The last time a proposed noise ordinance was on the table at the town of Elbridge board meeting, over 50 farmers packed the small meeting room at the village offices to express their concern over the town impeding on their livelihood.
At the Feb. 20 meeting the tables were turned, as the meeting room was less full and most in attendance were proponents of a dirt bike track that initially got the wheels turning on the noise ordinance.
Mr. and Mrs. Tompkins of Peru Road initially approached the board last summer to complain about a dirt bike track that their neighbors had built. The board then drafted a noise ordinance. Supervisor Ken Bush Jr. said at the public hearing that when the family approached the board last summer, they were "literally in tears because they were so affected by the noise."
The Tompkins' had a meeting with town of Elbridge Attorney Dirk Oudemool, and the couple tried to come to a compromise with the town and Joe Rothlinsburg, who lives on the land where the dirt bike track is operated in the summer.
"Basically we were told 'You're going to have to live with the track," said Mrs. Tompkins. "I don't care how long or how much he runs [the dirt bikes]. I don't want to hear them when I'm in my home. We need a solution or I'm afraid it's going to get real nasty. I'm not going to give."
"Something has to be done about a noise ordinance," said Mr. Tompkins. "Something's got to be done."
Oudemool said that the Rothlinsburg's had offered to limit their dirt bike use from 3 to 7 p.m., and the Tompkins refused to compromise.
"They agreed to limit the activities to two days a week-Friday and Saturday for four hours a day," Oudemool said. "We also talked about putting up a hill along the property to help with the noise. It seems like whatever was proposed was no good to the [Tompkins']. The problem we have is that there is nothing on the Elbridge law book that is being violated."