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Linglestown Gazette: Group keeping tabs on Lower Paxton

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Group keeping tabs on Lower Paxton

The monthly meeting of Stray Winds Area Neighbors (SWAN) held Monday night attracted 16 people, which eclipses the attendance for most government meetings in the Harrisburg area. Eric Epstein, a widely known activist on state government and nuclear power issues, heads up the group. Below are meeting highlights:

* Tara Mead of Knollwood Drive discussed a noise problem with a next-door neighbor that her family has been dealing with for nearly a year – a teenage boy insists on loudly revving a car and playing a car radio at insanely loud volume levels. Lower Paxton police have refused to issue a citation to date. The family may be forced to file a lawsuit against the noisy neighbor if police fail to take corrective actions later this week. SWAN members recommended that Mead inform township supervisors about the situation during a televised public meeting.

* Eric Bucher gave a report on a project undertaken by Lower Paxton's greenway committee to designate a section of the Darlington Trail as a township greenway. The trail runs along the top of Blue Mountain. Easements need to be obtained from property owners so the township can place signs on the trail and show the trail on official maps. See this Gazette post and video for information on the township park located at the eastern end of the proposed greenway.

* Epstein designated Gazette publisher as webmaster for SWAN for a period not to exceed 20 years.

SWAN has published a March newsletter that has summaries of all public meetings conducted by Lower Paxton officials this month.



At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It it a shame that we do not have a noise ordinance in this township. Whenever the Police survey comes out I always list this as one of my requests. They are too busy dealing with the dreges of society for retail thefts, domestic abuse, home invasions and robberies. Why should they care about people in the neighborhoods that are paying taxes and trying to live by the rules and be good neighbors.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger  said...

The township has a noise ordinance; however, the police have not taken the time to date to aggressively go after the Mead's noisy neighbor.

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks anonymous..and BB is correct, sadly. It has been an awful situation to have to deal with. I'm hopeful that the Board of Supervisors can put some teeth into the current noise ordinance (similar to what Susquehanna Township has done).

~The Mead Family


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