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Bethel: Litterbugs and Noisy Neighbors

A letter to the editor asks people to be more considerate.

 For one reason or another the town of Bethel does not have an enforceable noise/littering ordinance. I think that it is high time that something straight and to the point is drafted up and put into effect immediately.

Every town resident pays good money to live here in Bethel and deserves peace and quiet along with a clean litter free place to live.  There is too much noise generated by inconsiderate people in the community, be it someone who let's their dog out at 5am even though they know well and good that the dog barks non stop or someone screaming around town in their fancy pick up truck with the big rig exhaust (any many different things in between) It seems that our town once full of kind and considerate people has completely evolved into an entitled society and if you or I are inconvenienced well too bad.

I for one don't buy into this lunacy and request that town officials draft up a clear and concise noise ordinance with steep fines. Every police car should be equipped with db meters and anything over a certain decibel at certain hours would be punishable by a steep fine. This isn't too much to ask is it ? 

Also, it would be really nice to see the First Selectman get tough on cracking down on litter bugs. Just take a ride around town and you see a massive amount of trash on the side of the road. It is nothing less then disgusting. Since when does it become the burden of the town residents to be the town's janitorial staff picking up bag after bag of garbage that someone threw out their car window the night before ? Every Bethel taxpayer deserves a clean and quiet community to live in.

By cracking down on these two issues the quality of life in Bethel would greatly improve. Too much time has already passed not to have these two simple issues resolved. Draft something up and put it into motion already. Oh, and the fines imposed to theses scofflaws would generate much needed revenue that the town so desperately needs, sounds like a "win win" to me. How about you ?" Brian C. Walters II
Bethel Conn

Heidi Daignault September 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I agree completely with you Brian. I would like to add something to the proposal for the excessive noise ordinance; quiet hours during the overnight. Nothing horribly restricting, but perhaps from midnight to five or six in the morning noise generated by inconsiderate people whose loud partying keeps everyone awake would be appreciated. More and more homes are being rented to tenants who have little or no regard for the neighborhood in which they live. Two years ago we had the house next to us rent out to 4 college kids, for the entire six months they lived next door the party started at 2 AM when the bars closed and continued until bleary eyed we were getting dressed for work, every night. Repeated complaints to the police did nothing. Last year the house across the street was a similar situation, but maybe only 4 nights a week. On this Sunday morning around 4 AM September 18, as I held my dying father's hand in attempt to sooth his passing, the back ground sounds of loud alcohol fueled arguments peppered with the f word filled his room. Of course they couldn't have known, but, had they had any common decency, they wouldn't have been behaving in such a manner in the first place. I would love to see a fine imposed on those who repeatedly disturb their neighbors' sleep. Heidi Daignault
Bill Hillman September 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Town ordinances are voted on by the Board of Selectmen, suggest airing concerns there. Have you tried?
Brian September 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Bill, I have tried numerous times with the last 4 First Selectman to have them address this issue. Still no noise/litter laws. While I love Bethel sometimes I really have no idea how or why things are done(or not). A noise ordinace is only logical and town officals owe it to town residents to do the right thing.
Harold September 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Nuisance barking is already on the CT books. § 22-363. Nuisance No person shall own or harbor a dog or dogs which is or are a nuisance by reason of vicious disposition or excessive barking or other disturbance, or, by such barking or other disturbance, is or are a source of annoyance to any sick person residing in the immediate vicinity. Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction for the first offense and such person shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both for each subsequent offense and the court or judge may make such order concerning the restraint or disposal of such dog or dogs as may be deemed necessary.
Brian September 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Yes, I am aware of the statewide dog barking law. That does nothing to any other noise issue here in Bethel. While barking dogs are annoying my issue lies more so with exessive noise in general. Be it a incosiderate neighbor who puts their dog out at 5am or another inconsiderate neighbor who has a beer bash that last till 3am. A little consideration goes a long way, if people are in fact not going to be considerate maybe they should be fined. Hopefully then we could actually live in a nice little community once again.
Harold September 12, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree something needs to be done on the other points you made. Just wanted to mention that the dog issue is a non-starter as I have already had the PD out to take care of the neighbor's nuisance dogs. Havn't been woken up since.
Russell September 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM
What we really need is a less corrupt police department and a less corrupt school system.
johnqpublic September 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Strong allegations, weak on specifics! Corrupt how, exactly?
Brenny B September 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I agree as well. I live on on a main road and there are constantly people disposing of their fast food garbage in the area - just tossing it carelessly out of their car windows. I actually saw a boy drop a cup out of his parked car (I stood less than 20 feet away), get out of it and start to walk away. I told him there was probably a garbage can inside that he could toss his cup in. He looked embarrased and picked it up. Then there is my very "considerate" neighbor with the big dog who relieves himself in the empty lot next to us, but does not bother to clean it up. When did people start caring so little about their town? We also have trouble with the loud exhaust systems and loud music, which are less of a bother. I really do hope something changes. Until then, I pick up other people's trash and hope not to step in the dog poop...
Brian September 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I would encourage anyone reading/responding here to write a letter to the First Selectman and ask for an ordinance to be put into motion asap.
Skip Clapp September 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Regarding the noise. I've discussed this with town officials on a a few occasions and nothing has ever been started. We live on a bit higher elevation in the downtown area and the music from the various bands at the local bars goes on until 1 - 1:30 on every summer Friday/Saturday night that the weather is accomodating to them. Calls to the PD are met with the answer that there is no law that prevents this. They do stop by and ask to tone it down which is rarely done. A talk with the owners/manager is met with, we draw our crowds and thats income for us.They usually aren't residents of Belthel so it's "the hell with you". basically.
Brian September 24, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I've had the same luck with town officals Skip. The police on the other hand do the best that they can with the lack of enforcable laws. It's up to town officals to give the police a clear and concise laws to enfore, until that happens you can expect the same results.

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