Granby Board sets restrictions on vehicles idling within town limits
September 11, 2014
Keep your block warmer handy this winter if you live in Granby because vehicles are no longer allowed to idle for more than 20 minutes during an hour in town any more.
The Granby Board of Trustees approved an ordinance Tuesday evening making it a violation of the Town Code to idle a vehicle for more than 20 minutes during any one-hour period. The ordinance applies to all property within the city limits of Granby, including private property.
The ordinance reads in part, "no person shall allow a motor vehicle to idle within the Town of Granby for more than 20 minutes in any one-hour period. The idling restriction … shall not apply to: emergency vehicles, vehicles actively engaged in traffic control operations."
The ordinance was one of three the Board of Trustees approved Tuesday night amending the Granby Town Code.
An ordinance was passed restricting noise levels throughout Granby to a maximum of 90 decibels between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Town Manager Wally Baird pointed out that individuals speaking into the microphone at Board meetings go above 90 decibels and that future Board of Trustees meetings will have to be concluded before 11 p.m. or the meetings will be in violation of the new ordinance.
Previously the Town Code regulated noise violations but did not have a specific decibel level that constituted a violation. The Code also did not previously outline restrictions for specific zones within Granby. The amended Code sets a 90-decibel restriction for both residential and commercial zones within Granby.
Currently the Town Code allows for a fine of up to $500 for violations of the noise ordinance. Town Attorney Scott Krob suggested the board adopt a resolution in the future resetting the fines for all violations of the Town Code.
Krob explained because the ordinances were adopted over time the fines that can be levied for various violations of the town code vary greatly. According to statements made by Krob the current $500 fine for violations of the noise ordinance is "substantially less than the maximum penalties now authorized for municipal courts to impose."
The third ordinance approved by the Board on Tuesday evening regulates the setback requirements for accessory buildings, out buildings and sheds, in the Multiple-Family Residential Medium Density (R-2) Zone within the town's zoning structure. The amended code now allows for a minimum of five feet for a setback distance for accessory buildings. This is a change from the previous allowable minimum of 10 feet.
The Board approved the purchase of a new police patrol vehicle. Granby Police Dept. (GPD) Chief William Housley addressed the Board to request approval of $40,138 for the purchase of a 2014 Chevy Tahoe squad car. The price for the Tahoe includes all police equipment for the vehicle and also includes the necessary paint work.