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Skaneateles construction law on hold

Residents packed the meeting room at the Skaneateles Village office Monday night to voice their opinions for and against a draft law that would limit hours for construction in the village.

According to the law, no work that is "associated with construction, alterations, repair, demolition or removal of buildings and structural appurtenances, which is otherwise lawful, may take place within the corporate limits of the village prior to 7:30 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, or prior to 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on Saturday, or prior to noon or after 4 p.m. on Sunday or legal holidays."

"Basically how this came about, we received numerous complaints from residents on West Lake Street," said Mayor Robert Green. He said the public hearing was being held in order for the board to hear both sides of the argument before enacting or changing the law.

The center of the argument is one project on West Lake Street that has residents up in arms over how early contractors start work in the morning and how late into the evening they work.

A few residents spoke in favor of the law, though there were concerns with the way the ordinance has been written. John Young of West Lake Street said he thinks Sunday hours are unreasonable and resident Nicky Mahood, also of West Lake Street, said the law "needs to include a lack of construction, no construction on Sundays or legal holidays."

"It goes on seven days a week," she said. "We feel we are entitled to at least one day of peace."

Mahood said it was unnerving that legal holidays would be included in the law and that they needed to think about legal holidays and what they stood for.

"It actually denigrates our national holidays. Construction work going on during legal holidays is un-American," she said.

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