Monday, November 26, 2018

New York Village Is Considering New Permit Requirement For Eruvs

According to yesterday's Times Herald-Record, the Village Board of Woodbury, New York is considering a new law (full text) that for the first time will require residents to obtain a permit in order erect an eruv that extends into any right of way. Currently the village's growing Hasidic Jewish population has erected a number of eruvs, and the new law is directed at creating some uniformity among them. A permit application (including photos) will be required to describe the location and dimensions of any eruv, and provide written consent from all homeowners whose property it would cross. The eruv (usually made of fishing line, or of markers on utility poles) would need to be between 8 and 20 feet high, and translucent or the same color as the pole to which it is attached. Non-complying eruvs could not cross any public road, and existing non-complying eruvs that do cross public roads will need to be removed within 90 days of enactment of the new law. The proposed law would also regulate cell towers being placed on utility poles.