Greenport board says: Keep it down!

GREENPORT–No more wee-hours wake-up visits from your friendly refuse hauler, if the Town Board has its way.

At their monthly meeting July 7, councilmen asked the town’s attorney to draft an ordinance limiting the times for refuse pickup to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekends and holidays, with fines to be determined.

Citing complaints from townspeople, Supervisor Edward Nabozny said a refuse truck roared past his home at 5:57 one recent morning.

“Hah!” said Councilman Thomas Fleming. “Try 3 a.m.!”

Once the ordinance is drafted and reviewed by the board, a public hearing will be scheduled.

Another proposed new ordinance will require hotels and motels to have a special town license if they are to house registered sex offenders.

“We know where most of them live,” Mr. Nabozny said, explaining that the hotel/motel regulation will close a loophole.

In other business, the board:

*Approved applying for a $27,000 state grant to cover the costs of evaluating and planning the Greenport Historical Society’s toll house restoration project across Route 23B from the ADM mill.

The roof of the old building is currently undergoing emergency repairs to protect its interior from the elements.

*Learned that this year’s Greenport Community Day takes place September 25. Volunteers are needed; anyone interested should call the Town Clerk’s office, 828-4656

*Learned that thanks to Deputy Town Clerk Beth MacGiffert, minutes of Town Board meetings are now posted promptly on the town’s website, www. townofgreeenport.com.

Town Clerk Sharon Zempko praised Ms. MacGiffert for bringing “a high level of professionalism to our office.”

*Heard from Police Chief Kevin Marchetto that three new officers have been added to the department’s roster: Lewis Hatch IV, Joseph Meicht and Patrick Meister.

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