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More Questions For The Mayor

March 3, 2020

As Mayor Fell has decided to not let me ask questions in public at Bellport Village Board Meetings, I guess for the sake of transparency, I have no other choice than to ask my questions here, in print. So here goes...

I think it was almost two years ago that the Village Board approved a study to build a Driving Range, (Oh yes, a Practice Area,) and move the putting green from in front of the Peter’s On The Green Restaurant. I don’t remember anything about beginning work on the project, only commissioning a study to come up with a plan.

I don’t remember any discussion at a Village Board meeting about beginning work on this project, or a final plan submitted to the Residents for comment, but I may have just missed it. So, here are a few questions:

• Who actually approved work to begin on this project?

• Who approved that the massive maple tree adjacent to the existing putting green be cut down?

• I have heard that the company that did the work submitted an invoice for about $86,000. Is that right?

• If it is right, isn’t anything over $50,000 supposed to go out to bid?

• Was this sent out for bid?

• I understand that more than one Trustee had no idea that this work had begun and as a result, they refused to approve payment of the invoice. Is that true?

• I understand that Trustee Mike Ferrigno is one of the Village Trustees who was caught off guard by all of this and as a result, wouldn’t approve payment of the contractor’s invoice. I also understand that Mayor Fell has accused Trustee Ferrigno of not being “a team player” presumably because he wouldn’t approve payment of the invoice. Is that true?

• If it is true, Congratulations Mike for doing the right thing!













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Larry Sribnick
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