Quogue residents who maintain their own lawns and complete their own home renovations might find doing so difficult on weekdays if a newly proposed noise amendment to the village code gains traction at Village Hall.
Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius introduced an amendment during Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting that, if adopted, would limit the hours that homeowners, as well as those employed in construction and as commercial landscapers, are allowed to work at activities that generate noise. Those who violate the code will continue to face fines of up to $1,000 and up to 15 days in jail per offense.
As currently worded, the amendment would place additional restrictions on when construction, excavation, demolition, landscaping, alteration or repair work can be done in the municipality. The bill targets not only commercial landscapers and construction workers but also homeowners who cut their own lawns and do their own repair and renovation projects.
“We had some complaints about construction noise in the village under Chapter 111 [of the village code],” Mr. Sartorius said. “I thought some of the hours were pretty liberal.”
Mr. Sartorius declined to say who filed the complaints that triggered the filing of the amendment.
Under the proposal, contractors and builders would be permitted to complete home construction projects only between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; they are now allowed to keep working until 8 p.m. on those days. On Saturdays, they will be allowed to work only between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., from September until June; they are currently permitted to work until 6 p.m. In July and August, contractors can continue to work from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Such work would continue to be banned on Sundays in Quogue.
Additionally, homeowners can begin working on their homes at 7 a.m. every day aside from Sunday, but would have to stop at 6 p.m. each day. Currently, they are allowed to work on their projects until 9 p.m.
Quogue Village Trustee Randy Cardo, who owns Cardo Site Development, a Quogue-based construction company, said the proposed time changes are reasonable and in line with what other municipalities already mandate. He added that he does not expect the reduction in work hours to have a negative effect on companies such as his.
“Our proposed amendment is not really that restrictive,” Mr. Cardo said on Monday. “I think our existing code is fairly lenient. We’re just trying to get consistent with other codes in the area.
“When you think about it, 8 p.m. is a little late to be operating heavy equipment,” he added.
The Southampton Town code restricts outdoor work noise, which includes private lawn care, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. every day. In Westhampton Beach Village, construction and landscaping work are allowed only between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. No work, however, is permitted in Westhampton Beach on Sundays during July and August.
The suggested time limits for Quogue are proposed to “better secure and promote the public health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare, prosperity and the peace and quiet of the Village of Quogue and its inhabitants,” according to the language of the ordinance.
The amendment will be open to public discussion at the board’s next meeting on Friday, October 18.
Also during Friday’s meeting, the board accepted a $393.50 donation from Jessup Foods LLC to cover half the cost of umbrellas for the Quogue Village Beach concession stand, and agreed to reimburse an Elizabeth Lane woman $210 for storage fees for an impounded vehicle because of extenuating circumstances that caused her to leave her car parked in a restricted area.