In an effort to combat further road deterioration in Sagaponack, on Monday evening the village board passed a law requiring off street parking for all construction vehicles. Several board members cited instances where construction vehicles, loaded with heavy equipment, have parked on the shoulder of the road near a construction site, causing damage to the pavement and grass.
“We have been discussing this idea back in the fall. We are trying to protect the village shoulders,” said trustee Lisa Duryea Thayer, who serves as a liaison between the village board and the architectural and historic review board. “We have taken damage on many roads from construction sites.”
In the law, the village board stipulates that “all [construction] vehicles should be parked and maintained on the parcel where the contractor is performing work. The purpose of this local law is to require submission of an off-street parking plan [prior to] issuance of any building permit.”
The building inspector will also be provided with a list of cars to be used for the project.
Thayer said the law was of imminent importance as four buildings, out of a five lot project, will be up for building permit approval in the coming weeks.
Local resident Bruce Kaplan, a Sagaponack property owner since 1972, was in support of the law and said construction vehicles had destroyed the corner of his road, Sagg Dune Court. He also believed that the lines of cars on a road near a construction site impeded road access for emergency and police vehicles.
Although the law received full board approval, some members would like to see further amendments made to it in the future.
Deputy mayor Lee Foster pointed out that certain pre-existing homes undergoing renovations don’t always have the space to accommodate all of their contractors’ vehicles and in certain instances vehicles carrying special equipment will not fit through the home’s entrance.
“If you have construction vehicles parking on site, it could mar the lawn or push over a bush or ruin the driveway,” said Foster.
Village clerk Rhodi Winchell referenced a construction site on Crestview Lane, where the contractor found parking for his workers at a different site and shuttled them to the construction area.
“That works for vans and laborers, but we are talking about heavy equipment,” said trustee Alfred Kelman of Winchell’s suggestion.
“It seems that would be a situation where a bond has to be put into place,” added Kelman of an idea the board has recently been discussing that would require developers to take out a maintenance bond if any damage to the road is incurred during the construction of homes. This provision would need to be satisfied before the developer was given a certificate of occupancy.
“We need to refine the language. I think it has to include the concept of a bond and include the concept of van transportation. Efforts should be made to keep vehicles on site, but in the instance of heavy trucking, a contractor should be subject to a bond [if the road is damaged],” said Kelman.
Winchell said she would discuss drafting amendments to the law with village attorney Anthony Tohill.
Election season has also hit Sagaponack Village with both Kelman and trustee Joy Seiger running for re-election. The pair, however, are running unopposed and Foster offered some premature congratulations.
“Alfred and Joy are continuing on, for which we are most grateful … I would love to congratulate you both,” said Foster.
Winchell added that the polls will be held on Friday, June 19, from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall on Montauk Highway.