Dear Eleanore Turkington: Wow! Your Gripe Vine complaints on Nov. 6 were exactly the same as some of my complaints, so I have to add my gripes to theirs.
We have been bothered for a few years now with the blasting of the music and sports commentators coming from the field next to St. Louis Church. We live several blocks away, but it is so loud it sounds like it is right in our house. It starts early on Sunday mornings all day into the night and then weeknights also. There are also the huge lights that are only, sometimes on all night and into the morning.
Another noisemaker is the RSV Recording/Performance studio on Bull Hill Lane which blasts loud music if you could call it that and the boom-boom of percussion till late at night. Even with windows closed it interferes with our television and sleep. I have called the police many times and it still continues.
A friend of mine on Savin Avenue asked the city to remove a tree and fix a dangerous sidewalk that was raised by the tree roots. She was told the City has no money for it, but the city did the same work next to my friend’s next-door neighbor.
I read recently in your column about a bicyclist who listed in his gripe, the dangers on Saw Mill Road by Hood Terrace. I had heard of another accident at the same spot recently. There is a small shopping center where people come out onto Saw Mill Road to turn left. From what we learned about this accident, either from the shopping center plaza or Hood Terrace, the offending car went into the oncoming traffic lane and then hopped into the lane in front of my friend’s car who had to slam on his brakes because the left-turning lane was full and had stopped. No one got hurt thankfully, but my friend’s car was destroyed, and the West Haven Police Department said it had to be towed. Apparently, the police did not give my friend no option of the towing process and her car was towed to an un-named auto body yard. There was a cost of $200 to bail it out, and cash had to paid out at that time to the tower. Our friends had a Triple AAA membership that provided free towing to their driveway. Triple AAA could have towed their car to their driveway directly from the accident area saving the $200.00 cost had they been given the option by the WHPD.
There are those in the community who are privileged and there are those who are just the lowly taxpayers.
Tired of it All
Dear Tired of it All: Well, your letter contained several gripes and I will try to help you the best I can. You complained of the loud noise in your neighborhood. I researched West Haven’s noise ordinance law (154-1 enforcement) which states that noise created after 10:01 p.m. can be
enforced by the chief of police or his subordinates.
Also, 154-10 indicates that any person in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be fined in an amount not to exceed $99. Each day the cash violation continues, shall constitute a separate violation.
For additional clarification, contact the WHPD at (203) 937-3900, explain why you are calling and ask them for assistance. If you don’t get any satisfaction, get back to me with their response.
On the towing costs and police accident regulations, once again, suggest to your friend to contact the WHPD at the number above and request a copy of WHPD’s accident procedures. Please let me know their response. You wrote of the lights that are on at the Bull Hill Lane sports field, located next to St. Louis Church. I need to know the exact name and address of this field, so I can track down the owner and place your complaint on their doorstep.
Gripe Vine has over the past years, received similar complaints and the owners did follow through and corrected the annoyance to neighbors.
City Health/ Blight Dept: Will someone from your department check out 111 Prospect Ave? Gripe Vine has received numerous complaints which Gripe Vine has forwarded to the city, at this site including a taped roof, which now has a hole in it, debris in the yard as well as mold along the side of the house.
Coming up…speeding on Fountain Terrace…eyesore on Riverview Terrace…swimming pool regulations re; surrounding pool for safety.