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Noise ordinance, Wemple Corners and Babe Ruth discussed

Once the oversight was discovered, construction was immediately stopped, said Bethlehem Supervisor Sam Messina.

"I think there was full cooperation to get things righted again and moving in the right direction," he said at a meeting where the Town Board took action to approve the building of the structure and enter into an agreement with the Babe Ruth league.

Babe Ruth will donate the shed, which is estimated to be valued at $15,000, to the town once it's complete. Accepting the donation was approved unanimously, but Councilman Mark Hennessey dissented on a vote to enter into a license agreement with the league to allow construction to continue.

"I'm very uncomfortable with the way this was done," Hennessey said. "The idea that we change procedure to match up with what someone did in error is an error on our part."

The agreement allows Babe Ruth to use the shed, which will replace two smaller sheds. The license is revocable at the town's discretion.

The shed will tap into the town's electrical service running down Line Drive. Other organizations benefit from this electrical power through use of scoreboards and other services, said Director of Parks and Recreation Nan Lanahan.

"We have electricity all throughout Line Drive that we pay for," she said.

Other news:

A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, on an amendment to the Town of Bethlehem's noise ordinance.

If adopted, the amendment would grant an exemption to the law for "any functions of businesses that were in use prior to the adoption of this chapter." The code was voted into law late in 2009.

"It's taking those businesses and stating they are allowed to make the same amount of noise and do the same business they were in the past," said Gil Boucher, the town's building inspector.

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