Protecting Water Mill’s Rural and Historic Character
The Water Mill CAC has participated in all public hearings relating to the many significant developments in our Hamlet as these projects impact the future of Water Mill. You are welcome to attend our monthly meetings and give your input. Stay tuned ---- stay engaged.
Mill Pond Remediation
After almost two years of community urging, meetings and negotiations, the Southampton Town Board signed a contract with a company that applied a product called Phoslock to the pond on April 8th, 2013. The intent of the product is to prevent dense algae from forming every spring. Phoslock is a natural compound that bonds to molecules of phosphorous, the main food that algae feeds on, and sinks it to the bottom of the pond.
Because DEC reports were not received in time, the window for the second application of Phoslock was missed. The funding for the second application is in place, which will now take place in Spring 2015.
The CAC continues to help educate homeowners around the pond about the importance of planting buffers, reducing the use of fertilizers and chemicals, the maintenance of septic systems and containment of storm water runoff. We are working with the Town to set guidelines and pass legislation that will further help protect not just Mill Pond, but also our groundwater.
Deerfield Road Storm Water Abatement Project
The Town of Southampton is in the process of implementing Phase 1 of a storm water abatement plan that not only affects the water quality of Mill Pond, but also addresses an ongoing safety and severe flooding issue on a heavily trafficked road. The proposed plan includes consolidating the existing three piped outfalls to one, including additional infiltration, leaching pools, formalizing the existing swale on the west side of the outfall and reestablishing some wetland areas.
A second and larger part of the plan is currently on hold. Because of the unusual topography of Deerfield Road, it is proving difficult to create a plan that will effectively control the 3 to 4 inch rainfall that has become increasingly the norm. The Town and the CAC are continuing to work with engineers to come up with an adequate plan.
Road Safety on Water Mill back roads
The CAC continues to meet with Town Board members and Tom Neely, Traffic Safety Director, to discuss safety issues on the back roads. We are asking the Town to install speed monitors along the back roads and increase police presence. A 3-way stop was installed at the intersection of Head of Pond Road and Scuttlehole Road and a 4-way stop was recently installed at the Wickapogue and Cobb Rd intersection. The Town recently installed No Parking signs along Seven Ponds Road and Davids Lane as well as on Rte 27 in order to alleviate congestion and for safety reasons.
Water Mill Townhouses - Residential Planned Development District
There has been recent activity on a proposed plan for Town Houses on a 6.4 acre parcel just east of the Water Mill Shoppes at Station Road. The increased density requires that the developer apply for a RPDD (Residential Planned Development District) and in exchange, specific public benefits including affordable housing will be required. A series of public hearings will be held and the CAC encourages community members to participate in the process.
Code Violations – Chronic Problem
The CAC constantly reports code violations to the Town brought to our attention by residents relating to illegal business uses, group houses, signs and other infractions. We encourage residents to report code violations and lack of code enforcement to firstname.lastname@example.org