LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s noise ordinance is now in line with state noise control regulations, but with borough-specific penalties for violators.
The borough council on October 20 unanimously approved the new measure, establishing decibel standards and enforcement procedures included in New Jersey’s “model” noise control ordinance that can be adopted by local municipalities, under the state Noise Control Act.
The all-inclusive ordinance covers a broad spectrum of areas — from acceptable sound levels emanated from people, vehicles, establishments, animals and activities at all times and in every area of the borough.
Violations could result in an initial $250 fine for each offense. For a second conviction in a 12-month period, that penalty rises to $500 for each subsequent offense, and for a third conviction within the same 12-month period, the penalty spikes to $2,000 for each offense.
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Revising the borough’s noise ordinance was triggered after several residents sounded off this summer about noise caused by the loading and unloading of commercial vehicles during the early-morning hours near their homes.
The situation prompted Borough Attorney Marguerite "Peg" Schaffer's review of the existing ordinance, which was found to be lacking in detail and not in compliance with New Jersey’s recommended regulations.
Due to those shortcomings, there was full support by Mayor Kevin Higgins and the governing body to bring the ordinance up to those more stringent state standards.
The ordinance will also make it easier for the Belmar Police Department to enforce, since it is similar to that borough’s state-compliant noise code, particularly during the summer season with the influx of seasonal renters and visitors.
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