When someone comes to Elbridge town councilor Rita Dygert with a noise complaint, she might as well be left speechless. Without a noise ordinance, there's nothing the town can do.
This helped motivate Dygert to draft the "Town of Elbridge Noise Law," which was aired out in an Aug. 4 public hearing at town hall.
Why do we need a noise law? Do we really need a noise law?
"I think all would agree that the quiet enjoyment of our home and property is a very important quality of life issue," Dygert said. "After all, if we can't get peace and quiet at home, where are we going to get it?"
Dygert mentioned exceptions to the noise ordinance, including lawnmower and snowblower activity, construction, public assemblies, emergency work or operations, and "all agricultural activities regardless of the hour of the day."
Dygert made clear that noise would only come under scrutiny if it were offensive to a neighbor.
Dawn Bersani of Grimes Road was one of the first residents to speak in favor of the proposal.
"I've always been in favor of this," she said. " Because of the music emanating from a vehicle most every night till whenever hours of the evening, to the point where I can't even have my windows closed. I can still hear the bass through my glass."
According to Bersani, her neighbors once said to police that because there was no noise ordinance, they could do whatever they wanted.
"Without anything in place, I have no recourse," Bersani said. "I have to literally put up with it."
Some people at the meeting questioned Bersani's approach to dealing with the noise.
"Did you actually talk to the neighbors and ask them to turn it down?" asked Dana Anthonson.
"I've never talked to the neighbors," Bersani responded.