Whether or not the will allow from the festival in August at the high school still remains to be decided.
MTK organizers Chris Jones and Bill Collage sent an email to members of the school board, asking if they had made a decision yet about allowing use of its parking facility during the upcoming concert.
In the email Jones promised to make a direct donation of $10,000 to , an after-school program that has had $140,000 in funding slashed in the wake of state budget cuts.
A donation of “at least” $10,000 to the school district was also pledged.
At a meeting on Monday, board member Stephen Talmage reiterated earlier concerns that the board did not have the power to allow a for-profit business use of school facilities.
A more “transparent” way to allow the use, he said, would be to incorporate learning lessons for students, perhaps teaching business skills.
Board member Alison Anderson said that students should not be present where alcohol was being sold and consumed.
Incoming board member Patricia Hope said allowing students would open the door for liability. “No kids at all,” she said.
Anderson asked if the two $10,000 donations would be in addition to the $100,000 organizers promised the town.
Superintendent Dr. Raymond Gualtieri said he’d ask for clarification and report back.
Parking Woes Pondered
East Hampton Town Police Chief Edward Ecker said despite the fact that there is no parking on any lane in Amagansett, parking is allowed on Meetinghouse Lane.
The reason, Councilman Pete Hammerle said, was in 2007, the no parking rule was rescinded on Meetinghouse Lane to give relief to a church on the street that hosted events.
But after complaints, the board contemplated whether the no parking restriction should be reinstated.
Councilwoman Theresa Quigley favored a comprehensive approach. “We have to look at the needs of a community as whole,” she said.
Ecker added that the problem was a “summer issue” with some who do not have beach stickers parking on Meetinghouse Lane.
False Alarm Policy Under Review
False alarms are a big problem in town, with volunteer firefighters expending time and resources to investigate every call.
The board discussed revisions, specifically as they relate to affordable housing units, possibly capping fees for affordable housing units at $50.
Currently, in developments run by a management company, tenants do not pay fees; fines rise exponentially based on how many false alarms come from that complex.
Board members suggested false alarms be tracked by unit, so patterns could be established regarding repeat offenders.
Not all false alarms are tenants’ fault of, board members agreed.
Remembering a time when his mother was afraid to cook a steak, for fear smoke would set off an alarm, Hammerle said fines should not be imposed on residents who live in homes with faulty alarms.
Councilwoman Julia Prince asked why companies are not held accountable for bad design. Manufacturers profit, she said, while taxpayers foot the bill for fire and police personnel.
Ecker said the number of false alarms have increased, although 99 percent are non-issues.