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Oct 8, 2018 3:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Permanent Bathrooms Finally Coming To Good Ground Park In Hampton Bays

It's been more than a year after Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays opened, and a comfort station has not been constructed. GREG WEHNER
Oct 9, 2018 12:22 PM

After a long wait, Good Ground Park is expected to have public bathrooms installed sometime this fall, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

The park was initially opened in 2017 with temporary bathrooms in a trailer, with the intention that the town could obtain nearly $600,000 in grants to pay for a permanent facility. But when the town was unable to get $400,000 from the state, officials decided to put the cost on the town.

“We are moving forward,” Mr. Schneiderman said on Monday. “You have to have a bathroom there.”

Last November, town officials said public bathrooms could be installed by spring 2018, as long as the necessary funding was secured.

That never happened.

At the time, the town had secured $200,000 via a Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant and it was in the process of applying for an additional $400,000 in grants for the restrooms.

On Tuesday, October 9, Town Board members are expected to approve a resolution to spend $43,500 to have a concrete slab and drainage installed for the new bathrooms.

Once ready, Mr. Schneiderman said, a modular building will be brought in and constructed on top of the slab.

Last year, Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone said 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.

Mr. Zappone said he consulted Town Engineer Christine 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.

Although the project has taken longer than a year to complete, some residents, like Janis Landis, the president of the Hampton Bays Civic Association, say that could almost be expected.

“The park has been a process,” Ms. Landis said, noting that hiccups happen.

She continued to say that even though the bathrooms have taken some time to get installed, the temporary ones have functioned as needed and allowed people to continue using the park.

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By deepchanel (89), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 18 8:47 AM
How sad for our community that comfort stations are headlines in a Press article. I can't wait for the grand opening photo op. The park was part of the master plan that was supposed to provide for the infrastructure (as any responsible municipality is supposed to do) for development on Main Street. Instead, they rushed through the "Park" suspiciously in time for a one day event just weeks before Anna-Throne Hoist was running for Congress. Now they appear to be back peddling and trying to continue ...more
Oct 9, 18 9:15 AM appended by G.A.Lombardi
not sure why the comment was truncated - continue to cover up their folly and their egregious waste of tax payer monies. This park is used 10 days a year and the rest of the time it is a money pit and an attractive nuisance. Additionally, they now have pushed the responsibility for infrastructure onto the private developers as part of their "form based code" initiative making it even more difficult for the development on Main Street.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 18 9:15 AM
I am delighted with this great addition to the park.I suggest there be some balloons,music and fire truck sirens to announce the first flush.I am going to ask channel 12 and our local tv station to cover this event.I heard on the grapevine it will be known as the Jay S and Christine F.relief center.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Oct 9, 18 9:38 AM
Jay those POTS will be used frequently when there are functions there, over used.
Town does what it wants. No low nitrogen system and increasing town recycling while closing down other plants.
Poor excuses....
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 9, 18 10:08 AM
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By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Oct 9, 18 10:25 AM
It seems pretty clear to me that this Administration since 2016 has an "unwritten" master plan for Hampton Bays to serve as the "dumping ground" for the rest of the Township. They lack the policies and procedures to ensure transparency for what they are doing. They say one thing to one group of people and then something to another , have no supporting documentation for much of anything, and then do what they want. It is said "truth exists" - it must somewhere, but it certainly doesn't seem to ...more
Oct 9, 18 10:44 AM appended by G.A.Lombardi
not sure why the comment was truncated - certainly doesn't seem to in the Town of Southampton Administration.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 18 10:44 AM
G A L when are you running for Town Council? I will put up a sign on my front yard for you.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Oct 9, 18 11:05 AM
I'll try again and paraphrase as the comment I left at 10:25 contained inappropriate content. Our great American society made it to 2018 without a toilet at this location and my distant ancestors never used a flush toilet. Why is a toilet in this location now necessary? The construction and maintenance of these bathrooms will cost taxpayer money, some of which will be literally flushed down the toilet in form of water which was paid for by hardworking taxpayers. Could these taxpayer funds be ...more
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Oct 9, 18 11:19 AM
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Town officials like Frank Zappone consider this park their "baby" and get very upset when you criticize the park - it is like you are calling their baby ugly. What they forget is that it is neither a baby nor theirs. That could be why your comment was deleted as this one may be.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 18 12:15 PM
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For people who are attending events or just enjoying the park a toilet is going to be the best option for them to relieve themselves.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Oct 9, 18 1:21 PM
Why weren’t bathrooms in the original budget for a mass gathering facility? Poor job by the responsible parties.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Oct 9, 18 5:12 PM
What's wrong with the portable toilets that are there now? They are always clean, what more do we need? My grandkids love this park, as do I Hampton Bays is a great town on the way up
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Oct 9, 18 5:44 PM
PW - there is nothing "holy" that comes from Frank Zappone or the Civic Association.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 18 8:10 PM
There is more asphalt, concrete, speed bumps, painted stripes, sidewalks, huge curbs, no parking signs, than there is a park at GOOD GROUND PARKING LOT.
What used to be natural rolling woods is now an overbuilt man-made abomination designed by a tasteless committee and amateur builder/architect that fulfills every useless building code.
By Non-Political (125), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 18 10:55 PM
You are so right. The Town planners are overpaid paper pushers that surround themselves with out of touch and out of date people that have no idea what they are doing, but think they know everything....they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.....
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 10, 18 7:25 AM
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So an advanced septic is expensive and not good for seasonal use. But you're forcing local builders to put them in seasonal homes?
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Oct 10, 18 6:48 AM
The Town Engineer acknowledged the advanced septic system that the Town is pushing isn’t suitable for seasonal use. Why did she only recommend and this system knowing Southampton’s large seasonal population? Made no sense.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Oct 10, 18 12:23 PM
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Have you not realized yet that the complete facts, law and analyses are optional in the Town Administration? "One lies and the other ones swears to it" as my mother used to say.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 10, 18 2:11 PM
SHTB is full of contradiction as long as they do not have to follow the rules. They are excellent at spending other people’s money.
By ZGerry (50), Hamptons on Oct 10, 18 9:17 AM
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Zgerry - not only don't they follow the rules that they do have, it seems to me they make sure that they don't have policies and procedures so they don't have any rules to follow. They then can make it up as they go and do what they want and not be accountable to anyone. They spend our money like it is monopoly money and hide behind the inflated real estate values east of the canal.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 10, 18 9:30 AM
This entire site can be chalked up to nothing more than an environmental CRIME!
Forest land destroyed, animals displaced, homes devalued. But at least the local crackheads and heroin addicts have a nice place to shoot up! Now they have a bathroom to go do the same so at least they'll be warm and dry while they overdose. Will they mount emergency Narcan inhaler dispensers on the walls?
What a disgrace!
By DisgustedHamptons (58), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 18 4:37 PM
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