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Southampton Village Passes Law To Keep Hedges Well Groomed

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Sep 9, 2011 10:36 AM
Sep 16, 2011 10:45 AM
Editor's Note:
Read the law here

At 79, Southampton Village resident Mary Kosciusko no longer walks to the rear of her backyard on Anns Lane. But the rear of her yard, or, more specifically, the large hedge that abuts her property, appears to keep creeping closer to her—stray leaves and branches poking out and encroaching onto her land.

The offending hedge, which is owned by a neighbor, has not been trimmed in five years, she said. That is, the side facing her property has not been trimmed in that long—it appears that the other side has.

And Ms. Kosciusko is not alone. In Southampton Village, neighbor disputes over unkempt hedges are not unusual. Lacking ownership of the hedge, and unwilling to shell out the cash to maintain what is not theirs, they sought relief from the Village Board.

In an effort to quell such disputes, the board last Thursday, September 8, established a requirement that all hedges on a property line must be trimmed at least once per year—under threat of fine and even possible imprisonment—while at the same time dictating that property owners must get written permission from their neighbors to trim the sides of hedges facing their neighbors’ yards.

The new legislation, which was approved unanimously by the board, is “pretty unique” when it comes to laws nationwide, according to Village Attorney Richard DePetris.

The new law, which will go into effect sometime next year, mandates that all owners of boundary-line hedges groom the tops and sides of their hedges at least annually—including the oft-neglected side facing neighbors. Neighbors, however, must give written permission for them to enter the property to do the cutting and cleanup. After all, Mr. DePetris explained, the village cannot mandate that a neighbor should trespass onto someone’s lawn.

The law identifies its goal as trying to “prevent such hedges from becoming overgrown and unsightly,” and to mitigate neighbor complaints. But the law does not define the terms “overgrown” or “unsightly”—Mayor Mark Epley said that would be up to the adjoining neighbor’s discretion.

If a hedge owner fails to trim the hedges by July 31 of each year, a neighbor can, under the new law, give notice to the property owner demanding that the hedge be trimmed within 30 days, and granting permission to enter the property. Offenders who do not follow through can be found guilty of violating the ordinance and could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for no more than 15 days.

Steven Gaines, a Wainscott resident and author of the book “Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons,” said he thinks the Southampton law is a good one, albeit unfortunate in that it had to be drafted and that people did not just voluntarily trim their hedges. “It would be as if you only painted the side of your house that faces the street,” he said on Monday.

He also touched on the quirkiness of the new law. “Out here in this unusual community in which we live, we’re confronted with all sorts of terrible problems that people would laugh at in other communities. But they’re very serious to us here,” he said. “So I’m very glad that at least the ‘philistines’ will be looking at well-manicured hedges.” He then amended “hedges” to “hedgerows” to complete the reference to his book’s title.

Ms. Kosciusko, who has lived in her house for 40 years, said that a previous owner of the neighboring property had the hedge manicured about twice a year for more than 30 years. But when the property changed ownership sometime in the past decade, at least half the hedge fell into neglect. Since June, when her husband, Michael, died, she has lived alone with her cat, Shadow—nicknamed “Kitty.”

Her neighbor’s landscaper last cut her side of the hedge in 2006, she said, but she found out later that the landscaper did it at his own expense and would not do it again. She said her neighbor offered to have his landscaper cut the hedge in 2009—but wanted her to pay $600 for the service, which he said was a bargain, as it had an estimated cost of $2,000.

“I don’t care if it’s 50 cents—I’m not paying him anything. It’s not my hedge,” Ms. Kosciusko said.

Instead of wielding a hedge clipper or paying for a landscaper to cut the plant, Ms. Kosciusko wielded a pen. She sent a letter to the neighbor. “He completely ignored me,” she said.

Her neighbor couldn’t be reached for comment this week.

About a half mile away from her property sits Anthony Punnett’s home on Hill Street. His yard is long and narrow and bordered to the east and west by his respective neighbors’ hedges. While the hedge to the east is well maintained, the one to the west is not.

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how idiotic
By tm (158), mtk on Sep 9, 11 11:14 AM
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does that mean that YOU are idotic? Or have you never lived next to a messy unkempt hedge?
By summertime (492), summerfield fl on Sep 11, 11 2:29 PM
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living next to a messy unkempt hedge??

forgive me, i did not mean to trivialize your plight. god speed.

i am off to Washington to tackle my own problems, you see my neighbor's drapes clash with the color schemes of my house. surely something can be done.
By tm (158), mtk on Sep 12, 11 3:53 PM
"...have you never lived next to a messy unkempt hedge?"

The horror, oh, the horror.

By VOS (616), WHB on Sep 12, 11 11:49 PM
so nice to see what our town considers to be IMPORTANT! what idiots!
By LovedHerTown (96), southampton on Sep 9, 11 11:24 AM
Can you imagine? A room of people clapped after a law was passed whereby their neighbors have to clip their hedges a certain way or be charged under a new law?! Oh to have that be my biggest problem in life...holy mackeral. I can see it now, "What are you in for, first degree murder, you? Oh, I didn't clip my hedges properly at my estate in the Hamptons..."
Sep 9, 11 11:47 AM appended by kaluss45
how great would it be if everyone just pulled their privet out of the ground...Privet Removal Services should start getting very busy...screw 'em, just remove it. Put new trees and fencing up...hahaha.
By kaluss45 (44), southampton on Sep 9, 11 11:47 AM
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Just another example of gov't intruding in our lives.
By dnice (1337), Hampton Bays on Sep 9, 11 11:53 AM
they should be more concerned with grooming the Post Office!
By 16945 (6), Riverhead on Sep 9, 11 12:58 PM
And you must wear a shirt when trimming said hedges.
By Mr Suffolk (112), Twin Forks on Sep 9, 11 2:33 PM
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By Mr Suffolk (112), Twin Forks on Sep 9, 11 2:34 PM
It's hard to imagine a more moronic piece of legislature. Who would want to live in a village run by idiots? Will they hire a hedge hog to enforce the law?
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Sep 9, 11 2:48 PM
What do you expect when you have a moron running the vIllage. It has to be full of idots!!!
By J. Totta (69), Sag Harbor on Sep 9, 11 2:51 PM
Ahh add a new job to the village payroll. Hedge inspector...should be worth about $50,000 per year?
By ShelleyB (18), East Hampton on Sep 9, 11 3:02 PM
good idea ShelleyB... Maybe one of the cops can do the job since they are all entitled to moonlight and work 3 or 4 extra gigs. You know, cause there's so much crime going on out here.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 9, 11 3:54 PM
Mark needs to find better things to do with his time.
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Sep 9, 11 4:00 PM
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You can go to jail for unkempt hedges?! Night Club brawls and drugs/DWIs all over and you're worried about... bad gardening?? Wake up, Southampton! This is embarrassing and don't you dare give the current idiot we have running EH the same idea!!
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Sep 9, 11 6:32 PM
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Finally!!! And it is about time the hedge issue has been addressed. Now, on to lawn fungus legislation.
By double standard (1288), Remsenburg on Sep 9, 11 8:21 PM
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fungus? They want you to get rid of your lawn and plant indigenous crap weed.
By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 8:23 PM
Wait. Wait one minute. White flies and spider mites are announcing a challenge to the hedge law. Oh this could get ugly.
By double standard (1288), Remsenburg on Sep 9, 11 8:26 PM
Quite the savants.

Ensuring "middle class" landscapers have business, and sanitation professionals can manuever driveways with ease...
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 9, 11 8:36 PM
keep those illegals employed
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Sep 9, 11 9:25 PM
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By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 9, 11 10:17 PM
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By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 10, 11 8:00 PM
OK.

FINE.

Crap.

Just doesn't have the same vibrance...
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 11, 11 3:40 PM
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Back to what I HAD posted.

So, who's fault is that?

Not the people in enforcement, who have failed to build a petaflop capable database, to monitor the use of SS numbers for fraud. Crap, we should get one. But, that would probably be too "Big Brother" for most of you small government advocates.

Not the people who fail to run checks on the status of their children's SS numbers. That's not one of the biggest scams going, or anything. You have a kid under 18, who hasn't ...more
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 6:09 PM
I think the Village Board should go to 7-11 in the morning an see if they can find someone to cut the hedges to make the village look pretty !!!
By gfc2112 (2), Southampton on Sep 10, 11 12:50 AM
grooming of the privet is the gateway legislation. wait till you see what else they are going to want to see you keep groomed....
By kaluss45 (44), southampton on Sep 10, 11 7:38 AM
"Your Honor, the defendant wishes to inform you that the boundary line hedge is not his, and in fact is the complainants hedge. Furthermore, the defendant hereby demands that the complainant cut his hedge."
By diy_guy (83), Southampton on Sep 10, 11 9:17 AM
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I have a new neighbor from hell who wants me to cut down my trees as some have branches that encroach on their space, yet they sent their hedge guy over to ask if he could cut the backside of their hedge from our property. I let him of course, but good grief - demanding that I keep all branches from mature trees from growing over their property? Really nuts.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 10, 11 12:00 PM
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curious.. the village already has a law regarding hedges that they haven't enforced in years; corner lots with a hedge must keep the corner cut to 4' to allow approaching cars at an angle to be seen. This is another Village "feel good" law that then sits on a shelf. Like the law that states that restaurants in town can only swap inside tables for outside tables, one for one. Check out the east side of Main, eh ?
By lazymedic (99), southampton on Sep 10, 11 1:29 PM
its fun to joke around, but it is definitely not true that anyone who is helping to administer the village is an idiot.
By kaluss45 (44), southampton on Sep 11, 11 7:19 AM
Riverhead lost one of our idiots.. now he's found his way to SHampton, Have fun!
By Allergic2Stupidity (77), Riverhead on Sep 11, 11 12:36 PM
LOVE the moniker!!
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 11, 11 3:58 PM
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Make you a deal we will trade you 10 Riverhead idiots if you will take SH building inspector Harold Fisher
By Undocumented Democrat (677), southampton on Sep 12, 11 8:20 PM
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No deal... Don't want any of 'em.
By Allergic2Stupidity (77), Riverhead on Sep 23, 11 2:08 PM
WELL,WELL,WELL! I lived on corner of Meeting House Lane and Little Plains Road for 20 years. When we bought the house from the original owners in 1959 we were advised on ways to keep the hedges trimmed. After all the owners were much older than we were! We were also told, one day by the friendly police that we MUST keep the height at 3 feet on the corner sides because our property was at a busy corner and at that time there was a working traffic light! not like now where it is only a caution ...more
By summertime (492), summerfield fl on Sep 11, 11 2:26 PM
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There's a full blown light now...
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 11, 11 4:00 PM
summertime, the current calendar year is 2011. Hazel from the Press would have appreciated your acknowledgment to her a year or two ago IMO.

Mr. Z, there is no longer a traffic light at this intersection, and it has not been there for at least a year or two. 2011 here.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 7:27 PM
Haven't been over that way in a while.

Probably about that long, usually use Olde Towne, or First Neck.
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 12, 11 9:08 PM
ZZZZZZZZZZZ

Then why post a comment which is factually inaccurate?

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 9:13 PM
Hadn't noticed it was removed.

Gee, now that I think about it, that happens ALL the time. Put up a traffic light for 3, or 4 years, and then decide "Awww, who the h**l needs it.". You constantly see that happening. Maybe the light at 7-11 could be next, eh?

At this point, for that matter, I really should cordially invite you to engage in copious amounts of self stimulation, with your very own person.
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 6:14 PM
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Kind of early isn't it for you to be following your own advice? !!!

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 13, 11 7:12 PM
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By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 8:50 PM
I wrote my first post here before I read everyone else's post. And you all proove my point....... none of you have any common sense regarding the looks of your neighborhood. You do not care how the place you live in looks let alone care about saftey hazzards.
By summertime (492), summerfield fl on Sep 11, 11 2:35 PM
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Honey, your world is dead.

Welcome to the Plutocracy of failed economic policy, and regulation. Or, when it comes to regulation and enforcement, the lack thereof.

If people don't have to spend the money on upkeep, they won't. Unless of course, it's the law. It's not about caring, it's about priorities. Would you rather pay for a landscaper's upkeep, or pay your property taxes, and keep food on the table? What if you work too d**n hard to do it yourself as often as societal ...more
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 5:59 PM
I like the Post Office Comment the best. That place looks like a sewer.
By ridethetruthwave (15), southampton on Sep 12, 11 3:53 PM
But the important thing is 3 out of the 12 spots in the lot are reserved for golf carts. Don't fall for that sign about reserved for fuel efficient vehicles only. It is Bull they can not give you a ticket!
By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 8:27 PM
That reminds me of a story about the $250 beach parking fine years ago too. I think it was when they first posted the signs, back in about '06, or '07.

They can only enforce it if you plead guilty to the ticket. Technically the fine is unenforceable. The fine is actually $100 for no beach permit according to Village Code, other than Lake Agawam, so the ticket written for $250 at a beach is technically not valid. Apparently, authoring legislation is not the Village's strong point.

Unless, ...more
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 4:44 PM
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By VOS (616), WHB on Sep 12, 11 4:32 PM
Another hedge issue that should be addressed...is hedges that block corners. They should be kept at a certain height and not left to block the street.
By AnonymousSgh (179), Sag Harbor on Sep 12, 11 5:23 PM
My goodness, how does one refrain from commenting?

First, the law is hopelessly vague and ill-defined. [see PDF link at top of article, and read the text]

A "Boundary Line Hedge" is defined as "a hedge located along or near a boundary line between adjoining parcels."

First, what happened to the legal term "property line" ???

Second, please define "along" and "near." How many feet inside the common property line do these terms encompass? If a "suspicious" hedge ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 6:27 PM
PS -- One hopes that SH Village will never have to defend a lawsuit from someone wrongfully convicted of this crime against humanity. Imagine the headline regarding the $1,000 fine and 15-day imprisonment for an errant hedge on one's own property!

How many person-hours were expended on this ridiculous legislative endeavor, from the very beginning to the final end (which may be a long distance in the future indeed)?

Is there a new line item in the SH Village budget for the above ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 6:36 PM
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PS2 -- please define "overgrown" and "unsightly" as used in the law.

This language is "vague" beyond comprehension!

Surely the SH Village Board and its attorney can do better than this.

Toto, bring in the Inspectors -- both Hedge and Nipple !
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 12, 11 6:51 PM
Government gone wild. PRIVATE PROPERTY means keep your dam nose out! you watch next they will try and get us all to cut our hedges down to four feet. The time to stop this is now before they take away any privacy we have left , little by little. Enough already!
By Undocumented Democrat (677), southampton on Sep 12, 11 8:16 PM
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We must act, or we will have no position left to act from. Why are people still afraid to fight for individual property rights in this town. You complain on these boards about how the current building inspectors are getting more and more oppressive and how the progressives on the board are stepping on the rights of individuals, then go back to your daily lives, and act like sheep again. I have never seen such lack of action in the face of such tyranny. Elections have consequences. Our children ...more
By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 12, 11 10:43 PM
Yet we still sit by, and watch as all we hold dear is slowly taken from us. Many talk big, but act little, which effectively puts you on the same plane as those you claim to despise. People are fond of saying time is short, well TIME IS UP. You are either part of the solution, or the problem, but make a choice and stand up for personal liberty before you live in a police state where all your wealth has been redistributed and you have no privacy left.
By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 12, 11 10:43 PM
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By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 9:26 PM
Climbing onto Joe Hampton's bandwagon here (probably first and last time I'll say that) everyone whining about the erosion of rights here apparently didn't take the time to go to the meeting (I'm looking at you PBR).

The article stated that cheers rang out (to paraphrase) when the Board agreed to enact the new legislation. Also, this legislation was brought to the Board by the people. Are those people in favor of this the minority? Maybe, but the majority didn't bother to offer their ...more
By Nature (2593), Hampton Bays on Sep 12, 11 11:00 PM
Nature, first of all, this law was passed by the Southampton Village Board, not the SH Town Board. Southampton Village is a separate legal entity which is located geographically within Southampton Town. Your comment appears to indicate that you do not appreciate the difference between the two entities IMO.

Second, no I don't go to any public meetings of any governmental boards or agencies. Why would one waste enormous time leading a thirsty horse to water when she clearly does not want ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 13, 11 3:04 PM
PS -- Nature, please reply with your "Constitutional Lawyer" hat on to the various comments above about the plethora of vague terms.

This is a terrible piece of legislation, because to enforce it, the CHIEF HEDGE INSPECTOR will have the so-called authority to go out on her own to see if the terrorist hedge is overgrown, unsightly, near, or along etc. etc..

Really, this is absurd.

If you feel that this law could withstand Constitutional muster, then please post your street ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 13, 11 3:26 PM
No friend of mine
By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 13, 11 3:27 PM
The silence while waiting for your rebuttal was becoming deafening! I was beginning to think you hadn't seen it. . .

I wrote Town Board when of course it should have read Village Board - though that's a minor semantic error and the overall message still applies (especially considering most issues on this site are Town matters [be it Southampton or East Hampton]).

It is not a waste of time - if the room had been 3/4 full of detractors and 1/4 full of supporters, you believe ...more
Sep 13, 11 3:35 PM appended by Nature
P.S. Joe and I's engagement is permenantly on hold. P.P.S. If you read my words with the same level of scrutiny you read the article in, you will see I have not offered an ounce of support for the legislation nor disputed the potential vagueness of the legislation (though show me a piece of legislation regardling zoning and land use that isn't generally vague). Every piece of legislation inspired by a request from the people is going to be vague because the respective Board wants to rush it through while it's still a popular idea. If you and others wrote to the Village Board and expressed your concerns and wrote how you feel this legislation impinges on your rights as a property owner, perhaps the Board would overturn it. A resolution to repeal this legislation will not result, however, from your rants and raves on 27east
By Nature (2593), Hampton Bays on Sep 13, 11 3:35 PM
Thank you Nature, once again, for reinforcing my points.

Good night.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 13, 11 4:33 PM
So,PBR, going to board meetings is a waste of time but posting nonsense here is what - productive? You think the politicians are visiting her to see what a bunch of right-wing radicals have to say? HAH! If that excuse for doing nothing makes you feel better, good for you.

But, if you want to make a difference, get involved. You don't want to get involved, get out of the way of those that do and accept the results. If you're not part of the solution . . . you know the rest.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Sep 14, 11 2:38 PM
Massive brawls at 230 Elm and the village is worried about hedges? In this day and age aren't there more important things for the officials to focus on?
By Tennyson (74), Quogue on Sep 13, 11 7:33 AM
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Isn't it easier to focus on a few shaggy hedges than to actually do something about the out of control night clubs that keep whole neighborhoods rocking until the wee hours? God forbid the village actually forced the clubs to tone themselves down. Where would all those summer revelers go?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 13, 11 11:32 AM
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By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Sep 13, 11 8:45 PM
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By philathome (8996), Southampton on Sep 13, 11 8:53 PM
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Sep 13, 11 9:00 PM appended by Mr. Z
"The U.S. poverty rate remains among the highest in the developed world. Among 34 countries tracked by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, only Chile, Israel and Mexico have higher rates of poverty." ~ John W. Schoen, Senior Producer - msnbc.com
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 9:00 PM
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By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 13, 11 9:32 PM
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By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 13, 11 10:01 PM
OMFG! Trim your stupid hedges, and perhaps, JUST PERHAPS, think of something worthy to do for someone else.
By just breath (82), yuck on Sep 13, 11 10:14 PM
just breath, you may want to just breath. who knew there was so much animosity surrounding privet hedges.
By kaluss45 (44), southampton on Sep 14, 11 5:48 AM
some hedges need extra "bushiness" to mask those unsightly clotheslines
By loading... (279), quiogue on Sep 14, 11 11:34 AM
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Hilarious.
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Sep 14, 11 2:09 PM
absolutely an abuse of power
By They call me (1048), southampton on Sep 15, 11 12:33 AM
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By DetailsPlease (3), SH on Sep 15, 11 1:00 PM
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By DetailsPlease (3), SH on Sep 15, 11 1:02 PM
This is not an abuse of power, or idiotic.

A rather savant move, in my opinion. If persons refuse to do the "right thing', it seems we must legislate it's action. Rather civil, in a way. Common sense should say it's your hedge, you bought it AND the house. Trim the whole d**n thing

You don't eat half a Reese's, do you? You don't go halfway to where you are going, right? This is just an example of that. Something half, well, you know...

By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 16, 11 8:55 PM
It's amusing how some react when personal responsibility has to be legislated.
By philathome (8996), Southampton on Sep 16, 11 10:24 PM
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The objectionable part is not the trimming of the sides, but that it seems to be a stealthy prelude to a hight restriction. We are done being softened up for, as Joe said " infringement of individual property rights." some of us are sick and tired of someone always looking up are driveway or over into our yard. We come out east to relax not to be the victims of some voyeuristic neighbor or over zealous town official always putting his nose in our business.
By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Sep 16, 11 11:05 PM
You are almost hitting the nail on the head... I am sick of small minded thinkers telling me how or what to do on my property. The vast majority of the people who post here oppose this law. The vast majority of the people who PAY TAXES to this incompetent local government can't vote in the this town. MAYBE its time to allow the DISENFRANCHISED to VOTE in the TOWN of SOUTHAMPTON. On a liter note; how about a law to put noise supression on all motorized landscape equipment?
By rrc1049 (61), Bridgehampton on Sep 24, 11 9:47 AM
And i do agree with you phila the sides should be kept trim
By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Sep 16, 11 11:14 PM
Agreed,Dan
Hedges are the responsibility of the owner;we should not have to legislate upkeep.
Owners and their neighbors should work together to come to an agreement about the maintenance of the hedge without having to be forced to.
Unfortunately,in todays society there is too much mistrust and suspicion between neighbors.
By philathome (8996), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 4:23 PM
I'll agree with you on that, dan.

As long as there is no inherent risk to personal, or public safety on one's property, KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF MY BUSINESS.

Mouthampton, indeed.
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 17, 11 4:16 PM
As others have mentioned, if this law should apply to anything, it's the hedges that cause blind corners and become a danger to drivers. Instead, the town seems to be more worried about a property looking "ugly". Privet is hardy but grows very fast, making upkeep constant and expensive if you have to hire someone to do it for you. Was there not a controversy over clothe lines of all things a few years ago? Is Southampton the village you live in or your landlord?
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Sep 17, 11 4:39 PM
If you want "excellence" (luxury), be willing to pay for it.

That's my rationale.
By Mr. Z (6250), North Sea on Sep 17, 11 4:53 PM
So then we all agree... This is a first, :) Cheers

(Except Phil but thats par for the course)
By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 17, 11 8:25 PM
I see you've been sniffing the manure again,Joe.
By philathome (8996), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 4:24 PM
Oh hey Phil, no actually I have not had a chance to come around your street lately,Been busy with work, I'm sure you know how tha.... Oh... maybe you dont... anyway, Hows everything
By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 21, 11 6:23 PM
I wouldn't know if you drove down my street,I'm busy working 2 jobs.
Which landscaping company do you own-the one that parked on my lawn and ran over three of my sprinklers heads?
By philathome (8996), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 9:37 PM
What happens to people who are too old or physically unfit to cut their own hedges and can't afford to pay someone to do it. Just asking.
By Mets fan (358), Southampton on Sep 21, 11 9:20 AM
Sell you house for 1.8 and move to the villages
By They call me (1048), southampton on Sep 21, 11 4:02 PM
We have a border hedge at the old homestead in the village, my father kept it trimmed on both sides because it was our hedge, and he didn’t need to ask permission from our neighbor to do it. My brother keeps it trimmed now. The house across the street owned by "summer people" I think they purchased it 15 years ago, has a hedge facing the street. In the 15 years since they purchased it, I think they may have trimmed them once or twice that I can remember. It looks terrible, if you cannot ...more
By pstevens (397), Wilmington on Sep 21, 11 8:50 PM
BWAAAAAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

The Hedge police!!
By just breath (82), yuck on Sep 22, 11 9:21 AM
Yes, yes, hedges, remember Ernie Wilson, helped everyone in the community, and what did the "officials" want to do with him....
By just breath (82), yuck on Sep 22, 11 9:28 AM
he kept my first car running...really good man. Its still strange to see a bank on that corner.
By pstevens (397), Wilmington on Sep 22, 11 9:56 PM
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82 comments.. oops.. wait 83 comments on hedges. I'll just sit back with my bowl of popcorn and watch the madness...
By Allergic2Stupidity (77), Riverhead on Sep 23, 11 2:14 PM
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By rrc1049 (61), Bridgehampton on Sep 24, 11 9:53 AM
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By Captn America (4220), Southampton on Sep 24, 11 3:14 PM
85 posts on hedges, lol.
By cochise316 (58), southampton on Sep 26, 11 3:57 PM
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Why is that funny. I would say government imposing control on private property is a major problem these days. Try putting up a shed in Southampton and you will understand what we are talking about. or maybe you work at the building department and are part of the current problem?
By joe hampton (1820), south hampton on Sep 26, 11 7:10 PM
Hedge drama! 87 posts and counting!
By cochise316 (58), southampton on Sep 27, 11 9:46 PM
Irony=multiple posts from people laughing about how many posts there are....hahahaha.
By kaluss45 (44), southampton on Sep 28, 11 6:50 AM
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