Colonie amends, adopts noise law

After a handful of residents voiced their disappointment with Colonie's new noise ordinance, the Town Board amended the ordinance's hours and passed it unanimously.

The ordinance, passed at the Thursday, July 16, Town Board meeting, provides for an enforceable limit of 65 decibels from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Town Supervisor Paula Mahan motioned to change the weekday start time from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. after a lengthy public hearing that spanned two board meetings.

Latham resident Eileen Franco said the times put forth in the original ordinance weren't prudent.

We have two children, she said. "Eleven o'clock at night is unreasonable."

The noise ordinance has been through many iterations. The decibel level was 75, and dropped to 60 in the first drafts of the new ordinance. After conferring with police, business owners and other concerned parties, town officials said, the allowed decibel level was raised to 65.

This concerned residents at the July 16 meeting.

"I believe the police department needs to enforce the law that is put forth," said Ken Champagne, of Latham. "Going to 65 is kind of a step back for the public."

Champagne said he was frustrated with police for pushing for the higher decibel limit.

"I'm fed up with that crap," he said.

Joe Lombardo lives on Purtell Avenue behind The Roman Pub that fronts Troy Schenectady Road. He echoed Champagne's statement that the town is putting its residents second.

"I think what you've done by raising the level back up to 65, is that you've sided with the businesses," he said.

Champagne also said the town has done nothing to alleviate daytime complaints because the noise limit doesn't apply to those hours. The elimination of the proposed daytime decibel restriction was done as a result of the June 11 public hearing.

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