Government Briefs

East Hampton Town

Ring-a-ding-ding

    With summer coming, the ice-cream man will get another chance, the East Hampton Town Board decided on Tuesday.
    An unnamed vendor, who paid a fine after being cited for ringing his bells near a resident who complained, was facing the cancellation of his peddler’s license. Town board members said Tuesday that they would allow the license renewal, reasoning that children should not be deprived of the joy of hearing the ice cream man coming down the road.

New Noise Law to Be Debated

    The summer season invariably brings numerous noise complaints, often tied to bars and restaurants packing patrons in for music shows and weekend parties. Town officials, with the help of Dr. Bonnie Schnitta, a professional sound engineer and noise analyst, have been drafting revisions to the town’s noise ordinance, aiming to make it fairer and more effective.

    According to a draft of the proposed changes, decibel level readings, whether day or night, will no longer be measured against a townwide maximum standard but compared to the normal sound reading in a particular area — measuring, in other words, how much a sound creates a “disturbance” in a neighborhood that may normally be very quiet, or, in a downtown area that may, for example, usually be noisy.

     The board will hold a hearing on the changes on June 20.

Discussion on Springs Overcrowding

    Following another visit to the town board by Springs residents pleading for help with overcrowded housing situations, the town board on Tuesday asked Patrick Gunn, a town attorney and head of the Public Safety Division, to provide information for an upcoming work session discussion on housing code enforcement.

    Mr. Gunn will return with a draft proposal to establish a rental housing registry in the town, and review for the board his proposal to include in the code a definition of “light truck[s],” which would allow officers to differentiate between residents’ vehicles and larger commercial trucks that are being parked, improperly, on neighborhood streets.

    The board will also pursue an effort to have the allowable number of bedrooms and bathrooms included in the certificates of occupancy issued by the building inspector.