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E-town allows supervisor to enter emergency contracts

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.

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. Photo by Jon Hochschartner.

— 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.”

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DebbieMcKown 3 years, 2 months ago

I must say that the signers of the petition, are disappointed in the decision to table our request. The Petition was modeled after several ordinances so that decibel meters would not be necessary. Eg: Lake Wales, Florida, East Greenwich, NJ, Aston, Penn and Fairbanks, Alaska, This is not an unusual ordinance, does not require expensive equipment . As I explained to Mr. Merrihew, we do NOT have a problem with playing music but it is the loud, unbearable volume that is objectionable. Music for personal enjoyment does not require two 3-4 feet speakers in the windows on a high setting. Music for personal enjoyment should not be at such a volume as to make it impossible to hold a conversation with someone sitting next to you hundreds of feet away or several camps down the road. The majority of the neighbors have complained numerous times regarding this ongoing problem for several years. Yes, it is caused by ONLY one neighbor, the other 50 + people that occupy the various camps and have no problem with each other. Yes, we have called the Sheriff's and State Trooper's on a number of occasions. NO, it is not accurate that we won't sign a complaint , I myself tried to sign a complaint for Harassment after I was told by Sheriff Deputy Bigelow that he could not do anything regarding the noise and I was told that I had no grounds for the charge. I was told by Deputy Bigelow that the ONLY recourse was to draw up a petition for a Noise Ordinance and petition the town for its enactment. I drafted a petition and in minutes had 39 signatures - more would have signed and are willing to sign. On another occasion, when the offenders placed 4 foot speakers behind their camp (personal enjoyment? or harassment?) - another neighbor called the Sheriffs, they responded in a timely manner and told the offender that if they had to come out there again that someone was going to be arrested. Well, as you can see, nothing like that ever happens, nothing is ever resolved and 50+ other tax payers must be subjected to the continuing harassment of 1 family. You tell us to "work within the existing process. That it:

“ will always come back to are you willing to sign that complaint,” “Because as soon as he sees my police car coming, the noise is not there." Well, I beg to differ on that remark as we have ALWAYS been more than willing to sign a complaint if we are allowed to and when Deputy Bigelow came he definitely experienced the volume - spoke to the individuals and no more than stepped out their door before they jacked up the music even louder! To quote Deputy Bigelow "Well, I guess that fell on deaf ears!"

Well Sirs, that's how we - the tax paying residents of Lincoln Pond Road now feel regarding your decision to table our petition. "Well, I guess that fell on deaf ears!

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