BELLPORT VILLAGE

Buses causing too much noise, Bellport residents say

Buses cause a backup and beeping for several hours in the a.m. and p.m.

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During public comment at last week’s board of trustees meeting in Bellport Village, Connie Miller, a 39-year-resident, voiced issues about the school bus noise on Kreamer Street. 

The buses use a parking lot with an entrance on Kreamer Street, and the cacophony of backup beeping for several hours in the morning and afternoon into evening is an ongoing concern. “The noise from the (beeping) alarms start at 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. with intermittent noise through the day, including 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” she said. “They’re cramming more and more buses in that lot.” Miller mentioned a possible solution offered previously by Mayor Fell that the bus company would move 15 buses to a lot in Center Moriches. But that hasn’t happened. 

“I’ve called,” said Fell. “All I can do is ask the village attorney to get in touch with (the bus company) attorney.” Fell noted that trustee Steve Mackin looked into a device that could eliminate the noise. Ken Gobright commented that the issue wasn’t the buses but the noise. Gobright spoke to the Advance. “When I moved in two years ago (the buses) weren’t there,” he said. “They came back with big buses about a year ago. The device might be the answer.” 

Fell said the land used by the bus company was leased by a private owner. “They have leased it to the bus company since I moved to the village in 1972,” he told the Advance. Village Attorney Dave Moran said that in studying whether they could regulate the situation, the bus company showed legal proof of continual use. Moran said he would contact their attorney again. 

Thomas Schultz reiterated concerns about dangerous speeding on Country Club Road and watching cars zip by at 70 miles an hour. “I’m here to ask for added urgency,” he said. “I’m fearful we’ll go another year.”

Larry Sribnick of Bellport.com had three questions for the board on a village marina FOIL request but was backed off from asking questions. Sribnick was told he was asking about a legal matter and that statements should be made during the Open to the Public session in the beginning, questions should be asked at the end. Sribnick pointed out that others were asking questions after his request.

When asked, Fell agreed. “It’s something we have to address at our next work session,” he said.

Susan Beckett inquired about work conducted at the golf course. Fell replied that work was being done on holes 18 and 9, there were improvements on 8, a practice putting green is being placed where the old ninth hole was, and the ninth hole was being moved 30 yards to the west so members can chip and putt in that area.

Frank Derosa presented a long probing about the Enterprise Fund. “It has to be explained a bit better and the reason for it,” he said. Moran commented that the board inherited the fund. Fell said it provided a better auditing tool, that [the golf course under the Enterprise Fund] has been in the black with $250,000 in the fund after paying all the bills. Village Clerk John Kocay delved into its history. “We’re very lucky we have several amenities and one of the largest is the golf course, and it could be considered a business,” he said. “A former mayor had the auditors do an assessment, and they suggested it would be to the village’s benefit to have an enterprise fund.” 

A question was asked about Ho Hum Beach and the pavilion. Trustee Mike Ferrigno spoke about a letter from an engineer stating that the pavilion wasn’t usable. “Do we spend maybe $200,000 to take it down? The board is grappling with the best alternative,” Ferrigno said.

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