Milo hears more concerns about noise

John Christensen

The Milo Town Board meeting Sept. 17 opened with public comments and first to speak was Yates County Legislator Rob Schwarting, asking what progress had been made on a noise ordinance.

Supervisor Leslie Church responded that it was being researched and would be addressed in order on the agenda. At that time, Church spoke of her meeting with District Attorney Jason Cook, who assured her that even with a local ordinance, a complainant would still have to be willing to sign a written complaint. Cook also told her the law cannot be made area specific, but town-wide, and that sound levels are difficult to enforce with sound meters, an additional expense for law enforcement.

The town's Legal Advisory Committee found that a county wide law would be logical for uniform enforcement by the sheriff and state police, and Church cited a poll by The Chronicle-Express website that showed 55 percent of respondents favored a county-wide law over town-by-town ordinances.

She has asked several towns and found that Barrington does not want a town noise ordinance, Starkey has none, Torrey has one for idling trains, and Urbana, in Steuben County, has an ordinance that the sheriff there says he cannot and will not enforce. Church will write to the other town supervisors to ask their feeling for a county law before bringing it to the legislature.

Still, supporters pushed for a Milo noise ordinance, Schwarting saying he believes the legislature would support a Milo law.

Resident Dike Smith believes that once word gets out, there would be voluntary compliance, and asked what data the town had on the burden enforcement would place on the sheriff. He also cast doubt on the District Attorney's advice. Two Irondequoit residents again cited the laws in their town of 50,000, but the fact that Irondequoit has its own police department was brought up as a major difference. Retired Irodequoit policeman Tim Dunn said residents are afraid to sign complaints, and if they did, would feel the need to "lock and load" to defend themselves.

Other business on the board's agenda included: 

• COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: Church was authorized to sign an agreement with Larson Design for SEQR review of the amended comprehensive plan. An informational meeting for the comprehensive plan is scheduled for Oct. 29.

• BUDGET: A budget workshop was scheduled for Oct. 10.

• HEARINGS: Public hearings were scheduled: for tax cap override Oct. 15; with the Village of Penn Yan for the annexation of a property on Sherman Street into the village Oct. 16; budget and fire contracts Oct. 29.

• SURPLUS: A 2005 Chevrolet 2500 pickup and a 1997 International 4700 single axle dump truck were declared surplus equipment and will be sent to Tietsworth's for auction on Oct. 6.

• WATER: Schwarting also complained of his water bills in district 2 subsidizing saddle repairs in district 1. Deputy Supervisor John Socha said the costs were balanced by the added chlorination costs for District 2.