board authorized a $3.5-million bond in this year’s capital budget to cover the cost of a new-and-improved Southampton Volunteer Ambulance facility.
“I wholeheartedly support their efforts to create a new barn for their ambulances,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said.
An order determining the Southampton Ambulance District upgrade to be in the public’s interest was adopted December 19, and all conditions of the financing, including State Environmental Quality Review Act measures, have been met. The new building will be located across from the old structure on North Sea Road.
The town also modified its Service Award Program that relates to benefits for the four volunteer ambulance districts operating within the town. Points are awarded to all qualified volunteer ambulance workers under an adopted point system that credits for each service year accumulated. Audits of the districts are conducted by the state using the points system to ensure effective management of operations and that the districts are meeting the expectations of constituents.
A public hearing was also approved by the town board January 14 to consider amending various provisions of the Southampton Town Code to require digital submissions of particular applications pertaining to zoning, subdivision of land, and wetlands.
“Thank you,” town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer said in response to the passing of the resolution to hold the public hearing. “This will be major progress in reducing our carbon footprint.”
Earlier this month, the board appointed Westhampton Beach-based attorney Karen Sartain to the town justice position. She replaces Andrea Schiavoni, who had been on the bench since 2008.