Crown Point proposes noise law

CROWN POINT The Crown Point town board is considering the need for a noise ordinance.

Supervisor Dale French said there are few problems with noise in the community, but a local law would give the town the mans to handle complaints.

I dont think this is a big deal for our town, French said. I get a couple of complaints a year and half of them are barking dogs, which are handled by our dog ordinance.

The town board has a proposed local law in place and expects to work on its further at its Oct. 11 meeting. The board held a public hearing on the issue this summer and no one opposed the measure. Another hearing will be scheduled following completion of a proposed law.

There will be no action, if there is any action taken, until December at the earliest, French said.

The proposed law now under discussion defines decibel limits that are allowed in the community. It also exempts agricultural, construction and business noise as well as noise from town and school events, such as sports contests.

The proposed law places enforcement in the hands of the town animal control officer, who would issue tickets that are turned over to state police for action.

Ticonderoga adopted a similar law earlier this year, French noted. The proposed Crown Point law is patterned on that.

Its really aimed at people who have big boom boxes who are disturbing their neighbors, French said.

The supervisor said he welcomes comment on the proposed noise law.

We have enough laws to choke a herd of elephants, I know that, French said. But this one is just common sense.

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