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Nov 5, 2019 2:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Press Sessions Talk To Focus On Sewer Project In Westhampton Beach Thursday

The Sewer Project discussion will be held on Thursday. RACHEL VALDESPINO
Nov 5, 2019 4:21 PM


The Express News Group, publishers of The Southampton Press, will host a discussion on the Main Street project, and the upcoming sewer project, both in Westhampton Beach Village, on Thursday, November 7.

The discussion, at The Mill Roadhouse in Westhampton Beach at noon, will be the next in a continuing series of Press Sessions events hosted throughout Southampton and East Hampton towns in recent months.

The sewer project is anticipated to be completed following the currently underway reconstruction of the village’s Main Street — connecting the village’s business district to a sewage treatment plant at Francis S. Gabreski Airport on County Road 31.

Panelists will include Village Mayor Maria Moore; Village Building Inspector Brad Hammond; Village Trustee Brian Tymann; Elyse Richman, owner of Shock, Shock Ice Cream and Baby Shock; Lynne Jones, owner of Lynne’s Cards & Gifts; and Chris Foglia of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Real Estate.

Discussion topics will include how the local businesses will move forward during the construction, what concerns should be addressed, as well as the look of the final result of the project.

Tickets were available for purchase via EventBrite and are now sold out.

Mr. Tymann is supportive and encouraging communication between the business owners, residents and individuals of the local government.

“Our Village Board is a very unified body, and all five of us work very hard together to maintain and improve our village,” Mr. Tymann said. “We are very open to discussion and to listening to the concerns of our residents, so this event falls right in line with the way we like to operate, and we greatly appreciate [the Express News Group] hosting it.”

Mr. Tymann, local business owners including Ms. Jones, and the mayor all anticipate the open discussion about the project.

“Communication in general is of absolute utmost importance to me, not only in my role as trustee but in business and day-to-day life,” said Mr. Tymann. “So my expectations are to utilize the opportunity to communicate with the community and to clarify any misunderstandings. In addition, I always see public input as another opportunity to gather information and concerns, so that they can be addressed. I’m hopeful that the community has the same expectations.”

This is the first Press Sessions event focused on Westhampton Beach.

“My expectations are kind of open,” Ms. Jones said. “We haven’t really done this before, but I think it’s a great vehicle for communication, and I think it can’t hurt. I think it can only make people feel like they can have more input, as well as more information— and that’s always a good thing.”

Mayor Moore said that she values the input of the village residents. She emphasized that all steps for the project have been available to the public, and this opportunity for communication is vital to its progress overall.

“It’s important for the government’s processes, especially with infrastructure improvements, to be open to the public,” she said. “This Village Board has been transparent with the details of our village projects by holding many public meetings and posting details on the village’s website. A program like the one being hosted by The Press is yet another opportunity for elected officials to meet with stakeholders in the community and to provide reliable first-hand information. A program such as this also facilitates the free exchange of concerns and ideas, which is beneficial to everyone.”

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Shock owner on panel and this is supposed to be unbiased......who put this panel together?! Is this a joke?! She has been the most outspoken person against this project all along!! No one can please this woman!!
By EVV7902 (12), Westhampton on Nov 7, 19 11:25 AM
Elyse owns three(!) businesses on Main Street and is also a WHB home owning taxpayer funding Village projects. In my opinion, she has the most right to be on the panel. She faithfully attends Village work sessions and meetings every month and is extremely supportive and charitable when it comes to all things in this community. I’ve known her for 18 years. It’s unfortunate we have this cancel culture that wishes to silence those who don’t speak absolutely to one opinion, instead ...more
By st (129), westhampton beach on Nov 7, 19 4:14 PM
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While we certainly understand your frustration if you were working and could not attend today's event --and you missed a very positive, and lively, discussion -- our model for putting on these sessions is to have them be lunch conversations, where participants can break bread together and discuss the critical issues important to our communities in a relaxed and constructive manner. They are not intended to be civic meetings. The panelists represent not only local lawmakers and officials, but business ...more
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Nov 7, 19 4:51 PM
I Guess EW 7902 and I have never had a conversation and has no clue to who I am
I have ever was against this project. I have owned my businesses in this village for over 3 decades , I care about the village and the future of this village, It’s all going in the right direction, we as business owners are feeling the growing pains of the project . Think of us , Shop Local and Support your Mom & Pops . We are Open for Buisness
Don’t put negative and false information out there ...more
By Shock (48), on Nov 7, 19 6:53 PM
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By EVV7902 (12), Westhampton on Nov 7, 19 7:37 PM