Public hearing set for Aug. 16

There will be a public hearing for a new proposed noise law at the next regularly scheduled Jerusalem Town Board meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Town Hall in Branchport.

The new law updates and expands the original three-paragraph ordinance drafted in 1974. It includes specific “hours of repose,” from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights and midnight to 7 a.m. on weekends.

The new law also adds, specific to the noises prohibited: “Any excessive or unusually loud noise (verbal, electronic or other means), which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.”

It also adds specific exceptions to the law, including: emergencies; permitted celebrations or events for public assembly; organs, radios, bells, chimes or other instruments, apparatus, or devices by any church, synagogue or school; installation or maintenance of utilities; normal manufacturing or agricultural noise; sporting events; normal traffic; and municipal maintenance.

The new law increases the range of applicable fines from the original $20-$50 to $100-$250, adding higher penalties for repeat offenses, including up to 10 days in jail.