The Ocean View Town Council, by a 5-1 vote, on Tuesday passed an ordinance amending the town code that restricts hours of operation of certain activities.
The amendment prohibits hauling or collection of trash, solid waste or rubbish, mowing, tree trimming, landscape trimming and power-washing from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, from 7 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Monday.
Councilman Frank Twardzik said he had suggested the amendment after he was approached by several Ocean View residents who complained about the noise weed trimmers and tree-cutting companies make, especially on Sundays, when families want serene time together.
“I think the people of Ocean View deserve to have peace and quiet at least one day of the week,” he said.
Mayor Walter Curran voted against the amendment, saying, “If the purpose is to be broad, for everybody, then, from my perspective, either this is completely banned on Sundays or we leave the ordinance alone,” Curran said. “This is not the right way to do it,” he said.
Earlier, Curran had said the Town was being somewhat hypocritical if neighbors are allowed to make the same noise that yard-services and tree-cutting companies are prohibited from making.
One local resident who was in the audience told the council that, while he supports the ordinance, he is concerned trash-collection companies will quit serving Ocean View if the Town won’t let them collect as early as 5:30 a.m.
Town Manager Carol Houck said most companies begin at 7 a.m., but others in the audience disagreed, saying trash collectors arrive much earlier.
A woman in the audience said her trash collection company arrives early, but she prefers it that way, because it’s finished by the time she awakens and she is not disturbed by any noise.
By Susan Canfora