BHEP to receive Caithness funds
The Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance will use approximately $26,600 in Caithness Commmunity Benefit funding for much-needed improvements to their parking lot and grounds.

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BHEP to receive Caithness funds

Story By: TARA SMITH
11/30/2017


BHEP to receive Caithness funds

At a town meeting on Nov. 16, the board authorized the distribution of $26,600 in Caithness Community Benefit funding to the Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance. The funds will be used to install a fence for $5,100 and repave the parking lot at a cost of $21,500.   Fred Combs, executive director of the BHEP, said that the funds were in place for several years, dating back to 2009. The Caithness Long Island Energy Center, located in an industrially zoned section of Yaphank, commenced commercial operations of its 350-megawatt natural gas-fired power generating facility in August 2009. As part of the approval process, funds were set aside for the benefit of the plant’s host communities.  But issues, including a paper road, delayed the funds from being dispensed. “The paper street issue was finally taken care of, then they were able to release the money to us,” Combs said in a phone call earlier this week. “The paper street is on Provost Avenue and runs through our parking lot, but then you have the train tracks behind,” he said. “It really was a street they couldn’t open, so they had to legally close it.” The improvements, Combs said, are sorely needed. “A portion of our parking lot is paved, but it’s all torn up. It’s a hazard at this point,” he said, adding that the fence and repaving will help from both an aesthetic and a safety standpoint.  John Rogers, who chairs the Greater Bellport Coalition, recalls a Caithness advisory committee that included stakeholders from several surrounding communities who proposed organizations and projects to receive funding. Other projects that Caithness money has funded or partially funded include the sidewalk along Station Road from the train station into the village, ShotSpotter, and trees on Station Road. Councilman Michael Loguercio said he hopes the improvement will benefit the community since both BHEP and GBC work closely with the community. “I am extremely happy to see the community benefit from this and see these funds being used in the community for a much-needed improvement,” he said. The Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance will use approximately $26,600 in Caithness Commmunity Benefit funding for much-needed improvements to their parking lot and grounds.