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Oct 30, 2009 10:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Trustee incumbent Fred Havemeyer (R)

Editor's Note: Seven candidates are seeking seats on the five-member Southampton Town Board of Trustees this year. The five incumbents—Republicans Jon Semlear, Ed Warner Jr., Brian Tymann, Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer—are all seeking reelection to another two-year term on the board. They are being challenged by Democratic candidates Bill Pell and Chris Garvey. The Trustees seats are considered part-time and come with an annual $23,900 per year salary for the regular Trustees seats and $30,300 for the president’s seat, which Mr. Semlear has held since 2007. All seven candidate answered a few questions from The Press on topics relevant to the Trustees’ work.

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Oct 30, 2009 10:30 AM

Age: 68

Hometown: Bridgehampton

Occupation: private investor

Political Affiliation: Republican

Political Experience: Southampton Town Trustee since 2001

Do you think stormwater runoff is a problem the Trustees should be involved in trying to fix? Why or how?

It’s one of the most important things we deal with. The whole effort we’re doing with buffers right now, whether it’s sheet runoff or road runoff, we’re working with it all the time. We’re constantly encouraging the highway department to clean storm basins. There’s been so many new driveways put in and roads opened up and places that were heavily vegetated that are now sparsely vegetated, it’s so much more extreme now. I started the Lakes and Ponds Association because I wanted to see people take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and start planting buffers along the freshwater and saltwater edges.

2. Do you think the Trustees can or should be doing more to help the local commercial fishing industry? Why?

The Trustees are very involved in the shellfishing industry. We’re always striving for the purity and productiveness of the waters. Just this moment I opened Mecox Bay. And Scallop Pond and Wooley Pond, the baitfish that they produce go on up the food chain and bring the migratory finfish back to our waters each year. We do breeder sanctuaries for clams and scallops and oysters. And we redistribute clams around the town so that they will enhance our wild stock.

3. How should the Trustees be involved in improving water quality in the town’s freshwater ponds?

We’re in a very extensive study of Mill Pond in Water Mill. We’re about two-thirds through the study and we’ve learned that the phosphorus level in the pond is five times higher than it should be. We’ll use this study as the template for how we work with other ponds that have problems. A great part of the problem is from runoff. We need homeowners and farmers to use much less fertilizer and herbicide. People have to start viewing their water bodies as something much more special. We’ve put Wickapogue Pond on the front burner, in Southampton Village. The vast majority of the lakes and ponds in Southampton don’t have any severe problems.

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By local (106), north sea on Nov 1, 09 8:30 PM
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I disagree.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 2, 09 9:37 AM
It is refreshing to see comments on the trustees. I was falsely under the impression ... that you just do not do that .... they are above reproach .... and of course a shoe-in at election time now about trustee Fred, he likes being a trustee, he is proud to be a trustee, he actually loves being a trustee, but that in no way means that he is any different production wise than Shultz, Fred's spin is just smoother PR .... better superficial people person but no substance unfortunately .... The Board ...more
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 2, 09 12:37 AM
Fred works hard and knows a lot. You get high marks for supporting your candidates, but low for your homework.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 2, 09 9:54 AM
Fred is a hard working, honest Trustee. He should be part of the next Trustee board, along with Billy Pell & Chris Garvey.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 11:55 AM
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By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 11:57 AM