Granby considers law to crack down on noisemakers
February 11, 2009
Offenses to the “peace and quiet” could cost violators $500 if Granby adopts a proposed law that limits disruptive behavior on private properties.
The town’s draft law, which was not yet ready for adoption on Tuesday, has the power to hold landlords responsible for tenants’ offenses.
“There have been a few problematic addresses where neighbors are becoming extremely frustrated with their inability to achieve peace and quiet, and those types of situations are unreasonable,” said Granby Police Chief Bill Housley. “The whole town can be comfortable this (law) would not be used if one day I had my Mozart blaring and someone called to complain. It would if I had Mozart blaring every single day; then yes, maybe I deserve a ticket.”
Housley explained the law most likely would apply to repeat offenders whose behavior continues unchanged after warnings from police.
“No one would be surprised by getting a ticket,” he said.
If a version of the draft law is passed, landlords, tenants or all could be ticketed if police warnings about a property go ignored.
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The law stems from neighborhood complaints brought to the town’s attention about tenants at a Granby rental property.
Current code limits the power to ticket disturbance violators on private properties.
“It’s too bad we have to do this,” said Trustee Deb Shaw.
Trustees plan further review of the law at the next town board meeting.
While contemplating the current draft version, town officials struggled to define noise and that which is “unreasonable.”
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