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Shippensburg Borough Council makes change to noise ordinance

16 January 2013 No Comment

By AMBER SOUTH
@ShipNewsGirl

Shippensburg Borough Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to revise a sentence in the noise ordinance to satisfy a request by Magisterial District Judge H. Anthony Adams.

Council President Andrea Lage was absent.

Section 105-3 (b) was changed from “In such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across a property or boundary line or at a distance of 50 feet from such device,” to “In such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across a property or a noise that can be heard at a distance of 50 feet from such device.”

Council’s vote brings some closure to discussion that came up last May and June in relation to Adams’ concern that the $50 noise ordinance fine was too high, given the ordinance’s language may not be clear enough to warrant the fine.

Shippensburg Police Chief Fred Scott said Tuesday police had stopped issuing noise citations because the situation had not been resolved.

In other business, council discussed the possibility of striking sections of the borough code that prohibit outdoor burning in any form and adding a new chapter that would allow it, with regulations. The current ordinance prohibits any outdoor burning in the borough.

Council was to consider advertising the new chapter “Outdoor Burning,” but instead proposed a few changes and asked that the document be revised and brought back to the next meeting. Gaining the most discussion was a time constraint banning outdoor recreational fires between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., which council ultimately decided to remove.

Fire Chief Randy O’Donnell said the time constraint was added to be consistent with the noise ordinance, violations of which may occur between those same times.

“My biggest concern with the whole borough ordinance is what (residents are) doing with the ash and what they’re doing afterwards,” O’Donnell said.

Council voted 5-0 to accept, with regret, the resignation of Park and Recreation Advisory Board member Donovan Yaukey. In a memo to council, Yaukey said he is no longer able to “commit any time or energy” to the board.

In the police chief report, Scott said he will send two officers for training with the Cumberland County Special Operations team.

“If there is an emergency, we will have people trained to lead us,” he said, adding that the officers would be available for use in Franklin County, too.

He asked council to consider adding a part-time officer to cover the time when the officers will be in training.

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Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com and 262-4771.

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