Conoy Township supervisors listened sympathetically to a citizen who said her neighbor has been firing a gun and using a snow blower late at night in a deliberate attempt to be a nuisance, but said passing a noise ordinance is not the way to address the problem.
“We’re not going to pass an ordinance for one idiot,” Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said at the township meeting on Thursday, March 14, adding that some township residents are adamant about not passing a noise ordinance.
Speaking during the public comment period, the citizen said her neighbor has been firing a gun late at night and on one occasion used a snow blower at 3:40 a.m., not only on his driveway, but also on his lawn. She said she did not want to go to the expense of filing a lawsuit.
Mohr noted that private parties can file lawsuits in situations like this, but the township has no standing to sue.
“You as an individual could have stopped it within a month,” Mohr said.
Susquehanna Regional Police have filed a disorderly conduct citation in the case, which is still working its way through the courts.
Solicitor Bernadette M. Hohenadel said passing an ordinance for nuisance behavior is tricky because different people have different ideas of what is offensive. She said other things that some people might consider a nuisance include revving a truck engine or operating a lawn mower at 8 a.m. on a Saturday.
Also, Supervisor John L. Shearer said it would be a bad idea to address every problem with an ordinance.
“We’d have so many ordinances our book would be 12 inches thick,” Shearer said.
In other business, Mohr gave a report on township roads. He said this is the time of year when potholes start appearing and urged the public to report new potholes to the township so the road crew can fix them.