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Sag Harbor express. (Sag Harbor, Long Island, N.Y.) 1947-current, August 21, 1997, Image 1

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But de- spite the tu-muwlt that ensued at Monday's meeting, EPA Project Man- ager Pamela Tames said yesterday that -the agency plans to initiate the cur- rent plan beginning this September. The EPA was in Sag Harbor to reveal‘ thelatestincarnationof the plan to rid‘ the neighborhood, and the grounds around the plant that once manufac- tured tiny electric engines, of chemi- Claim projosal doesn 't a dress all the pollution While the EPA has claimed they have noevidence that the mass burial of toxic waste occurred — and some neighbors claim theysirnply haven't lookedafor it— the agencyrassigned to oversee the restoration of the land and groundwater saidion Mondaythat they are initiating a more aggressive cleanup‘ measure than initially pro- posedthree years ago, andlthe focusof that new effort will be the drum stor- age area and the parking lot behind the building that now '-houses Sag Harbor industries and a handful of other local businesses. The amount of contaminated soilon the site, believed to be the prime source of the plume, -has risen from 230cubic yards to 1700 cubic yards. The added technology introduces a soil vapor-extraction system, a series of wells that will be inserted into the ground that will suck the contamina- tion in the form of vapor out of the earth, throngha charcoal filter, releasa ing presumably clean» air. In addition, the consultant hired by Nabisco, who is paying»thelion.'s shareofthecleanup costs, Leggette, Brashears and‘Graham (LBG) will scrape off the top four feet of the most contaminated soil and treatit on-siteobefore it is shippedooff to a disposal area, likely Niagara Falls. The treatment will also add an air- sparging system which forces air into theground-beiowthewatertablewhich volatizes the contaminants in the groundwater, neutralizing them, and \.0 \It got to the point where I told my I had rented my house for the month of August\ The neighbors around the former Rowe industries plant argue it's a case -of too~little‘too-'late. For twelve years, they say, the federal Environmental Protection Agency hasbeen trying to develop a plan togget rid of the plume of toxic chemicals that flows through thegroundwaterbeneath their homes, but the agency's efforts have not ad- dressed the entire problem and, in- deed‘, are cavalier. \You don't have to live with cancer, you don't have to live with people dying,\ shouted John Distefano at a handful of EPA agents on Monday night, chastising them for the time it has taken to begin the cleanup. The delay, and an alleged lack of informa- tion offered by the agency and the cal solvent and degreasers that have polluted the ground for more than twenty-five years. According to his- tory and eyewitness testimony, the company, which was eventually pur- chased by Nabisco, lnc., would regu- larly dump the solvents into drywells and drains both in the building and outside. When the building burned in the 19605, according to neighbor An- thony Fabiano who worked at the plant, 55-gallon drums of the solvents that hadbeen storedbehind the build- ing, were plowed into the mbble and buried. PAGE 7 continued on page 14 ments have mixed ‘action to delay in rhool opening Bateman, who has one other child in - the elementary school, is not both- ered by the board's decision but be- lievesthat any more delays couldcause problemsforthechildren.\Theymight ’ start really late and take away vacation time throughout the year when ‘kids ~ really need that,\ she said. \ -. Other parents are having problems ' already in trying to re-arrange sched- ' ules and make sure their children are supervised. Rob Chase is not quite sure what alternate plans he will make for his two elementary school kids while his wife takes their two-year-old to day care. \I still have to find a baby- sitter for the kids,\ he said. \My wife's going to school, and I'm at work, so it's going to be tough.” Chase said he plansto visit the school to look at the renovations and will attend the public forum which will discuss the opening of school this Monday. by Dave Udoff he Sag Harbor School Board’s»deci- ii‘-1 ._v k =\l:.é%‘l »n to push back the first day of classes at the elementary school from Wednesday, September 3 to the fol- lowing Monday, September 8 due to the slow progress of the building's renovations has drawn a mixed reac- tion within the community. And at least one 10-year-old stu- dent, Ailish Bateman, has raised ques- tions about her vacation schedule. ason Robards and Elaine Stritch revive their roles in the A.R. Gurney play \Love Letters\ at the Bay Street Theatre in a special one- night-only performance Tuesday. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. \What if they don't take a week off at Christmas?” she wondered. ELEMENTARY Although it was an innocent in- quiry, Ailish’s question was a reflec- tion of the possibility that the build- ing could fall hopelessly behind in its construction efforts and may not even be ready on the 8th, which concerns Ailish’s mother, Roisin Bateman. SCHOOL Foam with elomentary school opening postponed until September 8, the continued on page 4 school administration will- host an open forum on Monday night at Pierson High School's auditorium to answer questions and offer’ final information about OK % ridge Speew Attorney Patricia Weiss . Jr name to a list 01 . 1 others on petition on the wall of the Espresso market last week showing support for the business to continue allowing customers to eat inside the store den“ Ca\ W010 State agrees to lower proposed design speed bridge to accommodate traffic travel- ing 37 mph. The state, which has regularly clocked traffic crossing the bridge at much higher speeds, argued that it needed to adhere to federal regulations that dictate a bridge be designed to the mean traffic speed: 44 mph. 1 \Local residents, however, argued that designingabridge that accommodates faster traffic would only encourage traffic to move yet faster. A bi-village bridge task force argued that the de- sign speed should remain at the cur- rent 35 mph, and while the design would be non-standard, it would en- courage drivers to travel slower. The state, which has relented on several design questions. ultimately relented on the design speed ques- tion, but claimed it needed to receive a waiver from the feds, who are foot- ing most of the bill for the project. school opening. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last until 8:00 by Bryan Boyhan A ' urrounded by about fifty of his client's supporters, attorney John Bennett fought two battles on be half of Espresso, the little Italian market in Sag Harbor, on Tuesday night. While he ultimately argued that the store which sells sandwiches, salads and other comestibles should also be allowed to let people eat them on the premises, he first had to convince the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals that theirs was the proper place to fight the battle. As of this writing it is still unclear if he was successful on either count. no provision in the village code prohibiting retail food stores from allowing their customers to eat on-premise, virtually making it ’a permitted accessory use. And while it is if the village wants to prohibit the use in businesses now and into the future, said Bennett, they must allow Espresso to continue with its tables and chairs as a pre-existing, non-conforming use. But ZBA attorney Richard Fernan, standing in for regular village attorney Anthony Tohill since Tohill recused himself due «to the fact he had previously represented Espresso, argued that the village's zoning board of appeals was not the forum for the hearing. Noting that the ZBA is an appellate boardcharged with addressing appeals on building or planning applica- tions that have been denied, Feman told Bennett that he in fact had not been denied an application and suggested the attorney make an application with the village's building inspector. by Bryan Boyhan Residents of Sag Harbor and North Haven who have been concerned about the proposed speed on the new bridge to be built between their com- munities received some good news this week. According to State Assem- blyman Fred Thiele the state has found a way to reduce the proposed design speed without seeking a special waiver from the federal government, a deci- sion «that will assuage local residents’ fears that traffic crossing the bridge would actually windup traveling faster than it currently does. Thiele said Monday that meetings with Craig Seracusa, the recently ap- pointed regional head of the state Department of Transportation have revealed that the state can design a What's the sound of dozens of banjoes strumming at the same time? You can find out tonight, Thursday, when the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Long Island Banjo Society to Marine Park at 8 p.m. for the finale summer concert. T Prior to and following the passageof a village law last month that prohibits retail food stores from allowing on-premise consumption except in the village's busi- ness districts, Espresso market had received some four citations from the village's building inspector claiming they were in violation for allowing customers to eat at tables inside the store. The owners of Espresso, located in a residential neighborhood at the corner of Henry and Division streets, have argued that they are simply carrying on a tradition that had been started long before they bought the business in 1993. In fact, Mr. Bennett argued on Tuesday, that prior to the new law, there was ON THE SCREEN ”What for,\ cbuntered Bennett, \it's our position that we don't need to apply for anything. What would I make an application for?\ SAG HARBOR THEATRE Phone #725.~0010 When the Cat's Away - 7 pm The Van - 9 p.m. Fri. - Thurs. Dreamer Awakens (a play) Sunday at S p.m. continued on page 11 continued on page S 911 Due in November SOUTHAMPTON CINEMAS Phone #287-2749 G.I. Jane Conspiracy Theory Event Horizon Money Talks bY BYYEII Boyhan it would have excluded one of the local exchanges —— either 283 or 287- because of the way the system was unable to differentiate between the two exchanges. Now, said Mr. Raynor, the newly designed system put together by Suf- folk County will be able to differenti- ate and direct emergency calls to ap- propriate agencies almost instantly. What separates the91 1 service from the E-91 1 service is that the enhanced version provides operators with a read out of the caller's street address and the-emergencyserviceagencies — po- lice, fire department and ambulance -— that service the address. village's police department. To con—- fuse matters even more, the local fire department and ambulance squad are both dispatched by East Hampton Vil- é lage. In times like this, the caller would L g beput ona patched call with dispatch- ‘ '_ ers from both Southampton Town and East Hampton Village, one for police ; protection, the other for fire or ambu- f :1 lance needs.Some Noyac residents also j_ are served by Southampton or g“ Bridgehampton fire and ambulance §' services and the new system would be :' able to differentiate the districts. ‘ . Today residents need to know two , or three different 7-digit phone num- .1 bers to contact emergency services. By » ' * ; i. ‘:1 the time this new system is installed, 2,} they will only need to know 911. Mr‘; - 3; Jones was quick to add that, despite 4 . the fact thatthe new system-is called 11- _ L - 91 1, callers should not dial the E. ‘ , , g 2 .-h The biggest problem to overcome 1 ; . ;>,; ‘;;‘:l; f‘ nowis getting the addresses correctIin~; 1 ; , - g ;e the system, matchi_ngthemwith_phot1eg« . \ 3 numbers. Mr. Jones said there are\~1_’1_3?3 ; - f, - different fire districts in the county; ; Z : Z; andvthev are making ; to make »st,u:'e Whichever éléleisei :1 \ii road residents. live on, the ‘§,f5n;:f lat =|?F.\'?.'~“?_‘“' e°t9<!‘ tpawnes, .,..Naya¢ é: = 9 Today, the worst thing to do in an emergency if you live in Sag Harbor or Noyac is to call 911, according to an agent for Suffolk County. Your call could disappear to an operator in Chi- cago. Or Georgia. That will change, though, by the middle of November when a county-wide emergency ser- vice goes on line. While pockets of communities on the East End have benefited from a 911 emergency telephone service for some years — even an enhanced, or E- 911,‘in some cases -— Noyac, Sag Har- bor and the rest of Southampton Town has not. ‘Until now. EAST HAMPTON CINEMA Phone #324-0448 The Full Monty Copland Leave it to Beaver Air Force One Picture Perfect Contact A Smile Like Yours WEEKEND WEATHER Representatives from Suffolk County and the East End Mayors and Supervi- sors Association spoke before the Noyac Civic Council last Tuesday night, and promised the community that a fun ‘E-911 service would be pro- vided county-wide within the next three months. In emergency situations, noted Mr. Raynor, people are likely to get ner- vous. The displayed address will en- able operators to identify specifically where the caller is calling from, whether he or she is able to tell them. Also, said Matthew Jones, 13-91 1 coor- dinator for the Suffolk County Police Department, in case of a break-in or threatening situation, the callerwon’t even have to speak. ”As long as they dial that last ‘one,’ we've got them,” said Mr. Raynor. The enhancedservicewill even help in cases where emergency agencies overlap, as isthe case in Noyacliwhile most Noyac residents are in the Sag‘ Harbor fire‘ and ambulance districts, they arelnot in «th¢;1unsr_iiction;oiisiig THURSDAY Fmmv _ Aucusw 21 Aucusr 22 SS‘‘‘:‘‘‘\‘:‘\\\‘‘\ Rain wiil end late Mostly cloudy; in day, temps in foggy, temps in high 603 low 705 ‘For years, townships had individu- ally tried to initiate 911 service with mixed results. ltbecame a nightmare, saidjohn Raynorofthe SoutholdTown police department, a coordinator for the East End Mayors and Supervisors Association. 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