Pickleball courts, new truck, wetlands on Southampton Town Meeting agenda

  • Moderator Robert Floyd conducts the postoned annual Southampton Town Meeting in right field of Labrie Field ball diamond on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.

Staff Writer
Published: 9/30/2020 7:26:28 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — Pickleball courts, a new town truck and a wetlands protection bylaw are among the items the fall Town Meeting will be taking up later on this month.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at Labrie Field. Like August’s annual Town Meeting, it will be outdoors to keep the risk of COVID-19 low.

The eight-article warrant was approved by the Select Board at its Tuesday meeting. Town Manager Ed Gibson said most of its articles had been cut from the annual Town Meeting warrant to make that shorter.

One of the articles on the fall warrant, Article 7, would appropriate $115,000 of Community Preservation Act funds for the construction of two pickleball courts in Conant Park. Another, Article 2, would appropriate and authorize the borrowing of $140,000 to purchase a plow/dump truck for the Highway Department. Article 8, meanwhile, would enact a wetlands protection bylaw that’s been promulgated by the Conservation Commission.

“It just gives some guidance to the Conservation Commission,” Select Board Chairwoman Maureen Groden said of the bylaw.

Two articles, one of which would have rearranged the hours in the treasurer/collector’s office and another which would have added $2,500 to the health department’s budget, were voted down at Tuesday’s meeting.

Groden said the treasurer/collector article was voted down because Select Board members thought it needed more study, and she said it was unclear whether the Board of Health had voted to ask for the $2,500 increase or not. She also said no one from the Health Department or the Board of Health was at the meeting to speak to the proposed increase.

Town Moderator Robert Floyd said the fall Town Meeting would be largely set up like August’s annual Town Meeting.

“I imagine we’re going to be dancing to the same protocol,” he said.

Floyd will be reading the warrant on the video application Zoom on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. The link to this meeting will be posted on the town’s website, and it will also be broadcast live that same day on Channel 191.

Groden did say that she’s concerned that there may be a lot of questions on the articles at the live meeting, and she hopes that it will be done in an hour or less for safety reasons.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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