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Colonie noise ordinance to come to public hearing again

Becker, who has been working with the town attorney's office on the new ordinance regulations, said the concerns of the residents have been heard and were made a part of the new regulations.

The newest part of the proposed ordinance involves times that garbage can be picked up from residential properties. The proposed regulations ask that garbage not be picked up from a residential property between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Allegra Edelman, an attorney in the Town Attorney's office, said that this was a major concern of many residents at the last Town Board meeting. Many residents at the meeting complained of loud garbage trucks banging outside their windows at early hours of the morning.

The proposed law includes a provision which would mandate that in six months, town officials review the effectiveness of the law they have in place, Magguilli said.

"In six months, we're required to sit down and review any enforcement issues and if it's assisting the residents," Magguilli said.

At that point, Edelman said the town can go back and make revisions as needed.

Becker said he is confident that these changes should make most residents more comfortable with the noise laws in the town, but that not everyone would be satisfied, in particular with the elimination of the daytime decibel limit that was initially proposed in June.

But still, he said, his hope is that residents will be able to use the new law to begin to work on coming up with practical solutions instead of simply involving law enforcement, such as talking to their neighbors.

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