Introduced ordinance aims to tighten noise control in Point Boro

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[DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough Council has introduced an amendment to the noise control section of the borough code.

During the Jan. 11 meeting of the governing body, Ordinance No. 2021-01 was unanimously introduced, which would amend Chapter 3-1 entitled “Noise Control” of the borough code “to prevent excessive sound that may jeopardize the health, welfare, or safety of the citizens or degrade the quality of life.”

“The noise control, it is basically a quality of life ordinance,” Mayor Robert Sabosik told The Ocean Star. 

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“Last summer we did have some problems with some big parties and big bands playing in backyards, so basically we want to ensure the quiet enjoyment of homes is upheld for our residents, so that was the main thrust for this particular ordinance. 

“It is a very complex ordinance for the benefit of all the residents to ensure they can have a peaceful party with music and whatever … but the basic thrust of this quality of life ordinance is to ensure that … we respect one another’s right to have a party and to enjoy life on their own property while also respecting the surrounding properties in regard to noise and late-night partying.”

According to the ordinance, “excessive sound is a serious hazard to the public health, welfare, safety, and quality of life” and “a substantial body of science and technology exists by which excessive sound may be substantially abated.” It adds that “the people have a right to, and should be ensured of, an environment free from excessive sound.”

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