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July 15, 2013

Keeseville noise law needs update

KEESEVILLE — The Village of Keeseville needs a noise ordinance, but the current one is too vague to be useful, Village Building Inspector Rick Riker said recently.  

He told the Keeseville Village Board that the present ordinance basically states that any noise that offends someone is a violation.

“There are no standards,” Riker said. “The bottom line is, ‘Does it bother you?’ I had to issue a warning to someone who did nothing.”

He said someone complained about loud music coming from a home in the village, but the music actually didn’t sound that loud to him.

AuSable Town Councilman James King, who was at the Village Board session, said his town is preparing to pass its own noise law.

“We’re trying to make it so the population is protected but not make it so egregious,” he said.

DECIBEL LIMIT EYED

King said they’re looking at setting a specific decibel limit, to be measured at the property line, which would be in effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department has a decibel meter, and several deputies are certified for its use, so they might be able to get help from that agency, he said.

Riker asked that they amend the village ordinance to add a decibel level and other specific noise-monitoring criteria. An average reading would be taken over a 15 minute span, he said.

The board will take it under advisement, Mayor Dale Holderman said.

BUILDING PERMITS

The Village Board also voted unanimously to increase the commercial building permit fee from $75 to $100 for structures up to 1,500 square feet, and $2 per square foot plus the fee for buildings larger than 1,500 square feet.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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