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Newstead residents to get say on ‘unreasonable noise’

Town of Newstead residents will be able to have their say on a proposal to limit noise from special town events when the Town Board meets on Nov. 11.

The 7:15 p.m. public hearing on Local Law 4 – an amendment to the Special Events Law – was approved by council members meeting Monday night.

While the law addresses all special events in the town, it was crafted to address resident concerns about concerts at Braun’s Concert Cove, Supervisor David Cummings said.

“They’re probably the catalyst for us putting something in place,” he said, “because we’ve had more complaints over their venue than any of the other major venues in town.”

The amendment looks to establish a starting time for events and “prohibit unreasonable noise.”

“We have to have a law that regulates when an event starts and how late it can go,” Cummings said. “If they have a music venue, we have to control the decibel ratings of those music venues.”

A fire plan also will be put in place by those holding special events, Cummings said.

“It’s not just noise,” he added.

The law also would impact other events such as the annual Pumpkin Fest.

“We just want to make sure they’re regulated correctly and that there is a safety plan in place so everyone can benefit from it – meaning the event personnel and the residents,” Cummings added.

The board also held public hearings on the tentative 2014 budget and the fire company contract for 2014-16:

The garbage fee for residents in the town will increase from the current $153.52 to $157.16. The general fund tax for the town will be down from $1.37 per $1,000 of taxable value, to $1.31.

Under the fire contract, Newstead Fire Company will be paid $210,385 for 2014 and Akron Fire Company, $104,717. The board approved the fire contracts.