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Village Delays Decision on Landscaping Law

Lindenhurst mayor, trustees table proposed change to local law that would require landscapers to take lawn waste with them.

The about a that would require to take bags filled with lawn waste with them instead of leaving them at the curb of the homes they service in Lindenhurst drew quite a crowd on Tuesday night.

The room on the second floor of was buzzing with opinions for and against the law, whose purpose is to keep the streets of Lindy cleaner, and with questions and concerns for Mayor Tom Brennan and the Board of Trustees.

In the end, they voted to table the for a future date while it digested the public's concerns - possibly the next meeting, the mayor said, which is at Village Hall at 7:30 p.m.

But the date wasn't concrete yet.

The public's concerns ranged from the proposed law being unenforceable and penalizing homeowners - who are ultimately responsible for bringing any garbage at their homes to the curb at the proper time - to it causing landscapers to raise rates and penalizing landscapers.

"For now this matter has been tabled while we take another look at it," said Brennan, who spoke with several landscapers in attendance following the hearing - including Christine Reyes of Ray's Landscaping, Ed Mikusek of Ed Mikusek's Landscaping and Keith Ficken of Ficken's Landscaping.

They were concerned that this new law, if passed, would negatively affect their businesses, penalize them unfairly for landscapers who might be violating laws already on the books, cause their costs to go up, and force them to raise rates and possibly lose business as a result.

The mayor assured that the law would be looked at again, following this hearing.

"We will re-evaluate the law based on what we heard tonight," he said. "We do want the Village to be like to sign says out in front of Village Hall: clean."

To that end he asked each of the landscapers to submit their ideas. "I asked them to come up with ways we could get to the same thing - without penalizing landscapers or residents," he said.

At the hearing there were also residents who questioned why the Village wanted to create another law, they felt, it cannot enforce. Pattey Lambrecht was one of them.

She also said that if the Village is so worried about bags filled with lawn waste being left out at the curb for days until the regular Wednesday pick-up by either landscapers or even homeowners disregarding the current law that prohibits residents from putting out garbage before 7 p.m. the night before a pick-up, then why wouldn't it change the pick-up day?

Her friend and fellow resident Lori Weisbrod agreed: "Change it to Friday or Saturday."

Lambrecht also doubted how the Village would be able to tell the difference between bags left at the curb by a homeowner and those left by a landscaper.

She maintained: "The law is unenforceable...what are they going to do, give us different-colored bags?"

It was a sentiment shared by several other residents at the hearing. Others worried about having to move bags to the curb if the law was passed.

They said they could have their landscapers leave the bags at the least eight feet from the curb - which the Village already requires - but wondered what the Village would have them do if they couldn't move them to the curb for pick-up.

"I've done my own lawn up until the last few years. Now I pay a landscaper to do my lawn because I can't," said Tom Clark, a 25-year Lindy resident and disabled veteran who said he couldn't move any bags left by his landscaper.

If he could, then, he said, he'd still be doing his own lawn.

"My landscaper could also charge me more for removing waste that I already pay for through my taxes," he added.

He wasn't the only one concerned about having the cost of removal passed along to them by landscapers.

George Nelson, another resident, said he received a note from a landscaper in his mailbox about the hearing and proposal which said it could spark a rise in rates for homeowners.

Nelson, who does his own lawn, expressed concern for disabled veterans like Clark, and other seniors in the community, who could be adversely affected by the change in the law.

"You could leave bags at the fence on, say, Saturday, then move them to the curb on Tuesday night," Brennan answered. "But I know a lot of seniors can't do that. This is why we're having this hearing, to hear from everyone."

And, as a result of the hearing, the board decided to hold off on the proposed change to the law until it digests the public's input.

David J. Bradbury January 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
LindyMom*4 January 19, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I'm glad they are looking more into this. Since there are laws already on the books about when to move your garbage to the curb why doesn't Code Enforcement enforce it. I have seen many people just leave all they grass bags at the curb after they do their own lawn. Why do we have codes if Code Enforcement doesn't enforce it?
Sam Shephard January 20, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What I find more aggravating is when people park their cars on the other side of the street. I find that a more important issue than a trash bag. At least these homeowners take care of their property. I have a neighbor that does nothing. He has 2 huge oak trees in front of his house and he lets the wind blow the leaves all over the block rather than pick them up. And he cuts his lawn maybe twice a year.And you want me to penalize someone that landscapes their property. I dont think so.
Kevin January 20, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Sam, I have been beating my head on the wall for years about the parking issue, If the village started enforcing that it would be a cash cow. Suffolk PD wants nothing to do with it, they will write an expired inspection ticket for a car on the wrong side and drive away ignoring the parking violation. Makes the village look trashy with cars all over
Dennis F. Lyman January 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Bad idea, let it go.

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