'Taps' to ring out from Glen Rock park

Written by Rick Lee/The York Daily Record | Nov 20, 2017 11:04 AM

Joshua Corney stands for a portrait outside his Glen Rock home on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Corney, a lieutenant commander, is serving his 18th year in the U.S. Naval and recently moved his family to Glen Rock, where he grew up. Corney plays a recording of "Taps" outside his home every evening at 8 p.m. in remembrance of military service members, and plans to build a memorial for local veterans at the bottom of his driveway. (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)

(York) -- The sound of 'Taps' that has reverberated through Glen Rock's Glen Avenue neighborhood won't be silenced, but its decibel level may drop in the relatively near future.

The borough council voted unanimously at its Nov. 15 meeting to authorize the playing of the military tribute through speakers at the community park on Fair School Road, Borough Council President Doug Young said.

In turn, U.S. Navy Lt. Joshua Corney posted on his Taps in Glen Rock Facebook page, "Once the speakers are set up at the park I will turn Taps down for my own personal use." 

The decision comes after more than two years of disputes and legal battles over  Corney broadcasting "Taps" over loudspeakers from his Glen Avenue home.

A huge social media uproar resulted from a Glen Rock man's practice of playing "Taps" outside his home every evening. Whatever happened to compromise, reasonableness and neighborliness? Wochit

Corney, a former member of the borough council, began playing a 57-second audio recording of "Taps" around 8 p.m. in 2015 at a level estimated to be heard a mile away.

Since then, Corney was threatened with noise ordinance violations, and gained the support of military groups and the American Civil Liberties Union, dividing the borough.

"After extensive discussion (at the Nov. 15 meeting) on two potential locations, the Council voted unanimously for putting the speakers at the Glen Rock Park on Fair School Road," Young said.  "With these items being decided, I expect the speaker installation to proceed at a much quicker pace."

The Fair School Road park is further away from the borough's residential areas.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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