At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Elizabethtown Town Board authorized Supervisor Noel Merrihew to enter into emergency contracts to do repair work in the wake of Tropic Storm Irene.
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Elizabethtown The Elizabethtown Town Board passed a motion at its Sept. 20 meeting to allow the supervisor to enter into emergency contracts to clean up from Tropical Storm Irene.
Supervisor Noel Merrihew said Elizabethtown needs to make four flood-related projects a priority.
These include two jobs at the foot bridge, one being the reinforcement of the foot bridge abutments, and the other being the dredging of the stream bed and the reinforcement of the stream bank. The other two projects include the reinforcement of the stream banks of Roaring Brook and the intersection of the Branch and Barton Brook.
There is still time for Elizabethtown to qualify for funds for these projects from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“We still are under a state of emergency,” Merrihew said. “FEMA funding is a 75 percent federal match.”
The remaining 25 percent is paid for by the town and the state, under a 12.5 percent split.
“Right now there’s verbal communication (indicating) the state will try to meet their obligations, but there’s absolutely no guarantee that will happen,” Merrihew said. “So there is the possibility, under these FEMA contracts, the town will incur responsibility of up to 25 percent of what that total contract is.”
In an interview the next day, Merrihew said he did not yet know how much the projects would cost.
In other regular business:
At the meeting, the board tabled a motion to adopt a noise ordinance, saying it would be difficult to enforce. The law had been requested in a petition forwarded to Merrihew.
“You’d need your audible, decibel meter and things like that,” the supervisor said.
The petition requested the prohibition of noise made by entertainment devices heard by others 50 feet away or more.
“The petition was authored by citizens in the immediate Lincoln Pond area,” Merrihew said, adding it was prompted by an ongoing issue with a homeowner there.
Local and state police have been called to the area for various complaints, including bothersome noise at all hours and unattended fires.
Merrihew said the signers of the petition should work within the existing process.
“It will always come back to are you willing to sign that complaint,” the supervisor said. “Because as soon as he sees my police car coming, the noise is not there. So somebody has to represent there. I can understand how hard that is for people. Because then it does become personal.”