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Nov 14, 2017 2:34 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Still Working To Secure Funds For Public Bathrooms At Good Ground Park

Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.
Nov 14, 2017 6:01 PM

Good Ground Park might have public bathrooms by spring 2018—if Southampton Town officials can secure the necessary funding.

Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone and Town Engineer Christine Fetten have been planning the bathrooms, or “comfort stations,” as they are often called during ongoing discussions, that are expected to cost $600,000 to buy and install, for months. That cost includes the price of installing a traditional septic system to service the restrooms.

As of this week, Mr. Zappone said the town has secured $200,000 via a Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant. He added that the town is now applying for an additional $400,000 in state grants for the restrooms.

He noted that he had already filed its plans with the Suffolk County Health Department, which Mr. Zappone said is the most time-consuming part of the application process.

Mr. Zappone explained that the bathrooms would be serviced by a standard septic system. He explained that the town is not opting for an advanced system for several reasons: the park is not in an environmentally sensitive area, the regular system is cheaper, and the advanced models being discussed would not be best utilized in a seasonal environment.

The deputy supervisor, who has been working on the creation of the park for the past decade, said he consulted Ms. Fetten about the advanced, nitrogen-reducing septic systems but learned that they are not ideal for a seasonal facility. The advanced systems being pushed by the town for businesses and homeowners work best when there is a constant flow of waste year-round. Officials do not expect the park to be utilized enough in the winter months to justify the investment.

Mr. Zappone also noted that if a regular system is installed, it would make it easier to connect to a sewage treatment plant if one is ever build in Hampton Bays, a component of ongoing revitalization discussions in the hamlet.

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OPT OUT, cop out. Would be a great way to see what the new system really does.
Do as I say, not as I do, WOW...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 15, 17 8:34 AM
I still don't understand why this project and Frank Zappone has not been investigated by an agency like the State Attorney General's Office. After waiting decades, this project was rushed through just in time for a one day opening to honor ATH just before she ran against Lee Zeldin. The construction left out the infrastructure for the comfort stations,and several environmental sustainable factors. They did not know what to do with an amphitheater in the round or how much it was going to cost ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Nov 15, 17 9:36 AM
$600,000. Are they building a 20,000 square foot 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom house with a chef's kichen and a pool? That would require a septic system. Yes, an investigation is in order.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Nov 15, 17 1:22 PM
They are building a warm weather comfort station.This facility will be bid on as per the law.I heard on the grapevine that ATH will have the honor to be the first to flush.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Nov 15, 17 7:12 PM
Isn't she selling co-ops in Manhattan now after she dumped on Hampton Bays? A gold plated toilet seat in her honor - I can see it now.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Nov 15, 17 7:22 PM