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Apr 22, 2009 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sagaponack moves into first village hall

Apr 22, 2009 10:40 AM

For nearly four years, members of the Sagaponack Village Board have been forced to conduct their business in a cramped, 200-square-foot office carved out of a real estate office on the corner of Sagg Main Street.

Not anymore.

As of Monday, April 20, when the village held its first meeting in the new space, the village’s new headquarters are located in a 2,100-square-foot converted barn on Montauk Highway.

“This is truly an historic moment,” said Sagaponack Mayor Don Louchheim, as he opened the meeting. “When [village clerk] Rhodi [Winchell] said two weeks ago that we would be moving in today, I thought she was crazy. It was a terrific effort by everyone.”

The mayor explained that the building is ideal in that it exemplifies the village’s bucolic and historic character, but it is also much more functional than the old office just a few hundred yards west on Montauk Highway.

The village bought the building, which is a converted barn, in October for $1.2 million after voters approved the purchase in August. It financed the purchase with a $1.5 million bond, $300,000 of which was used for the renovations, according to Ms. Winchell. The village, which was incorporated in 2005, has remained under budget on the project.

The structure features a large meeting space and a separate conference room, as well as spacious accommodations for desks and storage space. Throughout the building are authentic wooden beams, remnants of the old barn.

A number of local businesses also donated their time or materials, helping to keep the project under budget. Mr. Louchheim noted that the landscaping firms of Ray Smith and Associates and Marders donated their services in land clearing and finished landscaping and seeding, respectively. Sagaponack Window Washing also donated its services, and local artist Robert Dash donated two lithographs of Sagg Main Street to decorate the meeting room.

Mr. Louchheim noted that employees within Village Hall also worked overtime to ensure that the transition was smooth, particularly building inspector John Woudsma and Ms. Winchell. The mayor himself also designed and built the meeting table that will eventually reside in the conference room.

“We think that all the contractors who worked on the place did a fabulous job,” said Mr. Louchheim, noting that all of those businesses volunteered their services of their own volition. “We got it done under budget and right on schedule.” He declined to estimate exactly how much the village saved by accepting these donations.

After the meeting, village resident Barbara Albright—who attended many of the village’s previous meetings in the old space—said she was very happy with the new village hall.

“It’s very appropriate for us,” she said. “The other [building] was not quite right.”

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Way to go Rhodi, keep up the good work with the Village.
By NCPOSIES (3), Rutherfordton on Apr 21, 09 8:01 PM
Note to Southampton Village: The Sagaponack Village logo does not have english settler facing off with a local Shinnecock Indian about the impending doom to come. Always found that logo a bit odd shall we say... Can anyone say redesign?
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Apr 23, 09 3:42 PM