All of the students participating in the Day of Service Day were wearing yellow Day of Service Day T-shirts.
At each house where there were SUNY students living off-campus, the students wearing the yellow T-shirts dropped off a Barnes & Noble bag with a pack of papers filled with a wealth of information about being good neighbors.
All Brockport residents should probably be aware of the information that the SUNY Brockport Off-Campus Relations Team is distributing to the students.
One of the sheets, CREATING COMMUNITY, was filled on both sides with helpful hints for developing good neighbor relations.
It’s amazing, SUNY Brockport took the time to spread information that many of Brockport’s landlords never bother to tell their tenants. The landlords should tell their tenants this kind of stuff, but too many of them don’t.
Considerations for Responsible Party Hosting
“In the Village of Brockport noise from any sound system cannot be heard 40 feet from the source or across a property line. Keep your noise in check.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if all the landlords had that posted inside their rental houses, so the students know what the law is about loud music?
“Be familiar with state and local laws regarding alcohol consumption. Remember, alcohol cannot be consumed in a public space in Brockport.”
Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the Village Board to pass a resolution that requires the landlords to post this kind of information inside each of their rental properties?
Developing Good Neighbor Relations
Another piece of information on that sheet was about being a good neighbor.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors and exchange phone numbers to allow for communication. Be respectful and responsive to any concerns shared.
- Give neighbors a ‘heads up’ if you plan on having a social gathering, but understand that notification is not an excuse to disobey ordinances and laws.
- Do not speed through neighborhoods and keep car stereos at an appropriate level.
- Avoid loud talking, foul language, and slamming of car doors while outside.
- Keep pets under control and clean up after them.
- Keep your yard neat and maintained.
- Be friendly and get to know your neighbors.
- Remember that students and community members can use on-campus resources to work through issues or concerns with neighborhood relations.
Intervening when you see something potentially dangerous
Another sheet was about how, “INTERVENING when you see something potentially dangerous can mean the difference between a close call and a bad ending.”
That advice applies to students and residents as well. Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you think something isn’t right, even if it’s people parking on the lawn.
For example, a lot of students don’t know the rules about the garbage because the landlords never bother to tell them that by law you can only put your garbage out 24 hours before pick-up, and you have to bring your garbage cans in within 12 hours after pickup.
That’s why so many college students put dead furniture and garbage out by the curb throughout the week. They don’t need it, so they get rid of it.
When you see that, be neighborly; ring their doorbell, introduce yourself, and tell them that it’s a health issue to leave garbage on the street.
If you ask them if the landlord ever told them about the garbage ordinance, they’ll truthfully tell you no.
You’re not being a vigilante if you walk over, introduce yourself, and talk to the students. You’re being a good neighbor.
The odds are the students will be polite and respectful. They’ll also probably appreciate it that you took the time to tell them what the code says is legal and illegal.
All the landlords should tell their tenants about the garbage rules, but don’t hold your breath waiting for them to do it.
If you’re uncomfortable talking to the students when they put their garbage or dead furniture out by the curb days before scheduled garbage pick-up, you can call the code enforcement officer at 585-637-5300, extension 14, and ask him to please pay a visit to the student rental house.
Also, if a party get out of hand and you can hear their music inside your house, do everyone a favor and call 911. The police will be polite, and the noise will stop.
We’re all in this together, and on Saturday the SUNY Brockport OffCampus Relations Team did their part to let the students know what they need to do to be good neighbors.
We should all do our part too.