UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Late hour maroons financiers' vote on $5.2M in Sandy repairs

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Late hour maroons financiers' vote on $5.2M in Sandy repairs

The U.S. House of Representatives isn't the only legislative body to delay a vote on funding for Superstorm Sandy repairs and cleanup.
The Board of Finance on Tuesday, faced with a request for $5.2 million in local repairs caused by the October storm, put off discussion and vote on the bonding request because members did not get to the agenda item until just about midnight.
Plans now are for a special meeting on the $5.2 million request at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Sullivan-Independence Hall.
At first, board members wanted to table the discussion until their February meeting, but Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo said that would delay several of the projects that really should get started in March in order to be ready for the spring.
Among the projects included in the bonding request are the repair and raising of the Penfield Pavilion; repairs to drainage along Fairfield Beach Road; sand replenishment at four public beaches; channel dredging at the marina and Southport Harbor; repairs to the fishing pier; replacing concession stands at Southport and Sasco beaches, and repairing the bathroom and storage building at Ye Yacht Yard.
Michelangelo said he would be willing to pull out five or six top priorities, which the board could then vote on that night, putting off the remainder for another meeting. READ MORE:

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