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Brightwaters mulls ordinance to quiet landscapers, work crews

The village of Brightwaters is proposing an amendment to a noise ordinance that would require construction workers and landscapers to put their tools away earlier.

“We had residents coming in, over the last two years . . . bringing it to our attention that people were doing too much work on the weekends or on a weeknight,” Mayor Joe McDermott said last Wednesday.

The amendment would limit construction work to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, and landscaping and lawn maintenance to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on those days.

Construction, landscaping and lawn maintenance would need to be done between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Brightwaters’ current noise ordinance was last amended in 2004 and limits construction and lawn work to between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. But it has conflicting information for Sundays, which is one reason it needs revision, village attorney Charles J. Casolaro said.

In one section, the law states that certain construction work, such as excavation and paving, may not be performed on a Sunday or on any federal legal holiday. In another section, it says that this work may not be done “on a Sunday or on any federal legal holiday before 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.”

The penalty under the current law is a fine of up to $250. No penalty has been determined for the proposed amendment, the mayor said.

A public hearing on the proposal was held during a Sept. 5 board of trustees meeting. About five people spoke on the proposal, and their opinions were mixed, McDermott said.

The mayor stressed that the proposal is a working document and that a board vote on a final plan could occur in a month.

Tightened construction-related noise laws like Brightwaters’ proposal and those passed in some other high-income areas is a response to improvements on existing homes, though home sales are not increasing, Casolaro said.

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