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Patchogue homeowners to get village mailings sooner

In addition to the mayor's office, Patchogue Village

In addition to the mayor's office, Patchogue Village Hall, located at 14 Baker St., is also home to the municipality's Justice Court and Traffic Violations Bureau. (April 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Carl Corry

The Patchogue Village board of trustees has passed a law that requires the village's planning and zoning boards to give residents more advanced notice of public meetings and hearings.

The board's unanimous decision last week requires such mailings to be postmarked 10 days in advance, up from five days.

The decision comes on the heels of residents' complaints that the mail sometimes would not arrive until the day of the meeting or hearing.

Village attorney Brian Egan said some notices were being sent from other villages and towns, complicating matters.

"Neighbors thought the notice was too short," Egan said. "This is to increase public participation at the board hearings."

Mailing the notices 10 days in advance will give residents adequate time to prepare for the meetings, village Mayor Paul Pontieri said.

The board also unanimously voted to amend another section of zoning code to ban homeowners from erecting stockade fences and placing the cross bars so that they face their neighbor's yard.

"Basically, it's just telling people that unless you have an agreement with your neighbor, your neighbor gets the good side of the fence," the mayor said.

Egan said several residents have complained to village officials about the issue, saying that the finished side of a neighbor's fence should face them instead of the cross bars.

Egan said the same policy exists in Southampton and other towns across Long Island.

Fences already erected won't have to be turned around, village officials said.


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