Public hearing tonight on Greenport rental law

The Greenport Village Board will hold a public hearing tonight on a law to set rental regulations for residential properties.

Officials said the code is an effort at eliminating illegal apartments, which can lead to excessive traffic, parking problems, a strain on municipal services and general public health and safety concerns.

The code would establish minimum quality standards for bedrooms, separate entrances, kitchens, electric meters and cable lines.

Homeowners leasing space would be required to obtain a rental permit and a five-member board appointed by the mayor and approved by the Trustees would review the application.

Those found in violation could face fines of up to $5,000 or imprisonment.

The hearing will take place during the board’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the Third Street fire station.

The board is also expected to vote on allowing the consumption of alcohol on public property during special events. The resolution would permit private organizations to serve alcohol at Mitchell Park.

The intent is to allow marina guests to use the park as a reception area, Mayor David Nyce said. The amendment would still prohibit the sale of alcohol and would restrict the events to an enclosed area, he said.

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