The Quogue Village Police Department will bring on a new, part-time officer next summer to replace one or two part-time officers who could leave the department as early as next summer.
The Board of Trustees approved a request from Village Police Chief Robert Coughlan on Friday afternoon to sponsor a cadet in the Suffolk County Police Academy, with the intent of hiring him upon graduation. Chief Coughlan said he expected that the cost of outfitting 22-year-old Anthony Ingoglia of East Yaphank at the academy would total between $1,100 and $1,200.
But on Wednesday afternoon, Chief Coughlan said Mr. Ingoglia would not be available for hire in May as originally anticipated, and that the department would seek other potential applicants.
Village Police Lieutenant Chris Isola said two or three Quogue officers are high on the Southold Police Department’s list of potential hires and could be called upon as soon as full-time positions become available there. Quogue pays its new part-time police officers about $19 per hour, he added.
The chief also announced that his department could obtain surplus equipment from a federal government program at no cost to the village other than the price of transportation. He explained that the police force is looking into obtaining a vehicle from the Federal Excess Property Program, possibly a Hummer, to better respond to incidents on Dune Road during periods of flooding.
During last week’s meeting, the three board members in attendance—Mayor Peter Sartorius and Village Trustees Kimberley Payne and Ted Necarsulmer—also approved changes to a proposed amendment to a village law that would further restrict the hours that construction and landscaping can take place in the municipality. Trustees Randy Cardo and Jeannette Obser were not present for the meeting that began at 4 p.m.
The latest amendment calls for a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily window during which homeowners can mow their lawns and complete renovation projects, which is two hours less than the current 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. window. The amendment also adds a provision that clarifies that homeowners can work on their own lawns seven days a week. Previously, it was not clear that the restriction forbidding contractors from completing work on Sundays in the village did not also apply to homeowners as well.
Originally, the modification was only going to allow homeowners to complete their landscaping and construction work between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week.
“People wanted to make sure we weren’t preventing homeowners from mowing their grass on Sunday, and it didn’t, but we said we’d just underscore the point again in making a small change in the law,” Mr. Sartorius said. “Also, people commented that it’s difficult to get your grass cut, chores done by 6 o’clock in the evening if you’re working.”
Professional landscapers and contractors, meanwhile, will see a reduction in the time that they can complete work in Quogue on Saturdays. Once the changes are approved, they will only be able to work from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays in July and August. Currently, they are allowed to work until 6 p.m. on those days. However, they will still be allowed to work from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the week and on Saturdays during the other 10 months.
Those who violate the law will face the same penalties: $1,000 fine or 15 days in jail.
After approving the new amendments, the board tabled a vote on implementing the law until next month’s meeting, tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 20.
The board also approved a transfer of $7,835.60 from the village’s contingency account to its safety inspection-supplies and materials budget. The transfer was needed to pay the Village of Westhampton Beach for utilization of its emergency shelter at the Westhampton Beach High School on Lilac Road.
Quogue’s funds—which Mr. Sartorius said will go toward buying items such as cots and other supplies—make up about 40 percent of the shelter’s budget, which is also being paid for by the villages of Westhampton Beach and West Hampton Dunes.