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    (5/10/2007) As Summer Approaches, City Unveils New Noise Monitoring Technology

    NEW HAVEN- As summer approaches, so do outdoor events, the use of loud air conditioners, the presence of noise emitting motorcycles and other activities that can produce excessive sound. Last August, the City adopted a noise ordinance that would control noise at a level not to exceed 55 decibels – roughly the sound of a clothes dryer or microwave between the hours of 7am and 10pm Monday through Saturday (or 9am through 9pm on Sundays) and a maximum 45 decibels from 10pm until 7am throughout the week.

    In a press conference today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Police Chief Francisco Ortiz announced that the city would be considerably stepping up its enforcement of this ordinance. To aid police in these efforts, the department purchased several decibel meters that they will use in conjunction with the Public Health Department to measure noise in the City’s neighborhoods.

    “Residents in our community have been very vocal about the importance of noise control throughout our city,” said DeStefano. “We adopted this ordinance and now we’re going to make sure that everyone abides by it because we all deserve peace and quiet in our homes. However, this will take community cooperation. If you know of a neighbor who is violating the ordinance, you need to report them so we can do something about it.”

    The police department will work in conjunction with the public health department and the livable cities initiative to identify areas where noise surpasses the decibel limits and work with neighborhoods to enforce the ordinance.

    Although the ordinance has been in place since last August, this is the first full summer in which police will significantly step-up monitoring and will be equipped with the technology necessary to fully enforce it.

    "Year-round noise enforcement is a priority for the members of our community but it becomes even more important at this time of year, when the weather is warm and windows are open. Our enforcement has a positive impact on our residents' quality of life."

    Some exceptions apply to the ordinance such as aircraft flight operations, sirens from emergency vehicles, lawful recreational activities for which the city has granted a permit, City permitted parades and outdoor concerts. The ordinance also limits construction, demolition work, blasting and the use of domestic power equipment to the hours of 7am until 10pm Monday through Saturday and from 9am until 9pm on Sundays.

    Suspected violations should be reported to the non-emergency phone number of the New Haven Police Department at 946-6316.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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