In response to residents' complaints, the New Windsor Town Council voted Wednesday in favor of a noise ordinance for the town.
Mayor Jack A. Gullo said he was told by state troopers who had been called to town for a noise disturbance that the troopers could not do anything about noisemakers unless the town enacted a noise ordinance.
The ordinance would make any kind of disturbing noise illegal at any hour. State police would determine when a noise is violating the ordinance.
Councilman James C. Carlisle said he was hesitant to accept the proposed ordinance because he was concerned about who would enforce the law. Some residents shared his concern, saying that state police are lax in enforcing existing town laws.
But resident John Scott rose in defense of the noise ordinance, saying that a law would at least give officers guidance.
The ordinance was adopted unanimously and likely will be enacted 15 days after the second reading of the law in next month's council meeting.
The council also heard from several residents who said they were concerned about and frustrated by the changing county rules for recycling everything from yard waste to plastic bags.
Resident Ed Green complained that the town's trash hauler no longer accepts yard waste and will not accept yard waste mixed with regular garbage.
Mr. Green said town officials should continue to pressure the Carroll County commissioners to deal with the yard waste issue, because the county acted with little concern for residents.
Other residents said the hauler, Waste Management Inc., will no longer accept newspapers in plastic bags and certain types of plastic bottles.
"Our hauler is becoming very particular now, because recycling is becoming a profit-loss business for them," Mr. Gullo said. "They have to be very careful of what they take, because if it is not accepted by the recycler they end up having to load it up and take it back to the landfill, which is the same problem the county was having."
He urged residents to complain to the commissioners.