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Church makes for a noisy neighbor

Chili, N.Y. - The sounds of praise at The Fathers House are giving some of the churchs neighbors a pounding headache.

This morning I was woken up at quarter to seven, seven o'clock with this boom, boom, boom, boom, Beverly Lamphorn said. Lamphorn lives on the other side of Archer Road in Chili, right across the street from the church. So, Sunday is not a sleep-in day, no it's not, said Lamphorn.

People at The Fathers House said the church kicks off every service with a 20-25 minute performance by a live band.

It's very annoying to the neighbors, Lamphorn said, we just hear this constant beat, vibration, whatever you want to call it.

Several people who live in the Clay Hill Farms neighborhood said the music is so loud, it shakes the windows of their homes. Lamphorn said, It's just gotten louder, and louder and louder and it just disrupts us.

A fellow resident, Chili Town Supervisor, David Dunning is well aware of the problem. Dunning said the town has received a lot of noise complaints about the church over the last two years.

Lamphorn said she has complained to both the town and the church numerous times. It's just a constant beat that is, I think, unacceptable, Lamphorn said, Why can't they contain it?

Church administrators said their lawyers have advised them not to comment on the noise complaints but added they are trying to resolve the issue.

According to neighbors who said theyve asked FHC to turn down the volume, the church has not responded to calls or emails in about six months.

I think it's atrocious, I think it's being a poor neighbor, Lamphorn said, I don't think they're being very Christian about it.

Instead of dialing it down, Lamphorn said, TFC is taking steps that could amplify the issue. On Tuesday, the church went the town planning board to request more than 400 additional parking spaces, which would nearly the size of its lot.

More people, more noise, Lamphorn said traffic is also a concerncoming and going home around church time can be difficult.

Fed up with the noise some neighbors said if nothing is done, they plan to take their noise complaints to court.

I dont think we should have to do that, Lamphorn said, I think being a good neighbor you would want to settle it with your neighbors and make peace.

In the meantime, several people in the neighborhood are campaigning to stop the possible expansion of The Fathers House parking lot. 

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