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Village Board Candidates Promote Water Quality & Herrick Park Improvements

Water quality is one of the most important issues in our community and has been at the forefront of village concerns. Protecting the water quality of Town Pond, Hook Pond, and Georgica Pond and safe drinking water must be a number one priority.

The Village Board has strongly supported legislation and the Community Preservation Program to protect water quality and initiate programs to mitigate the surface water runoff that is threatening our waterways. They have taken a leadership role in plans to stop nitrogen, heavy metals, and bacteria from entering Georgica Cove, installed bioswales to filter runoff along the village greens, and installed filter technologies in street drainage basins to prevent contamination in Hook Pond. A comprehensive study of water quality issues was completed which, along with the availability of Community Preservation Funds, has given us the tools we need to move forward to protect these natural resources.

The Village has been actively applying for necessary permits from the state and the DEC to do this work and are happy to report that all are in place and a dredging project at Town Pond in 2020 to remove legacy contaminates in the sediment has been scheduled for completion this year.

Another important issue for us is the upgrading and improvement of Herrick Park, which is a point of pride to village residents. LaGuardia Associates was hired in 2019 to design plans for the upgrading and improvements in Herrick Park and those plans were recently presented to the public. Two properties adjacent to the park, recently purchased through the Community Preservation Program, have been included in the plans. We look forward to seeing these improvements and new additions to Herrick Park in the near future.

We welcome public input on these projects and encourage you to call, email, or stop into Village Hall anytime to ask questions or view information.

In June the village residents will be voting to elect a new mayor and two trustees. We would like to continue the good work we have begun and hope we will have your support.

Please spread the word to your neighbors by forwarding this email, speaking to them personally, hosting a meet & greet in your home with us, and by contributing to our campaign.

Contributions can be made by check to The Elms Party, PO Box 4037, East Hampton, New York, 11937. Contributions of up to $1000 per individual or business can be accepted according to NYS election law. Thank you for your help!

If you would like to host a meet & greet in your home please contact us and thank you!

Photo by Richard Lewin

Photo by Richard Lewin


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