BROADALBIN - The Village Board unanimously passed a noise ordinance law Tuesday after North Second Avenue residents complained during a public hearing about a neighbor running heavy machinery for an alleged wood-processing business.
The residents complained that their neighbor has been cutting and hauling wood for the past year, and the process involved a backhoe, chainsaws, a conveyer belt and large trucks carrying two-loads of wood a day.
One neighbor, Tom Bruse, said he works at nights and has been unable to get sleep due to the noise.
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Tom Bruse, who lives on North Second Avenue in the village of Broadalbin, addresses the Village Board on Tuesday during a public hearing on a noise ordinance law.
"He processes a lot of wood," Bruse said. "There's a backhoe running - usually multiple machines running at once. He's not doing it to heat anything. He doesn't have a chimney."
Before the law is put into effect, which could take one or two weeks, village officials and local police officers don't have and haven't had any law to stop the resident.
The street is in a residential area, making it illegal to run a business there.
"If we could prove it was a business, we could stop it, but we couldn't," Mayor Eugene Christopher said.
Another neighbor, who wished to remain unnamed, said it is obvious the resident causing all the noise isn't doing it to heat the house, and the noise was disruptive to her.
"I've lived [on North Second Avenue] for 27 years peacefully. There's no peace anymore," she said. " ... They just don't have respect for the neighbors."
The law passed Tuesday says the purpose of it is "to preserve the public health, peace, welfare and good order by suppressing the making, creation or maintenance of excessive, unnecessary, unnatural or unusually loud noises which are prolonged, unusual and unnatural in their time, place and use and which are detrimental to the environment."
According to the law, "No person shall make, continue or cause or permit to be made or continued any, excessive, unreasonable or unreasonably intrusive noise."
Among the prohibited acts listed in the law is, "Any noise which is of such character, intensity, duration or repetition as to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others."
Any person who violates the law could face a fine - which is not to exceed $250 - for each violation.
The noise control ordinance will take effect once it is filed with the Secretary of State.