At a recent meeting, the village board of East Hampton, New York, moved towards reducing the hours that work on construction and landscapes could be done. The new regulations are part of an ongoing conversation on limiting the noise disruption caused by such work.

The deputy mayor, another board member, and the village administrator had met before the board meeting with representatives of the construction and landscaping industries and the Village Preservation Society. At the meeting, it was agreed that construction and landscape work must conclude by 6 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays between June 1 and September 15. Work done by someone other than a tenant or homeowner would be forbidden on Sundays. It was also agreed that radios would be banned from work sites.

A 7 a.m. start time for weekday construction was allowed to stand. Representatives of the industries insisted that this was necessary for them. In addition, the board proposed a start time of 8 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays for all gas or diesel-powered landscaping equipment. These time requirements would be in place from the first of June to the second Friday in December.

Finally, a member of the Village Preservation Society suggested a toll-free telephone number which could be used to register complaints about noise coming from sites.