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Town Council’s noise ordinance discussions to start from scratch

GREENFIELD — The new head of a Town Council committee charged with developing a new noise ordinance says he wants to hear from police and other town officials before doing anything.

At-large Councilor Alfred Siano said his committee first wants to hear from Greenfield police about whether a noise ordinance would make their jobs more difficult and if they believe disturbing the peace laws are sufficient.

“We’ve heard from residents and know that there’s a consensus about the town needing a noise ordinance, but we need to know whether disturbing the peace laws are satisfactory before putting more time into this,” said Siano. “We want to make things better for the town and its residents.”

Siano said his Appointments and Ordinances Committee eventually will make a decision about whether to propose a new ordinance to present to the full council, modify the one recently vetoed by the mayor or just let police do what they’ve been doing and forget about creating an ordinance.

Last month, Town Council voted unanimously to sustain Mayor William Martin’s veto of a noise ordinance it had passed just weeks before.

Councilors said if the town is going to move forward with creating an ordinance, it has to be effective and enforceable.

The last one was criticized by several town leaders for being too broad, too vague and too difficult to enforce and Siano was one of the councilors who said the town could write a better law.

“We want a good, effective, palatable ordinance,” said Precinct 1 Councilor Marian Kelner.

The only councilor who said he didn’t want to see the noise ordinance go back to committee was At-large Councilor Isaac Mass, who is a member of that committee this year. Mass was elected in June.

Siano said several public meetings will be held by the committee before it makes any decisions. He said other town boards and town inspectors, as well as the mayor, will also be asked for their input.

The full council will not see or hear about a noise ordinance until at least next spring, because there is a nine-month waiting period before the council can reconsider a proposal after a mayor vetoes an ordinance.

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