Philmont to kids: Be quiet or leave

PHILMONT—During the police report at the October 14 meeting of the Philmont Village Board, Chief of Police Vernon Doyle assured the board that the Police Department is doing everything in its power to deal with noise complaints in some of the subsidized housing in the village.

Chief Doyle said that “some of the loudness” was attributable to “youths—they’re not adults.”

Mayor Clarence Speed asked that the chief “keep logging it because as long as you get three calls in one month, Social Services will relocate them.”

“… To Church Street,” said one board member, laughing.

Chief Doyle could not confirm that three calls is the exact number that triggers action by officials responsible for the federal housing voucher program called Section 8 for the part of federal law that authorizes the program. But he did say that residents could be moved after a certain number of noise violations.

Mayor Speed noted that this rule had been enforced before with some residents being moved to Kinderhook. “Kinderhook all but hanged them,” Mr. Speed said.

“At the end of the day, we just increase our patrols [during] targeted times,” said the police chief.

In other business this week, the board:

  • Heard that only one bid had been submitted for oil for village buildings. That bid was from Montague Oil for $3.33 per gallon. The bid stipulates that it is subject to change. Trustee Larry Ostrander asked why the price was not fixed. “If it goes up, we win. If it goes down, they win,” he said. Trustee Barbara Sagal said, “That’s the lowest I ever remember it being”
  • Passed a motion to hold village elections on March 18 for two trustees and mayor
  • Heard that meetings about next year’s Community Day are being held on the first Monday of each month. The first fundraiser will be a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus in December. It is possible that there will be a carnival or circus at the next Community Day
  • Heard public concerns about what the old Department of Public Works building will be used for
  • Received a new flag from members of the fire department, including Chief Mark Beaumont
  • Heard that garbage will be collected on November 5 due to Election Day falling on November 4
  • Heard that six properties had water turned off due to failure to pay water bills. Three of these properties have had the water turned back on, two are vacant, and one still has no water service
  • Heard that village reserve accounts have been moved to the Bank of Greene County
  • Heard that the village records room is being cleared out to make space for a women’s bathroom for the fire company
  • Heard that there will be a pumpkin walk on October 25
  • Heard that the party at the library was a success. Mayor Speed cooked chicken and made a speech.



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