Ho Hum Beach - New Kitchen
The snack bar at Ho Hum Beach has been without 110V AC service for over 15 years. The 48V DC available from the solar field is insufficient to power many appliances and cannot support the hot water necessary to operate a full beach kitchen. The kitchen has therefore struggled to provide any food items other than pre-packaged snacks, sodas, water and ice cream bars.
Re-establishing a full-service beach kitchen within the existing space would be a great achievement for the Village and would be strongly applauded and welcomed by all beach goers and their guests. We believe the Village should embark on such a project. We in the BVPF are prepared to help execute this project with the Village in a significant way.
SUMMARY OF THIS PROJECT
The BVPF would propose to lead the renovation and establishment of a new “kitchen” at the existing snack bar located on the Bayside at Ho Hum Beach. We believe this should be a 3-way partnership between the BVPF, the Village, and an experienced concessionaire.
The BVPF will commit time and management, as well as up to $10,000, towards this project. This could take the form of contributing to (i) a new 110V AC converter, (ii) a new solar powered hot water heater, (iii) new batteries for the solar field, (iv) or various kitchen appliances.
CURRENT STATUS - ON HOLD
Studies have been performed over the last 9 months to determine exactly what type of equipment would be installed and what the electrical, propane, and health code requirements would be. It appears that the existing solar field is at the end of its useful life and cannot support any modern electrical appliances. Given the deteriorated condition of this old solar field, a new solar field should be considered by the Village. If this electrical issue can be resolved by the Village, then the plan for a new kitchen can proceed.
2019 Update: The Village is investigating the concept of "Virtual Net Metering" to help reduce the cost of a new solar field at HoHum.
New Street Signs Embrace Our Heritage and History
The BVPF supported the Village initiative to install new “Old School” street signs in the Village of Bellport. These signs used to be prevalent in Bellport and other small villages on LI in a bygone era and would look great if re-installed by the Village.
The Village has been contemplating a large-scale street sign replacement program for several years. The existing street signs are old, decayed, and of differing size and format. They need to be replaced.
There are approximately 82 street intersections in the Village. In 2015 the Village authorized the installation of a test sign of the “Old School" variety at Otis and Baycrest. This sign has held up extremely well over the last 2.5 years and has passed all the test concerns voiced by the Village Board in 2015.
If the Village embarks on replacing all 82 street signs in the Village (a 2 to 5 year plan), the BVPF would support the installation of these more attractive and historically accurate “Old School/Throwback” street signs.
If this occurs, the BVPF intends to initiate separate fundraising efforts to fund up to $12,000, or approximately 50% of Phase I. The total construction cost of Phase I is estimated to be $25,000 for 30 signs. The BVPF would then revisit its commitment and determine if it can continue to raise funds for 50% of the cost for the additional 50 signs in Phase II.
In summer 2018, the Village put this project on hold, continuing to evaluate its popularity.