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Chesterfield seeks to pass noise ordinance

CHESTERFIELD The Chesterfield town board is seeking to turn the volume down.

At a public hearing on Aug. 7 the town of Chesterfield entertained comments on a proposed noise ordinance.

Supervisor Gerald Morrow introduced proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2007, which would outlaw unreasonable or ex-cessive noise. Morrow said he drew up the local law using other noise ordinances.

The law would cover excessive noise from amplification devices, yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing, motor vehicles, social events, and construction activities between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m..

We're doing it so our constituents can have and enjoy a good quality of life. When things threaten that, we have to do something for our people, said Morrow.

Fines for violations start at $250 for the first incident, then rise up to $1,000 and 30 days in jail for the fourth offense within the year. The law would be enforced by state police and the county sheriffs department.

If we're going to enforce something here, we should really put some teeth into the law, said Morrow.

It was about time the town board addressed the problem, said councilman Walter La- Mountain. He pointed out that state troopers had been unable to do anything when responding to resident complaints.

About six residents spoke in favor of the law. Most of the residents were from Green Street, where one resident has thrown long loud parties and declined neighbors requests to turn the volume down.

The noise problem has been very severe, and I want to thank Mr. Morrow and the board for taking us seriously, said town resident Gerald Marcus.

Rainer Bremiller, also of Chesterfield, said that some parties would last well into the morning, sometimes past 5 a.m.

Its not unusual that they have a party on Saturday late at night, and start again on Sunday at noon, said Bremiller.

A second public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 4 at 6:45 p.m., prior to the next regular board meeting. If passed, the law would go into effect in early September.

I think most people are considerate, but for those who are not there will finally be recourse for those who are inconvenienced, said Morrow.

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