At Monday evenings Tyrone Borough Council meeting, Mistey Rhodes addressed borough council by reading a prepared text from her cell phone. Although Rhodes was the only person who spoke regarding the saxophone playing by Joe Hosko, she indicated that there were others who felt the same way as she.
“In the beginning Joe’s (Hosko) playing was rather annoying, but he has gotten better,” Rhodes stated to council members.
Recently Hosko had been provided a summary violation for disorderly conduct after being warned numerous times for playing the saxophone throughout the streets of the borough. Within a matter of weeks, Tyrone Borough Police had again received calls regarding the saxophone playing.
“We have received no less than six complaints from residents of the borough complaining about the playing. [Calls] indicating that Hosko is playing in residential areas, at very early hours that are waking babies early in the morning, and also those who are on shift work and have just gotten to sleep,” Chief John Romeo of the Tyrone Borough Police stated.
Hosko had been warned on numerous occasions by police regarding the time of the day and the locations that he would just show up and start to play. The last time was at 7:30 a.m., when he was then cited for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct violation after ignoring repeated warnings by the police department, who responded after complaints from borough residents.
“I want to stress that Joe (Hosko) was not arrested for any violations of a borough ordinance. He was cited for violations of the crimes code,” according to Romeo. Police officers cannot decide which sections of the crimes code they will elect to enforce and which they will not. They are required to follow the letter of the law.
“I believe that every town should have a Joe Hosko. He reminds me a great deal of the accordion man who plays in the streets of State College,” Bill Latchford, mayor, said.
“ I personally do not mind Hosko’s playing,” Romeo indicated.
“I understand that there are laws and I am not asking to bend or break them,” Rhodes said. “There are many other events that residents accept noise for, such as parades, Hoopfest, concerts, and games, and the whistle at the paper mill that all make noise,” Rhodes stated.
Councilman David Snyder then stated, “I personally love his playing, but his playing is random and those other occurrences are all scheduled.”
Borough officials agreed that Hosko’s playing is not a problem when it is being done away from the residential areas of the borough. Hosko has been playing at the railroad station at the end of town. This location has seemed to work. Even though there have bee a few problems, they have been minimal. However, not non-existent, according to borough officials.
“Maybe what he really needs is someone to help him with boundary issues and on volume control,” Latchford said.
“There is a mute that he could use in the saxophone that would lower the volume to help reduce the noise,” Romeo stated.
In closing, Latchford stated, “I think for the most part we all have the same feelings for Joe. We need to continue to work with him so he can learn and have a better understanding of what can be done.”