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Southampton may trim hours off weekend construction work

Southampton Town Hall on 2012.

Southampton Town Hall on 2012. Credit: Ian J. Stark

The Southampton Town Board is considering limiting weekend construction for commercial contractors by two hours in an effort to curb noise.

The board is considering an amendment to the town’s noise code that would restrict construction on Saturdays and Sundays to between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., a change from the current time frame of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said the “minor adjustment” to the time would not apply to homeowners doing their own construction or repairs.

“People work hard all week. They ought to be able to relax a little bit and sleep in a bit on weekends,” Schneiderman said in a phone interview Tuesday. “There’s an awful lot of construction activity out here that can go on for months or even years.”

The proposal may not change construction activity in villages like Sag Harbor, Southampton Village and Westhampton Beach, which have stricter weekend construction time frames and ban Sunday construction during at least part of the year.

Hamilton Hoge, owner of the Southampton-based construction firm HHCM, said he would support the amendment as long as there is a way for contractors to get special permits in cases of emergency or bad weather.

Hoge said the restrictions could reduce summer traffic congestion, give construction workers a break and prevent code enforcement officials from getting tied up with complaints.

“If there’s a way to stop the trade parade and get people to slow down, it’s a safer prospect,” said Hoge, a Southampton Village resident.

A public hearing on the amendment will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in Southampton Town Hall.

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