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Huntington to weigh higher noise penalty

Huntington Town board member Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored

Huntington Town board member Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the resolution adopting tighter noise law, said, “I think we got rid of some loopholes in the law that will help our code enforcement, and it will enhance people’s quality of life." (July 7, 2009) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

The Huntington Town board will consider changes to its noise ordinance, just in time for summer and its block parties and backyard barbecues.

A public hearing has been set for July 9 to consider tighter definitions of noise at property lines; changing the name in which a sound device permit is issued; easier prosecution of violators of the code; and an increase in penalties.

Town board member Mark Cuthbertson said in the past a party planner hired by a resident would get a sound device permit issued in his or her name. But if there was a noise complaint because a band or DJ was too loud, the town could not issue a violation to the homeowner or the musical entertainment because their names would not be on the permit.

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“Under our code party planners cannot be prosecuted,” said Cuthbertson, who sponsored the hearing resolution with town board member Mark Mayoka. “So the change would be only the artist who would be performing or the homeowner can file for these permits.”

He said the board will consider whether to raise the penalty for a first-time offense from the current $50 to $100.

Cuthbertson said that while most people are responsible and respectful of their neighbors when it comes to noise, “all it takes is a couple of irresponsible ones to make people’s lives miserable.”

The hearing will take place during the regular town board meeting, which starts at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

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