Town of Southampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton 7-9-2019 by L.L. No. 20-2019. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPLICANT
An eligible entity as defined herein.
COSTS
Includes those costs associated with the connection of existing residential homes or commercial businesses currently served by private wells to the infrastructure that provides public water service as per the specifications of the Suffolk County Water Authority. Such costs shall not include those associated with the abandonment of private wells, maintenance, or restoration of any portion of affected property, or any additional cost not provided for on the signed estimate approved and accepted by the Town of Southampton.
ELIGIBILITY
Any person, estate, trust, beneficiaries of an estate or trust, partnership, or member of a limited-liability corporation, or a corporation, or other legal entity which:
A. 
Owns residential or commercial property whose drinking water supply has been contaminated by:
(1) 
Toxic chemicals, as defined in § 37-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law;
(2) 
Hazardous substances, as defined in § 40-0105 of the Environmental Conservation Law; or
(3) 
Emerging contaminants as defined in § 1112 of the Public Health Law; and
B. 
Is within the boundaries of the hamlet of East Quogue as depicted on the Town's Geographic Information System (GIS).
C. 
New subdivisions or development that is required to connect to public water as part of the approval process shall not be eligible for rebates.
POTABLE
Water of a quality determined suitable for drinking.
PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY
Groundwater withdrawn from the aquifer by a public government or agency, such as the Suffolk County Water Authority, that is tested for potability and then delivered to homes and businesses through piped connections underground.
REBATE
A reimbursement of funds expended to achieve a connection to the public water supply for potable drinking water.
A. 
Eligibility.
(1) 
In order to claim the rebate established by this chapter, an applicant must meet the eligibility criteria as defined herein, and must provide a signed estimate that indicates the cost per linear foot that is needed to connect to the public water main that is approved by the Town prior to initiating any work.
(2) 
The connection must be completed in compliance with all specifications of the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA). Any installer selected by the applicant must be a Suffolk County licensed plumber who can meet the installation requirements established by SCWA.
(3) 
In order to claim the rebate established by this chapter, an applicant must provide verification of the project completion and documentation of payments made in full. The Town will issue Federal Tax Form 1099, as required by the IRS, at the end of the calendar year to reflect the rebate amount.
(4) 
Where the applicant owns more than one property within the project area, there shall be one rebate authorized for each eligible public water connection.
B. 
Procedure for rebate. In order to claim the rebate established by this section, the applicant must:
(1) 
Complete and sign the application provided by the Town of Southampton, as may be amended from time to time. The application must be approved by the Town prior to the commencement of any work.
(2) 
Select an installer from the prequalified list provided or, if the installer is not from the prequalified list provided, a copy of a valid Suffolk County Plumbing license is required from the installer as part of the application materials.
(3) 
Attach a professional estimate, signed by the applicant, of the project cost from the selected installer to include a detailed description of the scope of work to be performed for approval by the Town of Southampton.
(4) 
Complete and submit a W-9 Form.
(5) 
Submit the application to the Town. (See Section III of application).
(6) 
Upon completion of the project, the applicant must submit paid invoices and proof of payment (e.g., cancelled checks, credit card statements, etc.) to verify all payments made as well as verified project approval by the SCWA. Reimbursement payment shall not be approved without such documentation.
C. 
Rebate claim period. The ability to claim the rebate described in this chapter shall be retroactive to January 1, 2019. Rebates may be encumbered in advance by providing the Town with completed application materials and receiving an approval letter from the Town's Community Preservation Fund (CPF) Office designating the funds for six months, with a sixty-day extension of time at the discretion of the CPF Manager upon demonstrating good cause. Failure to complete a connection during the encumbrance period will require that a new application be filed.