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Nov 16, 2010 6:30 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Town Issues Warning Tickets To Leaf Rakers

Nov 16, 2010 6:30 PM

Residents who have received a warning citation this past week from East Hampton Town Code Enforcement for piling leaves too close to the road can relax a little. Although the citation gives people 10 days to remove those leaves, the town is going to allow them until December 1 to do so and will issue no more citations until then, according to Patrick Gunn, administrator of the Division of Public Safety.

Mr. Gunn said Monday the town started out giving the warnings a little too soon, and Supervisor Bill Wilkinson asked Mr. Gunn to hold off giving out the citations until most of the leaves have fallen.

“We’re not looking to drag people into court over this—it’s not that kind of citation,” he said. “The citations are more of an awareness campaign so people don’t let their leaves get in the roadway and cause safety problems,” he said. “I’m looking to be very flexible about this.”

The Town Board voted to cut the leaf pickup program at its November 4 meeting.

Meanwhile, a program to pair high school students with the elderly and infirm so the students can help those in need rake and bag their leaves hasn’t gotten off the ground, according to Diane Patrizio, acting director of Human Services. Town Board members have touted this program as a way to help those who protested the end of leaf pickup program because they were unable to clean up their leaves themselves.

An East Hampton man reportedly dumped his leaves onto a property in East Hampton Village this past weekend because, he told police, he didn’t have enough space in front of his property to dump the leaves. He said he expected the village to pick them up.

Mr. Wilkinson has said that ending the leaf pickup service would save the town about $500,000 in salaries and maintenance costs at a time when the town is facing a $30 million deficit. In that figure, he is including the cost of labor.

Highway Superintendent Scott King said the savings would be closer to $180,000, assuming the town would maintain full-time Highway Department employees for other road projects instead of the leaf pickup. Mr. King opposed cutting the leaf pickup program.

Katy Gurley

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I guess the town doesn't do leaf pickup any more?
By Rich Morey (378), Brooklyn on Nov 18, 10 11:43 AM
This is just exactly what is... less services, for what? a $15 tax rebate on our bill... cost to do the leaves per resident probably in the range of $700 or more... makes no sense, same for schools, same for many services that are cut by this administration in the name of saving!!!! Now legal battles, more tickets, and more revenues. I say let's vote them out, this new administration is out of touch with us, the tax payers who pay their salaries!
By radioeuropa (8), east hampton on Nov 18, 10 11:47 AM
Last I read, they were supposed to have more hearings on the matter. Did I misunderstand or miss out on those hearings or did they skirt the hearing process after realizing how strong the opposition would be. I would hope that people not blow the leaves onto the road because that would create dangerous driving conditions. But I fear those individuals that may, out of frustration and disappointment with the town, do so. How can the town say that the leaves on the road belong to any individual homeowner? ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Nov 18, 10 12:39 PM
1) Get a Rake, maybe 2
2) Rake the leaves. 2 people raking will make it go quicker.
3) get a large tarp or several contractor-size garbage bags
4) push leaves onto the tarp & tie up, or push leaves into the bags
6) load into your car
7) go to the dump & empty the tarp or bags where they tell you to
See, it wasn't that hard, all you Candy-Asses!
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 18, 10 2:52 PM
Next step in leaf removal
If you have the money, it is well worth paying someone to do it.
If you do it yourself, pile all the leaves in your truck, and drop them on the front lawns of the people from the McGintee administration, as they are the people who put us in this situation by bankrupting a wealthy town.
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Nov 18, 10 3:04 PM
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HAHA thats funny. The idea that the students helping the elderly and the infirmed didnt get off the ground - No pun intended right?
By hamptonfoody (9), southampton on Nov 19, 10 10:34 AM
What a bunch of selfish fools! SisBoomB- people aren't candy asses some just need help- but its not easy to figure if your a smart ass or just an ass. Same with you reality. What kind of idiots love money more then their needy neighbor? YOU! Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Nov 19, 10 3:51 PM
Hey fool Man! Candy-Asses are what my Grandpop called people who didn't take responsibility for their own property and dig in and get their hands dirty. In Grandpop's days, everyone in the family pitched in to help with the leaves, even if you were 3 years old or 93. If there was a neighbor who was too old or sick to do it, Grandpop demanded all of the young & strong men go over & help them out. And they did it gladly. My point was, back in the old days The Town was never responsible, never expected ...more
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 19, 10 4:30 PM
Don't talk. Put your name on Quigleys volunteer list and tell us about it. Thats what a real Bonacker would do. and make Grandpop proud. Is it in you? Fact
By facts man (148), east hampton on Nov 19, 10 5:03 PM
Taking care of your own property will save you money on a gym membership, bond with the kids, and save some money
By sag runner (24), Easthampton on Nov 23, 10 3:26 PM
I'm from the government, and we're here to help you.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Jan 3, 11 4:27 PM