We Don’t Hear A Thing…

For anyone wanting to know if progress has been made in creating solutions to the issue (for some residents) of noise – and the lack of quiet times – in the Village, we can report we don’t hear a thing…At least not yet from Village Trustees.

Woodstock Early Bird asked Trustees last night if a Noise Committee had convened yet to start addressing big-picture issues about the overall level of quiet and/or din in the Village and a potential committee review of existing noise ordinances. The committee idea came out of a particular dispute last summer over hours for outdoor wedding bands at the Woodstock Inn.

After being asked to do so last night by Trustee Bob Pear, Trustee Trish Compton promised to announce a Noise Meeting date to the public when the group gets together since there has been no meeting yet. However, it’s not clear who is — or is not — on the committee since reference was made to someone being asked who declined the invitation.

Trustee Chair Candace Coburn said last night there’s really no need for a timeline since the issues have gone away for the time being. She said she was sure solutions would be found by next season.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bruce Seely on October 10, 2012 at 19:16

    If a tree falls in the Village, and there is no committee to hear it, does it still make a sound?

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  2. Posted by Paula on October 10, 2012 at 19:19

    NYC’s noise is around the clock so if you can’t handle the noise in the village?? Move to the country (Chateaguay) or Alaska!

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    • Posted by Suzy on October 10, 2012 at 21:14

      I live in the Chateauguay and it’s plenty noisy up here. Log trucks, atv’s, land rovers, dirt bike riders and hunters are always running up and down the road. Moving up here would not be the answer to having a peaceful place.

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  3. Posted by Lora on October 15, 2012 at 20:44

    Not having lived in the village for a while or kept up with all the news….what are the sources for this noise? The tractor trailers on rt 4 were the only unpleasant noise I recall (and they were very unpleasant, but commerce goes on). Is this a back door way to get the trucks routed elsewhere, or are there really other significant noises after reasonable hours? I found the village pleasantly quiet, and loved the sound of a garden party or pentangle event drifting across the river every so often.

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  4. Posted by Lora on October 15, 2012 at 20:54

    Oh, wait, I read more closely. Ok, was it one event with a rowdy party?

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    • The noise committee is tasked with reviewing existing ordinances to see if they make sense or not — Since the Village Trustees acknowledge they give variances 100% of the time, would it make sense to change the time of some of them. Also, should there be slightly later “start-up” hours for power equipment and machines on weekends, things like that.
      Those are some of the issues.

      Woodstock Early Bird has written extensively about the issue in previous posts if you are looking for details. With reference to the comment here and an earlier comment, no, this is not about one party and no, it is not about some “backdoor” way to stop truck traffic. The discussion this past summer had virtually nothing to do with trucks, although in the past, there has been discussion about asking truckers not to use their “jake” brakes in the Village.

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