City Council still clarifying noise ordinance

By Perry Russom

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 6:11 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council is continuing to clarify some vague regulations in its city code.

They said the biggest question that has to be answered is who enforces the noise ordinance.

Should it be police or code enforcers?

"There are just some vague things in the code," said Councilman Jerry Motsavage." As we did the permits for the parade and everything we looked over, it's time some of these things got looked at to make it more fair and up to date."

They said they don't want to over burden the police or code enforcers.

"We decided that this is something we're going to have to look at," said Motsavage.

As it stands now, anything over 55 decibels between the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. is in violation. By comparison, an average conversation spoken at normal levels measure approximately 60 decibels.

The council is looking at other cities and towns throughout upstate New York to see how they regulate their noise.

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