Roslyn Harbor may get increased Allied Universal security presence

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The Roslyn Harbor Board of Trustees at its Tuesday night meeting. (Photo by Teri West)

Allied Universal, which provides a security guard for the Village of Roslyn Harbor, is increasing its rate for the village and wants to extend the guard’s hours, company representatives said at a village Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night.

The guard currently works 20 hours a week, with five-hour evening shifts, said security services operation manager Renny Raju.

He said that he wants the guard to work full time at night on weekends, for six-to-eight-hour shifts.

Patrols serve as deterrents and can keep an eye on homes when their owners are away on vacation, security services client manager Cesar A. Gordillo said.

Allied Universal plans to increase the village’s premium starting Jan. 1. The current premium amount and requested increase were not immediately available.

Roslyn Harbor Trustee Jeremy Rosof said he was concerned with the amount, which he said was a 20 percent price increase.

He proposed taking it down to 15 percent and pairing it with increased use of Allied Universal’s services. Gordillo said he would propose the idea to his superiors at the company.

The price increase is a result of tax and insurance costs as well as pay increases for Allied Universal employees, he said.

The Board of Trustees also passed a resolution allowing village Attorney Peter MacKinnon to draft an amendment to create screening requirements for pools that face neighboring homes.

Trustee Sandy Quentzel proposed the change after learning that other villages have requirements for residents to have fences or landscaping surrounding their private pools. 

The village is working on amending its code requirements for lot coverage. It stems from a concern about the amount of hardscape properties have and residents using permeable hardscape such as gravel to skirt current lot coverage regulations.

“There are materials being used that are circumventing the overall intent that you shouldn’t have so much hardscape on your property,” MacKinnon said. “One way of addressing it is saying driveways, regardless of the surface, are considered part of the lot coverage and many communities do that.”

The board held a public hearing on an amendment which would change the term “tennis court” in the village code to “sports courts.” There were no residents present for the hearing.

Trustees suggested minor language changes to the amendment and postponed the vote.

They also postponed discussions on amendments that would regulate lawn height and dumpsters to allow the board time to review them.

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