Welcome to the Incorporated Village of Westhampton Beach
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 22, 2016
Water Quality Advisory for Private-Well Owners in Areas of Westhampton The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has identified two chemicals known as PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) as emerging contaminants. These chemicals are part of a class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are currently unregulated by the federal government. PFCs have been used in a number of industrial and commercial products such firefighting foam, as well as coatings that repel water, oil, stains and grease. Thus, people may be exposed to PFOS and PFOA through air, water, or soil from industrial sources and from consumer products. In 2013, major water supply companies began testing their wells for PFOS and PFOA. Results of that monitoring have recently become available. In the absence of federal regulation, New York State took aggressive action and became the first state in nation to regulate PFOS and PFOA as hazardous substances, which enables the State to use the legal authority and financial resources of the State Superfund Program to clean up contaminated sites. Through monitoring conducted under a US EPA program known as the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, PFOS was detected in public supply wells in the vicinity of the New York State Air National Guard Base at Gabreski Airport located at Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach. The results of this sampling have already been reported to residents in the annual water quality report and to the US EPA. Measures have been taken to address the public water supply. Currently, the public drinking water supply in the area is below the current EPA lifetime health advisory level of 0.07 ppb. EPA’s health advisory levels are established to protect even the most sensitive populations, including fetuses during pregnancy and breastfed babies, against adverse health effects. See US EPA fact sheet on perfluorinated compounds for more information (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/drinkingwaterhealthadvisories_pfoa_pfos_updated_5 .31.16.pdf ). To assess the drinking water quality of properties served with private wells, the Suffolk County Department of Health Service (SCDHS) will be conducting a private well survey in the vicinity of the Airport property. Once these wells are identified, they will be sampled for these contaminants and the State has offered to provide laboratory analysis support. If your property is served with a private well, and your residence is located south of the LIRR tracks, and East of Beaverdam Creek, Westhampton, and West of Quantuck Creek in Westhampton, and you would like to have your drinking water tested, please contact the SCDHS Office of Water Resources at (631) 852-5810.
Again, this notice does not affect residences which utilize public water. As part of the ongoing efforts of the Governor’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has informed Suffolk County and the Air National Guard that NYSDEC is investigating Gabreski Airport, as a potential inactive hazardous waste disposal site, also referred to as a State Superfund site. This action is being taken because firefighting foam, which may contain PFOS, was, or is currently being used, at the base. The Air National Guard has committed to conducting a site investigation and NYSDEC is working to expedite their submission of a draft work plan. NYSDEC has commenced a complementary site characterization and will be mobilizing contractors to the site in an effort to pinpoint the potential sources of contamination. Out of an abundance of caution, if you are using a private well as your water supply, you may want to consider using bottled water for drinking, cooking and preparing infant formula until your well is tested and the quality of your supply can be assured. This sampling effort applies only to private wells, as the public water supply has already been addressed and sampled to ensure water quality meets health criteria. Suffolk County will offer bottled water to residents in this area with private wells at: Village of Westhampton Beach Village Hall, back parking lot, located at 165 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
This weekend’s hours: Friday, July 22nd, 3pm-8pm
Saturday, July 23rd, 10am-3pm
Sunday, July 24th, 10am-3pm
Weekday hours: Monday, July 25th through Friday July 29th, 7:30am-7:30pm
Residents with additional questions are advised to call the New York State Water Quality Hotline: 800-801-8092 (Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm).
Monday Night Movies on the Great Lawn!
June 27 – Star Wars – The Force Awakens
July 11 – Dirty Dancing
July 18 – Cinderella (2015)
July 25 – Jaws
August 1 – Back to the Future
August 8 – Rocky
August 15 – The Pink Panther (2006)
August 22 – Mamma Mia
August 29 – The Avengers (2012)
2016 Beach Parking Stickers and Passes
WHB Taxpayers, WHB Year-Round Renter, WHB Commercial Businesses, WH Ambulance Members, WH Fire Department Members, and WHB Village Employees:
- Tuesday & Wednesday May 10th & 11th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Village Hall,
- Saturday May 14th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Village Hall, and
- Saturday May 21st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and thereafter on weekends only at Roger’s Beach until June 25th.
For Non-Residents living in Westhampton, Quiogue, Remsenburg and Speonk, and Seasonal Renters in WHB:
- Tuesday & Wednesday May 17th & 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Village Hall,
- Friday May 20th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday May 21st from 10:00 to 1:00 pm at Village Hall, and during the same hours each weekend thereafter at Village Hall until June 25th.
TO: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS
DATE: APRIL 6, 2016
RE: 2016 VILLAGE BEACH PERMITS
As a commercial property owner in the Village of Westhampton Beach, I am writing to inform you of the regulations as they relate to the issuance of beach permits and passes.
Non-owner occupied commercial property owners are entitled to two (2) complimentary parking stickers and four (4) walk-on passes. If you chose, you are permitted to give any or all of the stickers and/or passes to your building tenants for their personal use only, so long as you inform the Village in writing.
Enclosed, you will find a Commercial Property Owners Beach Pass Authorization Form that you must file with the Clerk’s office indicating whether or not you would like to retain your stickers and passes or if you would like to assign them to your tenant(s).
I respectfully request that you mail, fax, email or bring the form to Village Hall at your earliest convenience. My contact information may be found below:
Elizabeth Lindtvit, Village Clerk-Treasurer, Village of Westhampton Beach, 165 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978
(631) 288-1654/phone, (631) 288-4332/fax, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Neighbors and Visitors:
As a coastal community, we must prepare for any emergency-whether it is a hurricane, fire, flood or snow storm. An important priority, the Village of Westhampton Beach is constantly improving its own readiness through planning and hands-on exercises and by coordinating with county, state and federal agencies. Recognizing that preparation is our best defense, the Town of Southampton has released a new brochure, Be Prepared, (available in English & Spanish), it is updated, handy and compact with valuable information such as: important telephone numbers, advice on caring for the elderly and those with special needs, ensuring your pet’s safety, protecting you home or business and assembling a “go bag” and home emergency kit. You can pick up your brochure at Village Hall. In addition, citizens can also register for the Village’s emergency notification system “NIXLE” on the Village website home page www.westhamptonbeach.org.
We encourage you to use this resource to assist you in keeping you and your family safe. With improved technology and better tracking, we now have the means to obtain advance notification of severe weather events, regional emergencies and how best to prepare for them.