Plandome considers shortening hours for landscapers

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Plandome considers shortening hours for landscapers
Trustee Andrew Bartels, left, discusses the potential reduction in hours for landscaping contractors in the village with, from left, Trustee Ray Herbert, Village Clerk Elizabeth Kaye and Mayor M. Lloyd Williams. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

Village of Plandome trustees are considering a reduction to the hours for landscaping contractors in the village on weekends.

The village currently allows for contractors, such as landscapers, to do work in the village from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, excluding federal holidays.

Mayor M. Lloyd Williams said at Monday’s board meeting an unnamed resident has complained about the noise from leaf blowers starting early Saturday and ending currently after dark is they stay until 6 p.m.

“We’re not going to ban them I don’t believe, but if we want to change the hours on Saturdays, we certainly could,” Williams said.

Though the resident suggested ending the landscaping period at noon on Saturdays, Trustee Andrew Bartels said such an early deadline “feels a little aggressive.”

“If you just allow four hours for the contracting companies, I think that would be a problem because they’re bringing in people for just half a day, and they’ve got a certain amount of work to get done and a certain amount of time to do it,” Bartels said. “The impact is that homeowners may have difficulty finding landscapers, or they may have to pay more.”

Trustee Donald Richardson said he would speak to landscape company owners and see if these potential time changes would affect their business, including increasing costs to residents.

Deputy Mayor Ray Herbert said he didn’t want to put village residents at a disadvantage by shortening the time frame for landscapers to work on homes, and Bartels said he recommended cutting the hours to 3 p.m. so that workers could still have time to complete their tasks but the noise would be gone earlier in the day.

In other business, Village Clerk Elizabeth Kaye said location scouts from Showtime’s “Billions,” starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, have contacted her about filming in a home in the village.

Kaye said she did not know specific addresses or times yet, but the film crew would require a permit to film within the village.

Kaye said film crews would have to comply with village laws, including no parking on the streets.

Richardson said the scouts had visited his home but said they wanted a bigger garage for the filming.

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