New Windsor council approves '95 budget

June 02, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The New Windsor Town Council last night approved its fiscal 1995 budget, adopted a noise ordinance, and adopted a resolution to annex the new New Windsor Middle School property and adjoining land.

The $181,360 fiscal year 1995 budget that the council approved keeps the current property tax rate of 45 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

No citizens commented on the budget at the public hearing held during the council meeting.

There also was no opposition to the annexation of about 70 acres on Route 75, which includes the new middle school, the Firemen's Carnival Grounds and five houses along the road.

Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. said the town would work out an agreement with the county to determine responsibility for Atlee Road, which will be taken over by the municipality.

The road, which currently lies outside municipal boundaries, is maintained by the county, but it will be within corporate limits when the annexation is final in 30 days, Mr. Gullo said. He said the town doesn't want to take responsibility for the road if it is not in good condition.

The noise ordinance that the council adopted will take effect in 15 days. It will restrict the level of noise made by activities within the town at all times.

Any sounds that interfere with the "reasonable peace" of town residents will be violations of the noise ordinance, Mr. Gullo said.

"This was in reference to some activities in town, like people playing horseshoes late at night and disturbing the peace," Mr. Gullo said. "Also, some people complained that the New Windsor Inn kept its door open at night and the music was loud."

Mr. Gullo said that, in the past, state troopers patrolling the area said they could not tell people to quiet down because the town had no noise ordinance that they could use as an enforcement tool.

Also, several residents complained last night about cars speeding in various areas of town.

Resident Diane Stuller suggested placing speed bumps on her street to prevent people from speeding through her neighborhood.

"You may not be aware of this, but College Avenue is used as a bypass for people to get around trucks and slower-moving cars," Mrs. Stuller said. "As the mother of two young children, I am very concerned.

Other residents said there were similar problems on High Street, Church Street, and Route 75 between Route 31 and the edge of the New Windsor Middle school property.

State highway officials already are looking at the Route 75 problems.

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