Proposed ordinance aims to improve noise control

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[DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough Council has introduced an ordinance that would amend the noise control section of the borough code.

According to the proposed ordinance, excluding emergency work, “power tools, landscaping and/or yard maintenance equipment used by nonresidential  operators … shall not be operated on a residential, commercial, industrial or public property between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays, or between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturdays.”

In addition, “All construction and demolition activity, excluding emergency work, shall not be performed between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays, or between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. Saturdays.”

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“Over the years, as ordinances changed to reflect new language required by the State of New Jersey, the portion that prohibits construction work to happen on Sundays was not put in or overlooked some time ago,” Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci Jr. told The Ocean Star.

“Under this new ordinance addition, it prohibits construction on Sundays completely and sets firm the hours construction is allowed … Monday through Saturday. This was a quality-of-life issue that the mayor and council wanted to address and tighten up.”

Mayor Robert Sabosik spoke about the importance of amending the current borough code.

“Some contractors were trying to get as much done as possible working on Sundays and a number of residents were complaining that construction was waking them up on Sunday mornings,” he said in a release on the subject.  

“We’ve always prohibited construction on Sundays, but what we found was that it either was never actually spelled out in the old ordinance or was omitted somewhere along the way a few years back when the state had towns everywhere change certain language. Regardless, it’s in the noise ordinance now, prohibiting Sunday construction. With the ordinance now clear, our police department can properly enforce it should they need to.”

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