Bethlehem town board hears noise law plans

"We really looked at Guilderland's because of the way Guilderland is pretty much like our town. It has pretty much the same areas of commercial and also residential. So its kind of set up like our town," said Beebe. "They kind of looked at the current issues going on."

Many issues were discussed at the meeting, ranging from enforcement and the cost of enforcement equipment, such a decibel readers, and man hours that would have to be implemented in the plan and what exemptions would be included.

Resident Steve DeFranco told the board of the evening when he described how his neighbor was using loud music "as a weapon."

"It started with them just playing loud music when they were outside, and many of the neighbors asked them very nicely to please to lower the volume, and that went on for about a summer," DeFranco said. "Then the next summer it happened again. They obviously made the decision to start using it as a weapon and they would start turning it up, and it got to the point that it is now that whenever anyone goes outside to enjoy their property, even when they're (the neighbors playing loud music) not outside."

DeFranco cited examples of the offensive noise, such as last summer when his neighbors on the other side of the house had a backyard birthday party full or 5 and 6 year olds when the "the most vulgar of rap music was blaring at this group of kids so they could clearly hear every word. If I were asked to repeat the words I would be escorted out but there was nothing that could be done."

DeFranco shared several other similar stories and claimed the noisy resident even told police, "This is the town of Bethlehem, there is no noise ordinance."

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