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Town of Niagara Board OKs a lid on noise during overnight hours

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town of Niagara Board Tuesday unanimously approved a noise ordinance that gives law enforcement more power to clamp down on overnight disturbances.

The new ordinance prohibits “unreasonable noise or disturbances” from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Supervisor Lee Wallace said “the old law was pretty lame. We’re hoping this helps the matter.”

Wallace pointed to a complaint from an Elderberry Place resident that Cruisers Bar, 9799 Porter Road, blasts loud music from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The town also has fielded complaints about other businesses cranking up the volume, as well.

Under the new law, noise levels would have to be below 100 decibels during the overnight hours.

On another issue, the board created a residency requirement for new town employees in specific non-civil service positions. Wallace said the requirement would affect labor jobs that are non-competitive, unless qualified town residents cannot be found.

“We believe we should protect our own for town jobs," he said.

Following a hearing, the board voted to order the demolition of a damaged structure at 10325 Lockport Road.

The building had been extensively damaged by fire last July and was ruled unsafe and dangerous by Building Inspector Charles Haseley. The owners were ordered to demolish or repair the building in December. The structure was partially demolished but is still a hazard to adjoining property owners, officials said.

According to the order, the structure must be repaired, vacated or demolished by April 28 or the town will complete the demolition and charge the property owner for the work and fees.

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