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Bethlehem noise law support loud and clear

Messina and Boucher said it would take a minimum of five to seven month to actually draft up a town noise law, which would then be reviewed by the public and by the town board before a vote was taken on it.

Boucher, the town's code enforcer, said Bethlehem would most likely only need two devices to measure noise levels in decibels; one for the police and one for code enforcement.

He said the ones being looked at are in the $500 to $1,000 range for each one, which he described as a very reasonable price.

Jasinski said he wanted to make sure the town's code enforcers and police wouldn't over step their enforcement responsibilities with the new law, echoing some of Zwiebach's sentiments.

"I'm looking at safety regulations," Jasinski said. "I don't want to see another law that's going to curtail the rights of landowners to enjoy the freedom that this country does offer"

Messina responded by saying the law would be balanced and fair and would not be overly regulative in policy.

"We're all with you on that," he concluded, adding that the town seems very much in favor of a noise ordinance so long as it is properly discussed and clearly laid out.

"The public has really rallied around this and made it their own," Messina said. "There ought to be no surprise where my vote will be."

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